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Positive virus tests spurs Durham Public Schools to cancel popular meals program

BY: - April 9, 2020

A week ago, Durham Public Schools (DPS) bus driver Gail Clay was what’s known these days as an "essential employee." That meant the work Clay did was important enough that she was expected to show up while DPS employees with less essential jobs or jobs they could perform remotely were told to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Clay’s “essential” duties included delivering food to needy students ordered to stay home since March 13 after Durham became one of the first districts in the state to announce it would close schools to help battle the contagious and deadly virus.

Citing safety concerns, Durham Public Schools ends meals program after employee tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - April 3, 2020

The Durham Public Schools announced late Thursday that it will end its food assistance program for needy students after a cafeteria worker at Bethesda Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement on its website, DPS said the decision was made to “keep our staff safe and well” and noted the “expansion of other food assistance program serving North Carolina families” as options […]