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Jefferson County Schools briefs

September 05, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

Officials easing up on no-charge policy



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - For the next two months, Jefferson County Schools officials will ease up on their new requirement that students be prohibited from charging their lunches.

Since the new policy was started last week, there has been confusion among some students about the change, according to Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols.

Some students who did not have money for lunch were confused about what to do with the new policy in place, Nichols said.

Some of those students did not eat, Nichols said.

School officials have decided to accept charges until Oct. 31, although the practice will be discouraged, said Nichols.

That will give food service workers time to work out any problems in the new no-charges policy, which now will take effect Nov. 1, Nichols said.

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Field trips to D.C.,Baltimore allowed



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools students will no longer be prohibited from visiting Washington, D.C., and Baltimore due to terrorism concerns, said Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols.

Field trips to the two cities were curtailed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks last year, Nichols said.

Nichols now believes students should be allowed to participate in field trips to the cities. Not allowing them to return keeps them from enjoying visits to excellent museums and having learning adventures, he said.

"If we don't take this stand, the terrorists win," Nichols said.

Any trips will be subject to approval of students' parents, said Nichols.

The Jefferson County Board of Education agreed Tuesday night to resume trips to the cities.

Regarding the Sept. 11 anniversary, Nichols said he wants remembrances of the event in schools to be low-key.

Some children were affected deeply by the event and still have dreams about it, Nichols said

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