Governor Kelly Releases Details of School Executive Orders

SALINA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly gave details Monday on the two executive orders she’s signing regarding school in the fall.

One of those executive orders is to delay opening schools until after Labor Day.

As of Monday afternoon 22,265 positive cases of coronavirus were reported across the state. That includes 308 deaths and approximately 12,491 recoveries.

Gov. Kelly started the news conference by announcing eight Kansans died over the weekend, marking over 300 coronavirus-related deaths in the state.

She then went on to describe the two executive orders she’s signing.

“I’m asking each Board of Education member to put politics aside and think of our children, their parents and their teachers,” Kelly said.

The two executive orders are:

  • Executive Order 20-58
    • Needs board of education’s approval.
    • Delays school activities through Sept. 8.
    • Exceptions will be made for students taking classes for college credit.
  • Executive Order 20-59
    • Does not need the board of education’s approval.
    • Mandate face coverings for each student, staff and anyone coming into the building with the following exceptions: eating or drinking, kids who aren’t students and under 5 years old, persons with disabilities.
    • Mandate 6-foot social distancing.
    • All classrooms must have hand sanitizer, must sanitize no less than every hour, must have temperatures checked every day.