Distribution of Sumter school meals now only on Mondays in 4 catering centers; official confirms 2 district employees have tested positive for COVID-19

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To help ensure the health and safety of its employees and students, the Sumter School District is making another change to its student meal plan and also adjusting office hours for essential staff.

According to a statement from the district administration, starting Monday, parents and students can pick up weekly meals every Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at one of the district’s four food centers. These centers are located at Sumter High School, Crestwood High, Hillcrest Middle in Dalzell and Pocalla Springs Elementary. There will no longer be a bus meal distribution at various sites in the city and county, according to a spokesperson for the district.

When parents and students arrive at one of the catering centers during the Monday period, the students will receive breakfast and lunch for the entire week. Bags will be provided for the distribution of meals, but parents and students can also bring extra bags.

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS ARE ALSO CHANGING

In addition, starting Monday, all schools in the district will only be open at the same times (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) every Monday. Essential staff will be in schools at that time, depending on the district. For the remainder of each week, all staff will work remotely. This new policy also applies to the district office and its employees.



All other district employees have been working remotely since Monday, March 16, based on Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive order to close all public schools in the state following the spread of the coronavirus.

2 DISTRICT EMPLOYEES TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Shelly Galloway, executive director of communications and community engagement for the district, confirmed on Wednesday that two district employees had tested positive for the coronavirus.

She said in order to maintain compliance with HIPPA requirements, the district will not disclose the names or locations of employees.

Galloway added that the district’s two positive cases were a factor in the decision to change staff meal distribution and office hours, but not the only factor.

Protecting employees is important, she said, but adjustments to meal distribution and office hours have been made every week since mid-March. Similar to other school districts in the state, the district has been trying from the start to move to a one-day-per-week meal plan.

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