2020 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt issues formal legal opinion on mitigating spread of COVID-19 in schools

Release Date: Aug 11, 2020

TOPEKA – (August 11, 2020) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today issued a formal legal opinion addressing the authority of boards of county commissioners and local school boards to adopt public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in local public and private schools that include provisions different from executive orders issued by the governor. The formal legal opinion was requested by several state legislators.

The opinion is available at http://ag.ks.gov/opinions.

As provided by law, the attorney general’s office researches and prepares formal legal opinions in response to requests from elected officials or government agencies seeking interpretation of state laws. The attorney general represents the State of Kansas and its public officials in legal matters and cannot provide legal advice or represent individuals in personal legal matters.

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