by: Scott McCaulley
In response to a growing trend around the country, Lakes Area Schools are joining others around the state in extending their Spring Vacations due to CoronaVirus concerns.
A release from the area School Superintendents indicates that Blue Eye, Branson, Forsyth, Kirbyville, Hollister, Reeds Spring, and Taneyville will extend their Spring Breaks after this week through April 3.
In the release, the area superintendents state the closure includes all activities including athletic competitions, practices, and after-school programs and events.
The complete release can be read at the end of this story.
Other School Districts following suit include the metro Springfield Area including Nixa, Ozark Republic, Rogersville, and Sparta among others.
More information on other area schools revised schedules will be posted as it is released.
Complete Statement from Southwest School Superintendents:
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.
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.
Our school district understands 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.
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