This afternoon Governor Kelly announced that Kansas schools will be closed for school as we know it through May 31. The Governor’s executive order means that the remainder of the school year in the Wichita Public Schools will not occur in a traditional school environment that brings large numbers of students and staff together in one location.
WPS families have been waiting for the announcement since Spring Break began last Friday. The announcement comes with many unanswered questions, but here’s what district employees and students can expect.
Payroll for district staff will be honored, meaning paychecks will flow. Work however, is expected to continue, though it will looked a little different. There is no solid plan in place just yet, but district offices are to remain closed for the time being.
Employees should check their outlook emails frequently for updates, and expect another update by weeks end on Friday.
Today’s announcement from the District Superintendent, Alicia Thompson stated, “Meals for students will continue. We are working on a plan to provide breakfast and lunch meals to students through the remainder of the school year. It will be important to help our families understand that we will continue to support their children, and I will share more details with you soon.”
This has been an unprecedented crisis in our country. Everyone involved – from state officials to our county health partners to the leaders within our school district – is working intently to do what is right and best for children and our community. There are no easy decisions, only decisions we believe are being made with safety and health of citizens in mind.