RUTLEDGE – A plan to deliver meals by bus to students each Wednesday when classes are not in session has been put on hold for two weeks for further study.

Starting today and continuing next Wednesday, students who attend class, and those in virtual instruction, will be able to pick up meals at most schools, said Grainger County Director of Schools Dr. James Atkins. He said students at Rutledge Middle School and Rutledge Primary School can pick up their meals at Rutledge Elementary School.

“Students attending school will get three meals, one each for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Virtual students will get seven meals, one for each day of the week. They will be available between 3 and 6 p.m. The full cafeteria staff will be called in to prepare the meals,” Atkins said.

He added that meals will also be available to siblings in the home under the age of  18, even if they are not enrolled in school.

He said some issues need to be resolved before the delivery program can begin.

“We need to be able to keep the meals hot and the drinks cold. We also do not know how many meals we will need to deliver,” he said.

Atkins said no more students have tested positive for COVID-19. One employee has tested positive in the past week and has been quarantined, along with those who came in contact with that person.

The state education department has created a dashboard for school districts to report positive cases each week. Atkins said the reports are due each Monday by 6 p.m. Eastern time.