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Ferguson-Florissant School District Prepares for Delayed Start of Classes With Counseling, Extra Security

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Demonstrators hold up roses while protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown make their voices heard on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal asking for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Demonstrators hold up roses while protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown make their voices heard on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal asking for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - The Ferguson-Florissant School District has all their schools closed again today, and they’ll remain closed for the rest of the week.

And when the schools do re-open, there will be a few changes.

“We’ve put a number of things in place to both ensure the safety of our students and perhaps a greater need that we anticipate is to be ready to serve the social and emotional needs of our students,”  says Jana Shortt, spokesperson for the district.

She says they’re ready on both fronts, with extra help from counselors and extra security.

Shortt says making up the days lost shouldn’t be a problem.

“Because this is occurring at the beginning of the school year, we have many more options for making up time as needed,” she says.

Shortt says the decision to close all week was made with the convenience of the students’ families in mind.

Children and teens who attend school in the Ferguson-Florissant District and depend on food assistance will receive free sack lunches today, tomorrow and Friday.

The lunches will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily at five elementary schools: Duchesne, Airport, Griffith, Holman and Wedgwood.

The district plans to start the school year next Monday, August 25.

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