ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Ferguson-Florissant School District announced it will temporarily close schools and go online amid coronavirus concerns.
Officials said students will have a half day on Monday, March 16 where staff will receive training in online instruction. Students and staff will have a full day on March 17 to receive devices for online teaching and learning. The district will pass out laptops to students who need them.
Schools will be closed March 18 through April 3, which includes the district's spring break from March 21 through March 29.
The district serves more than 11,000 students. Some of those students depend on school meals. Officials said the school is working on a meal distribution plan that would provide meals for students twice a day. School buses and drivers will drop the meals off at a satellite location.
"We know it's gonna be a challenge for our parents. We're gonna do everything we can to support them, ever our teachers, they'll have their babies with them while they're home or here working. We want to be as thoughtful and as sensitive as we can with that," said superintendent, Dr. Joseph Davis.
Davis said Spectrum has also offered to install internet for free and not charge for 60 days to make sure students can complete their school work.
The district said it is not yet clear if the days will need to be made up. The district will need to submit a waiver to the state board of education, which will decide whether the district will need to make up the days.
Staff will still be paid while the school district is closed.