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School District shuts down

Photo by Greg Bird
McCreary School District bus drivers and cafeteria staff prepare to deliver food to children across the county.

Offering breakfasts and lunches

By Greg Bird

McCreary County Schools Superintendent Corey Keith announced last week that the school district will be closing for the next four weeks, and suspending all extra-curricular and athletic activities.
The District will utilize NTI packets 6-10 from March 16-20, and has requested an additional 10 NTI days from the Kentucky Department of Education to be used for the weeks of March 23-27 and March 30 through April 3. The final planned week of closure will be April 6-10 and be considered spring break.
In addition to closing the schools for the duration of the outbreak, the McCreary County School District has taken steps to provide breakfasts and lunches to all school-age children up to age 18.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at Whitley City Elementary, Pine Knot Elementary (building 1) and McCreary Middle from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all school-age students. Parents can drive up to the front of each building and pick up both meals and return home.
Additionally, to accommodate families that may not be able to get to those locations, school busses will be utilized to deliver breakfasts and lunches to 44 locations around the county. (See schedule for locations and times )
Any family that cannot make it to a drop off location can contact the school district so other arrangements can be made. The District is trying to make home delivery on the bus routes available, and will update once arrangements have been made.
Also, the Family Resource Centers at each school will continue to serve students in the backpack program by hand delivering food each week.

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