Grain Valley Schools has joined with schools throughout the Kansas City, Missouri area, responding to the announcement by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis by announcing that they will close through Friday, April 3.
According to an email from Grain Valley Schools on March 16th, all school district facilities are closed for student or community use effective immediately and for the duration of the school closure. All activities and practices are canceled during the period of school closure.
Valley Kids before and after school program is canceled effective this Wednesday, March 18, giving families an additional day to make other arrangements.
The district indicated by the end of this week, all families will receive information through email from their child’s school on supplemental resources intended to keep students engaged in learning for the week of March 23. Resources for the week of March 30 will follow.
The district also indicated plans were being put in place to provide breakfast and lunch to students who rely on us for these meals.
Kindergarten registration events, which are scheduled for March 26, are postponed until further notice. Families are encouraged to initiate the enrollment process for a new kindergarten student with instructions under the FOR FAMILIES tab on the district's website, www.grainvalleyschools.org.
In the statement, Superintendent Marc Snow explained the decision was made considering many factors, "including the experiences of other regions in our country and in countries harder hit than we are at this time. It is also made with the confidence that together we can make adjustments to our lives that hopefully slow significant spikes in critical cases that may overwhelm regional medical facilities. I am confident that our community will pull together and will look out for each other during this important time. We will continue to update our families during this closure."
Kenny Southwick, executive director of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City, announced that many districts across the region collaborated on this cancelation.
“Our superintendents appreciated the Mayor’s leadership and agreed with him that this was a difficult decision in light of the problems this will create for children and families in our community, but the districts acted together in order to try to save lives,” Southwick said.
As recommended by the Missouri State High School Activities Association and to protect the safety of the entire community, all school activities, including athletics and extracurricular practices and competitions, will be canceled during this time. The districts will continue to collaborate with local public health and government officials to determine whether or not to extend the cancelation.