Miss. school buses deliver meals to students | Okla. district launches universal, free meals | Children learning at home need daily exercise
August 13, 2020
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Miss. school buses deliver meals to students
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Free breakfasts and lunches are being distributed in Mississippi's Meridian Public School District via 18 school buses. The meals are being delivered on regular bus routes as students learn remotely, and school nutrition professionals provide a lunch and the next day's breakfast, says Louise McPhee, the district's child nutrition director.
Full Story: WTOK-TV (Meridian, Miss.) (8/12) 
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McAlester Public Schools plans to provide free, universal meals to students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. The district decided to take a reduced rate of reimbursement for the meals -- 67% versus 97% -- under the Community Eligibility Provision to expand student food access amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Full Story: McAlester News-Capital (Okla.) (8/12) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
It is important for children to get daily exercise if school is online and they are learning at home, but it does not always have to be outside, said registered dietitian Juan Trevino. Jumping rope and just walking around the house are options, Trevino said, adding that exercise is good for both physical and emotional health.
Full Story: The Monitor (McAllen, Texas) (8/12) 
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Trends & Research
CDC: Schools should curb face-mask bullying
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The CDC has released new guidance for schools on the use of cloth face masks for students. Recommendations call for wearing cloth face masks, and schools are advised to establish plans to curb bullying and discrimination among students for wearing or not wearing masks.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (8/12) 
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Policy Watch
More than 100 members of Congress, including Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, are calling on the USDA to maintain flexibility for school meal programs through the new school year. Lawmakers in a letter stated that if the current waivers are not renewed, some schools may not be able to continue to provide students with access to meals.
Full Story: U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (8/11) 
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The US government will shorten the time frame for the census count because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that advocates say could threaten funding for programs such as Title I and the National School Lunch Program. So far, about 63% of households have responded to the census, and in a letter to senators signed by 900 community organizations, it states that if "remaining counting operations are not done well, communities most in need of resources to improve quality of life and standards of living will get the short end of the stick for the next decade."
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/10) 
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