Gov. Kelly closes schools; districts to develop learning plans for remainder of year

Local districts also working to develop plans to provide meals for students.

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March 17, 2020 - 5:04 PM

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Gov. Laura Kelly ordered all K-12 schools closed through the end of the semester, moving instruction online as the state responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

School administrators will determine how to continue educational opportunities for students for the remainder of the semester.

USD 257 Superintendent of Schools Stacey Fager said he plans to spend next week working with administrators and teachers to develop a plan for the rest of the year. It was not yet known how that plan may work, but it could include online learning or opportunities for small groups of students to gather at their school if necessary, to reach students who don’t have internet access or other challenges. 

Gov. Kelly also issued an executive order Tuesday barring gatherings of more than 50 people.

President Donald Trump said he wanted to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

The district likely will limit groups to 10 or fewer, Fager said. 

That means events such as prom and graduation also will be canceled, Fager said. 

The district likely will try to offer some sort of meal option for students, similar to the summer meals program.

Humboldt schools announced plans to offer breakfast and lunch for students, and also will meet during the week of March 23 to develop a plan for students. 

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