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WCSD offering lunches for students, continuing to pay teachers

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The Washington Community school board voted to continue to pay teachers during the closure and provide access to educational materials and meals for students.
Union file photo The Washington Community school board voted to continue to pay teachers during the closure and provide access to educational materials and meals for students.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Community School District is continuing to feed and educate students as well as pay staff while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

On Friday the district published a news release to its website stating students would still be fed. Eleven sites have been established and drop-off services are available for those who are not in town.

Students will receive two meals on Monday and three on Wednesday for the remainder of the closure, according to the district. A survey will be sent out to families to determine meal needs for the future.

Superintendent Willie Stone said the community support during the recommended closure has been tremendous and many have reached out to offer assistance.

“I can tell we live in Iowa because of neighbors and strangers reaching out to help one another. We need to continue to lean on each other and help our community survive this storm. It will take some time to get back to normal for our students and us, but we will get there together,” he said in a statement on the district’s website.

Education was also addressed with the statement saying the Iowa State Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that will allow for missed days to be excused and districts not have to make them up.

Students enrolled at Kirkwood can still finish their classes as the institute still is open. A plan is currently being worked on for how to close out the third term for the middle and high school students, the release stated.

The district is not permitted to require students to complete academic work due to equity problems. However, On Monday, the district will put out learning opportunities for students preschool-12th grade to allow students to continue to learn at home if they choose.

The school board held a special meeting on Thursday, March 19, and voted to continue to pay both salary and nonsalary educators during the closure.