On Thursday, April 9, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons issued an executive order, closing all Missouri public and charter schools for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.

“Though Chillicothe R-II staff are disappointed that the school year ended on March 16, we do know that it is being done for the safety of our students, staff, and community,” Chillicothe R-II Superintendent Dan Wiebers said.

According to the governor’s order, all virtual instruction through the end of the academic year.

In a press release and a letter to students, Wiebers said the district will continue providing virtual and alternate methods of instruction for our students.

Many have expressed concerns about graduation for the Class of 2020. Wiebers noted the district is working closely with state and local officials “to determine the best time to hold this very important ceremony.”

Chillicothe joined towns across the country to honor seniors by lighting up football fields on Friday night. There are also other events, conducive for social distancing going on to honor seniors, including posting of signs in the yards of Chillicothe High School seniors.

The school year was supposed to end on May 19, and district officials and administrators are already working on a plan to collect district-issued Chromebooks, textbooks and work packets. Plans are also being discussed that may allow students in the building to collect any items they may have left behind as well.

Wiebers noted parents and students should pay attention to social media and local media for more information.

“The district is working on a plan to get employees back into their classrooms and offices to

prepare their rooms for summer. This will also include a plan to get students back in buildings

to retrieve items from lockers,” Wiebers said. “Once it is determined to be safe to proceed with these plans, the district will communicate with employees, parents, and students to make this happen. Until that time, please do not attempt to enter Chillicothe R-II School property. The district and its buildings remain closed.”

The district will continue with its meal program during the closure. On April 17 students will receive meals for April 17-18; April 20 they will receive meals for April 20-21; April 22 for April 22-23 and April 24 for April 24 and 27. This affects all meals pickups and deliveries.

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