Like schools across the Country, Elsberry Schools have done what is necessary to keep their teachers, staff and students safe. In the wake of the COVID-19 Outbreak the doors are closed through April 3, with students expected to return April 6.
With the availability of the internet Elsberry administrators have encouraged their teachers to stay in contact with their students and parents. There are so many online sights that can help children stay engaged in educational opportunities and teachers are sharing that information. Printed items are available if a student does not have access to the internet. While no material is required at this time, it is important for students to have enrichment activities while home bound.
Another concern for school officials has been the need in some families for food while children are at home. With a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch, children are missing two meals a day that they received. A list has been put together for those in need and volunteers were able to deliver care packages to homes on Monday and again this Friday. According to Media Liaison, Kim Jones, 25 families are receiving care packages.
While some of the food items have come from the inventory of the Operation Backpack program and school programs, other items have come from community donations. Jones added, “So many people have wanted to help in some way so donations boxes were set up at Casey’s, Dollar General, and Elsberry IGA for non-perishable items and monetary donations have been accepted to purchase perishable items such as milk and bread.” Plans are in the works for the Food Service Department to start a grab and go meal program next week, more information will be available soon.
Jones finished by saying, “Once again the Elsberry Community has stepped up to help those in need and it has been overwhelming and I speak on behalf of the families and the district, “Thank you to everyone who has helped in anyway over the last week and a half.”
At the Silex School District, “Owls Pals” distributed close to 30 bags to students in need and will be providing more information for their program this week.
They have also created a “Virtual Spirit Week” that is taking place this week as well. Each day consists of a different event that can be done from home with photos being shared to the schools Facebook page.