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How Kansas Is Navigating The Complicated Reopening Of Public Schools

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Celia Llopis-Jepsen
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Kansas News Service
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wants schools to open after Labor Day to give superintendents more time to implement a 1,100-page health and safety guide.

The Kansas State Board of Education put out a 1,100-page guide to reopening schools for the 2020 academic school year.

Meanwhile, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is expected to issue an executive order pushing the first day of school back until after Labor Day. Kansas' handling of in-person classes could affect how Missouri implements reopening plans, too.

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