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Jackson R-2 closed through end of year

The Jackson R-2 School District will remain closed through the end of the school year, May 19. Gov. Mike Parson announced on April 7 that Missouri schools will stay closed, having received a recommendation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Minutes after the announcement on Thursday, Jackson R-2 Superintendent Dr. John Link said he learned about the statewide closing on Facebook. He said administrators would meet over the District’s spring break, which went through April 14, to discuss how this will affect high school senior activities, summer school and more.

The District has already announced that distance learning and student food distribution will continue through the end of the school year. “School buildings are closed, but school is not out for the summer,” Link said.

Prom, which was scheduled for May 2, had been postponed but not rescheduled when school was set to resume on May 4. The District also said that if schools cannot be reopened for summer school, they will look at virtual options.

Playgrounds will remain closed to be in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

The District is still enrolling new students for the 2020-2021 academic year even during the District closure. Guardians of new students are asked to complete an online form on the District’s Web site, and they will be contacted by District office to complete the enrollment.

Up to date information is being posted on the District’s Facebook page, as well as www.jacksonr2schools.com/District/COVID—19-Information/.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past four years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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