Schools distribute lunches

By 
Jamie Ausk Crisafulli Ranger-review Staff Writer
Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Glendive Public Schools employees Sara Undem, Gigi Ralston and Dawn Mittelstaed prepare sack lunches at Lincoln to be distributed to students of Glendive Public Schools on Tuesday. The grab-and-go lunch program will continue while school is cancelled. GPS officials are hoping to add a breakfast option soon. Jamie Ausk Crisafulli photo

During the two-week school closure, Glendive students can still get school lunch through a grab-and-go pickup at any of the district’s four schools.

While the lunches were available beginning Tuesday of this week, the district is currently working on making grab-and-go breakfasts available as well.

“We are currently ordering and will start distributing as soon as we are able,” a press release from Glendive Public Schools stated.

Tuesday’s lunch pickup was very successful according to school officials, although participant numbers were not immediately available.

Governor Steve Bullock’s order for all Montana K-12 public schools to remain closed through March also included a directive that schools plan to provide meals to students who need them, pursuant to a waiver obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture. Schools continue to receive state funding during the two-week closure.

In Glendive, grab-and-go lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all enrolled Glendive Public School students Monday through Friday.

Pickup locations are DCHS North Cafeteria/Gym doors; WMS South Playground doors; LES South Kitchen Doors (by freezer); JES Front Foyer Doors. No one will be allowed inside the school. Bags will be distributed outside the door.

The enrolled student or parent/guardian of the student must be present to take the grab-and-go meal. At that time, they must give their name and number to school staff.

School officials are requiring everyone coming to pick up meals to practice social distancing (6 feet away from everyone) and ask that those picking up lunches do not congregate when waiting. Please look for directions that will be posted.

School cooks are preparing the lunches.

“We are still meeting the CDC requirements, no more than 10 people (gathered), we are keeping the 6 feet social distancing as much as possible,” Superintendent Stephen Schreibeis said.

“We are trying to take every single precaution to keep students and the community safe while we offer this service,” Schreibeis said. “What we do affects our community.”

Watch for updates on the school meal program on the district’s website at glendiveschools.com.

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