While Rockwood and other St. Louis city and county schools are closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, administrators have coordinated food distribution methods to make sure children who regularly receive meals at school continue to receive them.
Rockwood Executive Director of Student Services Dr. Terry Harris organized the effort for the district.
“We have identified three school locations in Rockwood – LaSalle Springs Middle, Selvidge Middle and Rockwood South Middle,” said Harris. “We will have staff present at those schools from 8-10 a.m., Monday-Friday, March 23-April 3.”
Harris said children will be able to pick up “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals at those Rockwood locations. Harris said district officials will also deliver food to locations in Rockwood where there is need.
“We’ll use our school buses to go to those locations and deliver food to families,” Harris added. “If people are in need, they can contact our office and we’ll take care of them. Very simply, we want kids to know they are loved and cared for.”
Rockwood is partnering with St. Louis Public Schools in a similar effort.
“This collaboration will allow any of our students who live in St. Louis city to eat at any of the designated locations in St. Louis Public School District,” said Harris. “So rather than having our city students come out to Rockwood, they will be able to go to any school where St. Louis is distributing food during the coronavirus closure.”
Harris said students will not be asked to provide ID in order to receive food services.
“We are very excited and proud of this partnership with St. Louis Public Schools,” said Harris.
Rockwood is also working with the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) program to create a designated bus route in St. Louis to deliver food to families.
“We’ll call families to let them know what time the bus will be there,” said Harris. “They can show up and get food for the week.”
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Harris said families who may not have access to the designated food sites should contact the Rockwood Student Services Department at 636-733-2189, or
“We’re working with our social workers and counselors to identify those families and deliver food to them,” he said.
Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles said, “While St. Louis area schools are closed to mitigate coronavirus, no Rockwood student will go without food as long as we know where they are.”