As Green Country schools welcome students back for in-person classes, some districts are finding it challenging to keep kids physically distant in the cafeteria.
Bristow Public Schools has been back in session for a week and a half now and they have students sitting in every other seat to try to keep them spread out as much as possible. Cafeteria staff said they’re also taking extra precautions to keep themselves safe.
Bristow Assistant Superintendent Krista Burden said it's been a challenge figuring out how to get meals to students who are distance learning or are enrolled in the virtual option.
Now that the U. S. Department of Agriculture has extended its summer meal program into the fall, it will be much easier to navigate.
The extra money from the USDA allows districts to continue feeding all students ages up to 18 years old.
This means Bristow - and other Green Country districts - can feed any child that comes through their line for free.
“Its hard times for some people,” Burden said. “So its enjoyable that we can provide those meals for kids in areas that maybe that's the food they're going to have for the weekend or for the week"
Starting September 14, meals for virtual students can be picked up on Mondays "on the north side of Collins Elementary from 8:30-9:30 a.m."
Officials said the meals will have 5 breakfast and lunches in them for each week.
And on September 18, meals will "be provided for distance learning Fridays," according to officials. Those meals can be picked up from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Cape Drive, Bristow Village, First Baptist Church, and Slick.
Bristow will start feeding their virtual students next Monday, visit the website for more information.