Shawnee Schools develops meal delivery plan during school closures for COVID-19

Elisabeth Slay

While plans are in the works for all Oklahoma schools to be closed until April 6 due to COVID-19, Shawnee Public Schools announced Monday it is planning to give students access to meals by delivering free meals throughout the city to anyone under the age of 18.

According to Superintendent Dr. April Grace, SPS is still figuring out the details, but plans are in the works to distribute meals to minors twice a day beginning next Monday, March 23, so they still have access to meals.

Grace explained Monday though nothing is set in stone yet, the district hopes to use buses to deliver food in Shawnee neighborhoods or set up stations for people at a few school sites.

"(When we) deliver the meals we'll be taking school buses and we'll probably stop every two or three houses so a lot of people aren't meeting at one place," Grace said.

The district is still the developing the program but Grace said it will be similar to the meal distribution program SPS utilizes in the summer when there is no school.

All public schools in Oklahoma will be closed through at least April 6 as the state scrambles to contain the spread of the coronavirus, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Monday.

The State Board of Education met in a special meeting and voted unanimously to authorize the statewide closures.

“It is critical that we do everything in our power to protect the health of our kids, their families, educators and all vulnerable populations," Hofmeister said in a statement.

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