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School division announces food distribution schedule

Suffolk Public Schools will start distributing breakfast and lunch to students beginning Tuesday through March 27.

King’s Fork High School will serve as the division’s food distribution hub, and will be open to distribute food weekdays. from 9 a.m. to noon, according to a letter from Superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon III.

There will be 11 bus routes that will fan out to 37 locations throughout the city from 9 to 11:45 a.m.
The food distribution schedule is in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has closed schools at least through March 27. Most division employees will work remotely, with only essential staff available to continue some of the division’s daily operations, Gordon said.

Parents or guardians listed on their child’s emergency card will also be allowed to pick up medications and/or treatment at the front office of their child’s school through Tuesday between 8 a.m. and noon. They are asked to bring identification for verification.

Gordon said students are encouraged to use materials and instructional packets provided by teachers and staff. Secondary level students are encouraged to use the SPS Connect initiative to participate in learning activities through Google Classroom, the Google suite and additional resources that can be found at www.spsk12.net/continuity_of_learning.

No student work will be graded, but will need to be completed. Parents and guardians are asked to email teachers for individual student questions and teacher office hours.

Gordon said no decisions have been made about altering the nine weeks’ marking period of Standards of Learning assessments.

In a conference call with the Virginia Department of Education Friday, Gordon said school divisions have been made aware that missed days will not count against them, and that the SOL calendar will be adjusted based on the total number of days missed.

Gordon also said no decisions have been made to alter spring break as of now.

The weekday food distribution schedule is as follows:

Route 1 – Bus 121
Temple Beth El entrance – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Plummer Blvd. and Skinner Blvd. – 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Bullock Mobile Park – 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Route 2 – Bus 414
Townpoint and Pughsville Road – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
600 Old College Dr. – 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Col. Fred Cherry Middle School – 10 to 10:15 a.m.

Route 3 – Bus 478
Chuckatuck Square – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
YMCA Godwin Blvd. – 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
King’s Landing – 10 a.m.

Route 4 – Bus 495
Elephant’s Fork Elementary School – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Pruden Center – 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Saratoga Park – 10 to 10:15 a.m.
Lakeside Park – 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Route 5 – Bus 425
Library Parking Lot, W. Washington St. – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Peanut Park – 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Colander Bishop – 11 to 11:15 a.m.
Corner of Finney and Holladay streets – 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Route 6 – Bus 99
Kilby Shores Elementary School – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Suffolk Station 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Nancy Drive (Autumn Ridge and Lynnhill) – 10 to 10:15 a.m.

Route 7 – Bus 411
Hoffler Apartments – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Booker T. Washington Elementary School – 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Hollywood (Community Center Pool) – 10 to 10:15 a.m.

Route 8 – Bus 14
Pughsville – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Creekside Elementary School – 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Bullock Mobile Park – 10 to 10:15 a.m.

Route 9 – Bus 115
Pioneer Elementary School – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Holland Community Center – 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
J & L Tackle Shop – 10 to 10:15 a.m.
Holland Ballfield – 11 to 11:15 a.m.

Route 10 – Bus 408
Lake Kennedy (Park) – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Nansemond River High School – 9:45 to 10 a.m.

Route 11 – Bus 120
Wilson Pines – 9 to 9:15 a.m.
Heritage Acres – 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Magnolia Lakes – 10 to 10:15 a.m.