BCSD will offer at-home lessons and free meals to students

Governor closes all schools
Posted on 03/15/2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Governor closes all schools; district will offer at-home lessons and free meals to students

BEAUFORT – As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase, Gov. Henry McMaster today ordered all South Carolina schools to close until March 31.

All school-related events, including after-school activities and spring sports, have been put on hold by the governor’s order.

While Beaufort County School District schools are closed, students will be able to participate in eLearning activities.  Schools will communicate with parents on Monday about those procedures, and paper-based work packets will be prepared for students who don’t have Internet access at home.

“This is an unprecedented situation, something that has never occurred in our lifetimes,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “Our school teams have been preparing for this, and they’re moving forward with their plans.”

In addition to at-home lessons, the school district will offer free breakfasts and lunches on weekdays at regional pick-up locations across the county.  The first availability will be lunch on Monday.

“Thousands of Beaufort County families depend on our schools to provide meals for kids, and we don’t want the current emergency to stop that,” Rodriguez said.  “Our food service contractor, Sodexo, has set up a distribution system we can fine-tune as needed in the days ahead.”

Rodriguez said any child age 18 or younger can receive free breakfasts and lunches regardless of meal status during the school year.

Meals will be prepared and transported to 11 sites across the county: Battery Creek High, Beaufort High, Beaufort Middle, Bluffton High, Hilton Head Island High, James J. Davis Early Childhood Center, Okatie Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, Whale Branch Early College High and the Port Royal YMCA.

Drive-through meal pick-ups will be available in the bus rider drop-offs at each school from 7:15-8:45 a.m. (breakfast) and 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (lunch).

Students must be present at the time of pick up.  All food will be “grab-and-go,” with no food consumed on site.  No one will be allowed in the school buildings.

Breakfast items will vary and may include cereal with milk, fruit, Fruit Frudels, whole grain Pop Tarts, cereal bars, milk and juice. Lunches will be sandwiches, fruit, fresh vegetables and milk.