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Columbia Public Schools announces extension of closure after stay-at-home order issued


Columbia Public Schools said Tuesday the district will be out of session until April 27 after local authorities issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The stay-at-home order starts Wednesday and is in effect through April 24, a Friday. However, it can be rescinded or extended, officials said during a news conference Tuesday.

"This means that our alternative and distance learning methods will be extended," the district said in an email to parents. The district dismissed last week as districts across the state announced plans to close. Classes were originally set to start again April 13.

CPS officials said last week that a Russell Boulevard Elementary employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The district posted more information for parents on its website.

Public health officials say 20 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Boone County. Three of those cases were from community transmission. One person has died.

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Matthew Sanders

Matthew Sanders is the digital content director at ABC 17 News.


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