Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio, ordered the closure of Ohio’s K-12 schools, public and private, for at least three weeks.
The announcement was made on Thursday, March 12, by DeWine during a press conference at the Statehouse. The school closure was set to began at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16, but most schools went ahead and closed early.
On Friday, March 13, DeWine announced that the USDA approved two of Ohio’s waiver requests to keep school breakfast and lunch programs going, while schools are closed. Schools will be able to provide every child under 18 with “grab and go” meals, ensuring that no child goes hungry while school is out.
Jackson City School District:
The Jackson City School District has devised a plan to provide food for students during the time the school is closed.
“Keep in mind that this is the plan as of right now, and that it could change as we move forward by executive order of the Governor,” explained Jackson City Schools Superintendent Phil Howard. “If that happens we will communicate that with parents via robo call and by putting information on the district website.”
Howard explained that food will be prepared in all five school buildings each day of the week for school age children. Food will be loaded onto buses and taken to different locations throughout the district for distribution.
Food can be picked up from 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. each day that the school was originally scheduled to be in session.
The locations for food pick up include the following site:
- Tick Ridge Church parking lot
- Franklin Township Building on Camba Road
- Scioto Township Firehouse on Route 776
- Wesley United Methodist Church on Cove Road
- Jackson Middle School — entrance of gym
- All three elementary buildings — main entrances
“The food being distributed will consist of a lunch, snack, and breakfast item for the next day. If you have any questions, contact the school where your child attends or the Jackson City School District Central Office at 740-286-6442.
Oak Hill Union Local School District:
Oak Hill Union Local Schools has announced its meals to go program during the school closure.
The district has devised a plan for meal delivery and take home meals.
Take home meals can be picked up at Oak Hill Middle/High School. The meals will be available Mondays and Thursdays only from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. through Friday, April 3. Meals can be also delivered on normal bus routes.
For more information or questions call 740-682-7595 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wellston City School District:
Wellston City Schools with the assistance of community partners will begin delivery of meals for the duration of our school shut down period.
Two meals: lunch and breakfast (intended for the following day) will be delivered at each regular bus stop Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and noon. Meals can be picked up (curb side pick up) at the Wellston Middle School student drop off parking lot too. Please park your car and enter the side door to pick up your meals.
“In advance, we appreciate your patience, and everyone who has assisted in any way,” Wellston City Schools Superintendent Karen Boch.
Below is when each school district is tentatively scheduled to return to school:
- Oak Hill: Friday, April 3
- Wellston: Monday, April 13
- Jackson: Wednesday, April 15
“Three weeks likely won’t be enough time to be closed,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently. “It is likely we will have to extend this order.”