Jennings, Riverview Gardens close for Ferguson unrest

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The latest unrest in Ferguson has triggered two other area school districts to close their doors Monday.

Jennings and Riverview Gardens school districts will be closed.

According to Riverview Gardens' spokesman Melanie Powell-Robinson, the closure is a result of impacts to students who would need to walk or be transported to school. All activities have been cancelled as well.

The security command center has been established in Jennings, which lead to the decision to close schools there, according to a district statement.

All 11 and 12-month employees will report to Jennings Schools on a delayed 8 a.m. schedule, while staff members will be allowed into the buildings to prepare for Tuesday's classes.

You can see the full Jennings' statement below:

As a result of unrest in the neighboring Ferguson community last night and this morning, the Governor has called for the National Guard to report to Ferguson. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, although there are not current incidents at this time, given the command center is in Jennings, we do anticipate some possible initial early morning traffic issues and we do not encourage students to walk to school this morning as a result. Therefore, school will be closed for students on August 18, 2014. All 11 and 12 month employees will report on a delayed 8 AM schedule and schools will be open and accessible on Monday to staff members who need to access their classrooms in preparation for Tuesday. In an effort to be supportive of authorities, minimize student traffic throughout the area, and assess matters further, school will remain closed on August 18th . We do anticipate school being open on Tuesday, August 19th. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we ensure conditions are as safe as possible for our students to travel to school given the issues occurring in the neighboring community.

Early Monday morning, Ferguson-Florissant announced that it would postpone its first day of classes again. School was scheduled to start August 14.


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