Schools close, meal program begins

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Camden County Schools staff and community volunteers hand out meals Wednesday. The school system is providing children with lunch and breakfast during the shutdown. Drive by or walk up meals are available to all children from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Woodbine Elementary, Camden Middle and St. Marys Middle.

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Students attended their last day of classroom instruction Monday and began distance learning Wednesday as Camden County schools closed indefinitely in response to the coronavirus threat.

The decision came Monday morning after an emergency meeting with school administrators and principals Sunday night and emergency management staff on Monday.

“The decision to close schools was not easy. We know this is a very difficult time for our school families and the community. We will work together to get through this unprecedented time,” the school system said in a press release Monday. “We know that our families may have questions regarding how the school closure will impact them, and we will work to provide answers. We will continue to keep our community updated on the next steps during the school closure process as we turn to our digital learning resources.”

The closure includes all activities, athletics, sports, extracurricular activities and trips. Schools have also been closed in the surrounding counties, including Charlton, Glynn, Brantley and Nassau. The College of Coastal Georgia and Coastal Pines Technical College have also suspended classroom instruction.

Camden’s educators will continue teaching through the closure. Details about remote learning will be available at www.camden.k12.ga.us.

“All staff will work remotely to best support students, including delivering digital and physical instructional resources to students while they’re at home,” according to the release.

School staff will also be working to continue providing breakfast and lunch to students throughout the closure. Meals can be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Camden Middle, St. Marys Middle and Woodbine Elementary. Meals will be given out in a drive thru and anyone pickup up should remain in their car. All children will be eligible to receive lunch. Adults cannot pick up lunches without having the child present or purchase a meal. 

To facilitate at-home learning, TDS, Comcast and Hargray are offering free Internet access for 60 days for students who do not currently have Internet at home. These offers may also be available to college students. To learn more or request service, contact the company directly.

For more information about the closure, visit www.camden.k12.ga.us.