SYLVA, NC – On Thursday, Jackson County Public School’s 32 yellow buses will again be rolling through the hills of Jackson County, but they will not be carrying students. They will be on a special mission to deliver breakfast and lunch to thousands of children who are out of school because of the state of emergency related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Beginning March 19, Jackson County school buses will run their morning routes on a four-hour delay. The buses will pause at each of their usual morning stops and blow the horn. JCPS staff on each bus will provide lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next day for children age 1-18. Individuals who want to participate should go to the bus while it is stopped and pick up the meals.
Transportation Director Josh Francis said buses should be at each morning stop within 15 minutes of the expected arrival time. To determine the arrival time, families should simply add four hours to the time the bus usually arrives on a regular school day.
Students who do not ride a JCPS school bus in the morning or at all must complete an online form to request meal delivery. The online form is available at www.jcpsnc.org/food. No sign-up is necessary for students who regularly ride a JCPS bus in the morning.
School Nutrition Director Laura Cabe said meal deliveries will continue each weekday for as long as schools are closed. Cabe said she appreciates the incredible support she has received from the community, and she asks families to be patient while issues are resolved.
Anyone with questions about the meal delivery program can contact Ashley Taylor at (828) 575-1403.