JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County Public Schools decided to end school meal distribution at six schools, the school district announced Wednesday, April 8.
The school district cited “low participation and the need to efficiently use available staff” as the reasons.
Service will end after Monday, April 13, at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies, J. Allen Axson Elementary School, Twin Lakes Academy Middle School, Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center, Baldwin Middle/High School and Lake Shore Middle School.
“These sites are either serving fewer than 15 students per day or are in very close proximity to other sites,” the school district said.
News4Jax asked about the cafeteria staff at the schools that will no longer be providing meals. The school district said they will be moved to other locations to help.
UPDATE | Low participation and the need to efficiently use available staff have led to end school meal distribution at 6 schools, expand the menu at 3 schools, and allow family members to get meals with valid ID if students are not present. Full details https://t.co/xLUsNOjc2D pic.twitter.com/MweXD5KEkP— DCPS (@DuvalSchools) April 9, 2020
According to DCPS, more than 140 schools and neighborhood elementary bus routes are still available for families to access meals while schools are closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, and three schools will be expanding their menu.
Beginning Tuesday, April 14, Oceanway Elementary, Westview K-8 and Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology will include dinner, along with lunch and breakfast.