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Columbia Public Schools considers delaying start date amid COVID-19 pandemic


Columbia Public Schools is considering delaying the start date for the upcoming school year until after Labor Day.

District Superintendent Peter Stiepleman confirmed that the discussions started Monday during a staff and employee meeting.

Stiepleman said, "The topic of starting after Labor Day was discussed and it is being strongly considered. The Board of Education will discuss this and other possible instructional models in depth tomorrow."

The school board is holding a special session Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss re-opening schools.

District spokeswoman, Michelle Baumstark said CMNEA, Columbia Missouri National Education Association, recommended moving the start date in a plan released several days ago.

Baumstark adds that no decisions will be made at the Tuesday meeting but discussions will happen as the district continues to monitor the virus.

According to the district's academic calendar, CPS students are scheduled to start on August 25th.

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Deborah Kendrick

Deborah is a weekday morning anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News.



  1. Despite the FACT that children are hardly affected at all, and that there is not one recorded instance of a child transmitting to a teacher. Anywhere in the entire world. NONE!

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