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Independence schools extend Thanksgiving break

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Posted at 6:08 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 09:09:19-05

INDEPENDENCE SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS WOKE UP TO A PLEASANT SURPRISE FRIDAY.  — Independence School District students woke up to a pleasant surprise Friday.

Superintendent Dale Herl tweeted that the district will extend its Thanksgiving break by two days.

It will now include the Monday and Tuesday before the holiday, making the break the whole week of Thanksgiving. Students will return to class on Nov. 30.

Early Education and after school programming is also canceled on those days.

District representatives said the two extra days will be used to clean buildings because of rising COVID-19 cases and give students and staff extra time with their families. The district started two weeks before other districts, which allows flexibility in the schedule.

Herl sent the following message to parents on Thursday:

Good afternoon,

This school year has been unlike any we have experienced. We have been extremely fortunate that since August 24th, our students have had the opportunity to safely attend school and take part in activities. That is due to the incredible work and commitment of our staff. I hope you will share your appreciation with your student’s teachers and support staff. The safety and well-being of our students, staff, families and community is vitally important.

Please make note of a calendar change. Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th will be treated as snow days and will be added to the calendar at the end of the school year. There will be no school those days. There will be no Early Education, Kids Safari or other programming. We will take that opportunity to thoroughly clean our buildings and have a fresh start when we return on Monday, November 30th. I hope this communication gives you time to make plans for those days. We look forward to returning on Monday, November 30th. Thank you for supporting your student and the Independence School District!

Dr. Herl