In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Smithville School District, Liberty Public Schools and Kearney School District announced an extended closure following spring break, welcoming students back tentatively Monday, April 6.

“Smithville School District will be closed for three weeks,” a social media post from Smithville’s district states, “with classes scheduled to resume Monday, April 6, unless we communicate otherwise.”

While students will not be on campus, before they were released on break, students and staff were directed to bring district-issued devices home with them in the event this decision was made.

Students and staff will continue the learning process via Smithville’s Continuation of Learning Plan. For details regarding student, parent and staff expectations, click {a href=”” target=”_blank”}here.

More details related to Smithville School District can be found at or by calling the district office at 532-0406.

Similarly, a letter to parents from Liberty Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Tucker states the decision to close came after many conversations with local health officials, city government leaders, state agencies and other districts.

“We wanted to share this information with you as soon as possible to allow families time to prepare for the extended closure,” Tucker said. “Additional information, with details and specifics, will be forthcoming. Also, any necessary updates will be provided on our LPS website,”

Learning will continue for LPS students using the Flexible Learning Plan.

In Kearney, a release states, “The decision has been very difficult to make as we know the impact it will have on our families. We believe it is the right choice in order to do our part to protect the community as we learn more about this virus and how it works.”

Learning will continue with Kearney students by way of e-learning as well as plans outlined for students without access to computer devices or internet.

“In the coming days the district will provide more direction on how this will be provided to families,” the release states.

The district is also partnering with Southwest Foodservice Excellence to provide meals for students.

For more information about Kearney’s district response to the coronavirus, visit or click {a href=”” target=”_blank”}here.

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

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