BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — School districts across south Louisiana have eliminated student meal pick-up amid growing concern for the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on Facebook, Ascension Parish Schools said the suspension of their grab-and-go meals was effective immediately. The statement cited the need to “reassess the safety of staff, logistics, and to determine where we might overcome areas that are perceived as compromising CDC guidelines.”
Livingston Parish Public School Superintendent Joe Murphy issued a statement on the school system’s official Facebook page regarding the suspension of free meal service to parish children. “While we are truly disheartened by the suspension of services at this time, we also have a responsibility to keep the citizens of our parish and our employees safe during this crisis,” said Murphy. “If further guidance and clarification is given regarding meal service which allows for the continuation, we will resume our meal program.”
St. Helena Parish also released a statement on Facebook which said the meal service was suspended until further notice.
A statement from St. James Parish said an employee from within the school district tested positive for COVID-19. “As a result, we have no choice but to suspend all planned meal distribution for students. This is very unfortunate; however, we cannot take any chances,” the statement read.
A post from East Feliciana schools said they will not be distributing meals during the week of March 23-27.
Impact Charter Schools of Baker also said they are suspending their meal service for students “until further notice.”
Governor John Bel Edwards issued a “stay at home” order on March 22, ordering residents to remain home, unless for essential business.