Families at 30+ Wake County schools warned about threat of no meals because of staff ‘sick out’

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — More than 30 schools in the Wake County Public School System will likely have no meal services Tuesday because of a lack of workers who are planning a “sick out,” according to school officials.

Families were initially warned Monday night about the lack of meals at an elementary school and high school.

A full list of schools was provided after CBS 17 requested it from school officials.

Wake County School Board Chairman Keith Sutton the staffing problem is caused by a planned cafeteria worker “sick out” similar to what happened with bus drivers within the past couple of weeks.

At the last school board meeting, nutrition services workers were alongside bus drivers, safety assistants and other workers rallying to draw attention to wages and working conditions. 

“Due to severe staff shortages, it is likely your child’s school will be unable to provide regular meal services on Tuesday. If at all possible, we strongly encourage your child to bring food with them,” the warning message from the district said.

“While we will make every effort to provide food, we cannot guarantee meal service Tuesday,” the message said.

Sutton spoke to CBS 17 Monday night about the problem.

“We are already putting contingency plans in place to ensure that students will have a meal,” Sutton said. “It may not be the traditional meal. Quite frankly it may be a meal that students like, such as pizza something or that nature, but either way, students will not be hungry they will have a meal while at school tomorrow. “

Affected schools:

Baileywick Elementary School
Banks Elementary School
Barwell Elementary School
Brier Creek Elementary School
Bugg Elementary School
Carroll Middle School
Conn Elementary School
Creech Rd Elementary School
Davis Dr. Elementary School
Davis Drive Middle School
Durant Rd Elementary School
Durant Rd Middle School
East Garner Elementary School
Fuller Elementary School
Fuquay Varina High School
Garner High School
Holly Grove Elementary School
Holly Grove Middle School
Holly Ridge Elementary School
Holly Ridge Middle School
Holly Springs High School
Hunter Elementary School
Leesville Elementary School
Leesville Middle School
Ligon Middle School
Moore Square Middle
Oakview Elementary School
Oberlin Middle School
Root Elementary School
Willow Spring High School
York Elementary School
Zebulon Elementary School

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