Officials with the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools on Thursday announced the closure of the district’s athletic facilities.

"Please be advised that All SMF Athletic facilities are closed by the request of the Ohio High School Athletic Association in order to keep everyone safe," stated Superintendent Tom Bratten in a correspondence sent to families and media today. "We look forward to the return of all athletic activities at some point in the future as allowed by the State of Ohio."

In other notes shared, Bratten stated that about 2,000 Chromebooks have been distributed to students. Those who still need a Chromebook should call 330-689-5413.

"It is important to us that every child has new opportunities to learn and grow," Bratten said. "We want each student to reach his/her potential in all areas of learning. Please have students log-in to their computer and follow the directions of their teacher. In spite of these difficult times, it is essential to keep students reading, writing, and computing math. There are additional learning opportunities in science, social students, music, art, foreign language, and an array of other subjects."

If students are having trouble with their online classroom, they should contact their teacher using email. If a student is unable to log in or is having issues with a Chromebook, email st_help@smfcsd.org or call 330-689-5434

Chromebooks also can be picked up at one of our four distribution sites: Echo Hills, Lakeview, Kimpton or SMF High School daily from 8 to 10 a.m. except for during Spring Break next week, Bratten said. An adult needs to be available to sign for the computer.

Bratten said that the district’s food service staff provided meals for about 250 students on March 18 and for more than 220 students on March 19. Breakfast and lunch are available each day that meals are provided.

Meals are available and open to all students/families who desire a meal, Bratten said.

"Do not hesitate to pick up meals for your child," Bratten said. "Parents can pick up meals for their students and other students in the neighborhood."

Students and parents may pick up breakfast and lunch again tomorrow from 8 to 10 a.m. at Echo Hills Elementary School, Kimpton Middle School, Lakeview Intermediate School, and the high school. Meals will not be available the week of March 23 through 27 during the scheduled spring break; however, meal distribution will resume at the same four schools beginning March 30.

Those who need meals during the weeks the district is distributing but cannot make it to the school, or if they are in need of nutritional support next week, are encouraged to call 330-689-5226. Bulldog Bags will also be available at food distribution sites from 8 to 10 a.m. on April 3.

"The Stow-Munroe Falls Community always comes together in a time of crisis," Bratten said. "We pull together to work on behalf of our children. Their well-being and their future is the heart of everything we do."