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Some local schools return to in-person learning, others go virtual after Thanksgiving break


Some local school districts are returning to in-person learning, post-Thanksgiving break.

Jefferson City School District, Moberly School District and Fulton Public Schools moved to online learning before the holiday but are moving back to the classrooms Monday.

This all comes as cases continue to rise across the state.

The Moberly School District promoted a "mask wearing culture" in its announcements, encouraging students to wear their masks at school.

Moberly went online Nov. 10-30, citing staffing shortages and a lack of substitutes. Jefferson City also cited a staffing shortage as its reason for moving online.

Districts stressed the importance of staying home today if you feel sick or if you have been in close contact with a positive case.

Meanwhile, some mid-Missouri school districts either extended or expanded virtual learning after the holiday.

Blair Oaks R-II Schools announced Wednesday that students in grades 2-12 would learn virtually Monday and Tuesday.

"As a District, we want to make sure we have adequate time to review and contact trace any and all cases that may arise over the break," the district said in an update on its website. "This decision is being made with an abundance of caution."

Blair Oaks hopes to return to in-person learning at all grade levels Wednesday, but the district said there may be a need to extend the virtual learning period.

Mexico Public Schools and Southern Boone Elementary will be online this week. Southern Boone cited staffing issues as the reason for going virtual.

In early November, the Governor released new Missouri School Reopening & Operating Guidance, aiming to provide additional clarity and consistency for Missouri school leaders and public health officials as they make decisions about school reopening and operating strategies at the local level.

The CDC also released return to learn guidelines in July.

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