Carter County Schools plan changes due to impending county lockdown

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Changes have been made to Carter County School plans in response to Carter County’s impending seven-day lockdown.
Kevin Ward, director of schools, sat down on Monday morning with Danny McClain, Student Services Director, Lindsey Feathers, School Nutrition Supervisor, and Jerri Beth Nave, Federal Programs Director, to discuss plans moving forward.
The group decided on discontinuing the drive-through meal service at 10 remote locations throughout the county, and also double-up on meals for certain days to lessen the amount of social interactions, and to comply with the lockdown.
“We are trying to look and see how we can move forward, and comply, but still get food into the hands of our kids here in Carter County,” Ward said. “What we are trying to do is find a way to lessen exposure chances.”
The original five locations for meal pick-up, as well as their hours, will remain the same until April 1. These locations are at Cloudland Elementary, Hampton High School, Happy Valley Elementary, Hunter Elementary and Little Milligan. Hours for pick-up are from noon to 1 p.m. On April 1, students will be given breakfast and lunch for the next three days. Next week, the sites will have meals available for pick-up on Monday, where they will get food for two days, and then on Wednesday, where they will get food for three days. These plans will be adjusted as decisions come along.
Ward said that as of now, it is unknown at this time if or when students will return to school for the remainder of the school year. Discussions and decisions on this will be announced soon.
The group also discussed homework packets, which had previously been available at the central office in a bin for pick-up. Ward said these will now be planned by teachers and will be picked up at the schools of students. Packets will contain two weeks worth of content. Decisions on days these will be available for pickup is being decided as of this article, and will be announced when they are decided.
For more information regarding changes to Carter County Schools, you can check out their Facebook page or website.

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