Neosho School District extends spring break over COVID-19 concerns

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NEOSHO, Mo. – The Neosho School District extends spring break for students through March 22 in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The district is also considering “…methods of instruction that would continue the education…” of students in the event that this break be extended further.

The Neosho School District hopes to provide meals to students in need during this time and will be sending out a survey to judge how many students will be on that list.

In a statement, Neosho Superintendent, Dr. Jim Cummins said:

Neosho Wildcat Families and Team,

As the ever-changing environment regarding COVID-19 continues to weigh on people’s minds, I want to give an update on what the plan is for Neosho School District. Today, we had a meeting with 20+ key staff members to discuss what is best for our students, team and our community; reviewed information produced from the Centers for Disease Control, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Governor’s office and local health officials; and consulted with our school board members.

After much discussion, it has been decided that Neosho School District will extend spring break for students through March 22, 2020. Information about staff duties will come in a separate letter. During this coming week we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation both nationally and locally in order to plan for the future. Our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff. We are also working on methods of instruction that would continue the education of our students should this become extended.

It is our intention to provide meals over the coming week to our students. We will be pushing out additional information regarding meals. A survey inquiring of requests for meals will be coming later today or Sunday.

We understand when school is not in session it can create hardships on families. We also realize that we play a key role in social matters of this magnitude. If our cancellation of school creates a short-term inconvenience, but saves a life, it would be worth it. There has been much said of over reactions; however, an under reaction could have significant consequences.

Our country was built by strong individuals, and we will survive this latest challenge. During the process we need to continue to work together and care for each other. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jim R. Cummins

Superintendent

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