Scott schools serve more than 20,000 meals during closure

Holly Viers • Apr 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM

GATE CITY — Schools in Scott County continue to be closed, but staff are making sure the students are still fed.

During Tuesday’s virtual Scott County School Board meeting, Superintendent John Ferguson said that as of Monday, 20,334 meals had been handed out to students during the school closure, with many more meals to come.

The school system has been providing breakfasts and lunches to students each week at schools and community sites across the county. School sites distribute one hot meal plus additional shelf-stable meals, while community sites distribute only shelf-stable meals.

Those who would like to pick up meals can view the pickup locations and times online at www.scottschools.com.

In other action, the board:

• Canceled spring break, which would have taken place next week, in order to continue providing meals to students during that time. If the break had still been on the schedule, Ferguson said, the school system would not have been allowed to distribute meals.

• Moved up the high school graduation date to May 20; this is the date that will appear on students’ diplomas, regardless of whether a ceremony is held. Ferguson and members of the board expressed hope that graduation ceremonies could take place, but did not make that guarantee due to uncertainty about the pandemic.

• Approved a resolution allowing the board to continue meeting electronically during the pandemic. The measure allows the board to address regular business during its meetings, not just business related to COVID-19.

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