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Food services, distance learning to resume April 27

Baldwyn Schools to resume child food services, distance learning

Baldwyn School District plans to resume offering Grab and Go Meals to children under 18 along with distance learning packets on Monday, April 27.

The district had recently halted all services due to Governor Tate Reeve’s shelter in place order and the threat of the peak of COVID-19 in our state during the past weeks.

“We know that this time has been hard on all families in some capacity. We are excited to be able to offer food services to our students again to help make sure they have access to nutritious meals and are staying healthy,” Baldwyn Schools Nutrition Director Brittni Buchanan noted.

Beginning Monday, parents and students can pick up Grab and Go Meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The location of pick-up has changed to the BHS cafeteria instead of the BHS gym. Distance learning packets for student work through May 18 will also be available for pick during these times.

Distance learning has been continued on Google Classroom since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. However, it is understood that not all students and teachers have internet access at home. New paper packets of student work will begin on Monday.

Families picking up meals or distance learning packets should follow the same guidelines and instructions for pick up as previous services at the BHS gym, except pick up will be at the BHS cafeteria.

“Safety of our students and staff is always our number one concern. We are doing the best we can to service our students during this difficult time. We appreciate our school board and administration working diligently daily to provide services to our staff and students,” Superintendent Jason McKay said.

Please help us continue to make sure everyone’s health is our number one concern by following CDC recommended social distancing and sanitation during food service pick up times. 

Instructions for food service pick up: 

1. Enter the BHS auditorium/cafeteria parking lot from Highway 145/Fourth Street (near the flashing sign).

2. Stay in your vehicle at all times. 

3. Car line will form for pick up at BHS cafeteria main entrance. 

4. Child(ren) must be present for a staff person to approach vehicle and take a count, and then they bring food to vehicle. Meals will be provided per child. (Please inform a staff member of your child’s teacher name and grade for distance learning packets.)

5. Cones will direct exiting instructions.

NOTE: We appreciate all the help and support during this time, but we will not need any volunteers for these services. We want to keep the health and safety of our employees and students a priority by operating with minimum staff. 

 
Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony Plans

Baldwyn Schools plans 2020 graduation amid COVID-19 crisis

While graduation services across the country have always been a traditional event to celebrate the milestone of students transitioning into adulthood, the COVID-19 national crisis has Baldwyn school board and administration discussing non-traditional alternatives to hold the 2020 graduation ceremony.

“We understand that graduation is something every student looks forward to and expects it to be a certain way. However, our current health crisis situation has our hands tied to be able to provide the traditional graduation ceremony for our seniors,” Superintendent Jason McKay said.

At this time with the current CDC guidelines and Mississippi Department of Education requirements, Baldwyn High School graduation is being moved from May 22 to June 4, 2020.

“We ask that parents and seniors make this date available as the new graduation date. Please also keep in mind that we will have to adjust according to the current health crisis situation at that time also,” Superintendent McKay added.

“Our school board, administration, and staff are adjusting to plans and possibilities daily to make this graduation ceremony the best it can be for our seniors and their families. We understand this is not the ideal situation for any graduate and their family, but we will have the best ceremony possible while still keeping our staff, students, and their families safe.”

While there are many graduation details that continue to be uncertain until closer to time of assessing the health crisis threat, Baldwyn School District will be sure to provide a live streaming of the 2020 BHS Graduation service for the public and extended families to view.

“At this time we are looking at our graduation ceremony being outside and being limited to graduates with restrictions on family/guest attendance. We will be contacting senior parents and seniors about the details closer to time when more health safety concerns are known,” Superintendent McKay said.

“Again we know this is not the ideal situation or traditional expectations of a graduation ceremony, but with the help of the community we want to offer the best possible graduation ceremony we can for our class of 2020. The ramifications of being over cautious seem great, but the ramifications of not being over cautious could be so much greater.”

 
Baldwyn Schools food services to start next week
Baldwyn Schools food services to start next week

Baldwyn Schools’ food services to begin next week

Due to the growing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baldwyn School District will remain closed for the week of March 23-27.

The health and safety of students and staff is in the minds of the district’s administration and board members continuously during this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

Beginning Monday, March 23 breakfast and lunch food boxes will be available for pick up. This food service is for any child ages 0-18 years. Instructions for pick-up will be specific and health-cautious due to the threat of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“We want to do everything we can to make sure children are healthy and have healthy food options available to them while they are home,” Baldwyn School Nutrition Director Britnni Buchanan said.

Times for pick up will be Monday, March 23 from 9-11 a.m. and Wednesday, March 25 from 9-11 a.m. at the Baldwyn High School gym. Two breakfast and lunch meals will be included in Monday’s box, and three breakfast and lunch meals will be included in Wednesday’s box. Each box will be provided per child. Adults may purchase food boxes for adults for $3 per meal. Only cash and exact amount will be taken on the site.

Instructions for breakfast and lunch pick up:

-          Please enter the north entrance to BHS from Highway 145 (North Fourth Street) near Bumpers.

-          Please stay in your vehicle while in the waiting line.

-          Stay in the car line, and pull up to the front of the BHS gym near the ticket window.

-          When it is your vehicle’s turn, only 1 person from the vehicle should get out and pick up the food box that will be available on a table in front of the gym. (Please do not get out of your vehicle until the vehicle in front of you has picked up their box and has left the line.)

-          Cones will be set up to exit the parking lot.

Continuing education

In addition to the food services that will be provided to students in the area, Baldwyn Schools will also provide at-home learning resource packets for its students.

“We are still planning and organizing these resources. This is all new territory for us as administration, but what’s not new is serving our students to the best of our abilities,” Superintendent Jason McKay said.

The administration hopes to have learning resource packets available by mid-week next week. The resources will be available online and through paper packet pick-up during food services times. Details of the resource packets will be communicated through School Status by teachers and the district to students as they are finalized.

“We appreciate our school board being flexible and open-minded during this crisis time. We are still meeting and making decisions on a day-to-day basis as information and instructions from our state officials are communicated,” Superintendent McKay added.

 

 
Baldwyn Schools to offer food services, continue education amid COVID-19 crisis

Baldwyn School District to offer food services, continue education amid COVID-19 crisis

Baldwyn School District may have closed their doors at this time of concern for the COVID-19 epidemic; however, administration and the board members are working diligently daily to devise plans for the health, safety, and education of their staff and students.

Superintendent Jason McKay is meeting today with District Nutrition Director Brittni Buchanan to organize plans to offer food to students through the unexpected times ahead. Currently, Baldwyn School District is closed March 16-20, and advisements from government and medical organizations are looking to extend those closure times.

“Although we are dealing with many unknowns at this time, the health and safety of our students comes first as always. Our community can rest assured that our school board and administration has our students on our minds and hearts very heavily right now,” Superintendent McKay said.

“We have met multiple times already since the COVID-19 outbreak crisis began, and we will continue to meet to make decisions on a day-to-day basis to assess and decide what is best for our students during this time.”

Buchanan is in the process of working with the state departments to be able to offer food services to our students as soon as possible.

“We don’t know the details of the plan yet, but we want to be able to offer our students food access during their time at home. We want students to stay healthy, and any attempts to provide food services to them during this time will be sought out and offered,” Buchanan noted.

Prior to officially closing the school district for this week, Superintendent McKay and the board members were determined to stay ahead of the medical warnings. Cleaning supplies such as Lysol and hand-sanitizer and more were ordered and stocked in each classroom.

“I want to commend Mr. Mike Underwood for his hard work during our Spring Break week. He organized the ordering of supplies, stocking of supplies, and cleaning efforts prior to the return the school after the traditional Spring Break session,” Superintendent McKay added.

Superintendent McKay also wants parents and families to be aware that they are discussing ways to continue to educate students from home. The Baldwyn School District Board will make these plans official tomorrow after meeting. Details of food services and continuing education will be released after the meeting.

 

 

BALDWYN SCHOOL DISTRICT

  107 West Main Street
  Baldwyn, MS 38824

  (662) 365-1000

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