Ever since the coronavirus closed down schools almost two months ago, many families in our area have been relying on local school districts to feed their children and themselves. While the school districts are taking strict precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there have been some infections that have popped up throughout the past few weeks.

Gadsden ISD officials announced that 20 of their Student Nutrition Program employees have either reported being exposured to or having flu-like symptoms and that has led them to make the decision to close four elementary school kitchens where those employees had been working. Those employees are now in quarantine.

The families who participated in the Grab and GO feeding programs at North Valley, Yucca Heights, Desert View and Vado, the school cafeteria that have now been closed, will be instead directed to go get their meals at a campus nearest to the campus they had been getting food from.

GISD officials say the proper authorities have been notified about the employees who reported possibly being exposed or ill with symptoms and the district's Nursing Department has begun contact tracing. That will include speaking with people who might have been exposed to an employee who tests positive for COVID-19.

If you would like to find out which school you can get your kid's meals at if you used to get their meals at one of the now closed schools, you can call the Gadsden Independent School District at (575) 882-6200. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.