At this point, area schools will start the new school year much like they ended the last one when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions: Masks will be recommended, but not required.
Superintendents and school boards will meet soon and likely will discuss the increase in COVID-19 cases, along with Gov. Laura Kelly’s recent recommendation for wearing masks in school.
Superintendents said they didn’t want to presume what action the boards might take at their next meetings; all three of the county’s school boards will meet on Aug. 9. Classes begin in about two weeks.