Chambers School District provides more information as schools prepare to close

Published 1:43 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

The Chambers County School District announced more information as schools prepare to close later this week in response to the coronavirus.

According to a press release from the school system, a telephone survey conducted Monday morning indicated that around 25 percent of students that receive daily meals at school wish to have that service continued during the shutdown period from March 19 through April 6.  The school system will prepare the meals in Valley and LaFayette and they will be carried to school sites via buses for pickup. The specific schedule for distribution is currently being finalized and will be released by the end of day on Tuesday.

Twelve month employees will be working flexible schedules from home as much as possible, according to the press release.

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“Information will be conveyed via email, and it will be the responsibility of those employees to check their inboxes on a daily basis,” the press release said.

According to directions received from the Alabama State Department of Education, all school-sponsored activities during the statewide school closure are now suspended through April 30, 2020. The most recent issued guidance allows activities sanctioned by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) to continue only through Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Parents of students who need medication stored in a school nurses’ office must pick those items up before the end of the school day on Wednesday.

“While some school districts have already suspended their operations, we will continue our original plan to close Chambers County schools effective Thursday, March 19, 2020,” said Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge. “This will provide us the time necessary to complete all final arrangements pertaining to the shutdown while also giving parents ample opportunity to schedule any childcare that may be necessary.”