Southbridge Schools start meals program during closure

Student medicines to be retrieved no later than Thursday

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SOUTHBRIDGE — With more than 68 percent of its students classified as economically disadvantaged, providing for the needs of the student body has been an important challenge for local school officials during the COVID-19 closure.

The Southbridge Public Schools announced on Monday evening it will begin serving meals to local students at a variety of locations starting on Wednesday. According to Southbridge Public Schools Receiver/Superintendent Jeffrey Villar’s letter to families, meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each weekday at no charge. The meals will be served from Charlton Street School, Eastford Road School, West Street School, and the former high school at 25 Cole Avenue. Additionally, residents of Brookside Terrace will have these meals available within the complex, Villar said.

“Breakfast and lunch will be packaged together and served at one time at these locations. Meals will be available for pick up only and must be taken home to eat. Students will receive lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning during a single pick up,” Villar said. “Safety procedures will be in place to limit the gathering of individuals at sites where student meals will be distributed. Each meal site will have a dedicated location where meals will be made available. We will ask that when picking up meals individuals maintain approximately 6 feet distance from others and follow the directions of individuals providing the meals.”

Additional measures announced

Students whose medications have been brought to school nurses will be available for retrieval several mornings this week. Medication may be retrieved from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the respective schools on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Only parents or guardians can sign out medications considered controlled substances. Students age 12 and above can be given insulin, Epi-pens, and Inhalers. All medications must be picked up by Thursday, March 19. School nurses will sign out the medication at the respective schools.

Villar also announced additional information regarding the district’s plan for teaching and learning during the COVID-19 closure is forthcoming.

“In the upcoming days, there will be more information made available to parents about recommended learning activities that their children can engage in during the shutdown,” said Villar.


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