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Family Resource Center and Youth Service Center directors and staff have been collecting the food items to continue the Friday Backpack Snack program.

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No one has felt the backlash of COVID-19 more than Rowan County children.

With schools and daycares closing, parents have been left to make other childcare arrangements.

Rowan County Schools closed Friday, March 13 and will remained closed through April 17.

Day cares across the state were forced to close on Friday, March 20 after an announcement from Gov. Andy Beshear.

For parents still working, the primary concern is finding another form of childcare for their children. For most, the difficulty lies in “backup babysitters” being among those most at risk for catching COVID-19, such as grandparents and great grandparents.

“I’m lucky to have family to help, but right now we are just letting my sister watch the kids since I’m afraid for my mom and mother-in-law to get out and catch something with their age and health,” says Sheree Walker, a St. Claire HealthCare employee.

Walker says they are basically following the same schedule they do during the summer.

Teachers in the district find themselves juggling their work responsibilities and ensuring their own children complete the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) assignments.

For McBrayer Elementary teacher Niki Cornett, it has taken what she refers to as “creative balance.”

“Being a teacher, I am doing a lot of virtual teaching and my kids are doing school work during that time. I try to do what work I can while they are working on NTI things independently,” she said. “It’s also helpful

that my husband and I can trade off some to let ourselves focus on work and our own kids at separate times.”

The district has taken steps to ensure children are fed during the time off from school.

Hot meals are being served from 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. at the four elementary schools Monday through Friday.

Cold meals are being delivered via bus routes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Those interested in having meals delivered need to contact the Rowan County Bus Garage to sign up. Meals are to be picked up at the child’s bus stop.

Glen Teager, food services director, says all of these things are subject to change, and any changes will be announced through the district’s phone system.

Over 1,000 meals were picked up or delivered to Rowan County students on Wednesday.

To sign up to have meals delivered, contact the bus garage at 784-4908.

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