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Shawnee Schools to deliver free meals to students 18 and under during school closures for COVID-19

Elisabeth Slay

Amid the Oklahoma Board of Education's decision to close the state's schools until April 6 due to COVID-19 concerns, Shawnee Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent Dr. April Grace released a statement Tuesday informing the community on the district's meal delivery plan for those 18 and under in Shawnee, which is set to begin March 23.

In her letter, Grace said while the state ordered all districts to stop grading, instructional services, extra-curricular activities and other similar operations, schools can continue essential functions such as business management, maintenance and nutrition services.

"We know this is a hard time for our community. In an effort to continue to provide services to our student community, we are finalizing a plan to provide meals two times a day — once in the morning and once in the afternoon — throughout neighborhoods and along our district bus routes beginning March 23, at the conclusion of our regularly scheduled spring break," Grace said.

The superintendent explained the district will post drop off locations and pickup times on the SPS SOCS app, the SPS website and through the district's blackboard phone call and email system.

"If you would like to ensure you receive meals, please contact us at 405-878-1028. Provide your name, address, contact number, total in household 18 and under and total household members," Grace said. "We understand that you may be a caretaker for individuals that are not typically our students (and) they will count, too."

Grace explained the district will provide as much updated information regarding learning opportunities and student services as possible as it becomes available.

Check back for updates. 

This story has been corrected to show that meals will be provided for those 18 and under starting March 23 and schools can continue essential functions such as business management, maintenance and nutrition services despite the state wide closures. 

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