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South Harrison resolutions include pay for at-will, hourly workers

South Harrison resolutions include pay for at-will, hourly workers
South Harrison resolutions include pay for at-will, hourly workers
Superintendent of South Harrison Community School Corporation Dr. Mark Eastridge, Board of Trustees President Mary Mathes and Caroline Wallace follow social distancing regulations at the emergency meeting on Thursday. Other board members joined a conference call from their homes. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees had an emergency meeting Thursday to approve resolutions regarding the current school closure due to COVID-19 and to discuss schoolwork and meal distribution for the students.

The resolutions included giving Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge authority to approve the payment of at-will and hourly employees on non-instructional days and the payment of service providers, including transportation services, as deemed appropriate.

The board also approved a resolution to participate in the Summer Seamless Option or other established food service programs in order to continue feeding students through the remainder of the school year.

Food distribution through these programs will include the Corydon and South Central campuses and Heth-Washington Elementary School. Distribution will occur from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Multiple days of food will be provided each time.

Eastridge gave examples of the meals students would be getting in the bags, including breakfast items like milk, breakfast bars, Pop-Tarts and fruit and, for lunches, a deli sandwich, fruit and a cookie.

Eastridge also said teachers are working diligently to finish packets of work for students to pick up and that eLearning will be the main focus for education during this time. While all students may not have access to the internet, the schools will each have hot spots outside of the building where students can go to download their work.

For those who have trouble with eLearning matters, South Harrison has created a temporary technology hotline that can be reached at 812-738-7803 or at [email protected]

Each school will have someone staffed in the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions regarding any other needs students or parents may have.

The schools will work to limit the number of people in the building at a time to heed the orders of social distancing.

“Our core mission at this time is communication,” Eastridge said. “We all are going to continue practicing social distancing while remaining in contact with one another through technology.”