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Kansas governor orders K-12 buildings closed for remainder of the school year

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak, Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly joined the state's education commissioner in urging schools to remain closed for the week. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak, Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly joined the state's education commissioner in urging schools to remain closed for the week. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

March 17, 2020

All Kansas K-12 schools will close their buildings for the remainder of the academic year, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday in the strongest move yet to combat the growing spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The move, Kelly said, will serve greater statewide efforts to develop a more strategic and resilient infrastructure to combat the respiratory virus’ growing statewide impact. She acknowledged, though, that the move to cease in-person K-12 education in favor of an online learning model can’t begin to replicate what Kansas children get in the classroom.

Kelly also ordered most state employees to begin working from home for two weeks beginning March 23 to allow officials to assess the most essential functions of operating the state.

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