Republic Superintendent Positive for COVID-19; Saturday’s Graduation Canceled

Republic Public Schools announced Friday evening that their superintendent has tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the cancellation of planned graduation ceremonies.

A statement from the school says Dr. Matt Pearce tested positive for COVID-19 during the day Friday. He is now at home recovering from “mild symptoms.”

“As a result, several of our district and building administrators are in quarantine for the next 14 days. Several of our high school administrators are part of this group participating in quarantine as a precaution,” Josey McPhail, Republic Director of Communications, said in a statement.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said that no students who participated in graduation rehearsals on Friday will need to quarantine as all participants were wearing masks. Still, the school district felt the best decision would be to cancel Saturday’s scheduled graduation ceremony.

“We will be seeking out input from the class of 2020 to see if the event should be rescheduled or fully canceled. More details on this piece are forthcoming,” McPhail wrote.  “This is a very unfortunate announcement for us to have to make. We are disappointed for our graduates, but are also thankful we were able to celebrate with them at the Drive Through Graduation event back in May. 

Anyone with questions or comments is asked to call the Republic School District at 417-732-3605.

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