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Schools are providing new ways to make sure students eat, even while learning from home

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools change almost day, and some are bringing those changes to the cafeteria.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Students of all ages will joke and say lunch, or even breakfast, is their favorite class period. Those meals allow students to socialize, but more importantly, eat.

However, all of that has changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools are now trying to figure out ways to make sure students stay safe, and those who are learning from home can still eat.

"Since we're under 50 percent, we get here with a different set of regulations as far as what we're allowed to do and versus schools," Christoval Superintendent David Walker said.

The regulations Walker is talking about is being reimbursed by the National School Lunch Program. Walker said since many of their students are on campus, they are still trying to figure out how they will get food to the students learning from home.

He has informed everyone they are still trying to figure out the lunch situation since CISD classes started Sept. 9. In the days to come, Walker does see a change in the number of students on campus.

"We have the majority of our parents opted for face-to-face, and it's looking like the next six weeks will probably almost be a 100 percent face-to-face," Walker said.

Students who are on campus are making sure they are six feet apart, and only a select number of students can sit at a table for meals. Moving across West Texas, Ballinger ISD has been adjusting everyday as well. Health and nutrition department worker Kelly Matscheck said they do have a plan in place for the students who are learning from home to make sure they get lunch and breakfast.

"They are still enrolled at Ballinger, so they're still able to come and pick up their meals and take them home to eat," Matscheck said.

It can also be a parent or student guardian who can pick up meals for the Ballinger students learning from home.

Both school districts are still adapting daily to ensure the best for their students moving forward.