District begins the distribution of sacked lunches, and breakfasts

Teacher Sandy Overholt keeps count as Joseph Cline and Shirley Jefferson prepare to hand sack lunches and breakfasts to five students in the car line at Malabar Intermediate School on Wednesday. Cline is a security specialist at Woodland Elementary School. Mrs. Jefferson was approved by the board of education Tuesday to serve as a floating dean of students among the elementary buildings.

      Mansfield City Schools began distributing nutritionally balanced sack lunches and next day’s breakfasts to students from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, an effort that will continue each weekday as long as schools are closed because of the coronavirus threat.

      Administrators, teachers and support staff handed the bagged meals to students in car lines at Mansfield Senior High and Malabar Intermediate School. Children in preschool through sixth grade were served at Malabar, students in grades seven through 12 at Senior High.

      Per federal school lunch regulations, students must be present to receive a meal. However, parents who have students enrolled at more than one site may pick up meals for all of them at either site if they have completed a district survey.

      The survey asks the names of students, how many days a week they will participate in the sack meals distribution and any food allergies or dietary needs. The survey is accessible online at the top of the tygerpride.com home page. Paper copies were sent home with students Monday and are available at the Malabar and Senior High distribution sites.

      No meals can be provided to anyone over 18, again per federal regulations.

      Wednesday was the first day of the food distribution. Superintendent Stan Jefferson said the results each day this week will be monitored to determine if any adjustments might be made.

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