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Clay County Revises Stay-at-Home Order; Lawson R-XIV Update 4/24/20
4/24/20
Clay County Revises Stay-at-Home Order, not to be confused with the Governor's State of Emergency Extension Today.  
Lawson R-XIV Covid19 Update 4/24/20

Clay County has recently revised its stay-at-home order to expire on May 3, 2020. Click HERE for the News Release from the Clay County Health Department.  The revised order is designed to align with last week's decision by Governor Parson to lift Missouri's stay-at-home order on May 3rd

Not to be confused with a stay-at-home order, today, the Governor signed an executive order extending the state of emergency in Missouri until June 15, 2020.  This is not an extension of the stay-at-home order, which is still to be lifted on May 4th, 2020. “I want to be clear that this is not an extension of the ‘Stay Home Missouri’ Order. Our order reopening Missouri will still take effect on Monday, May 4,” Governor Parson said.

Governor Parson initially declared the state of emergency on March 13 with the signing of Executive Order 20-02. Since that time, over 450 state statutes and regulations have been waived or suspended to assist with Missouri’s COVID-19 response. Extending the emergency declaration will allow these waivers and suspensions to remain in place as Missouri moves into the recovery process. It will also allow continued flexibility in utilizing and deploying resources around the state where they are most appropriate. 

One of the waivers granted for school districts was the waiver of school days missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  An important component to this waiver is that school districts MUST continue their remote learning plan through the last day of school as was planned on the local Board of Education's approved school calendar.  Therefore, Lawson R-XIV's 'Continuation of Learning' plan will continue through Wednesday, May 20th, which will be considered the last day of the 2019-20 school year.  

It is vital that as educators, parents, and students we remain focused on the continuation of learning that is taking place.  Essential understanding of concepts, processes, and skills will be the foundation for the beginning of the next school year.  There are rumors that school will be 'let out' early or that 'other school districts are letting out early'.  First, as mentioned above, all districts have different calendars so there will be different last days of school in the area as in a normal year.  Secondly, we will not call it early.  The next school year cannot begin with a severe deficit or exaggerated 'summer lag'.  We remain committed to teaching and learning through to the latter half of May 2020.

In regards to summer school, a DESE task force just released recommendations for the possibility of summer school occurring this summer.  As we sift through the recommendations and process them for how Lawson can work the best under the directives, we will share that information as soon as possible.  Summer school may be more important this year than any other summer in recent memory.  We are committed to having a summer school and will share details as soon as possible.  

Please continue with your committment to our Continuation of Learning plan. We are through the half-way point. Normally, we would be in the middle of MAP testing.  We are thankful for the extra weeks without assessments to remain focused on learning and understanding.  It's still a Great Day to Be A Cardinal.  We will work through these challenging times and be better for it.  

Sincerely,
Roger A. Schmitz
Superintendent