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D60 to provide D70 students with lunch while program suspended, district says test results negative for worker

District 70
Posted at 7:52 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 19:30:27-04

PUEBLO — Pueblo School District 60 will now provide meals for District 70 students due to their emergency lunch program being suspended for the next two weeks.

District 70 officials announced Monday night that it will suspend its emergency school lunch program immediately due to possible COVID-19 exposure to a food service worker.

The district then announced Tuesday afternoon that the preliminary test results for the worker are negative. This however does not change the two week suspension of the D70's emergency lunch program.

“The health and safety of our food service workers and their families is our top priority. While this staff member is being tested and treated for possible exposure, we have taken precautionary measures to immediately close all 5 of our lunch delivery services out of an abundance of caution for a deep cleaning using CDC-recommended guidelines,” said District 70 Director of Student Services Greg Keasling. “We are recommending our food service workers self-isolate by staying home for 2 weeks to limit any further possible exposure to our other staff or the public.”

District Superintendent Ed Smith said the worker reported symptoms over the weekend and followed CDC guidelines to quarantine themselves. He also said that no personal details about the individual would be released.

The district said food workers are encouraged to follow the recommended orders and stay at home for 14 days and contact their doctors if they experience any symptoms related to COVID-19.

In their announcement the district also said that there are many other options for food resources in Pueblo County for the next two weeks. Find more information here.

Food service is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 27, pending results and recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the PDPHE.

Pueblo School District 60 will be giving out meals to students at these locations:

  • Irving Elementary School
  • Risley International School
  • South Park Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Bessemer Elementary School
  • East High School
  • Heaton Middle School
  • Pueblo Academy of Arts

Meals will be distributed Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, three days worth of meals will be distributed and on Fridays there will be two days worth of meals distributed. Each day's meal will have breakfast and lunch.

Find more information on the District 70 here.

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