The president of the Missouri State Board of Education is confident local school districts are ready to begin classes this fall, whether in the classroom or online.
State Board of Education President Charlie Shields, a former Republican lawmaker from St. Joseph, says the methods being used by Missouri’s more than 500 school districts range widely.
Shields adds board members have been impressed with the plans schools have made to reopen this fall amid a pandemic.
Many Missouri schools have kicked off fall classes and others will soon start.
Shields says many rural districts are simply returning to the classroom while a few urban school districts will begin the year remotely. The vast majority have employed a combination of classroom instruction with virtual learning from home.
Missouri has more than 500 school districts.