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KC resumes classes; free meals this week

MILL HALL — For teachers in the Keystone Central School District, Monday was a day for “professional development,” while students enjoyed a day off for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Today, classes at KCSD resumed. This week, Cohort 1 will be in-person today and Wednesday, while Cohort 2 will be remote today and Wednesday. The Cohorts will switch roles on Thursday and Friday.

KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin recently updated families with a schedule through the end of the month. Although there has been an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the community, KCSD plans to continue on schedule — at least for now.

“I am asking for everyone’s help to follow the mitigation efforts with the utmost thought and care while in our schools and communities. Under state requirements, we will continue to track cases among students and staff members by each school. Please be sure to report any known cases to the appropriate building principal,” Martin said in the release.

And while the Cohort system appears to be working well, Martin said that families and staff “should be prepared for any possible short-term closures for individual schools.”

Martin shared data for community spread for the counties in the district. The numbers look like this:

In Clinton County, the Jan. 15, 2021 rate was 403.8 compared to Jan. 8 (339.1), Jan. 1 (405.9), Dec. 25 (772.9) and Dec. 18 (633.3). In Centre County, the Jan. 15, 2021 rate was 294.4 compared to Jan. 8 (253.7), Jan. 1 (231.0), Dec. 25 (285.6), and Dec. 18 (347.7). In Potter County, the Jan. 15, 2021 rate was 314.7 compared to Jan. 8 (453.8), Jan. 1 (379.0), Dec. 25 (264.7) and Dec. 18 (421.1).

Additionally, Martin announced that there would be free meal distribution this week. Seven breakfasts and lunches will be bundled for weekly pickup. The meals are available for any child in the community between the ages of 1 and 18. The pickups will take place today and Thursday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the following locations: Bucktail High School (main entrance), Central Mountain High School (bus loop entrance in parking lot B), Robb Elementary (main entrance) and Liberty Curtin Elementary (cafeteria entrance).

Funding for the meals is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Martin also urged parents to check on their child’s progress.

“I would strongly recommend that all parents review their children’s progress on grades and attendance in PowerSchool,” Martin said in the release. “Additional support is necessary for children and young adolescents for distance learning.”

As she said at the district’s school board voting session last week, Martin said that the district is “doing our best to get all students back to normal schedules as soon as possible.”

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