The Jamestown C-1 School announced an extended closure beginning March 18 and extending through April 3.
In a letter to parents and patrons, superintendent Gretchen Guitard said Jamestown's School Board and administration met to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the rapidly-evolving situation. In order to do its part to proactively mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Guitard said the closure was necessary. The extended closure inclues a district day off, March 20, and it is anticipated that the school will reopen Monday, April 6.
Guitard said all students were sent home with appropriate instructional supplies in order for the learning process to continue through the closure. Jamestown teachers will provide two weeks worth of instructional materials and assignments through either paper packets or digital assignments. Guitard said the state recognizes this Alternative Instructional Method and may allow districts to count these days towards the required number of school hours for the 2019-2020 school year.
Guitard said the district also plans to continue providing meals to students during the closure. For students who currently qualify for free/reduced meals, the district will continue to provide meals during regular school calendar days. The district will deliver both breakfast and lunch daily between 8-10 a.m. to the address the school has on file. In the event families would like the meals delivered to an alternate address within the school boundaries or would like to pick up the meals themselves, Guitard encouraged contacting the schol office as soon as possible.
All other students will have the option of receiving meals at the regular price and can sign up by contacting the school office. Because March 20 is a scheduled day off, no meals will be provided on this day.
Guitard said specific staff members, including building secretaries, food service, custodial staff and administration, will be working during these two weeks. However, in order to support the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the building will not be accessible by anyone unless approved by the administration.
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