Halifax County Public Schools are continuing to feed students as they complete their schoolwork at home with the school system’s current distanced model.
Even when school halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cafeteria workers and bus drivers worked with community partners such as the YMCA to deliver 140,050 meals over the months long span, according to George Higley, district manager of Sodexo.
Highley gave a report to Halifax County School Board on food services when they met Monday.
He also said serving meals continued starting last Tuesday, on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, and Higley said, during the first week, they served 20,054 meals to local children.
Halifax County Public Schools are serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under through Dec. 31 at Cluster Springs Elementary School, Scottsburg Elementary School and Halifax County Middle School at various times.
The food service department also has teamed up with the transportation department to deliver meals to students twice a week. The number of meals delivered equal five breakfast and five lunches per student, per week, according to the school system’s website.
Higley boasted about the collaboration between the transportation department, the food service department, the paraprofessionals and custodians, who all worked together to serve the meals.
“Everyone pitched in,” said Higley.
Sodexo’s district manager also spoke about the “safeguards” they have in place such as cleaning, disinfecting with a peroxide cleanser, promoting hand washing and using hand sanitizer, and checking employees’ temperatures daily.
He told the school board the goal is to have employees entering into the building safely and leaving safely, and they have been “good stewards” in handling the food saying they have done a “tremendous job.”
“I appreciate the collaboration and strong partnerships with Halifax,” Higley concluded.