Covid-19 Update #1
Parents & students,
This is Tim Berry, Executive Principal of South-Doyle High School with an important message. This may get a little long, so please stay with me. I hope this evening finds all of our south-knox students and families safe and healthy. I am not sure how long this shutdown will last, but I believe we have a long way to go before things start to get better. I know we all want to get out of our homes and spend time with others, but social distancing may be the best thing you can do to protect the ones you love and your friends and neighbors. We are aware that times are pretty tough right now and want to do as much as we possibly can to support you through this difficult time. As you are aware, meal distribution for our students will begin tomorrow and occur each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next two weeks between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (2hrs). We will be providing ‘two days’ worth of meals (breakfast and lunch included) on Mondays and Wednesday’s and a day’s worth on Friday’s.
The meals will be available at one of 25 designated emergency school feeding sites via drive- thru or walk-up for your children to consume at home. For safety reasons, there will be no dine-in option. Per federal guidelines, the children must be present to receive their meals and cannot collect for students who may be at home. You may pick up at any distribution site regardless of enrollment. I believe the superintendent sent these locations a few days ago and are listed on the Knox County web-site, but in South-Knoxville, the sites will be our high school, South-Doyle Middle School and Dogwood Elementary. No proof of income or school enrollment is required, but again extra meals cannot be provided if additional children are not present. Since no one is allowed in any of the buildings on school campuses, we will distribute meals near the main entrance building A on main campus. They are calling for rain tomorrow, so we will do our best to get a student count for each car and get the food to you to keep you out of the elements as much as possible and minimize exposure. Keep in mind, this is an unprecedented time for the school system and the world. While tremendous planning has gone into this during spring break, tomorrow is an educated guess on numbers and procedures that serve you best, while protecting all involved. We ask that you be patient with us as we go through this. I assure you we will get better as the days go along.
Finally, I know many are concerned about falling behind academically, getting grades up, prom, athletic events, graduation etc. To be honest, I am too. I hurt for our seniors who are missing out on their final days of high school and time with their friends. I know how hard the chorus has practiced for their production, the band for their final senior moments, the anticipated championships with our boys soccer team and countless other, potential, missed opportunities. Right now, let’s take this one day at a time and stay focused on health and family. Many people we know are going to become effected by COVID-19 and this could become bigger than those things we miss. Know that I understand your school worries and will do everything possible to preserve as many opportunities/memories that we can and do our very best to ensure all who are on track to graduate, can get across that stage. Also know that in the bigger stage, I am a man who loves and trusts my lord and savior Jesus Christ and I will continue to pray for each of you and your health and safety, as we battle through these difficult times.
Peace and grace be with you all!