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Strafford School District Closure Through April 3

School Closure

Dear Strafford Staff and Families--

After much consideration and communication with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and other area schools, Strafford R-VI Schools will be closed through Friday, April 3 in an effort to help isolate the spread of COVID-19. We do realize this has a major impact on many people.  Our main focus at this time is protecting the safety and well being of our students, staff, and community.  Please read the press release below which includes some general information and specifics about the school closure.   

We realize that there will be many more questions to be answered. As this situation continues to evolve, we promise to share information and details once decisions are made.

Sincerely,

Brett Soden
Superintendent


Springfield, Mo., Monday, March 16, 2020 - The spread of COVID-19 in our region requires school districts to be flexible and make decisions that are in the best interest of public health. In consultation with health department officials, the following PK-12 school districts will close through Friday, April 3.

  • Springfield

  • Ash Grove

  • Fair Grove

  • Fordland

  • Logan-Rogersville

  • Marshfield

  • Nixa

  • Ozark

  • Republic

  • Sparta

  • Strafford

  • Willard

These districts are currently on spring break; therefore, students will not return as previously planned on March 23. Closure impacts all extra- and co-curricular activities, including athletic competitions, practices and after-school programs and events.

Districts understand that this is a very uncertain time for everyone, but the public can be certain of one thing: districts are focused on protecting the safety and well-being of students, staff and their families.

Districts recognize that this decision will have a wide-reaching impact on many people, so plans are being developed to support communities. These plans include providing the following:

  • Meal Service: Each district will be providing meal service in some capacity. District specifics will be released later this week.

  • Childcare for designated healthcare providers and emergency/first responders. Districts understand that childcare is essential for many families at this time; however, our goal is to "flatten the curve" and provide a balanced approach to supporting the healthcare system while also protecting students and staff.

  • Virtual and/or printed material-based learning opportunities. District plans will be communicated over the next week.

Logistics and other specifics related to the delivery of these services during school closure will be forthcoming from each of the individual districts.

As this unprecedented situation continues to evolve, additional modifications may be necessary. As decisions are made, districts will share information through regular communication channels.

Families play an important role in protecting individuals from the spread of COVID-19 and are encouraged to follow the guidance of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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