Kansas is the first U.S. state to announce its plans to close schools for the rest of the school year. At a press conference held in Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly stated:
“I am ordering all K-12 to close and cease in-person instruction for the duration of the 2019-2020 semester.”
Governor Kelly’s announcement affects both public and private schools. Almost 500,000 students in Kansas will no longer be attending in-person classes. However, the Governor has already charged the Kansas Department of Education with finding and implementing an inclusive education plan for students to complete at home. There is currently no news on how schools will issue schoolwork to students. However, explanations regarding the work are predicted to arrive next week.
Kelly elaborated on the decision, saying:
“The reality of this pandemic is that it cannot be controlled statewide if school buildings return to normal operations.”
As cases surpass 200,000 worldwide and show no signs of slowing, a far larger outbreak looms on the horizon for the United States. With Kansas schools closing their doors, and many states expected to follow in their footsteps, a pressing question arises: What does this mean for students with limited internet access?