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In light of the governor’s recent announcement that state public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the spring semester, the Sumter School District will continue current practices regarding the teaching and distribution of meals until the start. of the month of June.
District Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox shared an informative update with the students’ families and The Sumter Item on Thursday.
The district’s meal plan until the end of the school year will follow its most recent method, which began this week. Every Monday until June 1, parents and students can pick up weekly meals 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. As this week, there will be no distribution of meals by bus on the various sites of the city and the department.
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.
In Martin-Knox’s letter, she also stated that education for students from Kindergarten to Grade 11 would continue until the last day of that school year, which is June 4. For seniors, online education will continue until May 15.
Like this week, all schools in the district will only be open at the same times (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) every Monday to ensure the health and safety of all employees in the wake of the continued spread of the coronavirus. 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 policy also applies to the district office and its employees.
While job responsibilities cannot be fulfilled remotely, Martin-Knox said, employees must report to work throughout the week while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Employees and community members entering schools and offices are encouraged to wear appropriate protective equipment, including gloves and a mask.
A district spokesperson confirmed on April 15 that two district employees tested positive for the coronavirus. To maintain compliance with HIPPA requirements, the district said it will not disclose the names or work locations of employees.
WHAT ABOUT THE GRADUATION CEREMONIES?
In the letter, the superintendent also added that the district is committed to celebrating the achievements and aspirations of the class of 2020 and that specific plans for the launching ceremonies will be shared with families in the coming days.
THE 4 DINING CENTERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
- Sumter High School, 2580 McCrays Mill Road
- Crestwood High School, 2000 Oswego Hwy.
- Hillcrest Middle School, 4355 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell
- Pocalla Springs Elementary School, 2060 Bethel Church Road
* Meals for the whole week can be collected every Monday untilh June 1 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. from one of these locations.