STOW – Schools sent out letters to parents about the school closing and lessons for students.

Whether school resumes April 6 or at the end of year, the teachers will provide learning opportunities so students don’t fall behind, said Superintendent Tom Bratten. Stow-Munroe Falls School District has 5,300 students and 740 employees.

Bratten said teachers met to provide seven days of instruction before spring break. If the school district is making an attempt to deliver instruction every day, the missed days are not counted as calamity days and students don’t have to make them up.

"I don’t think anyone could have anticipated this type of situation," Bratten said. "I think we have a good solid plan that takes in health and safety of kids first."

The plan couldn’t have been implemented without everyone helping, Bratten said. Teachers have been positive role models, and the community offered its support.

"Everyone realizes the gravity of the situation and instead of making excuses, they came to the table and asked how they could help," Bratten said. "With that attitude we’re going to get through this."

Teachers and/or principals will contact parents regarding online/remote learning opportunities. Assignments and tasks should be completed by all students.

The district made arrangements so students who do not have access to a device and need the district to issue them one, could pick them up at any district school.

Parents/guardians were required to be present and to sign appropriate waivers for their child to be issued a device. If a parent cannot come to the school, they could call 330-689-5413 to arrange for one to be delivered.

For students who may not have access to the internet, there are resources available. Charter-Spectrum will offer free access for 60 days to broadband and Wi-Fi services to households with students who do not already have the services. To enroll in the service, can call 1-844-488-8395. The company says it will also waive installation fees for student households. Spectrum has also pledged to open up for public access its many free Wi-Fi hotspots across its service territory. Many cellular service carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile are waiving data caps and overages.

Starting Wednesday, March 18, SMFCSD will be distributing free "grab and go" breakfasts and lunches to any SMFCSD students who need or want them.

Both breakfast and lunches will be distributed from 8 to 10 a.m. at the following locations. Echo Hills Elementary @ Door # 1; Kimpton Middle School @ Door # 1; Lakeview Intermediate School @ Door # 1; and Stow-Munroe Falls HS @ Door # 12 (Joshua’s Entrance in back by baseball field).

Students do not need Identification to pick up meals and parents and/or siblings can pick up meals for students. Families who need meals, but cannot make it to these distribution sites, can call 330-689-5226 and arrange for meals to be delivered to them.

If not consumed, meals should be refrigerated within an hour after receiving them. Perishable items should be discarded if not consumed within three days.

The district will not distribute meals during Spring Break March 21-29. However, any families who need meal support can call 330-689-5226 and the school district will ensure that they have what they need during that time frame.

Stow-Munroe Falls School District has COVID-19 updates at smfschools.org

Gannett reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at lfreeman@recordpub.com