CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Child Nutrition has worked with all 55 counties to open sites to feed children this week.
Starting today, Monday, March 16, more than 500 sites around the state will begin operations to ensure children who require school breakfasts and lunches will receive meals during the statewide school closure caused by the Coronavirus (COVID19) threat.
Fayette County - Superintendent Terry George has announced the following:
"Beginning tomorrow Monday, March 16, 2020, and through the rest of the crisis we will make a combined breakfast and lunch delivery to all bus stops beginning at 10:00 AM. Students only will be able to obtain a food bag. Please remember to accompany younger students. Please remember the following things on the first day:
- You may be waiting a while on the first day.
- The driver will begin at their first stop at 10:00 AM and work their way through their route.
- Please be patient. Drivers will be able to give you a specific time on that first day when they stop to hand out a food bag.
McDowell County -
McDowell County Schools will provide lunch for ANY CHILD 18 and UNDER starting tomorrow Monday, March 16, 2020 at all school sites from 11:00AM - 1:00PM.
Families may drive up to the main door at each school campus to pick up the grab and go style meal for children.
Plans are now being developed to deliver meals to children at their regular bus stops starting this Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. McDowell County Schools will share the plan and bus route schedules with families as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's principal or the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-436-8441 Ext 240.
MERCER CO. UPDATE March 19, 2020:
In an effort to maximize the number of students who are being served lunch and breakfast, Mercer County Schools will begin delivering meals on bus routes on Thursday, March 19th. Parents should expect buses to arrive at their morning bus stops 4 hours after the normal pick up time. For example, if the bus normally arrives at 7:10 am, the bus delivering meals should be expected at 11:10 am. If your child currently receives a special diet as part of their health care plan, please notify the staff members who are delivering. In addition, for the safety of our youngest students we request that a parent or guardian be at the bus stop with our Pre-K through 3rd grade students. Keep in mind, meals may be picked up by parent or guardian. Students do not have to be present.
In addition to bus delivery meals may continue to be picked up at all school locations between the hours of 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
As you have previously been made aware parents and students have a choice to receive their academic assignments digitally or in a printed format. Digital assignments will be available beginning Thursday, March 19. Printed assignments and instructional materials will be available in packets and ready for parent pick-up at each school site on Friday, March 20, during regular school hours.
Students who need to return completed assignments may do so on any school day by returning materials to the staff delivering meals at their bus stops during meal drop-off times. For additional options on how to return completed assignments contact your child's school.
MERCER CO. UPDATE March 18, 2020:
The Mercer County Board of Education, Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias, in conjunction with other local organizations in the region, are partnering with Warm a Heart, Give a Bed to ensure that the students have enough food during the COVID-19 crisis.
Bags are being assembled of non-perishable food for our students.
These food bags will ensure that our students have food on the weekends and supplement the weekday meals, lost from the school closure.
There is an anticipation of over 1000 student bags needed per week.
Students can pick up food bags at their bus stop beginning Friday.
Times to be announced on the MCBOE Facebook page or can also be picked up at your school from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
MERCER CO. UPDATE March 17, 2020: Mercer County Schools will continue to provide meals for pick-up at each school site from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and Wednesday March 18, 2020. Plans for future meal distribution are in development. As a reminder, if your student currently receives a special diet as part of their health care plan, please remind school staff when you arrive at the school. Parents and students will have a choice to receive educational materials digitally or through printed materials. Digital assignments will be available by Thursday, March 19, 2020. Printed materials will be available for parent pick-up at each school site on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Mercer County - According to Assistant Superintendent, Rick Ball, Mercer County Schools announced student feeding plans.
On Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th parents and/or students may pick up lunch at their child's school between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The lunch will include breakfast items for the following day.
For parents with children in multiple schools, they may pick up lunches at any of their children's school locations.
Students need not be present for the pickup.
Information regarding meals for Wednesday and the days following will be sent out Tuesday evening.
If you have questions or require additional information contact your child's school.
RALEIGH CO. UPDATE March 19, 2020:
Raleigh County - Raleigh County Schools are starting a student feeding program on March 17.
All schools in Raleigh County will be offering a drive through parent pick-up Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM daily in front of the school. To be eligible for Grab & Go breakfast and lunch, students must be present and enrolled in Raleigh County in grades Pre-K—12.
To be eligible for grab & go breakfast and lunch, students must be present, and enrolled in Raleigh County Schools (grades preK-12).
Summers County - Summers County Emergency Child Nutrition Plan:
Summers County Schools will be feeding students on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Monday you will be receiving multiple meals, plus instructions on how to safely prepare the food. All Bus stops will remain the same on those two days. Every school, with the exception of Summers County High School, will still offer the drive-thru options on Mondays and Thursdays.
Lunches and next day's breakfasts will be available at each school from 11-1 in a "drive through" format. All children 18 and under, regardless of where they attend school, may receive a lunch and next day's breakfast.
Buses will deliver food based on the following schedule.
Lunches and next day's breakfasts will also continue to be available at each school from 11-1 in a "drive through" format. All children 18 and under, regardless of where they attend school, may receive a lunch and next day's breakfast.
Loading at Talcott Elementary School
Bus 147 (Load time 10:15, leave Talcott at 10:30am)
Country Roads Store 11:00-12:30
Loading at Hinton Area Elementary School
Bus 146 (Load time 10:15, leave HAE at 10:30)
Upland Church – Hix Mountain 11:00-12:00
Crossroads Intersection 12:15-1:00
Bus 49 (leave HAE at 10:30)
Countryside Baptist Church Parking Lot 11:00-12:30
Loading at Summers Middle School
Bus 154 (Load time 10:00, leave SMS at 10:15)
Mt. View Road/Mary Jane Church 11:00-12:00
Robin Roost Fire Department 12:30-1:15
Bus 152 (leave at 10:15)
Cook’s Chapel Church 11:00-12:30
Loading at Jumping Branch Elementary
Bus 140 (Load time 10:15, leave JBE at 10:30)
Intersection at the top of Ellison and Hoover 11:00-12:00
Billy Dan Lilly Hill (Hatcher’s Branch) 12:15-1:00
Loading at Summers County High School
Bus 151 (Load time 10:00, leave at 10:15)
Green Sulphur 64 Underpass 11:00-12:30
Bus 156 (leave at 10:30)
Sandstone 64 Underpass 11:00-12:30
UPDATE March, 23: We plan to continue it as long as we are able. We will be feeding the students this Thursday as scheduled from 9-1 through the pickup line at the four schools we have designated (Abbs Valley Elementary School, Tazewell Primary, Richlands Elementary School, and Graham Middle School). We will also continue to deliver meals at all of our normal bus stops from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Tazewell County Public Schools will begin serving meals to all Tazewell County Public School students on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The following schools will be used for grab & go breakfast/lunch: Abbs Valley Elementary School, Graham Middle School, Richlands Elementary School, and Tazewell Primary School.
Students should go to the school closest to them for meals. Meals will also be delivered via the normal bus routes on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Students must be present to receive meals at the schools or bus stops. Students may pick up 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches (1 for Tuesday, 1 for Wednesday).
We will follow the same routine on Thursday, March 19, 2020, with students receiving breakfast/lunch for Thursday & Friday.
Next week will be very similar to this week with lunch/breakfast beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, for 3 meals/days (students may receive 3 breakfast & 3 lunches) and again on Thursday, March 26, 2020 (students may receive 2 breakfast/2 lunches).
In addition to ensuring that meals are available to our students, we would also like to provide the community with the following information:
- TCPS School Board has withdrawn the last day of school, graduation, and the last teacher workday. We do not know exactly when schools will reopen, but when they do we will re-evaluate our calendar and update the public on the new dates for graduation, the last day of school, and the last teacher workday.
- Learning packets will be available at each of our schools on Thursday, March 19, 2020, between the hours of 9-1. Parents can pick them up from their child's school. If you can’t pick up your child’s packet during that time period, please call your child’s school and we will work to find a way to ensure you receive your child’s packet.
- The all-day kindergarten registration originally scheduled for March 24, 2020, has been postponed. We will schedule a new date when school resumes.
- The substitute teaching workshop scheduled for March 18 and the Para Pro test scheduled for March 25 have both been canceled.
Thank you for your partnership as we continue to prepare for and respond to this evolving situation. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
About Tazewell County Public Schools:
Tazewell County Public Schools administers all public schools in Tazewell County, Virginia. The school system is managed by the School Board based in Tazewell, Virginia.
The division superintendent is Dr. Chris Stacy. The mission of Tazewell County Public Schools is to provide a safe learning community committed to increasing student achievement by engaging stakeholders to maximize student success.
For more information about Tazewell County Public Schools, visit www.tazewell.k12.va.us/.
Wythe County - Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the school closure (March 16 – March 27).
Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Children must be present to receive a meal.
Meals will be provided, on a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:
Fort Chiswell High School (Monday, Wednesday & Friday): 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bus Deliveries (Monday, Wednesday & Friday):
Jackson Memorial Elementary School 10:30 am – 11:00 am
New River General Store 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Sheffey Elementary School 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Max Meadows Community Center 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
George Wythe High School (Monday, Wednesday & Friday): 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bus Deliveries (Monday, Wednesday & Friday):
Northwinds Apartments 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Wal-Mart 11:05 am – 11:20 am
Scott Memorial Middle School 11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Rural King 12:10 pm – 12:30 pm
Rural Retreat High School (Monday, Wednesday & Friday): 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bus Deliveries (Monday, Wednesday & Friday):
Speedwell Elementary School 10:30 am – 10:50 am
Food Country 11:15 am – 11:40 am
Williams Orchard 12:05 pm – 12:30 pm
Children will receive two meals per pick up/delivery (i.e., Meals picked up on Monday will be for Monday and Tuesday)
To see more places feeding children during this time, click here.
Last week, WVDE received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowing counties flexibility to feed students in non-congregant settings during unanticipated school closures.
Upon Governor Jim Justice’s announcement on Friday, March 13, 2020, to close all pre-k–12 schools to reduce the potential impact of the disease, the WVDE began the process of getting plans finalized and sites approved so that meal distribution can begin Monday.
Both Governor Justice and Superintendent W. Clayton Burch have said child nutrition is a top priority during the closure.
The amount of work that was done over a 48-hour period usually requires months of planning.
However, Superintendent Burch, his leadership team and the Office of Child Nutrition worked throughout the weekend with counties to prepare for distribution on Monday.
Plans range from feeding sites to school buses delivering meals to bus stops and other locations.
To date, West Virginia is the only state in the country with no confirmed cases of COVID19. An information hotline for COVID-19 has been established and operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.
For the most up to date information, please visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov or wvde.us/COVID19.