The Cherokee County School Board tonight heard plans to further extend the closure of all Cherokee County School District schools and offices through the previously scheduled Spring Break.
The School Board, as part of its monthly required meeting, reviewed a status update from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower that included his announcement that the closure would be extended.
Digital Learning Days will continue through April 3, then Spring Break will be observed from April 6-10 with no online lessons. While there will be no online classes during Spring Break, CCSD School Nutrition, as previously announced, will continue its weekly delivery of to-go meals for students to designated school and community sites on Monday, April 6, as well (details at http://bit.ly/CCSDserves).
“While our students and employees might be unable to enjoy Spring Break travel plans they may have made before this crisis affected our world, we see the value in breaks even as most are homebound,” Dr. Hightower said. “We hope Spring Break will be a time for our students and teachers — and all the parents who have been helping their children with learning — to rest, recharge and reflect.”
Dr. Hightower said while he does not want to extend the closure longer than absolutely necessary, he also is dedicated to providing families with advance notice, as he understands the significant impact this has on them.
The School Board also unanimously approved Dr. Hightower’s proposal to continue paying full-time and part-time salaried employees during the closure. Additionally, while not salaried, part-time kindergarten paraprofessionals and School Nutrition workers and long-term teaching substitutes also will be paid.
To read about the rest of the meeting agenda, please see the Board Briefs report that will be posted later this evening online at www.cherokeek12.net.