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story.lead_photo.caption New Bloomfield R-3 School District Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — New Bloomfield R-3 will suspend classes beginning Wednesday through April 3.

Superintendent Sarah Wisdom announced the decision via email Monday. She noted the period of closure includes what would've been the district's spring break (March 23-27). The district is waiting on state guidance to decide how and if the missed days will be made up.

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The district will decide whether to extend the break as April 3 nears.

Though no online instruction is currently planned, students will be sent home with ways to continue learning.

"We are providing online and hard copies of instructional materials to students as well as taking home laptops if they are needed," Wisdom said.

Hard-copies and online materials will cover the same activities and concepts, because not all students have access to the internet at home. Students will be encouraged, but not required to complete homework, she added.

The district's school buses will continue to run, but instead of delivering students to school, they'll be delivering meals to students.

"We will run sack breakfast and lunches to all free and reduced eligible students as well as anyone who would like to opt in to receiving meals for the rest of this week and March 30 through April 3 (not including spring break)," Wisdom said.

The meals are available for all students, not just those who would normally be eligible for free and reduced lunches. Interested parents and guardians should contact New Bloomfield's central office at 573-491-3700 (extension 1) or email Nancy Moore at [email protected] by 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Decisions about other details, including whether teachers and other staff will receive pay during the break, will be made during Tuesday evening's New Bloomfield Board of Education meeting. The meeting will convene at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

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