COVID-19 to delay school year for Argonia Elementary

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By Travis Mounts

ARGONIA – School won't start on time for students at Argonia Elementary School.

On Monday, superintendent Dr. Rustin Clark announced that students at AES would not head back to school as planned this Thursday. The delay is because a number of elementary teachers are quarantining because of COVID-19 or possible exposure to the virus.

Instead, elementary students will start the 2020-21 school year next week on Friday, Aug. 28. This covers students up to fifth grade. Preschool will now begin on Monday, Aug. 31.

Clark noted that this change does not impact students at Argonia Junior-Senior High School, which includes students from sixth through 12th grade. They will start school this Thursday, Aug. 20.

This Thursday and Friday will be early-release days for the junior high and high school students, with classes dismissing following lunch.

An updated 2020-21 calendar is being posted on the district website at www.argonia359.org.

Cheney is the only other school in the Times-Sentinel Newspapers' coverage area scheduled to begin classes this week. Cheney was originally scheduled to start classes last week on Thursday. Other districts in the area delayed the start of their classes; Argonia was the only district that planned to stay with its original start date.
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