WINSTON COUNTY - Although schools across Alabama will be closed to traditional learning methods for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19, Winston County Schools students will still be taught, just in non-traditional methods.
Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley noted that the system is giving out five meals per student at each school in the district this week from 4-6 p.m. Also this week, teachers will be calling students and checking on their well-being, finding out if they want online instruction, learning packets and food. Also, parents and students can indicate if they want food delivered, he said.
Teachers will be coming to their building in shifts, with no more than six at one time in a building to prepare online lessons or packets for students to pick up, Pendley explained. After teachers leave, buildings will be cleaned and disinfected, he added.
On Monday, April 6, buses will run from 4-6 p.m. to deliver packets and food to students who opted to go that route. Each student will receive 10 meals. The system will also offer food and packet pick-up Monday, April 6 from 4-6 p.m. at each site. Students can arrive at the lunchrooms of each school to receive food and their packets, Pendley further explained.
“This gives people who are working an opportunity to get home prior to us getting there,” Pendley stated.
Drop boxes will be located at each school site for work packets. The deadline to turn in the packets will be May 15, according to Pendley.
He stressed that seniors, as well as the rest of students are required to either do work online through Google classroom or complete their packets in order for it to be counted on their grade for this school year.
As far as graduation, the school year will end in May. If COVID-19 has not improved by this time, each school will offer a commencement exercise, the dates of which will be set pending the outcome of the virus, he said.
“I think three out of our four high schools already had proms,” Pendley said.
“At the end our number one concern is the safety of our students, their families and their communities,” Pendley pointed out.
“This has been trying for everyone,” he added. “The Winston County School system will do anything and everything we can to ensure that academics are being maintained as much as they can be,” Pendley added.
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