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Seg. 1: Stranded In Peru | Seg. 2: Kansas Educators Respond | Seg. 3: Coronavirus & Missouri Schools

Center School District
In-person classes in Kansas City's Center School District have been put on hold until at least April 24. In Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly discontinued in-person classes for the remainder of the academic year.

Segment 1: Kansas City, Kansas, family stuck in Peru

His wife and daughter have been in Lima, Peru, since January, and Brian Copeland felt like spending some vacation time hanging out with them there. He didn't expect he'd end up spending weeks on lockdown in a three-bedroom apartment with six other people.

  • Brian Copeland, Kansas City, Kansas, resident

Segment 2, beginning at 15:59: Kansas public schools, in the days of coronavirus

Kansas' public schools were the first in the nation to close statewide in light of the spread of COVID-19. The decision was made to help defend the health of everyone in Kansas, but it came with major implications for students, teachers, staff and parents.

Segment 3, beginning at 37:35: Missouri superintendents adjust to pandemic

Missouri's education commissioner said we're in truly uncharted territory, so planning for a pandemic like this was very limited. The state's response to the spread of COVID-19 has been more district-to-district, but superintendents across the state are striving to make necessary adjustments.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.