Cassville middle, high schools move to virtual for a day

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Illness among staff, students force administration to close campus

The Cassville school district made the determination on Thursday to make Friday a virtual learning day, returning to in-person instruction on Tuesday due low attendance among students and staff.

Students in grades 6-12 will not attend in-person classes on Friday, and they should be checking their district email for assignments and information from teachers. High school students that attend Scott Tech will attend and ride the bus at the regularly scheduled times.

Primary and intermediate school students will be in session on Friday like normal.

The district is closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all students will return to in-person instruction on Tuesday.

Merlyn Johnson, Cassville superintendent, said attendance had declined considerably at the middle and high schools, but other factors also played a role in the decision.

“Our biggest issue was staff attendance, mostly at the middle school, and how much we have struggled to find subs,” he said. “We were close to shutting down the elementary and intermediate schools, too, because we are struggling with bus drives to get the kids to and from school.”

According to district figured, on Wednesday, the high school had 87.72 percent attendance, and the middle school had 87.44 percent. Three high school and six middle school employees were also absent.

On Thursday, those figured dipped to 81.9 percent at the high school and 84 percent at the middle school, and another middle school staff member was out.

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