MSD of Wayne Township working on food supply, e-learning issues

Posted at 9:49 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 23:53:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The superintendent of MSD of Wayne Township says three of the district's free meal distribution sites ran out of food on Thursday.

The issue was with the district's vendors, which are ordering less food since restaurants are serving fewer people, Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Butts says.

"We’re used to serving 12,000 to 13,000 lunches every single day in our school houses, but when you’re providing meals in this fashion, it’s a much different circumstance that we all have to adjust to," Butts said.

The district is also having some issues finding enough employees who are comfortable working at the distribution sites, Butts says.

On Monday, the district announced changes to its distribution sites to help prevent people from begin exposed while working.

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Students will start e-learning on Monday and Butts says the district is working to ensure students have devices and options to get connected to their classrooms.

"This is a completely different situation for them, it’s a completely different situation for us," Butts said. "They’re in a completely different environment than they expected to be in right now, with challenges of having their children, and for some trying to manage still working, and for others trying to manage not having a job."

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Some changes will need to be made to the 2020-2021 curriculum because there are some standards children will not be able to learn online.