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

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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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.