Schools extend wellness break

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Classes to remain out of session through April 24

Due to the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus), schools in the Barry and Lawrence county area have decided to extend their wellness breaks through April 24.

“The ongoing impact of COVID-19 in our region requires school districts to be flexible and make decisions that are in the best interest of public health,” said Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent. “In consultation with the Barry County Health Department, Barry, Lawrence, Newton, and McDonald County school superintendents have made a joint decision to extend the “Wellness Break” and closure of all our respective Districts will be extended through April 24.

“Cassville R-IV understands that this is an uncertain time for our students, families, and communities, but we remain focused on protecting the safety and well-being of students, staff, and families.”

Asbill said the extended closure impacts all extra and co-curricular activities, events, practices and before or after school programs. All buildings remain closed to the public and nonessential personnel.

Cassville will continue to provide meal options for children under the age of 18.

“We are also committed to providing learning resources and options that parents and students can consider during this unplanned break from regular learning,” Asbill said. “Cassville R-IV School District is committed to supporting our students and their families as we work through this challenging time together. A major change in routine can be stressful and oftentimes leads to fear and anxiety for many students.

“Practicing appropriate self-care is vitally important to a student’s emotional and mental health. To reduce stress and anxiety, it is important to create a schedule for learning time and relaxing or fun family activities.”

To support students and prevent a gap in learning due to the extended wellness break, Cassville Schools is providing several types of resources for parents, which include online access and printed materials.

“Resources are provided to enhance or continue learning already achieved in the classroom,” Asbill said. “These activities are recommended (not required) to keep students strong mentally, physically and emotionally. Please monitor our website, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram accounts for updates, information, and resources. Building principals and teachers will continue to reach out to families each week.”

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