School is cancelled for Thursday at USD 377 Atchison County Community Schools.

School officials messaged a text alert concerning the upcoming cancellation earlier in the week. The decision was based on a significant number of students and staffs’ plans to attend the funeral services for Carol Eckert, a longtime district employee.

That the district has met the required length of the school year, in accordance with Kansas criteria, was another factor considered for the day off from classes.

There will be an announcement forthcoming that centers on an adjustment for the Atchison County Community High School finals.

Eckert, 76, of Effingham, died May 19 at Hickory Pointe Nursing Home in Oskaloosa. Eckert served as a para-educator and librarian at ACCHS. She was also active and served various roles in the Atchison County 4-H Program and Atchison County FCE.

Funeral services for Eckert are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Effingham.

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