Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Division of Schooling are recommending faculties shut for one week to develop a plan for the best way to handle the novel coronavirus.
“We take this pandemic and our preparedness critically,” Kelly stated. “One among these areas of specific concern is our Ok-12 faculties, the place our kids, mother and father and workers come collectively in a single place. Our faculties type the cornerstones of our communities. It’s due to this that we have to be sure that faculties are ready to face the COVID-19 problem.
“When courses resume, mother and father will be assured their kids will proceed to obtain the identical high-quality, world-class training Kansas is understood for,” Kelly stated.
The Kansas State Board of Schooling has shaped a group of specialists, a lot of whom are former Lecturers of the 12 months, to construct a complete plan to handle the challenges that faculties are going through in gentle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the many particular subjects this group will handle are:
• How faculties can transfer training on-line, if mandatory, so college students can progress towards the top of semester.
• How faculties can help college students who shouldn’t have entry to on-line instruments to complete out the semester, particularly those that are set to graduate in Could.
• How faculties can present for at-risk college students and people who have Individualized Schooling Plans (IEPs).
• How faculties will guarantee a continuity of school-based psychological well being companies.
• How faculties can help in offering meals for college students who want them.
• What function faculties can play in aiding with childcare for important native and state healthcare employees, first responders and different important employees who reside of their counties.
• How faculties will help in efforts to maintain kids from congregating in group areas and preserve them quarantined in their very own properties.
• And educating mother and father on methods they might help the continuity of training for his or her kids.
Governor Kelly continues to work intently with the Kansas State Division of Schooling and Kansas Division of Well being and Atmosphere, together with native and federal companions to develop wise steps that may defend each Kansan.
“Let me remind Kansans as soon as once more: whereas everybody must be aware of what they’ll do to keep away from spreading the virus — specifically thorough hand washing, social distancing and avoiding crowds — this isn’t a time to panic,” Kelly stated. “It’s a time to pay attention to the have to be very cautious. It’s a time to be respectful of others who’re susceptible. And, it’s a time to make use of widespread sense security measures. This stays the most effective protection towards COVID-19.”
Kansas lawmakers are recommending faculties shut for one week to finalize a complete plan for the best way to handle COVID-19.
Speaker Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe), Majority Chief Dan Hawkins (R-Wichita), and Speaker Professional Tem Blaine Finch (R-Ottawa) issued the next joint assertion:
Again and again in historical past Kansans have responded to difficult occasions with perseverance and resiliency. The individuals of our state proceed to take action day in and time out as we cope with the arrival of coronavirus in Kansas and the measured efforts to gradual its unfold.
At present it was introduced that the Kansas Division of Schooling after session with superintendents throughout the state has taken the step of recommending a pausing of the varsity yr for one week with a purpose to develop a plan to maintain our kids, lecturers and communities secure. This cheap precaution to cease the unfold of the virus will current new challenges, however we’re as much as the duty. Faculties could resume in every week or security and prudence could require they keep paused longer.
Both means, the Kansas Home stands prepared to help our different branches of presidency, state businesses and academic establishments to proceed to serve residents in these ways in which will probably be handiest. To that finish, the Home is directing its efforts within the following areas:
Passing a base price range to offer stability to the core capabilities of presidency. Conferees from the Home Appropriations committee are ready to instantly start assembly with their Senate counterparts to organize a price range that can make sure the state has the assets mandatory to handle COVID-19 and proceed different mandatory core operations. The Home is able to run the price range as quickly as it’s handed out by conferees on Monday.
Working with the Judicial department to make sure that measures are taken to maintain our streets secure, defend constitutional rights and ensure no citizen loses the good thing about our courtroom system if there’s an interruption in judicial operations.
Coordinating with the Kansas State Board of Schooling to offer the assets and adaptability wanted to handle faculty closures. And think about permissive laws to permit faculties to proceed to assist their communities via various lunch packages and some other helps native leaders could resolve would assist in their districts.
As elected leaders, the primary and solely precedence at the moment is the well being and security of the residents of Kansas. Our individuals come earlier than partisanship and politics. We are going to proceed to all pull collectively on this shared goal.