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KCPS cancels all international trips

Posted at 8:17 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 21:17:46-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools have canceled class trips to Japan and Costa Rica amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The district is monitoring coronavirus at the state level as well, but has not canceled anything at this time, according to a district spokesperson.

However, the district will impose a 14-day quarantine for any students or families that travel out of the country, the spokesperson said. Students will be given instructions via email and online. Most high schoolers have a mobile hot spot they can use, while middle school students, according to the spokesperson, will either have instructional packets sent home with students or mailed to students.

District leaders said that Superintendent Mark Bedell is in constant communication with several area superintendents and many are concerned about bandwidth if they all switch to virtual learning.

In KCPS buildings, cleaning crews are using heavy duty, hospital-approved cleaning supplies.