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A woman putting hand sanitizer on a child's hand. Both are wearing masks.

School year delay and safety guidance clarification

During a joint news conference on Wednesday, July 15, Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas Department of Education Commissioner of Education Randy Watson and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., announced the state's plan for reopening schools. The Governor announced that on Monday, July 20, she'll sign executive orders to delay the start of the school year by three weeks, and mandate mask use among other safety measures in all K-12 schools, regardless of local orders. The school year would start Sept. 9, at the earliest.

The State Board of Education does not have to approve the order for safety precautions, but will need to approve the delayed start to the school year to go into effect.

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