In her scheduled media conference on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced that she will issue an executive order on Monday July 20th, 2020 that will delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year for school’s K-12.
The executive order will not effect junior colleges or college universities.
In the conference, Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and environment Dr. Lee Norman cited an insurgence of COVID-19 cases recently that has landed the state of Kansas on the White House’s “red zone” of COVID-19 areas.
Sports were cited by Dr. Norman as some of the activities that contributed to the increase. It included 5 active clusters and 38 cases of COVID-19.
High schools and junior high student-athletes and faculty were given the approval from the Kansas High School Activities Association to start summer condition, as long as social distancing guidelines were practiced.
With the upcoming executive order, it will delay the start of the 2020 high school football season in Kansas.
Week 1 was originally scheduled for September 4th, 2020.
Gov. Kelly was announced if the executive order applied to sports and she clarified by saying, “the executive order will apply to all activities, including sports, K-12. Schools will not be able to opt-out.”
She also clarified by saying the intent of delay will also affect sports practices.
KSHSAA has announced it will announce it’s plan for the 2020 fall sports season later this week.
Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the executive order would be issued August 20th. The executive order will be issued on July 20th.