Northland schools finalize extended closure plans

Northland schools gear up for extended home learning during COVID-19 social distancing.

Northland school districts will remain closed in accordance with the stay-at-home order through April 24. Each district will provide breakfast and lunch to students for pick up.

During the closure, all activities and practices have been canceled. These include activities sanctioned by MSHSAA, Northland CAPS, Area Career Center, Northland Career Center and KC Tech Academy.

Liberty Public Schools


LPS will conduct learning using the Flexible Learning Days model.


While the district remains closed in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, students will have access to breakfast and lunch either by pick-up or delivery. For special meal preparation, families should call 736-5375 before picking up.

Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday, no preorder necessary, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at Ridgeview Elementary School, 701 Thornton St.; or from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Liberty Oaks Elementary School, 8150 Farley Ave.

Families unable to pick up from one of the two available sites can call Nutrition Services at 736-5375 to make arrangements for delivery. Personnel will deliver to qualifying families.

Families interested in securing meals for the current day and the following day may request and receive two days of meals per visit.

For other updates from LPS regarding the coronavirus, visit

Kearney School District


Teachers will have two, one-hour blocks of time set aside each day as office hours for learning support. Details will be sent out via School Messenger.

A schedule for teachers will be created by building administration and instructional plans can be found at

Families who need access to buildings for forgotten items like books, supplies, glasses and medications along with other items, will be allowed to do so according to each buildings’ set schedule. Administrators will communicate with families what each building plan is.

Families who need paper-based student learning materials for their classes can contact the district at 628-4116 by noon on any given weekday. Any request made by noon will be delivered to the family home the same day before 3:30 p.m. Any request after noon may be delivered by noon the following day.


KSD is providing breakfast and lunch to families who request meals while school is closed through a “Grab and Go” method. Meals are provided Monday through Friday for students age 1 to 18. Families can pick meals up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dogwood Elementary School, 1400 Cedarwood Parkway; Kearney Elementary School, 902 S. Jefferson St.; or Kearney High School, 715 E. 19th St.

Families in need of food, hygiene supplies or school supplies can contact a social worker at 628-2651.

Smithville School District


Each Smithville student is asked to check their learning platform after 8:30 a.m. for assignments. Lessons are a continuation of what students were learning before break. Lessons will not exceed 30 minutes in length and each teacher will be available to students for questions or clarification for at least an hour each school day.

Middle and high school students are using district-provided devices during the extended school closure. Families with elementary students without a device at home may request one by filling out a technology request form. These forms are on the district website.

Students without internet access have aligned, printed activities at each school. Principals will communicate office hours. Printed materials will continue to be provided, as needed, as long as the district is closed.

If students are having difficulty with technology at anytime, they are asked to contact their teacher. Students can also access district internet by parking in the spaces closest to school buildings.


Free school meals are being provided for all school-aged children in grades prekindergarten through 12. Meals can be picked up from 7 to 8 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Horizon Elementary, 695 S. Commercial Ave. For those unable to pick up food, delivery is available.

Students participating in the BackSnack program will be provided extras. These can be picked up with school meals or delivered as well. To get deliveries, complete the district school meal survey accessible through the school district website.


Smithville residents can help families during this time of need by donating food items through the district. One program the district is implementing is a food box donation program. Families can access a list of needed items to put in a box for families by through the school district siteor visiting {a href=”” target=”_blank”} Boxes or grocery store gift cards can be delivered between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to the district office, 655 S. Commercial Ave.

For more information regarding SSD and the coronavirus, visit

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.

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