The Quincy School District is figuring out its next steps in the face of school closures and the COVID-19 outbreak.
The district is ramping up childcare for parents who are first responders or work in the medical field and meals to those in need, Superintendent John Boyd said. It is also working to provide students and parents with some opportunities to pursue education while the quarantine remains in place.
“We’re working on a plan to possibly do some meals on wheels sort of things,” Boyd said. “We’re still not sure how that will work, but we’re planning behind the scenes here.”
Right now, students can receive meals at Quincy Middle School, Pioneer Elementary School, George Elementary and Mountain View Elementary, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to the district’s Facebook page. The district is requiring all meals to be picked up and eaten elsewhere, because of social distancing guidelines. They are offering sack breakfasts and lunches.
The state is requiring school districts to provide some level of childcare for firefighters, police officers and medical professionals, he said. The purpose is to keep those individuals who are essential during the pandemic from needing to stay home.
“Those that are at the hospitals, our firefighters and police officers that have to be out there working, keeping the peace and keeping people healthy,” Boyd said.
The school will likely be providing childcare for students from five years old up to about sixth grade, but no hard and fast rules have been made, he said.
In the meantime, the school district has compiled a list of recommended at-home reading and math activities, according to their Facebook page. It plans to continue to update the information. Instructions for how to access the lists and activities can be found at https://bit.ly/33wb12t.
There are still a lot of unknowns for the school district right now, Boyd said. For one thing, they are still unsure of what will need to be done to help senior students graduate.
“So lots of stuff is happening but (there are) lots of unanswered questions still while the state and everyone scrambles,” he said.