Parents/AWE Families--During this unexpected school closure we will update this page with school and community resources. If you have any questions or need additional support, please call the office from 7:30-3:30 Monday-Friday. We are here to support you during this difficult time.
Free Grab and Go Lunch Program for all ABSS Students
Twenty-two of our school cafeterias will open beginning tomorrow for a free nutritious lunch for Alamance County children ages 18 and under. This special grab and go meal opportunity will be available each day Monday through Friday for this week and next week because of the mandatory school closure. A list of the 22 schools that will be providing the free grab and go meal is available on the ABSS website. You may visit any one of the 22 sites to participate.
The pick up lunch for Alamance County children ages 18 and under will be available between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday, March 17 (tomorrow) through Friday, March 27. Eating in the cafeteria will not be permitted--this is a pick up and take with you option only. There will be signs at each school directing visitors to the cafeteria. Thank you to our ABSS School Nutrition Program for making this opportunity available to our community.
The 22 schools are: Andrews Elementary, B E Jordan Elementary, Broadview Middle, Cummings High, Eastlawn Elementary, Garrett Elementary, Graham High, Graham Middle, Grove Park Elementary, Hawfields Middle, Haw River Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Newlin Elementary, North Graham Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Ray Street Academy, South Graham Elementary, Sylvan Elementary, Turrentine Middle, Williams High, AO Elementary, Western High School.
Limited Route Bus Drop-Off Lunch Program for ABSS Students
ABSS Child/Nutrition Update: Starting tomorrow, March 20th, there will be buses delivering meals for K-12 students to specific routes. If you aren't able to be at one of these drop off stops you can always visit one of the Grab and Go locations. You can go and pick up a meal at the following stops: (Allow for about 15 minutes on either side of the estimated times.)
Click Here for an updated list of bus routes with approximate times.
Call the office if you have any questions.
For basic needs and assistance--contact our Social Worker, Shaun Jenkins
If you have any immediate needs for basic assistance, please reach out to our school social worker, Shaun Jenkins: (336) 438-4000 x30419; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charter Communications--Free Internet
"Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company. Charter said it would partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of its tools to help students learn remotely. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households." Copyright 2020 WBTV. All rights reserved.
Emotional Support for Students (Recommendations from Orange CS)
All the news about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be concerning for families and students. Here are some tips to help address your child’s social and emotional needs:
- Create time to listen to and talk with your child. Be honest with your child and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to process.
- Reassure children that adults at home and school are working to take care of their health and safety. If they have concerns, they should talk to an adult they trust.
- Remind children that most people will not get (COVID-19) coronavirus. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick.
- Try and keep routines as normal as possible.
- Limit the amount of exposure to television and social media regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- It is important that all students and staff treat everyone with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- If your child seems distressed about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please reach out to your school counselor, psychologist, or social worker for support. Additional resources to provide emotional support to children:
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
Talking to Children About Coronavirus (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Community Agency Support
Click on this link to view ABSS agencies that are offering supports. Updated 3/20
Feeding the Hungry in Alamance/United Way Resources:
Coronavirus Parent Support Handout
Commen Sense Media Resources
If you're a parent or caregiver, visit our new Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic hub. You'll find articles, lists, and more on:
- Learning at home and homework help
- Helping kids understand COVID-19 news coverage
- What to watch, read, and play
- How to stay calm for you and your kids
- Spanish language resources for Latinx families
United Way: NC 211 – Coronavirus Response
NC 2-1-1, a statewide United Way-funded hotline that serves as an information and referral service system for people in need, will continue to support callers needing access to resources such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs throughout this pandemic. This service is free, confidential, and available in many languages 24/7, 365 days a year. Additional information is also available at www.nc211.org.
211 is taking steps to enhance services to their existing callers with additional information on COVID-19. They will also be tracking economic hardship resources to meet the many needs we anticipate will surface as a result of the pandemic.
NC 211 continues to be an important resource during this difficult time by ensuring citizens have access to the health and human services resources they will need the most in the coming weeks.
YMCA Grab and Go Meal OpportunityThe YMCA has received funding to provide evening supper meals to youth starting today on April 1st.Each day the YMCA will have a hot evening meal available to anyone under the age of 18 available for pick up at the shelter outside the YMCA. This will be a Grab and Go pick up and the children do not need to be in the car in order to receive the meal. Parents can just let the staff know how many meals they need when they pull in. A healthy snack will also be included for youth to have later that evening.This same meal program will also be available at the Boys and Girls Club of Alamance located at 807 Stockard St, Burlington, NC 27217.Please feel free to visit either location to provide meals for your children and teens.The YMCA is no longer able to provide the breakfast and lunches due to regulations on the amount of meals served in each location. The breakfast and lunch is available at each of the school sites with the closest being Williams H.S. or Grove Park Elementary. Please visit those sites for the breakfast and lunch meals and the YMCA or Boys and Girls club for the evening meal.Please spread the word to anyone who may benefit from this program!The YMCA is here for the community!