Red Bud School District discusses their response to COVID-19

MAKING SURE THE STUDENTS ARE FED–Crews from both Red Bud Elementary School and Red Bud High School have been hard at work making sure all district students have access to meals each day during the school closure. After the cafeteria staff finishes bagging up the breakfasts and lunches for students, the district’s bus drivers deliver the meals.

Last Thursday’s Red Bud Board of Education meeting was shorter and significantly less attended then normal, as both building administrators opted to not do student and staff recognitions this month.

And with board members adequately spaced out across the high school’s library, a major topic of the evening was COVID-19 and how the school district has responded.

On March 13, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared that all schools in the state would be closed through March 30. (As of last Friday’s stay at home order in Illinois, school closures have been extended through April 7.)

Superintendent Jonathan Tallman reported that while the students had not been in attendance for most of the week, the school had delivered over 300 meals to students. This was thanks to the cafeteria staff and bus drivers. The schools continue to deliver meals to students while school is out. Tallman praised the staff for their great coordination on this project.

And, while the schools may be closed, Tallman reported that there are “still lots of learning activities being done by students at home.” He credited the teachers for doing a great job in quickly preparing for the time off of school and getting resources to students so they can still continue learning during this time.

For more from the Board of Education, please see this week’s print edition.