Effective Thursday, Fayette County Public Schools will no longer offer meal delivery to bus stops throughout the community.
The district learned Wednesday evening that a member of its transportation department who was involved in meal service tested positive for COVID-19. Although local health officials believe the risk of exposure to other staff and the children served is low, the district believes the safest course of action is to close its bus depots, a FCPS press release said.
“In the face of these unprecedented circumstances, our bus drivers and monitors willingly volunteered to serve in this new role to ensure that students who depend on meals at school still have access to food,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “They are unsung heroes and we are all indebted to them for their leadership during these times. Our thoughts and prayers for healing are with this member of our team while they are recuperating at home.”
On Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, meals will be available only at pick-up locations at the following schools: Arlington, Booker T. Washington, Breckinridge, Cardinal Valley, Glendover, James Lane Allen, Julius Marks, Lansdowne, Mary Todd, Meadowthorpe, The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek, Northern, Southern, Squires and William Wells Brown elementaries, LTMS and Winburn middle schools, Bryan Station High School and the Tates Creek Campus (under the awning between the middle and high school).
This is a walk-up service. Those receiving meals are asked to practice social distancing and stand six feet apart while waiting in line.
Meal service was not scheduled for the week of March 30 through April 3, during the district’s regularly scheduled spring break. The district will work with community partners to revisit the best way to continue serving meals for children while also protecting the health and safety of FCPS employees and families, it said in a press release. School officials will communicate plans for providing meals beginning the week of April 6 as soon as they are finalized.