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Governor Announces Schools Will Remain Closed

In last Thursday’s  COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced that all Missouri public and charter school buildings will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year.
This recommendation was made to Governor Parson by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and several school superintendents from rural and urban areas across the state.
“Continuing our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering all public and charter schools to remain closed through the remainder of this academic year, with the exception of nutrition and childcare outlined in our ‘Stay Home Missouri’ Order,” Governor Parson said.
School services are expected to continue through the last day of school in each school district as pre-established by the academic calendar approved by their local board of education.
These continued services include alternative educational opportunities, as well as providing much-needed meals to students who count on them.
DESE will issue additional guidance to Missouri school leaders in the near future. In conjunction with the Governors Office, DESE is continuing efforts to help local school leaders by removing barriers and waiving the necessary state statutes and regulations.
Additional K-12 information and guidance can be found at
In addition to this announcement, Governor Parson emphasized the state’s “Stay Home Missouri” Order and social distancing measures are working to help combat COVID-19.
According to data from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), traffic volumes across the state are down approximately 40 percent, showing that more Missourians are staying home.
“I want Missourians to know that our aggressive efforts to combat COVID-19 are working,” said the Governor. “Based on traffic data across the state, we know people are following the ‘Stay Home Missouri’ Order, and we are very appreciative of that.
“Missouri is in a good place right now, but we must keep up these efforts.”
While fewer Missourians are traveling the roadways, trucks continue to carry much-needed supplies, and MoDOT is keeping vital transportation projects and essential state highway maintenance operations moving.
Governor Parson’s Order will remain in effect at least through Friday, April 24.

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