Wichita school district to continue remote learning

Middle- and high school students will stay at home through rest of the semester. District has 567 employees in active quarantine.

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November 12, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Marmaton Valley Elementary School’s Cynthia Johnson takes the temperature of third-grader Bentley James Parker. Local schools are implementing several precautionary measures to protect against the coronavirus, including temperature checks, wearing masks and maintaining social distance. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ largest public school district has scrapped plans to allow its middle and high school students to attend some in-person classes and three counties have imposed new restrictions inspired by the coronavirus pandemic.

The moves by local officials come as the state works to expand its overall testing capacity so under a “unified” statewide strategyannounced by Gov. Laura Kelly in late September. The strategycalls for regular testing of at-risk populations, including first responders, prison inmates, nursing home residents and K-12 students and staff, as well as more aggressive testing in virus hotspots. The state plans to spend at least $53 million in federal coronavirus relief funds on contracts with private laboratories.

But Kelly said Tuesday during a Statehouse news conference: “It won’t work if people are not abiding by the other safety protocols, particularly wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings.” 

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