District announces closure of schools and cancellation of events through Sunday, April 5

After Johnson County public health officer Joseph LeMaster signed an order, all county districts shut down through the date

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By Kristen Garrett

District Superintendent Frank Harwood speaks during graduation. Harwood, along with all other Johnson County school districts, put out a statement announcing school closures Monday, March 16.

Ben Wieland, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

All district schools are closed through Sunday, April 5. The decision to close schools, which was taken Monday, March 16 by every Johnson County school district, was made to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

All activities, practices and events are cancelled as well, and school facilities will not be available for rent. Further information about meal programs and the continuation of learning during the nineteen-day period of school closures will be provided by the district by the end of the week.

The decision came after an order from Joseph LeMaster, a Johnson County public health official. It followed an announcement earlier in the day from Kansas governor Laura Kelly banning gatherings of more than 50 people and an announcement by Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas that all Kansas City public schools would close and all Kansas City restaurants could only serve customers via drive-thru, pickup or delivery.

 

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