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Kansas School District Closed Due To COVID Isn't Going To Remote Learning. Here's Why.

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While COVID has classrooms empty in the Wellington, Kansas school district teachers cannot offer remote learning to their students.

The school district in Wellington, Kansas, near Wichita, has closed temporarily to curb an outbreak of COVID-19.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after classes in the district started. Because of a Kansas state law passed earlier this year, teachers cannot resort to remote learning.

Two state representatives involved with constructing the bill talk about the motivation behind the legislation. And a reporter covering the school closures brings us the latest on the situation in Wellington.

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