St. Louis school closures extended through April 22

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Photo by Kim Brady Photography

Students at Wohlwend Elementary in Oakville, above, along with Rogers and Forder, stood outside their houses Sunday to wave as their teachers drove by in a parade.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

Students will remain at home for at least the next month after St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Louis City schools extended building closures through Wednesday, April 22.

The extension is consistent with the stayathome orders issued in the county and the city over the weekend that also last through April 22. A stay-at-home order was just issued for Jefferson County.

“I… know this continued closure will generate lots of questions, especially for our families with seniors. I can tell you today we just don’t have all the answers, but our teams are working to finalize plans on a multitude of items,” said Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines in a video released by the district Monday. “One thing I know for sure is that our staff have been incredibly committed to our kids. We will continue to do everything we can to support our community during this closure. Thank you for your support and your patience as we navigate this challenging landscape.”

All school districts in the county and in the city will be extending their closures, including Lindbergh Schools, Affton School District, Bayless School District and Hancock Place School District.

Lindbergh Schools will begin virtual learning today, according to an email that went out to parents Monday.

“Remember, virtual instruction will not be perfect, but our goal is to make it as helpful and flexible as possible,” said Lindbergh Superintendent Tony Lake. “We aren’t expecting parents and guardians to become full-time teachers, and we are grateful for your support as we navigate this journey together.”

Lindbergh, Mehlville, Affton, Bayless and Hancock plan to continue offering free meals to students through the closure. More information about each individual district’s free meal plans can be found here.

See Gaines’ message to the Mehlville community below: