Missouri Cancels Rest of School Year
Any hope that local students would be back in the classroom before the end of the spring semester came to an end in Jefferson City last week.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced in a press conference last Friday, April 9, that school buildings throughout the State of Missouri will remain closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year.
Districts will continue efforts to remotely educate students through the end of the school year, most doing so online or through physical work packets sent to the students. Schools have also been urged to continue food services, with area schools providing curbside and/or delivery of lunches and breakfasts.
Most events will remain cancelled, while district officials will consider if and when to hold landmark events such as prom and graduation, which could still happen this summer.
“The governor choosing to close schools for the rest of the year was heartbreaking but essential during this time,” said Clinton County R-III Superintendent Dr. Sandy Steggall. “I know I speak on behalf of our staff as well when I say we miss our students.”
Dr. Steggall said the district will continue providing learning opportunities through the end of the school year and is committed to holding graduation ceremonies, though it will likely be later than originally scheduled. She went on to thank the school community for their help during the pandemic and school closure.