GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With the mandate from Governor Kate Brown on Thursday night that Oregon public schools close down from March 16 through 31 due to concerns over COVID-19, districts are working to figure out how best to support those children in the meantime — particularly when, for at least some kids, school is their best source of a meal.
Part of the Governor's order included tasking district with figuring out how to continue nutrition services during the closure, but it's a situation that each district has had to approach individually.
By 12:30 p.m. on Friday, the Grants Pass School District had announced that it would offer breakfast and lunch to be picked up outside of the front office door at each school, between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. through March 31 — excluding Spring Break.
"We encourage all students to visit any school location in the Grants Pass School District to receive your meals at no charge," superintendent Kirk Kolb said. "Students must be present to receive these meals."
Ashland School District, which had decided to close for an extra week even prior to the Governor's announcement, said in its original statement that it would serve breakfasts and lunches Tuesday through Friday, March 17 through 20.
Klamath Falls City Schools will also serve free meals between noon and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in front of the elementary schools.
The Eagle Point School District says that it will provide "grab and go" sack lunches for all students age 18 and under from 11:30 a.m. through 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. These will be in the lower campus parking lot at Table Rock Elementary, in the office parking lot at Shady Cove School, and in front of Hillside Elementary School.
The Medford School District made a similar announcement for six locations through the district. You can find more details in the Facebook post below.
Other districts are still rolling out their nutrition plans, or may be issuing further details soon. It remains to be seen how many children or families will be able to attend these periods to pick up meals during the break.