The Pinellas County school district, citing federal guidelines concerning the spread of COVID-19, is reducing the number of days it will distribute free meals to students.
The district said Saturday the amount of food available to each student will remain the same.
The change will reduce the number of essential errands for families, thereby limiting human interactions for students and school staff as Florida tries to contain the disease, officials said.
Initially, the meals were distributed three days a week. Starting Monday, that will be reduced to two days a week for the next two weeks. After that, distribution days will go down to once a week for as long as school closures last.
For now, the 22 Pinellas distribution sites will remain the same and meals will be given out from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on distribution days.
The new schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 13: Two days worth of meals.
Wednesday, April 15: Four days worth of meals.
Monday, April 20: Two days worth of meals.
Wednesday, April 22: Six days worth of meals.
Wednesday, April 29: Six days worth of meals.
If Florida continues school closures past April 30, the district will distribute a full week’s worth of meals to students every Wednesday for as long as the closures last, the district said in its announcement.
Food will continue to be distributed at these schools: Anona Elementary, Azalea Middle, Bay Point Elementary, Clearwater Intermediate, Dunedin Middle, Eisenhower Elementary, Fairmount Park Elementary, Garrison-Jones Elementary, Gulfport Elementary, High Point Elementary, John Hopkins Middle, Kings Highway Elementary, Largo Middle, McMullen Booth Elementary, Rawlings Elementary, New Heights Elementary, North Shore Elementary, Oak Grove Middle, Plumb Elementary, Sawgrass Lake Elementary, Southern Oak Elementary and Tarpon Springs Elementary.
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