March 25, 2020


Republic Families and Employees,

As stated in the the below press release and in response to the "stay at home" order issued by Greene County, Christian County and the City of Springfield, Republic School District will join the majority of other public schools in our area in extending our closing through April 24 in an effort to help isolate the spread of COVID-19. This is a decision that was not taken lightly. However, we feel it is the best option at this point to do our part in supporting the healthcare system in “flattening the curve” while also protecting the health of students and employees. 

Take note, per officials we have been directed that our efforts during this time are considered “essential” and therefore will continue. For example, we will continue to offer the free food distribution program along with childcare for healthcare and emergency/first responders. Also, the district has worked diligently to create rotating work schedules for essential district employees that were designed for a long-term closure. Therefore, this “stay at home order” will not disrupt our current plans which allow for the aforementioned services to continue being provided for our families while also keeping the health of our employees at the forefront. Our online learning platforms that are set to begin on Monday, March 30 were also created to be sustainable through a long-term closure, so our current plans are ready to carry us through the entirety of being away from our school buildings. Full updates of district COVID-19 information can be found at  https://www.republicschools.org/healthupdates .

These are uncertain times, and we understand the constraint it causes families when schools are closed. We look forward to the day we can open our doors again and welcome our students and employees back to normalcy.

**SEE PRESS RELEASE BELOW ISSUED COLLECTIVELY BY AREA SCHOOLS.**

Stay Well,

Josey McPhail
Director of Communications
Republic School District