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Director's Update 3.22.20

posted Mar 22, 2020, 1:45 PM by Kurt Dronebarger   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 3:44 PM by Ashley Rust ]

COVID-19 Announcement 3.22.20

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our current plans for school services as we all navigate these uncharted waters surrounding the Coronavirus. 

First and foremost, the health and safety of our community is our main concern. Schools were closed beginning March 18th at the Governor’s suggestion and in an effort to stop the spread of this deadly virus. We urge everyone possible to stay home, use common sense hygiene practices and to avoid contact with others as much as possible. Schools are currently scheduled to re-open on April 6th, although recent reports suggest that the closure will be longer than expected. We will keep you posted with updates via school messenger calls and our school website. www.whitecoschools.net

Second, we at White County Schools are implementing plans to provide food and education services to our students and families. Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, and Thursday, March 26th, food for students age 18 and younger will be made available at all White County school locations from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. 3-days-worth of breakfast and lunch meals will be handed out on Mondays and 2-days-worth of meals will be handed out on Thursdays at each school. Woodland Park Elementary will not be serving meals but those students are welcome to pick up meals at any other school location. This will be a drive-thru service and you are expected to stay in your cars and workers will deliver the meals to you. 

Academically, our school system has initial plans to provide educational resources to the parents and students in our district. We are uncertain at this time how the remainder of the school year will play-out, however, we know it is important for students to stay engaged in learning and we will be providing guidance on this subject soon. Please listen for a school messenger call like this one and check our website for updated information. 

Finally, this is an unexpected event for all of us. Please be patient as we work with health and government officials to select the best course of action. In the meantime, please do your part to keep your family and those around you safe and healthy. I would also like to ask that without sharing germs, that you do share your resources with those around you who might have basic needs. Hoarding items in your household perpetuates the situation as it keeps important items out of the hands of those who need them. Our hope is that with your help and cooperation that this health crisis will end sooner than later. Please reach out to the Board of Education at 931-836-2229 if we can be of assistance and we wish your family safety and health during this difficult time. Thank you. 

Kurt Dronebarger

Director of Schools