Government shutdown not impacting Dougherty Co. School System

Dougherty Co. School System Government Shutdown Lunches

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We are now in week five of the government shutdown and many schools across Georgia are starting to feel the impact.

WALB reached out to the Dougherty County School System, which said it is not currently being impacted by the government shutdown.

LaKisha Bruce, the director of community relations, said they have reserved funds in the school nutrition budget that they can use to keep their students from being impacted.

Bruce said that all students are on “free reduced” school lunches. She said she is not sure if the school district will receive its January reimbursement due to the shutdown.

“January is not over yet, but if the shutdown was to continue, we are not sure how that reimbursement will be handled. But if we are not reimbursed at the same rate that we have been in the past, we would be okay here in Dougherty County because our school nutrition services has about a three month reserve and that is attributed to being great physical stewards over the dollars that are given to us," said Bruce.

Bruce said the Dougherty County School System wants to make sure that its students know that if they or their family members are being impacted by the government shutdown, the can call them and get resources put in place for them.

“We want to make sure our parents understand that they need to reach out to their teachers, reach out to their principals, reach out to our school social workers so that we can make sure the needs of our children are still met. We have a great student support services department here in the system," explained Bruce.

Bruce said that one of the main goals as a school district is to reach students' needs outside the classroom.

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