Meals to be offered for students attending virtually

The St. James Schools Nutrition department will be providing meals for students attending virtually or via Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) beginning the first day of school. Families need to register for meals this week to begin receiving meals next week, when school opens for the fall semester.

            Families can sign up and pick up meals beginning next Tuesday, August 25. Meals will be picked up on Mondays unless school is not in session, during which time meals can be picked up on the next school day. Each student will get five breakfasts and five lunches for the week. The person picking up meals will need the student’s school ID during pickup.

            To keep families safe, pickup will be no contact. The person picking up meals will stay in their vehicle and park next to the dock at the high school on Hardy Street at the selected time. They will open their trunk and hold the student ID in the window and a school nutrition staff member will put the meals in the trunk.

            A sign up form has been created at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZnpYnLDoUjAponRLe60tL-u_HkiQmUyFhOhuxpu-jcY2K1Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR37oDLz2UDT01lMwJVCQ6qaZXo7DLS8JF1jRCgNzPDQx4Y3IYzzUskMFpIwhere families can register for meals. This will ensure students who are attending school from home will still have access to meals.

            As of Monday, there were 154 signed up for virtual classes for the fall semester and 1,236 planning on attending in person courses. The number of student attending remotely or through AMI will be higher than that, though, for the fall semester as the high school will be closed while roofs can be repaired due to damage. Due to safety concerns, high school students will spend a significant portion of the first semester learning virtually, as there has not been a timeframe given by the district on when students can return to the building.

            The district has also had a slow response in some buildings with students being registered, which could add to the number of students not attending for in-person learning.

            Meals will only be available for pickup, as there is not enough staff to deliver. Anyone with questions or who wants to sign up for meals can visit the St. James R-1 School Nutrition Facebook page to learn more or to view the registration form. The district hopes to help families during the process of returning to school and will continue to look for ways to make this process easier as the new school year gets underway.