Schools in Chadwick will be virtual for the rest of the week, the district announces Tuesday.
According to a letter posted on the Chadwick R-1 School District Facebook page, the district is experiencing a high volume of absenteeism due to illnesses or symptoms. The letter does not indicate which illnesses led to this decision.
Chadwick schools will not have seated classes through Friday. Students will return to the classroom next Tuesday. School is out Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Teachers will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday to assist students. Students and parents can email or call teachers if help is needed.
According to the Christian County Health Department, the department stopped notifying or contacting students and families about COVID-19 in December. The health department says this was in response to a Cole County court siding with the Missouri Attorney General that health departments cannot enforce health orders.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports Christian County has a daily average of 64 confirmed COVID-19 cases per day.
(by Carrie Winchel, Ozarks First)