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FCPS halts meal-delivery program following driver’s COVID-19 diagnosis

In a tough blow for students and families within Fayette County, students in the district will no longer be able to receive their free/reduced breakfast and lunch at their child’s bus stop. A member of the district’s transportation department who was involved in the school bus meal delivery system has tested positive for COVID-19, and the school district will shut down all bus depots, effective immediately. FCPS announced the news via press release, and it issued an automated phone message to homes throughout the district.

Here’s a portion of the announcement, published on Wednesday night.

“In the face of these unprecedented circumstances, our bus drivers and monitors willingly volunteered to serve in this new role to ensure that students who depend on meals at school still have access to food. They are unsung heroes and we are all indebted to them for their leadership during these times. Our thoughts and prayers for healing are with this member of our team while they are recuperating at home. Although Lexington-Fayette County health officials believe the risk of exposure to other staff and the children served is low, we believe the safest course of action is to close our bus depots

Since school was moved to online “distance learning,” students who qualified for free or reduced lunch were still able to have their breakfast and/or lunch meal delivered to their normal bus stop via the “bus bites” program. That was a huge help for students whose families work during the day or do not have adequate transportation to pick up their child’s meal from school. Unfortunately, a confirmed case of coronavirus means the system will have to be adjusted.

On Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, meals will be available only at our pick up locations at the following schools: Arlington, Booker T. Washington, Breckinridge, Cardinal Valley, Glendover, James Lane Allen, Julius Marks, Lansdowne, Mary Todd, Meadowthorpe, The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek, Northern, Southern, Squires and William Wells Brown elementaries, LTMS and Winburn middle schools, Bryan Station High School and the Tates Creek Campus (under the awning between the middle and high school).

This is a walk-up service. We ask that those who receive meals practice social distancing and stand six feet apart while waiting in line.

The program had already planned on pausing during the district’s regularly-scheduled spring break (March 30-April 3). Now, FCPS will work with community partners to revisit the best way to continue serving meals for children while protecting the health and safety of everyone involved.

More information can be found by clicking here.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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