Student Meals & WiFi Hotspots

April 3, 2020

WCPS Reduces Meal Site Operating Days, Still Providing Five Days of Food to Children

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is changing how meals will be provided to our community's children while schools are closed, but visitors at meal sites will still receive five days of food each week.

Beginning Monday, April 6, meals will be served on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Children will receive two meals on Mondays, one meal on Wednesdays, and two meals on Thursdays. One "meal" consists of lunch, a snack, and breakfast for the following day. All food is served in a grab-n-go style to promote social distancing. Meals are provided to any child 18 or younger who is present at the site.

The change in operating schedule provides greater support of Governor Hogan's order for Marylanders to stay at home while continuing to provide the same level of support for children to access food, which has been a priority of WCPS through the school closure period.

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WCPS Offers WiFi Hotspot Connections on School Campuses

As WCPS prepares for online distance learning on Monday, April 6, the learning community is invited to use identified WiFi hotspots to access learning materials.

WCPS is growing its list of outdoor hotspots at schools. Please note these connections are only available to WCPS students and staff who have valid credentials to access the network. It is recommended that families and students remain in their vehicles to use the hotspots. People who are not in a vehicle are encouraged to maintain social distancing of 20 feet from others.

WCPS is sharing a list of community hotspot locations that Antietam Broadband and Comcast/Xfinity have opened up for free access during the COVID-19 crisis. These sites are offering WiFi free of charge at the discretion of the provider, and the service is subject to change without notice to WCPS.

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It is important to note that Governor Hogan's Stay at Home Order identifies "travel to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning" as an "Essential Activity." Travel for these purposes is allowed.