Ferguson-Florissant School District announces changes amid unrest

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by Cory Stark / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

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Posted on August 20, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 7:02 AM

FERGUSON(KMOV.com) – The Ferguson-Florissant School District announced Wednesday it is implementing changes in light of the unrest in Ferguson.

District officials said staff will go through a new training program, known as Response Intervention Support Education (RISE), Thursday. RISE is aimed to guide staff members so they can help students through the unrest.

The district also announced scheduling changes and said it is expanding bus routes so more students at Griffith Elementary can get a ride to school. The district will also provide sack lunches at its elementary schools Friday.

District officials said they do not feel it is safe to start school while protests, which have sometimes tuned violent, are taking place. Some say the violence has been caused by those not from the community.

“Those actions are impacting young people, and that is a very serious disruption to the education of the youth in this community,” Jana Shortt said.

The district said it is also preparing for future school days that may be canceled by launching a new online learning resource for parents to use so they can educate their children at home.

Changes have also been made for high school football games Saturday. McCluer High School and McCluer South-Berkeley High School are scheduled to open the season at home, but will play somewhere else.

McCleur will take on Cyde C. Miller Career Academy at 10:00 a.m at Gateway Tech. McCluer South-Berkeley will play Cleveland Naval ROTC at Sumner High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

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