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Clarinda revises school lunch program due to COVID concerns

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Due to potential exposures to the COVID-19 virus or related positive cases, the Clarinda Community School District announced Monday night, Sept. 28, it was revising its meal and transportation programs.

A letter sent to families and staff by Superintendent Chris Bergman Monday asked all students, if possible, to bring their own sack lunches to school until further notice starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. The letter also said families with children riding district school buses would be notified of any revisions to their route.

"Between COVID exposures and cases, we want to be sure we have enough workers," Bergman said. "We are mindful of everyone's health and this is the best thing we can do right now."

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Bergman said the decision to switch to sack lunches for the time being was made Monday night in collaboration with Page County Public Health and the school nurse. Along with the sack lunches, Bergman said a cold breakfast would be served to students on Tuesday.

"We know this might be a challenge given the time frame, so we will have extra lunches for those who do not have one with them in the morning," Bergman said in the letter.

The letter also asked members of the public with a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a bus endorsement who may be willing to assist the district with bus routes to contact Nancy McKinnon at 712-542-5165. Coaches, activity directors and district employees were also asked to consider obtaining a CDL with a bus endorsement.

Bergman also reminded staff and families to follow basic health precautions like staying home if they are not feeling well; if tested for COVID-19, stay home until the results are available; and continue wearing facial coverings.

"We are trying to follow the guidelines as best we can and if we error, we want to error on the side of caution," Bergman said.

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