Here's the latest update from Lincoln County Schools on a variety of subjects:
Effective Monday June 15th, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) will officially lift the current ‘dead period’ for athletics which has been in effect since March, 2020. Lincoln County Schools (LCS) middle school and high school athletes will be able to begin conditioning drills to prepare for participation in fall sports beginning Monday (June 15th). Each Local Education Agency (school system) and Superintendent have been given the local control to develop a summer guidance “return to sports” plan that will allow activities to resume in athletic facilities and venues. LCS feels strongly that it is time for our student athletes to return to the field and prepare for fall sports.
Each middle and high school in the district will communicate with students and families via social media, school website, and phone call messaging to provide information pertaining to each school and how they will begin reentry into athletic conditioning. Each school will take precautions as directed by the Department of Health and Human Services, the NCHSAA, and local health department guidelines to practice appropriate social distancing of staff and students, disinfecting of equipment and facilities, and monitoring of student athletes and coaches during Phase One of athletic conditioning. Each daily conditioning opportunity will be limited to 90 minutes. Each sport has specific guidelines for conditioning and use of sport specific equipment. Spectators will not be allowed to watch from outside of their vehicle during the conditioning periods.
FREE MEALS TO-GO SUMMER FEEDING
The LCS Child Nutrition Department has served over 445,000 meals by offering the Grab and Go Feeding Program.
Summer Meals: We will continue to offer our FREE To-Go meals to ANY child or young adult 18 years and younger during the summer months. The sites are open Monday through Friday and will provide weekend meals on Fridays.
Our Summer Food Bus rolled out on June 1st and can be seen making various stops around town.
Parents that need help finding a food site close to them can text FOODNC to 877-877 or visit the Nokidhungrync.org/covid19/ website.
All feeding sites are drive-through only. Parents may go to any school offering these free meals. Parents are not required to go to the school their child attends to pick up meals. We are encouraging the community to take advantage of the Free Meals To-Go program at the six designated school locations.
For anyone not already aware:
FREE MEALS TO-GO SITES
PICK-UP TIME: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Battleground Elementary
- East Lincoln High
- Norris S. Childers Elementary
- Pumpkin Center Intermediate
- S. Ray Lowder Elementary
- West Lincoln Middle
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SUMMARY
LCS continues to provide food bags to those in need over the summer. Approximately 28 families have been identified and are receiving additional food each week. Contents of these bags are being supplied by a combination of items from Pursuit Church, Burton Farms, and food/monetary donations from our community.
CLEANING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES
As the district prepares for a new school year, the custodial staff and athletic department will be armed with a new professional strength disinfectant, Bioesque. This cleaner is EPA registered and has a kill claim of four minutes for COVID-19. Bioesque is a 4 in 1 solution: disinfectant, sanitizer, cleaner, and deodorizer.
The custodial staff and athletic coaches will be using Bioesque in our misters, foggers, and electrostatic sprayers to disinfect and sanitize the entire school campus. Both custodial staff and coaches will be working from a required checklist of items to be disinfected and sanitized on a daily basis. Custodians will be focused on the interior of the buildings while athletic staff turn their attention to athletic equipment.
EMPLOYEE LEAVE UPDATE
The Emergency Leave eligibility for employees is determined on a case by case basis due to the impact of COVID-19. This leave option has been extended to June 15, 2020. If an employee feels they may need to access this leave, they should contact their direct supervisor and the Human Resources Department.
PUBLIC WIRELESS ACCESS
Exterior public wireless access is available at all school sites. A one-page map and information sheet that shows the network name and where to access the service on each campus is available on individual school websites, the Lincoln County Schools Facebook page, and at www.lcsnc.org under Community Resources.