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Florence, Lone Rock schools work to educate, feed students amid shutdown
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Florence, Lone Rock schools work to educate, feed students amid shutdown

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Florence and Lone Rock School Districts are delivering education and food to their students in creative ways during the shutdown caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Florence School was on spring break when Governor Steve Bullock announced school closures last week.

Superintendent Bud Scully said teachers at the Florence School are working out the details for distance learning this week so their plan can be approved by the school board and the governor.

“In case there is an extended shutdown we want to be ready,” Scully said. “Teachers were scattered to the wind on spring break last week, but now the teachers are working on their plans and what delivery will look like.”

He said Florence teachers are meeting online to work together to design online classes.

“Some are working from school and some are working from home,” Scully said. “All of our students grade second to grade 12 have Chrome Books. We are checking to be sure everyone has access and if they need a device, we can check it out to them.”

Scully said the Florence School handed out 200 lunches on Monday.

“We had pick up available in the parking lot and delivered by buses,” Scully said.

He said that Florence teachers are amazing.

“They always are, and everyone is being great about it,” Scully said.

For Lone Rock student education is taking place online for about six and a half hours each weekday.

On Wednesday, March 18, parents picked up lesson packets and students have been working on those homework packets and assignments digitally with teachers. Teachers are providing education and feedback via Google classroom, Zoom or other digital methods.

At Lone Rock, all kids age 18 and under are eligible for free meals, just like during the federal Summer Meal Program. The recipients of these meals do not have to be a resident or a student in the Lone Rock school district. Each day the buses deliver one meal pack (or two meals: one breakfast and one lunch). To receive a meal, email the school at meals@lonerockschool.org by 9 a.m. the day before.

"During this uncharted and difficult time we are in, the Lone Rock staff is working diligently,” Superintendent Scott Stiegler 

“The kitchen staff immediately went to work with the summer foods program,” Stiegler said. “That planning process was immense and so many heads went together to work out all the logistics. The great thing is that it shows what are staff can do. This is what people do in times of need, they just make things happen.”

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