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All Marshfield Public Schools and Activities Closed through April 5th!

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March 16, 2020

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Marshfield Blue Jay Families,

After collaborating with the Webster County Health Unit and neighboring districts this afternoon, we are announcing the closure of Marshfield R-1 Schools through Friday, April 3, in an effort to ‘flatten the curve’ and limit the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  We will reevaluate this closing the week of March 30 and, if cleared by the Health Department, would plan to resume classes on Monday, April 6.

This closure will apply to all aspects of student involvement.  All athletic and co-curricular practices and events are cancelled until such time as school resumes.  All non-school use of school facilities is also cancelled during this time.

We do not take this decision lightly and know it will cause great hardship for our patrons.  To that end I want to share the following supports we plan to provide during the closing:

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, we will make meals available to every student in the district.   Each meal will include lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning. We are working on delivery and pick up options for these meals and will announce those details at a later date.
  • The district will be reaching out to gather information on meal and delivery needs later this week.
  • We will be sharing some academic resources and activities for parents and guardians to continue working with their students.  Please know, these alternative methods will be opportunities for enrichment and learning, not requirements.
  • We will be evaluating the possibility of providing child care for students whose parents are emergency responders and/or health care workers as these individuals are critical to the battle against COVID-19.
  • We will be reevaluating if school is closed significantly longer than the three weeks currently initiated.

We will continue to work with local health officials and area superintendents to make the best decisions possible for our students and staff.  These are unprecedented times and we would ask for your support as we navigate this crisis together. We would ask you to be vigilant in your observations of social distancing recommendations, crowd size limitations, and personal hygiene to ensure this closing does the greatest amount of good in slowing the progress of COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

David Steward, Superintendent

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