By order of Governor Mike Parson, all Missouri public and charter schools are to remain closed through the remainder of the academic year with the exceptions of nutrition services and child care that are outlined in our recent health order.

By order of Governor Mike Parson, all Missouri public and charter schools are to remain closed through the remainder of the academic year with the exceptions of nutrition services and child care that are outlined in our recent health order.

The announcement posted on Parson’s Facebook page said the decision was reached  by working together with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

and several school superintendents from across the state -- from both urban and rural districts.

Parson’s order does not end the academic year for students. The order states that schools should continue with remote and alternative learning for students until the last day of classes listed on their academic calendars. 

Parson’s order shutting down schools comes one week after he issued a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Parson had come under criticism from health and advocacy organizations across the state for not implementing a statewide order earlier in the fight against COVID-19. 

Lake area schools have been using a combination of teaching methods. Students with Internet access at home have been able to continue their academic work, while others have taken advantage of remote hotspots access provided by the schools, as well as traditional homework packets that are returned to teachers.