Kansas Closing Down All Schools for Remainder of Academic Year, Governor Says

March 18, 2020 Updated: March 18, 2020
FONT BFONT SText size

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced she is closing down all schools in the state until the end of the school year.

Her announcement is the latest step that the government is taking to curb the spread of the CCP virus. Kansas is now the first state to close schools for the remainder of the academic year amid the pandemic.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” Kelly said in a statement. “It came after close consultation with the education professionals who represent local school boards, school administrators and local teachers. These unprecedented circumstances threaten the safety of our students and the professionals who work with them every day and we must respond accordingly.”

Several other states have announced school closures for weeks, while some governors have suggested it could be for the remainder of the year.

“The steps we are announcing today will create the space we need at the state level to develop a more strategic, resilient infrastructure so that we can get ahead of this threat and limit its long-term impact to Kansans,” Kelly said.

Some schools, once they are cleaned and sanitized, might be allowed to open again in small numbers as educators attempt to come up with a continuous learning plan.

“Coronavirus has caused massive disruption in all of our lives. As Kansans we have always done what is necessary to protect our families, this moment is no different,” Kelly said, according to KMBC.