FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Ferguson-Florissant School District teachers are receiving crisis management training today.
Board president Rob Chabot says they want to be able to identify any problems students may be having dealing with the tear-gased filled nights.
He says leftover tear gas canisters on the streets and the fact that some of the district’s school bus routes are located in the area where the protests and looting have taken place all led to the decision to cancel classes.
“That was another reason for postponing the school year,” he says. “We just wanted to make sure that the kids will come, they’re safe and we’re well-prepared, which academically we are. But this additional day that we’re going to receive for the teachers and the counseling I think is critical to welcome them back.”
The first day is scheduled to be next Monday, and Chabot says it’s clear from parents he’s spoken with that their children are ready to be in class.
District officials will determine later if they need to extend the school year.
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