Heartland schools close, take precautions as COVID-19 outbreak spreads

Some Heartland schools closing for COVID-19 prevention

(KFVS) - Schools across the Heartland announced they are closing and taking precautions as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak spreads.

A bipartisan bill was announced on March 11 to allow students access to meal benefits amid school closures.

Heartland business, facilities, and events are implementing restrictions and cancellations due to coronavirus concerns. Click here for that list.

You can click here to check the school closings list.

Below is a list of closed schools.


Bernie R-3 School District will be closing starting on Wednesday, March 18. They tentatively plan on welcoming students back on April 6. All athletics and activities will be halted starting on Tuesday, March 17. Starting on Monday, March 23, the school district will run a pick up/to go meal bags which will be free to all students. The District is currently working on the details such as time and location and will communicate that information to you by the end of this week.

As a precaution, Cape Girardeau Public School extended the district-wide closure through April 13, with a targeted return date of April 14. The school board said they will reevaluate next week to see what the situation is in the community before making any future decisions. In the meantime, they are providing curbside meal pickup at each of our five elementary schools between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon each weekday. These meals are for any child 18 and under. This includes Alma Schrader Elementary, Blanchard Elementary, Clippard Elementary, Franklin Elementary and Jefferson Elementary.

School will not be in session at the Scott City R-I School Dist. starting on Tuesday, March 17 through at least Friday, April 3. The district plans to deliver meals to students during this closure. Any child 18 and under is eligible to receive a meal. They can go to their bus stop at 10:30 for delivery. The buses plan to leave the school at 10:30 and drive their normal bus route with the meals. Each meal package will contain two meals. This will be one meal for lunch and one meal for breakfast. They will have staff in the office from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Perry County School Dist. 32 will close all schools as precautionary measures. This closure will take effect on Wednesday, March 18. Tuesday, March 17 will be the last day of classes. Adventure Club will be open after school, and sports practices will be held on Tuesday. The closure from March 18-April 3 affects all school programming, including before and after school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events. There will be no access to campus buildings until classes resume, with the exception of staff tasked with sanitizing the schools. At this time, they anticipate that they will return to class on Monday, April 6. In order to promote instructional equity for all of the students, they will not be offering online instruction. However, the schools will share enrichment opportunities through the district website and social media sites. They say to be prepared for all of these days to be added to the school calendar after the scheduled last day of May 22 as make-up days. At this time, they do not know how many, if any, days will be forgiven by the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education.

According to the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, they are suspending the operation of Catholic Schools (pre-k through 12th) in the diocese starting on Wednesday, March 18. Pending continuing updates and guidance from local and state government and health officials, they will update everyone regarding the closure on Friday, April 3. This suspension includes all athletic and extracurricular activities. If your school is currently closed for spring vacation, they are asking school officials to be available at your respective school on March 23, so parents are able to pick up books and other items to continue their students’ educational programs. They are asking teachers to establish daily communication with their students and their families so the educational programs will be as effective as possible.

Lesterville R-IV Schools will close. All Black River League schools will be closed starting on Wednesday, March 18. Due to extenuating circumstances, Lesterville R-IV will close starting on Tuesday, March 17. They are tentatively planning on welcoming students and staff back on April 6.

Jackson R-2 Schools will be closed longer, with a possible return date of April 15. School administrators say they will continue to evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis. They have plans in place to continue feeding students and families as long as possible. They say the teachers are also working hard to provide consistency through learning for the students.

Pemiscot County R-3 School District will be closed Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20 and the following week for spring break. Schools will be open on Tuesday, March 17 for parents to send students, allowing time for parents to make arrangements for child care. Attendance on Tuesday is strictly optional. You can click here to read more.

Puxico R-8 School District will be closed through April 3 with students expected to return on April 6. During the closure, all athletics, facility use and activities will be halted. Beginning Monday, March 23 the school district will run a pick-up/to-go breakfast and lunch bags. For more details click here.

On Friday, March 13, Neelyville R-IV will dismiss early, at 1 p.m., to implement COVID-19 preventative measures. Read more on their cleaning procedures here.

Missouri S&T announced online instruction for all courses starting on Wednesday, March 18.

Southeast Missouri State University will suspend in-person classes March 23 to March 27, after spring break. The University is also restricting non-essential university-affiliated travel.

Three Rivers College announced they will be moving to virtual instruction beginning on Monday, March 23 through the end of the 2020 semester. All college events through the end of the semester have been canceled, including the annual commencement ceremony.

Fredericktown R-1 officials announced that an employee recently returned from a trip out of the country. In compliance with the Madison County Health Department and CDC suggestions, the employee will wait 14 days before returning to work in the district. Click here for the district’s plans to monitor COVID-19.

Malden R-1 has implemented cleaning procedures and recommendations for students and parents to combat the coronavirus.

Mizzou is suspending all in-person classes through the end of the spring 2020 semester. All nonessential university events will be cancelled until March 29. Necessary small meetings will continue until further notice. All university-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until April 12, including previously approved travel.

Missouri State University announced it is extending its Spring Break through March 27. On March 30, classes will resume via alternate delivery methods. Face-to-face classes are canceled through at least the end of the semester. Residence halls will remain open to those who must stay on campus. Dining options have been modified, as well as library and computer labs. Commencement will proceed, but a date and details of the ceremonies could change. The campus will remain open.

St. Augustine Elementary School in Kelso will dismiss at noon on Tuesday, March 17. This will be the last day of face-to-face classes until further notice. Parents will receive a letter from school leaders with more details later on Monday.

The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has extended Catholic school closings until April 24.

Charleston R-I is closed until, at least, April 20. Students will tentatively return to class on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.All school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, are canceled during the time school is closed.


Governor Pritzker has closed all Illinois schools from Tuesday, March 17 through March, 30.

Shawnee Community College announced it will extend spring break to allow time for faculty and staff to evaluate long-term solutions for class delivery.

President Dr. Ron House with John A. Logan College has extended spring break to March 23. After Monday, March 23, classes will resume online. All services and offices will remain open. College-related travel for faculty, staff, and students will be limited to within the College district. Events are currently being reviewed. In addition:

  • Effective March 17, all adult education classes will be suspended through March 30
  • Effective March 17, Logan Fitness Center will be closed until further notice. SIH walk-in clinic located in the CHEC building is open.
  • Effective March 17, all community education classes will be canceled until the end of the spring 2020 semester.
  • Effective March 17 through April 30 all events scheduled at the College regardless of participant numbers will be canceled.
  • Effective March 17, all workforce development classes and training will be suspended until further notice

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale will move to alternative formats for the rest of the semester beginning Monday, March 23, many staff will be working from home, food services at the Student Center will no longer be available and the Student Recreation Center will be closed. The traditional in-person commencement ceremony will not be held in May. The university is exploring alternative options.

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Rend Lake College will be moving to essential personnel only on campus as of Tuesday, March 17.

Southeastern Illinois College canceled all college classes, functions and events from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, as an extension of spring break. Faculty and staff will now hold office time only on Monday, March 16, for a full day of work with the rest of the week conducted remotely. Classes will run remotely March 23 through April 3, with a regularly schedule anticipated to start on April 6. Only essential personnel carrying out vital functions will be allowed on campus and only with permission via respective cabinet supervisor. Per CDC recommendations, when classes are closed due to coronavirus, all extra-curricular activities are canceled. Students will be required to check their SIC email regularly for instructor communications. Registration for summer and fall 2020 will be postponed until April 6, when normal operations should resume. Questions should be directed to advising@sic.edu for current students and admissions@sic.edu for new students. Additionally, the Mary Jo Oldham Center for Child Study will be closed during the three-week period with plans to reopen on April 6. Effective March 16, all non-essential travel will be canceled. At this time, all Great Rivers Athletic Conference sports for the spring have been canceled for the entire conference as determined by presidents in the GRAC.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, staff shortages and concern for the health of club members and their families the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois has decided to not provide regular programming starting March 16 through March 28. They will provide to-go lunches and suppers for Club members as well as some ready-made activities and books each day. Members can pick up lunches and supper during these set times : Lunch 12:00-1:30; Supper 3:30-5:30 p.m. This decision was made to reduce the risk of infection. For more information contact Tina Carpenter at t tcarpenter@bgcsi.org or 618-457-8877 x 0023.

John A. Logan College is extending spring break. Students will not be in session the week of March 16-20. On March 23, all courses will be delivered online.


After Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recommended schools stop in-person classes for an extended period starting March 16., some Heartland schools have heeded the advice.

  • Ballard County Schools will close on Monday, March 16. Schools will continue NTI instruction and meal deliveries during the days originally scheduled for spring break, which is April 6 through April 10. This change will mean that the school year will end on May 8, instead of May 15. The new end date for Ballard County Preschool is April 30.
  • Graves County Schools opted to close Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The plan is to use NTI Days (Non Traditional Instruction). Schools will be in session on Friday, March 13 and students will receive instructions on the NTI process from teachers and principals.
  • Marshall County Schools will be closed through March 29.
  • McCracken County Public Schools and Calloway County Schools are meeting March 16 to discus how they will implement non traditional education. School officials are encouraging students to come to school on Friday so they can get instruction about how to move forward.
  • Carlisle County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the next two weeks while implementing non-traditional institution.

Murray Independent School District released more information on NTI and what it means for schools. Non-Traditional Instruction days count for attendance as a school day. They do not have to be made up.

MISD Family - Below is more information about NTI, Non-Traditional Instruction days and what they mean for you and your...

Posted by Murray Independent School District on Friday, March 13, 2020

Starting on Monday, March 23, instruction at Murray State University will continue through online or alternative delivery methods but not through face-to-face instruction. This is through the spring semester. A a voluntary travel form for students and staff who travel internationally or domestically for spring break has also been created.

McCracken County schools set up a food delivery for students starting on Monday, March 16. There will be three ways to get breakfast/lunch:

  • Buses will be running normal bus routes delivering meals daily from 10-10:45 a.m. Please come outside if you would like to receive a meal
  • Satellite stops at six locations district-wide. Meals can be picked up at the following locations from 10:30-11 a.m. (look for a McCracken Co. school bus):
    • Banks Grocery (Lone Oak Rd.)
    • Destiny Church (corner of Berger Rd. and Old Mayfield Rd.)
    • Rural King (Cairo Rd.)
    • Forthman Foods (Hwy. 60 West)
    • Farley Elementary (Husbands Rd.)
    • Gospel Mission (corner of Benton Rd. and Said Rd.)
  • Every school cafeteria will be open daily from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to pick up breakfast/lunch.

WKCTC canceled events with more than 50 attendees, as of March 16. This is currently set to go through May 2. Also starting on March 16, it will utilize remote instruction, that means no on-campus classes until further notice.

Centre College will continue their regular schedule of classes next week, March 16-20. Spring Break will occur as scheduled and also be extended for an additional week. This will allow faculty to prepare to shift courses to online. Courses will be online beginning Monday, April 6, and will continue that way until the end of the academic term.


Union City Schools will dismiss classes for more than three weeks in compliance with Gov. Bill Lee’s urging that all districts in Tennessee close due to health concerns centered around COVID-19. The last day of school for Union City students until April 13 will be Thursday this week. A professional development day (no students) was already scheduled for Friday, though requirements are in the process of being completed before then. UC Schools will then stay closed from March 23 until April 3 due to the coronavirus. The system’s already-scheduled spring break will still be observed April 6-10. Faculty and staff will report to their respective schools from 8 a.m. to noon each day to answer questions from students online and work on future planning and vertical alignment. During the school’s two-week state-mandated shutdown period (March 23-April 3) every child under age 18 (UC Schools students included) will still be provided a lunch and afternoon snack daily. Meals will be distributed every day on each bus route, with those routes leaving the school at 10:30 a.m. There will also be three central area bus stops, Union City High School, Save-A-Lot and Kiwanis Park, that will provide meals to any student. Athletic competitions and all of-campus activities involving Union City schools students during the two-week state-mandated closing will be postponed. Practice will, however, be allowed during that time.

The Department of Athletics at University of Tennessee at Martin will not play NCAA-sanctioned sports for the duration of the 2019-20 academic year.

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