Free meals service suspended after school system employee reports COVID-19 symptoms

A “grab and go” free meals program put into action this week by St. Charles Parish Public Schools for its students has been suspended after a school system employee reportedly exhibited symptoms associated with COVID-19.

The school district released a statement Wednesday night that the employee reported he or she was under hospital quarantine due to exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. The employee was not associated with the grab-and-go meal distribution this week, but the district said it would suspend program operations “out of an abundance of caution.”

The district notified parents and employees at R.K. Smith Middle School and New Sarpy Elementary that the quarantined person serviced both schools, and that at this time, the worker has not been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“We recognize this is a valuable service needed during this challenging time of uncertainty and adversely impacts our families,” school district representatives said through a release. “However, the safety, health and well-being of our students, employees and community remain our top priority. We will continue to evaluate and explore food distribution options for our students in light of this recent development. We appreciate your understanding and patience.”

The emergency feeding plan was instituted to provide free breakfast and lunch meals for students up to age 18 to ensure food security for students during the current statewide closure of schools due to COVID-19.


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