Officials with the Charleston R-1 School District announced that classes that all students will begin virtual learning at home on Friday. Officials said he switch to online studies is due to a spike of COVID-19 cases. And it is temporary. Normal classroom instruction will resume on February 1, 2021. During the closure, all school facilities will undergo a deep cleaning. Administrators also said the closure will allow for increased social distancing. Officials made the decision to close the entire school cooperation with the Mississippi County Health Department. Principals and educators at every school in the district will be contacting any families with any special instructions. All students will be expected to complete their assignments through Google Classroom, Seesaw and other formats. Officials said all school related activities, including scheduled games, will not be held during the district-wide closure. Daily meals will be available at 11 a.m. through MealsAway drive-thru, which is located behind the CHS building. JaysAway 100% virtual students are will not be affected by the closure.