Allen County school districts to begin offering meal services

Allen County's three school districts will begin delivering meals to students. Schools will remain closed through the balance of the school year.

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March 20, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Area students can pick up free meals starting next week, even as in-person classes are canceled for the remainder of the school year.

Iola, Marmaton Valley and Humboldt school districts have announced plans to offer pre-made “Grab and Go” breakfasts and lunches to students, similar to the summer meals program. Any child age 1 to 18 is eligible, and there is no cost.

Iola and Humboldt will begin providing meals on Monday. Students should arrive at designated locations to pick up the meals.

Marmaton Valley will begin offering meals Tuesday.

Details announced so far include:

— Children can pick up lunches each day and will receive a pre-packaged breakfast for the next day. Children must pick up meals on site unless specific paperwork is on file. Contact the appropriate district for more information.

— Iola schools will deliver meals to designated areas of the city between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

— Iola High School cafeteria entrance, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And delivered by bus to:

— 2900 Dodge Dr., 10:30 to 10:40 a.m.

— 200 McGuire Dr., 10:50 to 11 a.m.

— Lincoln Elementary, 11:10 to 11:20 a.m.

— Iola Preschool on Eisenhower Drive, 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

— McKinley Elementary, 12:10 to 12:20 p.m.

 — Jefferson Elementary, 12:30 to 12:40 p.m.

— Riverside Park south parking lot, 12:50 to 1 p.m.

Meals will be delivered to Gas, LaHarpe and rural bus riders starting on Wednesday. Call the district at 620-365-4700 or email judy.baker@usd257.org to schedule delivery.

— Children in Humboldt can pick up meals between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at one of four locations:

— Faith Assembly of God Church, 1019 N. 9th St.

— Humboldt Swimming pool, 801 N. Indiana

— Humboldt High School, cafeteria door

— Neosho River Park, 901 1000th Road

— Children in Moran can pick up meals in the school commons area starting at 11 a.m. Buses will deliver meals to those on rural routes. Buses also will deliver at a stop in LaHarpe, and a stop in Bronson for Marmaton Valley students in those communities.

DISTRICTS will each develop a “Learning Plan” to continue educating students in spite of the closing of buildings. Teachers and administrators are expected to develop those plans next week, with students beginning those plans on March 30. 

Details will be announced as soon as they are available.

SCHOOLS also are figuring out how to allow students into the buildings to retrieve personal belongings. 

Maintenance staff and custodians have been cleaning and sanitizing the buildings, which is typical during spreak break. 

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