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Schools were closed Monday, but Cleburne ISD child nutrition staff members were on the job preparing breakfast and lunch for the first day of curb-side meal service for children up to 18.

More than 350 meals were collected via drive-up lanes created at Cooke Elementary School and the CISD Child Nutrition Office, which are the district’s meal collection sites. Free take-out breakfast is available from 7-8:30 a.m. with the lunch lines open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We want to stress these meals are available to all children ages 18 and younger, not just those who are students of Cleburne ISD,” Superintendent Kyle Heath said. “The availability of breakfast and lunch while children are in school meets the needs of a lot of families. It can quickly become a hardship on families when schools are unexpectedly closed. 

“Providing take-out meals to children in our community is something we are grateful to be able to do. We have been diligent in getting the word out to parents regarding the availability of take-out meals for kids, and we appreciate those who have helped us in sharing this message.”

With the meal service program underway, the district is now focused on meeting the learning needs of students while they are away from their classrooms. Remote instruction will be made available to all CISD students starting March 30. 

Dr. Kristi Rhone, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, conducted a virtual meeting with campus principals Monday afternoon to discuss remote learning for students, which will use a variety of programs and platforms. 

“Our teachers will be reaching out to the parents of their students early this week,” Rhone said. “Our first concern is to know how our CISD families are doing. We will also determine if they have access to the internet and what devices they have at home that can be used for online learning.”

Students in grades 6-12 have district-issued Chromebooks for use at school and home, made possible by Bond 2016.

“As our secondary teachers make contact with parents, they will get confirmation that their student’s Chromebooks are in working order and working effectively with their home’s internet service,” Rhone said. “We will make Chromebooks available to those students whose devices are having issues.”

Charter Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet for students in grades K-12 and those enrolled in college. Information on the service is posted on the homepage of the CISD website, c-isd.com.

“Even though all campuses, facilities and offices are closed — and all school activities and events are cancelled — our work with students does not stop,” Heath said. “Our goal is to keep students engaged in reading, enriching math activities, in writing exercises they can do from home, under the guidance and direction of their teachers.”

“What remains at the forefront, is doing what is best for kids,” Heath said. “Our teachers and principals have been very concerned about their students, and their families. They want to know if they are okay, or if they need some help. 

“Our teachers want to get back to educating and our parents want that as well. Offering remote learning will bring our teachers back together with students — virtually.”

For information on the take-out meal service program, updates and additional initiatives relating to the closure of schools, visit c-isd.com/Page/927.

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