One of the most pressing questions concerning the month-long closure of K-12 schools in Louisiana due to the novel coronavirus is this:

Will schools continue to provide lunch to students who rely on the meals?

The question hasn't yet been answered by some school districts in Acadiana.

Many school leaders plan to meet this week to discuss options following the Friday announcement by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to close schools until April 13 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.

The governor's proclamation directs schools to continue providing meals if able to do so with "appropriate social distancing measures."

Here's what we know now.

Lafayette Parish

Students will be offered drive-thru breakfast and lunch at a number of schools in the district from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. 

Any student in the district can pick up meals at the following schools:

  • Alice Boucher Elementary
  • Broussard Middle
  • Carencro Middle
  • Charles Burke Elementary
  • Corporal Michael Middlebrook Elementary
  • Duson Elementary
  • Edgar Martin Middle
  • J.W. Faulk Elementary
  • Lafayette Middle
  • Live Oak Elementary
  • Milton Elementary and Middle
  • Paul Breaux Middle
  • S.J. Montgomery Elementary
  • Scott Middle School
  • Youngsville Middle

A student must be present to receive a meal, without exception, according to a news release from LPSS. Meals will be brought out to vehicles or to individuals who walk to a campus.

Any student with a special diet prescription on file with LPSS can call the meal service hotline at 337-521-7370 to coordinate a pick-up location.

St. Landry Parish

Three schools will be distributing lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

These schools include Opelousas Junior High, Central Middle in Eunice and Lawtell Elementary.

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The St. Landry Parish School Board is also seeking volunteers to help with meal distribution and delivery.

Visit the SLPSB Facebook page for more information and updates.

Iberia Parish

School administrators are meeting Monday to determine if and how meals will be offered to students, according to Superintendent Carey Laviolette.

More information will be available soon.

St. Mary Parish

Three St. Mary Parish schools will provide to-go meals for students weekdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon March 23 through April at the following school sites:

  • Franklin Junior High, 525 Morris St.
  • Patterson Junior High , 225 Catherine St.
  • Morgan City Junior High, 911 Marguerite St.

A “Grab N’ Go” breakfast and lunch will be provided curbside at each designated site. No meals can be eaten on-site. Any child age 18 or under is eligible for the free meals and must be present to pick up a meal.

St Martin Parish

St. Martin Parish School System grab & go breakfast and lunch pick-up for students will be offered from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays starting March 18. At the following schools:

  • Breaux Bridge Primary School, 1020 East Bridge St., Breaux Bridge
  • Breaux Bridge Junior Hgh School, 100 Martin St., Breaux Bridge
  • Catahoula Elementary School, 1016-A Catahoula School Highway St. Martinville
  • Cecilia Junior High School, 1038 School Road Extension, Cecilia
  • Teche Elementary School, 2439 Main Highway, Breaux Bridge
  • Parks Primary School, 1034 Main Highway, Parks
  • Early Learning Center, 1120 Martin Luther King Dr., St. Martinville
  • St. Martinville Senior High School, 762 N. Main St.,St. Martinville
  • Stephensville Elementary School, 3243 LA 70, Stephensville

Other parishes

No information has been released yet for Vermilion or Acadia parishes.

Also unclear at this point is if transportation or delivery will be available to those in need and whether students will need to show any documentation to receive a meal.

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