Bourbon school closing becomes official

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    The Bourbon School District has officially announced it will suspend classes beginning Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, April 3, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All athletic events and activities planned during that period have also been canceled.

    Superintendent Dr. Kyle Gibbs has composed the following letter that will be sent out to parents.

March 16, 2020

Dear Crawford County R-1 Families,

    As our local, national, and international communities continue to assess the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Crawford County R-1 receives guidance from local and state health departments, the Missouri Department of Education, and the Center for Disease Control.

    The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the closure of Crawford County R-1 School District beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020 with Spring Break occurring the week of March 23-27.  At this time classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. All co-curricular practices, athletic events, and other school activities are cancelled as well. During this extended break the facilities will continue to be cleaned and disinfected in preparation for our return to school.

    Over the next two days teachers are preparing materials that can be utilized at home to ensure that learning continues over this break from school.  Teachers will be preparing your child for at home learning by reviewing these materials and their expectations on Tuesday afternoon. Our High School students will continue to have access to their Chromebooks and HS teachers will push assignments out to them through our Google Classroom platform.  Dual college credit courses can be continued through independent study by our students.

    I encourage you to send your child to school tomorrow to receive these materials and special directions regarding their classes.  In addition, teachers will make Tuesday a fun day for students as we celebrate the upcoming Spring season and in turn help to alleviate any fears your child may be experiencing during this unsettling time.  Our counselors and staff will be closely monitoring students to ensure that the anxiety of this situation is not having an adverse effect on them.

    We recognize that closing our schools presents hardships for our community.  In the coming days and weeks we will work with local and State agencies to develop plans to provide critical support services for students and families in our community.  Moving forward, should there be additional information it will be communicated by our district messaging system, our website, and through social media.

    Thank you for your patience and continued support efforts to work proactively during this time.  Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our students, families, staff, and communities.  Working together we will provide the needed support our students need during this unprecedented time.
Dr. Kyle D. Gibbs
Superintendent of Schools