Several local school districts, in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, have closed down for a period of time.
Many of them will provide meal service to students during the hiatus, and in the following districts such service will begin Wednesday:
Portville Central School District will provide meals once a day, according to Dave Suain, Portville’s Envisioneering Center director.
“Meals will be provided once a day including lunch and breakfast for the following morning for all children 18 and under in the household of at least one child attending PCSD,” Suain wrote in a release.
The meals will be delivered by bus between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m, but families also have the option of picking them up at the cafeteria loading dock behind Portville Central School.
“Buses will run their normal route, please have a representative waiting at your normal bus stop if you require a meal,” Suain wrote. “Buses will also be running routes through the village for students that do not ride the bus and have a normal bus route. Indicate to the bus driver you would like them to stop and meals will be provided. Meals can also be picked up at the school after 12:00 p.m. at the cafeteria loading dock behind the school. Ring the doorbell for assistance.”
Suain urged families to watch for updates as the situation progresses.
The Allegany-Limestone School District also will be distributing meals by bus delivery or pick-up at Allegany-Limestone Central School.
“Meals can be delivered to regular bus stops by district staff or, meals can be picked up between 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the elementary school cafeteria door, the middle-high school main entrance or the old Limestone School front entrance,” the release said.
The release asked families to let the district know if they will be utilizing the service. According to the district’s release, families need to let the district know the following:
Number of meals needed per day. Households that have an ALCS student receiving free or reduced lunches can request meals for any household members aged 1 to 18. Meals cannot be provided for anyone over 18.
Choice of delivery or pick up.
The Cuba-Rushford School District, which will be closed until April 13, said in a release that its main priority during this time is to ensure well-being and nourishment for all of its students. According to the release, meals can be picked up at Cuba-Rushford Elementary School and at the Rushford Fire Department from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The district said if families are unable to pick up meals, they should call 585-968-8541 and leave a voicemail with the names of all names of all students who need a meal.
Similar to Cuba-Rushford, the Hinsdale School District is asking families to telephone the district with the name(s) of the students who need meals.
“Call (716)-557-2277 a day prior to pick up,” the release said. “When the message begins enter extension 404. You must call between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. the day prior to meal service. Remember to call each day (Sunday-Thursday).”
According to the Hinsdale release, meals will be available for pick-up from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the back entrance of Hinsdale Central School.
The Olean School District, according to its website, is still trying to coordinate a meal plan for its students.
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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