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SPS Superintendent Said Learning Will Continue Despite Closing Of Missouri Schools

Michele Skalicky

After Governor Parson ordered public and charter schools in Missouri to remain closed through the rest of the school year, Springfield Public Schools superintendent, Dr. John Jungmann, issued a statement.  He called Thursday “a sad day for Missouri educators, students and teachers.”  But he said the district wants what’s best for students and staff and that the governor’s decision was necessary.

The decision doesn’t mean learning will end, according to Jungmann.  SPS At Home launched March 30 with printed and online resources for kids to learn from home and with support from the district’s teachers.  That will be available through what had been the last day of school, March 21.

And Jungmann said they’ve reached out to seniors and their families for feedback on alternative options for celebrating their achievements.  An announcement about graduation, the last day for seniors, Explore summer learning and more is expected soon.

SPS will continue to serve breafast and lunch to a car line each weekday at all schools and it will continue to provide childcare for healthcare workers and emergency responders.  And Jungmann said they’ll deliver 2,000 hotspots for internet access by early next week.