Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon

Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon handed out free books to students in cars as they picked up free bags of food and other essentials for families in the district on Tuesday, March 24.

Photo by Wiley Price

With St. Louis city and county public schools now remaining closed at least through Wednesday, April 22 to halt the spread of COVID-19, districts continue to make arrangements to feed students.

The Riverview Gardens School District is offering to-go student meals to families on a first-come first-served basis until further notice. 

Students must be present to receive meals. No student ID is required. Each bag contains two meals. One bag per student will be provided while supplies last.

The preferred pick up method is drive-through. Those who cannot drive must practice social distancing, meaning keep a distance of about 6 feet from other people.

Meals are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Highland Elementary, 174 Shepley Dr. (9:30-10:30 a.m.), Central Middle School, 9800 Patricia Barkalow (11 a.m.-noon) and at Lemasters Elementary School, 1825 Crown Point Dr. (12:30-1:30 p.m.).

Meals are provided on Wednesdays and Fridays at Glasgow Elementary School, 10560 Renfrew Dr. (9:30-10:30 a.m.), Meadows Elementary School, 9801 Edgefield Dr. (11 a.m.-noon) and at Westview Middle School, 1950 Nemnich (12:30-1:30 p.m.).

This schedule will not interfere with the district’s normal bi-weekly food distribution events.

For more information, visit www.rgsdmo.org.

Normandy has free meals and laptops 

 

The Normandy Schools Collaborative is distributing to-go breakfasts and lunches for students. Meals are being dropped off with students and families at bus stops throughout the district beginning at 10 a.m. Meals also are available at drive-through pick-up locations at each school (except CASA) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Also, families who do not have computers at home may check out district Chromebooks (one per family) to support remote learning. Pick-up times are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Lucas Crossing School Complex, 7837 Natural Bridge Rd.

There is a $25 deposit required for devices. Devices must be picked up by enrolling parents/guardians with proper identification. For the device pickups, parents will remain in the car and the devices will be brought to the car. 

Though the current order calls for public schools in the region to close through Wednesday, April 22, districts also are preparing for a longer interruption of education in classrooms.

Normandy Schools Collaborative Superintendent Charles Pearson told St. Louis Public Radio that his district is in phase one right now, getting kids set up to learn online for the next three weeks. They are also planning for a phase two, when distance learning is a sustained reality. 

Another superintendent who spoke to St. Louis Public Radio on the condition of anonymity, citing a desire to not speak out of line with other school leaders in the region, said, “I don’t think there’s any chance of kids coming back to school. I think we’re done for the semester.”

For more information, visit www.normandysc.org.

Last week we reported on remote-learning meal plans for other area districts, including St. Louis Public Schools. The SLPS meal schedule is available at www.slps.org/meals.

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