ATHENS–Members of Athens ISD’s administrative team are working through a flood of information as they develop plans to meet the educational and nutritional needs of students under COVID-19 restrictions.
“There is no perfect plan in this situation, but I believe the plan we’re building is the best one possible given the challenges we all face,” said Superintendent Blake Stiles. “This is unprecedented, and I’m proud of the team we have in place. They didn’t think twice about rolling up their sleeves during spring break to start working through the uncertainty, and I know our teachers will be doing everything they can to help their students.”
The outline of the district’s plan, which will begin to unroll this week, follows:
• A combination of online and paper-based educational assignments will be distributed to students. Campus leadership teams and teachers will be meeting next week (with respect to safety guidelines) in order to finalize related details.
• A poll is being sent to AISD families of secondary students (6th-12th) in order to determine their level of internet connectivity and access to devices, such as computers and tablets.
• The district will loan out Chromebooks to secondary students as needed.
• Elementary students will receive paper-based instructional material.
• The district will distribute food from the parking lot of Athens High School (708 E. College Street) — as well as paper-based instructional material and Chromebooks. Day and time for instructional materials and Chromebook distribution will be forthcoming.
• The district will provide food for anyone in the vehicle ages 18 and under, who comes to AHS during meal distribution times.
• Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26, breakfast will be distributed to vehicles from 8-9 and lunch from 11-noon. On Thursday, March 26, the noon meal will include food for the weekend. The same food-distribution schedule and process will be repeated March 30 through April 2.
• The needs of our special population students will be addressed, with details to follow.
“We have plans in place, but obviously there are still details being worked out,” said AISD Board President Alicea Elliott, following an information meeting for trustees Friday morning. “We know there will naturally be a lot of questions, and we are formulating answers as quickly as we can. What’s happening is unprecedented in our lifetimes, and the welfare of our students and staff is our highest priority.”