Mexico School District 59 already was working on long-term planning ahead of Gov. Mike Parson’s order Thursday to have all public and charter schools remain closed through the end of the school year, district officials said in a statement.
The district will adjust its plans moving forward to continue remote teaching, food services and end-of-year activities, such as commencement.
The district is waiting on guidance from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and other state agencies regarding summer school.
The main question parents are asking is whether students will advance to the next grade, the statement read.
Teachers will “meet kids where they are” in kindergarten through eighth grade and will adjust curriculum as needed to cover learning standards missed during the new coronavirus-related closure.
At-home learning will continue through May 22.
High school students received an email Wednesday laying out plans for the rest of the school year.
No decisions have been made regarding prom or graduation yet, according to a statement from Mexico High School.
The district will continue to share updates as changes arise.
Van-Far R-1 will continue with food service and supplemental school work through the calendar school year, according to a statement from the district. Many plans, including graduation, still are being worked on.
The district is trying to find a day in which to honor student athletes. An initial plan for Friday had to be postponed. The district was to turn on lights at athletic fields for 20 minutes and 20 seconds so seniors could stand on their home field one last time.
Community R-6 does plan to hold the student athlete recognition at 8:20 p.m. for seniors. Plans still are underway for graduation for the Class of 2020, but it may happen later this year, according to a statement from the district.
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