The coronavirus known as COVID-19 prompted the Gwinnett County Public Schools to instruct teachers and students to stay home beginning March 16, but GCPS cafeteria staff and transportation staff at its 68 school sites keep providing necessary free lunches that some Gwinnett kids and their families rely on.
GCPS isn’t the only district in the state, or even the county, delivering meals, but it’s doing it on the largest scale. The district delivered or served more than 137,000 meals during the first week of Digital Learning Days.
As most Gwinnett County schools head into spring break, district leaders will have to plan at least two more weeks without in-class instruction after Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest executive order.
On Thursday, Kemp announced he was using executive powers to extend the closure of public schools in Georgia for in-person instruction until April 24. All public kindergarten through 12th grade schools have been closed in Georgia since March 18 in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. Gwinnett County Public Schools has not hosted teachers or students in schools since March 16.
Burnette Elementary School fourth grader Jaycen Melendez set down the piece of poster board he was holding for a few minutes to throw a football with his dad at the entrance of the Chattahoochee Run subdivision in Suwanee. After a few days of cold weather, rain and digital learning it felt good to be outside.
After about 15 minutes, he and a few of his Burnette Elementary classmates and neighbors were focused on a line of cars rolling into the neighborhood behind a Suwanee Police Department cruiser. Jaycen and his sister, Gianna, waved at the caravan as he held up his sign that read, “THANK YOU FOR TEACHING US.”
Gwinnett County Public Schools announced it will continue digital learning and providing meals for students following spring break, starting April 6 and continuing through April 10.
Plans for the week of April 13 will be communicated after spring break, a district spokesperson said.
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The second week of digital learning in Gwinnett County brought cold rain, but some Duncan Creek Elementary School staff tried to help lift students' spirits with a socially safe gesture.
Duncan Creek Elementary staff participated in a voluntary parade of cars through the Trilogy Park subdivision at 10 a.m. on Monday. Trilogy Park in Hoschton is the largest subdivision in the school's attendance zone. The subdivision publicized the parade on social media on Sunday.