Columbia Public Schools to close for three days due to impact of omicron variant
Columbia Public Schools announced today that it will be taking several days off in the coming weeks to “allow for relief for our schools and staff as we experience the expected Omicron surge,” according to a letter sent to parents by Superintendent Brian Yearwood.
As of January 14th, CPS is reporting 441 students and 96 staff members currently out due to COVID-19 – with a weekly substitute fill rate of just 44.6 percent.
“Our systems and our schools are stressed as we work through this early part of the Omicron variant surge in our community,” Yearwood wrote. “Student and staff absences, as well as all other pressures, continue to increase.”
CPS will not be session on Friday, January 21, Monday, January 24, and Tuesday, January 25. These days will now serve as teacher workdays.
This comes just a day after the district announced it would be reimplementing a mask mandate beginning next Tuesday, January 18 through February 4 in response to the surge of cases in Boone County.
According to Yearwood’s letter, the Board of Education will formally vote to approve these changes to the school calendar at a work session next Thursday, January 20.