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MCSD aims to give ‘distance learning’ device to every family in need

District reduces days for free meal pickup


Merced City School District is making sure no child is left behind, despite school closures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Teachers are contacting all of their students this week, to ensure they have a computer or tablet at home, to begin distance learning.  Every family in need of a device will receive one.  Plans are also in place to provide internet access for families that do not have it.  There are nearly 12,000 students enrolled in 18 MCSD schools.

MCSD will feed any child from 1 to 18-years old, even those who are not enrolled in the district.  No child will be turned away.

MCSD is reducing the number of days meals are served to students from every weekday, to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Meals will be provided in advance of the off days, to ensure every child has a nutritious breakfast and lunch every weekday.  When parents and children pick up meals on Mondays, they will also receive a meal to save for Tuesday, when campuses will be closed.  The same process will occur on Thursdays.  This change is being made to increase social distancing by allowing staff to work on a shift rotation, and for campuses to be professionally cleaned.

MCSD has served more than 200,000 free meals in the first 15 days of school closures, with more than 13,000 on most days.  When parents drive up to the curbside meal distribution sites, MCSD staff place the meals in the backseat or trunk to increase social distancing, while also wearing gloves and masks.

The following schools will continue to provide meals through June 5:
  • Burbank Elementary – 609 E. Alexander Ave.
  • Fremont Elementary – 2150 S. Street
  • Givens Elementary – 2900 Green St.
  • Hoover Middle – 800 E. 26th St.
  • Peterson Elementary – 848 E. Donna Dr.
  • Reyes Elementary – 123 South N St.
  • Rivera Elementary – 945 Buena Vista Dr.
  • Stefani Elementary – 2768 Ranchero Lane
  • Stowell Elementary – 251 E. 11th St.
  • Tenaya Middle – 760 W. 8th St.
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