Area schools will provide student meals starting Monday
Area schools will provide breakfast and lunches for students on a grab-and-go basis or delivery starting Monday and continuing as long as Oklahoma public schools remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
The Oklahoma State Board of Education closed all public schools until April 6 at an emergency board meeting on March 16 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The state board is scheduled to have its March regular meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the board would re-evaluate the situation at that meeting, and could, if necessary, extend the shutdown.
At the March 16 meeting, Hofmeister said the state Department of Education had received a U.S. Department of Agriculture waiver to allow schools to provide meals for students during school closure.
The waivers allow for grab-and-go sites as well as delivery, Hofmeister said. Methods for getting meals to the students would be determined by the individual school districts, she said.
Here are the meal distribution plans for area school districts. All plans will start Monday. A plan for Gans public schools was unavailable at noon Friday.
Roland Public Schools
The district will have grab and go meals available for pickup from 8 to 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch weekdays at the Roland Junior High School cafeteria. Meals will be available for prekindergarten through 12th-grade students.
Muldrow Public Schools
Grab and go breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children under age 18. Meals may be picked up at the Muldrow Middle School building between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Children must be present for the meals to be given. Drive up to the bus lineup area on the west side of the building. Meals will be brought to your vehicle.
Central Public Schools
Grab and go breakfasts and lunches will be available from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Central Public School cafeteria. Breakfast and lunches will be provided. Children must be in the vehicle with you during the pickup. Stay in the vehicle and the meals will be brought to you.
If you have any questions, contact the school at 918-775-5525 and choose No. 6 for the cafeteria.
Sallisaw Public Schools
Grab and go breakfasts and lunches will be available for pickup at the west side of the Sallisaw Middle School cafeteria between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. No inside eating will be available.
Meals will be delivered between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by calling 918-775-5544.
The Administration office will be open March 23 through April 6. Parents are encouraged to call the office with questions or concerns.
Additional information will be provided through the school district's website, school app, social media and local news.
Vian Public Schools
Grab and go breakfasts and lunches may be picked up beginning at 10 a.m. weekdays at the north end of the cafetorium. Individuals should stay in the vehicle, and a school employee will hand the meals to the family.
The district also will deliver meals via bus routes in and outside the city limits between 10 and 11 a.m. weekdays. Pod bus riders should be prepared to meet the bus at their regular stop shortly after 10 a.m. All students who live in Vian may pickup their meals at the pod stop nearest their home. The pod stops are Lizzie Henry Park, Bubba's, two story apartments and Camille's Daycare. Route bus riders should look for the bus between 10 and 11 a.m. Route bus riders should look for the bus at their regular pickup spot.
Gore Public Schools
Grab and go meals will be available from 8 a.m. to noon at the lower elementary school cafeteria. Cars should enter the car rider pickup line on North Carolina between 5th and 3rd Streets, and meals will be brought to the car.
Meal deliveries will be available. Call the elementary school number 918-489-5638 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and delivery needs. Please leave a number to call and name with calls and emails in order for the district to contact you.
Webbers Falls Public Schools
Grab and go meals will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Each student will receive a breakfast and lunch every weekday. Meals can be delivered upon request.
Contact Judy Treadwell at email@example.com to inform the district if your family will be participating in the meals program. In the email state the family name, if you will pick up the meals or need delivery, the number of students in the family and include their names, a physical address if they are to be delivered and a phone number.
Delivery service will not be available inside the town of Webbers Falls. Delivery times were not set as of noon Friday. Those without internet access may call the school at 918-464-2334 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday and provide the requested information.