Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Lewis County Schools will be providing lunches and breakfast at the Elementary Cafeteria located at 205 South Oak Street. This will be a drive thru, grab-n-go or walk up service. A lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day will be distributed. The time for distribution will be 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. All meals are for children under the age of 18 years and are free.
At the Governor’s daily 3:00 press conference (3-24-20), he announced that he is extending the school closure to April 24th. We are in the process of receiving guidance from the state to plan and implement plans for continuing academic instruction and critical services to students. The drive-up feeding program at the Elementary School is proving to be successful and we will continue it through the remainder of time school is out. We will adjust as needed to reach as many children as possible. We are currently on spring break and have missed 4 days of instruction so time is on our side to decide where to go from here. Please keep in mind that we are in this thing together and every decision that I make is Kid driven.
Director of Lewis Co Schools
Governor Lee announced this morning (3/16/20) that every school district in Tennessee must close by Friday, March 20 and remain closed through March 31, in response to COVID-19. However, Lewis County Schools has decided to close beginning tomorrow, March 17-Friday, April 3. At that time we will reevaluate and provide further details.
All Lewis County athletic events will be cancelled beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17. Scheduled athletic events for today, Monday, March 16 will be played as scheduled.
We are working on a plan to provide meals for students beginning Monday, March 30. An “all call” will go out the week prior to provide details.
We will continue to provide updated information via Facebook, the Lewis County Schools website www.lewisk12.org, and with the “all call” system.
Given the recent and elevated attention to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in national and local media, we want to reach out and share with you information and important health tips. We have received notice of the first case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Tennessee. We are staying in close contact with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Education. It is important that we operate on a system of facts in cases such as this and not let fear or social media drive the discussion and decision-making process.
Our team met to review our Emergency Preparedness Plan. Our district staff tracks absenteeism daily at each school. If the percentage of staff or students absent at any location begins to spike, we work with our custodial staff to provide extra sanitation efforts. That includes extra cleaning of high contact areas as well as other parts of the school.
Below are some general helpful tips from the CDC we can utilize to help ensure personal health:
● Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
● If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
● Cough into the sleeve of your shirt or use tissues that are then properly disposed of after use.
For additional information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please click this link to the CDC.
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