Schools in 13 states so far have been ordered to close
Governors in at least 13 states and the District of Columbia have ordered the closing public and private schools from K through 12 to slow and possibly stop the spread of COVID-19 or the coronavirus.
The states are: Alaska, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Kansas announced that it will close all of its K through 12 schools for the remainder of the school year. California may follow Kansas’ lead, said Governor Gavin Newsom.
School closures are expected to continue, reports Education Week. The closures are expected to cause difficulty for an increased number of students who receive free breakfast and lunches and for their parents who must find daycare for their children.
The Food Research & Action Center reported that over 13.6 million children in 28,614 schools and 4,698 school districts are participating and have access to school breakfast and lunch programs at no charge.
The question is how do school employees get prepared meals to the students who are not school?
The Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district with 361,000 students attending 600 schools, announced on twitter that students or their families will be able to pick up meals beginning March 17 between 9 a.m. and 1p.m. Monday through Friday outside a school nearest their home during the closure. Chicago schools will remained closed until March 30.
About 56.6 million students are enrolled in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This includes 50.8 million students in public schools and 5.8 million are enrolled in private schools. There are 132,853 public and private schools in the United States.
Enrollment population includes 23.7 white students, 13.9 million Hispanic students, 7.7 million black students and 2.7 million Asian students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.