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Calistoga schools providing to-go lunches for students during closure

Calistoga schools providing to-go lunches for students during closure

From the Complete coronavirus coverage from the Napa Valley Register, St. Helena Star, and The Weekly Calistogan series

Calistoga Joint Unified School District will be providing "Grab & Go" meals for all students 18 years and younger from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every day this week at Calistoga Elementary School with curbside pickup. As long as at least one student is present, families can take as many meals as they need. 

The Calistoga Joint Unified School District on Sunday afternoon announced an immediate closure of its schools through April 14, due to the coronavirus. Rosa Rubio, director of food services for the district, said about 150 meals would be prepared daily. As of about noon on Tuesday, 133 meals had been picked up.

"We weren't sure what to expect," Rubio said. "But everybody is struggling right now, and we didn't plan on closing this week, so we have a surplus of produce."

On Friday, the Napa Valley Unified School District approved a three-week shutdown for campuses in Napa, American Canyon and Yountville, and the St. Helena district followed Saturday with a two-week closure.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor

Cynthia Sweeney has been editor of The Weekly Calistogan since July, 2018. Previously, she was a reporter for the St. Helena Star, and North Bay Business Journal. She also spent a significant amount of time freelancing in Hawaii.

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