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With delayed start of school, Hall, Gainesville school systems resuming meal delivery services
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Lula Elementary nutrition staff cart bagged meals to waiting buses Monday, March 16, 2020, for early morning delivery to students along bus routes that receive free lunches at school. Hall County Schools resumed delivery in August as the start of school was delayed to Aug. 24. - photo by Scott Rogers

Both the Hall County and Gainesville City school districts are resuming meal delivery services this month for students who rely on school meals but are at home because of the pandemic. 

The Hall district got back to delivering breakfast and lunch to students via buses Monday, Aug. 10, while Gainesville schools will be doing the same starting Monday, Aug. 17. Both school systems were originally set to start the school year earlier this month. Hall is now set to begin Aug. 24, including in-person instruction. Gainesville is set to begin virtually Aug. 17.

Hall schools will continue delivering meals until Aug. 21 — the last weekday before students are scheduled to return to face-to-face learning — according to a post on the Hall County food services website. Meals will be delivered between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Thursday deliveries will include breakfast and lunch for both Thursday and Friday, per the post.  

Parents planning on receiving meal deliveries are asked to be in view from the road while waiting for delivery buses. For questions regarding bus routes for meal delivery, parents can contact Hall County Schools transportation at 770-287-0942. 

For Hall students who opt for remote learning this semester, the district plans to test an online ordering system for meals to be picked up starting on Aug. 24, according to Cheryl Jones, district nutrition director. 

Gainesville will continue meal delivery through Sept. 8, when its students are scheduled to return to in-person instruction, according to Penny Fowler, director of school nutrition. 

Fowler wrote via email that students who chose the Gainesville Virtual Academy option will still be able to receive meals beyond Sept. 8. Parents can order meals daily online, she said. 

If Gainesville schools are forced to move to remote learning due to an outbreak of COVID-19, Fowler said the school system would return to delivering meals.  

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