Governor Parson meets with educators statewide to gather info about school re-openings

Governor Mike Parson meets with education leaders to discuss plans for reopening schools next month.

Although media outlets weren’t allowed into the meeting, those who attended told the Jefferson City News Tribune, topics covered included contact tracing, the difficulties of social distancing, whether districts will have adequate PPE, and how they’ll deal with a possible shortage of teachers.  The Tribune reports Eldon superintendent, Matt Davis, suggested using the Missouri National Guard to provide substitute teaching services, if necessary. 

Tuesday’s meeting was with educators from 13 public schools from mid-Missouri, along with Helias High School.  He then moved onto southwest Missouri, Tuesday evening, with a stop Wednesday in St. Louis and Thursday in Kansas City.

The Tribune reports that on leaving the meeting, Parson stated his administration is working to gather information, trying to see what the state can do to help.  But he also indicated on his exit that he places much of the responsibility on the counties to funnel federal dollars to the schools.