An executive order by Jackson County directed residents to stay at home except for essential needs beginning Tuesday, March 24th. The order, similar to those being issued throughout the country, intends to help “flatten the curve” of coronavirus infections in the area. The order is in place for 30 days, at which time the need will be reassessed.
Grain Valley Schools joined other area districts in extending their closure through at least April 24th. All school district facilities remain closed for student or community use for the duration of the school closure. All activities and practices are canceled during the school closure.
The district stated the Valley Kids before and after school program remains closed, but they are exploring the possibility of providing daycare for children of parents and guardians in the medical professions and other first responders in the community.
The district will begin its Grab and Go lunch program for families begins on Monday and will proceed as planned. Any modifications that need to be made to this program will be communicated with those directly involved.
Grain Valley City Hall, Community Center, and City parks are closed to the public in line with the County’s stay in place order.
Utility customers are asked to pay their water bills online, over the phone, or by submitting payment to the drop box on the north side of City Hall.
The City of Grain Valley has also announced it will not disconnect water service for non-payment through June 30th.
The Grain Valley Police Department, in a tweet dated March 16th, stated officers would respond in person only to emergency calls for service. All other calls/reports will be handled via telephone. For non-emergency calls, residents are asked to call Jackson County Dispatch at 816-795-1960. Street patrols will continue by officers.
The City has established a page on its website to share information related to COVID-19:https://www.cityofgrainvalley.org/covid-19-community-information/.
Numerous churches and community organizations as well as the Mid-Continent Public Library and YMCA have also announced closures. Valley News will continue to share cancellation information via social media and on our website, www.grainvalleynews.com, as it becomes available.