The Saint James School District has announced that it is extending its school closure through May 1, with classes now tentatively scheduled to resume on Monday, May 4, due to the ongoing pandemic. Superintendent Merlyn Johnson made the following announcement this afternoon:
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The St. James Caring Center Emergency Food Pantry received donations from Phelps County Bank (PCB) and Country Mart to receive critically needed items as supplies dwindled last week. As more families are needing food while practicing social distancing, the pantry will need additional assistance.
St. James Nutrition Services kicked off its first week of feeding children in the community while school is out due to COVID-19. Cars pulled up to the Lucy Wortham James Elementary School to receive breakfast and lunches for two days. The nutrition department will continue to offer these meals as long as school is out due to the pandemic.
Two insurance representatives presented plans to the St. James Board of Education on March 19, providing details on how the district could move from an insurance consortium to a self-funded plan. Jay Higgins, of Schroepfer Insurance Group, and Dean Eggerding, of USI Insurance, spoke to the board about what options they could provide the district.
St. James Mayor Rick Krawiecki signed a proclamation on Saturday encouraging social distancing and ordering a voluntary shelter in place order until April 30. The city is encouraging citizens to stay home to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and has taken additional steps to safeguard city employees.