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Free breakfast, lunch set up for public school children

The Maui News

The state Department of Education will be providing free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to all public school students at six Maui County schools during the extended spring break.

The meals are available to children 18 years old or younger regardless of eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. Parents or caregivers who pick up the meal must be accompanied by a child, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements, the DOE said.

There will be no personal interaction between DOE workers and the community. All meals will be placed in containers and located outside cafeterias near an access point, the DOE said.

Meals will be offered from 7:30 to 8 a.m. (they must be eaten by 10 a.m. for food safety) and 11:30 a.m. to noon (food must be consumed by 2 p.m.) weekdays, except for Thursday, Kuhio Day.

The Maui County schools offering the meals are Hana High & Elementary, Kahului Elementary, Kalama Intermediate in Makawao, Lahaina Intermediate, Lanai High School and Molokai High.

In another COVID-19 related development, the DOE announced last week that it received approval to cancel federally mandated testing for the current school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics, Hawaii State Science Assessments and Biology 1 end-of-course exams, and the Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes.

The DOE received the OK from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

“At this time, the top priority of our haumana and staff should be staying healthy and adapting to their new learning environments,” said state schools Superintendent Chri-stina Kishimoto. “In these unprecedented times with rapidly changing conditions, the department’s efforts are focused on helping students continue to learn and grow through alternative instructional delivery methods.”

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