Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s daily press briefing today was a busy one. Among the areas of focus was education. During the briefing, it was announced Missouri K-12 schools will receive $208-million from the CARES Act. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven explains how these funds will be used.

Schools throughout Missouri are closed for the rest of the current academic career, and plans are currently being worked out for in-person classes to resume this fall. While these schools will receive some economic relief from the pandemic, many of Missouri’s colleges will have to cut back on spending. Governor Parson says plans will be worked out to build the funding back up in the future.

Parson is working with other midwestern governors to open up the economy in the coming weeks and months. Parson says when the opening takes place, it will need to be done safely and sensibly.

While Parson urged Missourians to continue to practice social distancing, he also advised them to responsibly venture outdoors for needed recreation. Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sara Parker Pauley says there are plenty of outdoor activities for Missourians to take advantage of.

Spring Turkey Season will also be open for hunters beginning Monday. While the outdoors are open, the MDC’s staffed shooting ranges, nature centers, and education centers are all closed until at least April 30th.