SPS to extend school closures through April 24th

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Springfield Public School district plans to keep schools in its system closed until April 24, 2020. The information was made public during a school board meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Exemptions will be made for certain essential services. The district displayed the following lists of remaining services during Tuesday night’s meeting:

  • Foodservice programs for students
  • Educational institutions for purpose of facilitating distance learning
  • Services for operations -safety, sanitation, facility services, human resources, business services, office operations, etc…
  • Childcare for employees of healthcare providers, emergency responders, and other essential business operations
  • Construction work and essential trades

For students without internet at home, SPS is purchasing 2,000 smartspots to provide internet access for any student who needs it.

Childcare services for healthcare workers and emergency responders will continue as well as free meal services.

“We’ll also make sure that they have an electronic device at home so that they can be a part of online learning, and if they don’t, we’re going to help them get one,” said Stephen Hall, chief communications officer as SPS. “We’re going to make sure they have internet access at home, if they don’t, we’re going to provide those services for them.”

The district says online learning is set to begin Monday, March 30.

SPS plans to make an official announcement regarding these plans on Wednesday, March 25.

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