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USD 259 to limit food pickup to two days a week, but same amount of food

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The superintendent of Wichita Public Schools says some changes have been made for students going into the final seven weeks of school.

At a news briefing Friday afternoon, Dr. Alicia Thompson said USD 259 is adjusting its safety practices due to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the changes is that in-person food pickup will go from five days a week to two days.

Starting Monday, April 6, meals will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, students will get two breakfasts and two lunches. On Wednesdays, students will get three breakfasts and three lunches.

Only children who are present can receive a meal.  The pickup locations are not changing. To see a weekly menu, go to usd259.org/menu.

Another change that starts Monday, April 6, is no in-person packet distribution at any location for PreK through 8th grade.

Week 2 packets for PreK through 8th grade students will be mailed or will be available online.

In order to receive packets for Week 3 and beyond, parents must “Opt In” at https://bit.ly/wpspackets by 3 p.m. April 9.

Parents and students who get the information online do not need printed packets.

High school students and parents will get instructional and packet guidance from their high school principals and teachers. Teachers will advise students if they need to pick up packet material.

Thompson encourages parents to have grace and patience during these final seven weeks of school. She said she also has a student at home and she knows how difficult it can be to manage work and students.

“Be patient Take your time. Don’t get frustrated,” she said.

She also reminded parents and students there is a hotline to get help. Call (316) 973-4443, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or you can email homework@usd259.net.

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