CPSD follows governor's orders to close until April 17
CPSD follows Governor’s orders to close until April 17
CLINTON — After Governor Tate Reeves’s press conference on Thursday, March 19, the Clinton Public School District will be closed until April 17, 2020.
The governor signed an executive order closing all public schools in the state until the mid-April date. CPSD previously stated the closure would go through March 27 but will extend the closure through the third Friday in April.
Clinton Superintendent Dr. Tim Martin released two video messages to parents and students informing them of the district’s plans moving forward.
“We are mailing home packets of instructional material for kindergarten through fifth grade students to work on over the next two weeks,” Dr. Martin said. “Sixth through twelfth graders will have assignments to complete on Canvas.”
Teachers will be working from home in various creative ways during this time of distance-based learning.
CPSD will also provide lunches for all K-12 Clinton students beginning on Monday, March 23 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. . Students need not qualify for free or reduced lunch to receive a grab-and-go lunch. Lunches will be available for curbside pickup daily at the back of the Northside/Eastside campus. Parents are to enter in the Northside entrance to pick up lunches.
To meet the demands of digital instruction, parents of elementary students K-5 will have the opportunity to sign out their child’s iPad at the school their child attends. This pick up will be held between 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. from Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
All school offices will be open daily during this closure from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Office staff and building administrators will be available for phone calls only. No face-to-face business will be conducted.
Clinton’s Central Office will have regular business hours, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. for phone calls only as well.
Due to the closure, Clinton High School’s prom originally scheduled for April 18, 2020 has been canceled.
Dr. Martin said if the closures continue past April 17, the district is committed to doing everything it can to ensure graduation ceremonies are held.
“We certainly understand the importance of graduation,” Dr. Martin said, “and we will do everything in our power to have commencement. We’ll be able to make a clearer decision as we get closer to May.
For all updates, visit www.clintonpublicschools.com and click on the CPSD COVID-19 Updates button.