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Jasper County Tribune

Baxter schools closing

District will shut down for four weeks

With the recommendation from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, administrators at the Baxter Community School District have made the decision to close the school for four weeks. The district made the announcement Monday.

“While the Baxter Community School District is currently on spring break, we will comply with that request. Therefore, effective immediately, all buildings are closed and all activities are canceled at the request of Governor Reynolds,” the release stated.

The closure includes “any open gym, athletic practice, rehearsal or any other activity otherwise sanctioned, or not, by the school district.” According to administration, classes will resume and the schools will re-open only when it is deemed safe to do so, as the districted works in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Jasper County Health Department, the administrative leadership team and the Baxter Board of Directors. Baxter facilities will be accessible only to those personnel essential for continuity of operations including administrators, clerical staff, custodians, maintenance staff and contractors.

“This is a very multi-faceted and fluid situation. Our school board and administration will meet this evening to begin to formulate a communication plan as updates become available. We will also begin looking at trying to answer multiple questions I am sure all of you have,” the release said.

To close, it said more information will be communicated in the next day or two and to continue to check the district website and emails for updates.

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