Springfield Public Schools won’t be opening the schools back up until at least April 24, 2020.
That information was revealed to the public during a school board meeting Tuesday night. The board held a two-hour “virtual” meeting that laid out the immediate future for the district.
Superintendent John Jungmann said that the district was in close contact with surrounding school districts and they will likely be making a collective announcement during the day Wednesday outlining all details of the extended closure.
Springfield schools will begin online classes with the “SPS At Home” tool starting Monday, March 30.
It was reported during the meeting that of over 19,000 student families contact this week, over 2,200 are unable to get to their schools to pick up the free meals. The district is going to seek ways to have other locations for pickup to try and help those students have a nutritious meal each day.
The district is going to purchase 2,000 Kajeet Smartspots, internet WiFi hotspots that operate on a network of five different 4G cell phone service providers. This will make sure all students within the district have internet access to engage in their classes.
The school is also making sure all students have a Chromebook or a computer in the home that can be used for the online classes.