OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla., March 14, 2020–The Okaloosa County School District will provide breakfast and lunch for all school-age students beginning March 18 and will continue the service through the week of March 23 when the state-mandated school closures take effect.
North county breakfast will be served beginning Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Baker School, Laurel Hill School and Northwood Elementary.
According to Superintendent Marcus Chambers, meals are not regularly provided during spring break across the state, but the district added feedings next week due to uncertainty in the community.
“I want to bring the full extent of our resources to bear to make certain that any school-age student who needs food receives it. During a typical spring break, we’re not feeding students, but this spring break is anything but typical,” said Chambers. “We are working on expanding service sites for the week of March 23, and will put out additional information shortly, but I want parents to be assured now that this service will be provided.”
Meal service will be of the “grab and go” variety with students required to eat meals off campus.
Breakfast and lunch serving information for March 23-27 is being established. Parents will be notified in advance of feeding sites for this week through call-out and social media.
The district is working closely with state officials and is seeking maximum flexibility in this program. Parents will receive updates as needed.
Okaloosa County School District news release