Tyrrell schools provide online resources for students, first meal delivery day a success

Published 5:08 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

Tyrrell County Schools has begun to address their plans for remote learning and meal delivery after an executive order was issued by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper closing all K through 12 public schools statewide.

TCS released a letter to parents on March 14 detailing their plans for school moving forward. Effective March 13, TCS restricted access to school buildings to employees only.

Superintendent Oliver Holley said that this is still “brand new to all of us.” His staff has been working since the order was issued to come up with a plan for remote learning for the students of Tyrrell.

TCS is designing a remote digital plan, with online resources being the first step in a distance learning program. Holley said he had a hunch that after the students left school on Friday, March 13, there would be a call made over the weekend in terms of school closures. Holley was right.

Holley said in preparation, teachers had sent their students home with laptops and other digital technology to assist in distance learning along with any unfinished school work.

TCS has provided online resources to assist in distance learning, which can be found at https://sites.google.com/dpi.nc.gov/remote-learning-resources/home/instructional-resources?authuser=0.

This website includes links to webinars and live streams along with office hours for learning and assistance while schools remain closed. The site does not include a comprehensive list of resources, but it will be updated daily and monitored for changes.

Meals will be provided by utilizing the school bus system. March 16 marked the start of district buses running their regular routes and providing breakfast and lunch to students. “We will also operate a district feeding site, which will be housed at Columbia High School, during the following hours: breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.,” the letter to TCS parents read.

Holley said the first day of food delivery proved to be a success. “We were able, as a small district, to serve 200 people breakfast and 300 lunches today,” Holley said. He thanked the food and nutrition department for their efficiency and help in serving the children of their community.

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