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By Matt McGregor
Staff Writer 

TCS Begins Virtual Days, Food Delivery - Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 3/19/2020 at 11:13pm

Matt McGregor

On Wednesday morning (left to right), Melonie Armano, Brevard Elementary's assistant principal, Courtney Morgan, Cit Gonzalez and Principal Carrie Norris prepare to deliver breakfast to children.

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Transylvania County Schools has begun implementing virtual days and providing food to students throughout the county.

"We have a schedule for (food) delivery to different locations around the county, and we are working to match pick-up of meals at the schools themselves with elem-entary students' materials that will need to go out for virtual day work beyond Friday," said Super-intendent Jeff McDaris.

The school system, which has implemented virtual days for several years when winter weather has shut down schools, began using the same process on Tuesday.

March 23 was originally a teacher workday, but has been changed to a virtual day.

On Wednesday, March 18, Transylvania County Schools began providing a combination of pick-up and delivery options to feed all children ages 18 and under in the community. Parents and guardians have an opportunity to use either method, and service will continue based on the interest of families in using this service.

"These are difficult days for all our young families," said School Nutrition Services Director Carolyn Barton. "The flexibility we now have from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the ongoing support of our wonderful community agencies, will go a long way to helping see our community through this uncertain time."

Today, March 19, children's meals-lunch, and breakfast for the next day-will be available for families to take home at all four elementary schools: Brevard, Pisgah Forest, Rosman and T.C. Henderson.

These are the same days that learning packets for virtual day work for the upcoming week are available for pickup at the schools.

On Wednesday, March 18, county school buses began traveling through the Brevard, Pisgah Forest, and Rosman areas to deliver children's meals – lunch and breakfast for the next day – for families to take home.

Buses will follow these routes, with additions or adjustments to be made later as needed:

•Pisgah Forest (10:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.): Broad River Terrace, Duckworth Trailer Park, Excelsior Apartments, NA West Lane & Kayla Lane

•Brevard (12:25 to 2 p.m.): Hillview Circle, Unity Drive

Rosman (10:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.): Jossie's Place, Kantor Village (Mi-Daisy, Chuck's Court, Big B, Lonnie's Landing, Shannon's Bluff, Lover's Lane).

Families who live nearby are welcome to meet buses at the stops.

Those who do not live nearby may fill out a form online at http://www.tcsnc. org/covid19 or call 885-7393 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to request a new bus stop.

Requests received by 3:30 p.m. will be added to the bus route by the following day.

"We are prepared to add in additional locations and routes as information and contacts comes in," said McDaris.

McDaris said there may be individual private locations keeping children for day care (clubhouses, churches, etc.) and that if those locations contact the school system, they would work with them on offering the delivery of food.

Flyers with dates of service and the most current stops for bus routes will be sent home by SchoolMessenger and posted online.

While the schools are closed to students, school administrators will be at school from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during this period of school closure. Administrators will be on campus in a support role and to let parents into the buildings to retrieve any belongings that may have been left at school by the unexpected closure.

For information about virtual days, food delivery and Transylvania County Schools' Coronavirus Response, visit or click "Health" on the top menu anywhere on the district home page:

Links will also be provided in the district's mobile app for Android and iPhone.

Restaurants Offering Student Meals

The following restaurants in the county have been providing free meals to local students. Due to the executive order prohibiting restaurants from offering dining-in services, parents may want to call these restaurants ahead of time to see if they are still offering students free meals via take-out:

•Pescado's Burritos (884-5559) at 265 N. Broad St. in Brevard is offering taco, chips and salsa. It is open from 11:30 8:30 p.m.

•Country Skillet (884-7605) at 2012 Old Rosman Highway in Rosman will provide one free meal a day, which is either a child's breakfast or chicken tenders. Parents just need to come by and pick up the meal. It's open from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

•Grill @ the Barn (883-5551) at 16614 Rosman Highway in Lake Toxaway will provide one free lunch a day. This includes soup with either a grilled cheese sandwich or peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

•Rooster Head Plantation (702-9929) at 1200 Old Hendersonville Highway in Brevard is offering free fruit, select vegetables and sandwiches for schoolchildren. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

•Jet's Pizza (883-2888) at 102 College Station Drive in Brevard is offering two slices of pizza per child per day from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. They request parents call ahead so that they can have the slices ready.

•The BBQ Shed (966-4484), located in McNeely's Store & Rental at 17668 Rosman Highway in Sapphire, is offering a pulled pork sandwich with barbecue sauce, chips and drink. The lunch is offered Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

•Creekside Market (885-2810) at 8960 Greenville Highway in Cedar Mountain is offering a free egg sandwich for breakfast or a peanut butter sandwich or two tacos for lunch. Students are limited to one meal a day. The store is open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

•Villa Amato (885-7700) at 15887 Rosman Highway in Lake Toxaway is offering one plain cheese slice, juice pack and chips or fruit from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.


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