The Nordonia Hills City Schools District had delivered meals to hundreds of families, and is still allowing families to sign up for food deliveries, according to Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark.
In an email Tuesday to district families, Clark thanked the community for its "support and flexibility as we work through these unprecedented times.
"As you know, to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19, the Nordonia Schools will be closed to students now through Tuesday, April 14. Students will return on April 15," he said.
Clark said the district delivered meals to 322 Nordonia families and said families do not need to qualify for free or reduced lunch typically required to take part in the program. He said all meals will be reimbursable to the district under the federal free and reduced lunch program.
"Moving forward, if you enroll by noon, you will be on the next day’s run," he added. "We are continuing to work with our food distributors to receive nutritious products as they become available. Many products are out of stock due to increased demands in the healthcare industry and other businesses that are technically open, but we will do our best to prepare and distribute what we are able to get for as long as it is safe to do so."
He said that due to supply and demand issues, the district can’t guarantee sandwich components, but will maintain enough food for lunch and breakfast. The variety will change each day according to availability.
"This will also include bottled water, which we have already run out of and goes in and out of stock daily," he said.
To enroll children in the program, see https://tinyurl.com/NordoniaLunchOrders.
Clark said children are still being registered for kindergarten by calling Maria at 330-467-0580 to schedule an appointment.
He said the closure will not impact seniors expecting to graduate, and there is no indication that the school year will be extended.
Families are advised to send questions to https://tinyurl.com/NordoniaClosureQuestions. Questions will be answered daily, Clark said.
"These are unprecedented times, and we will get through them together through flexibility and common sense. Please understand this closure is not only to keep students and staff safe, but also to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as seen in other countries around the world," Clark said.