Long Beach to continue meal service at fewer schools; Chromebooks still available Monday

Entering the third week of campuses being closed, the Long Beach Unified School District will continue free meal service for kids in the city at fewer schools. The closure is currently scheduled to last until May 3.

The LBUSD gave out more than 39,000 meals in the first week of closure and more than 84,000 meals this week.

Beginning Monday, March 30, meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Addams, Avalon, Birney, Bixby, Burbank, Chavez, Dooley, Emerson, Gant, Garfield, Gompers, Grant, Harte, Henry, Herrera, King, Lafayette, Lincoln, Lindbergh, Longfellow, MacArthur, Marshall, McKinley, Muir, Riley, Rogers, Roosevelt, Signal Hill, Smith, Stevenson, Twain, Washington, Whittier and Willard.

The meals are free and available to all children aged 1-18 regardless of whether they’re a student.

The school district announced it handed out approximately 8,000 Chromebook laptops to be loaned to students through the rest of the closure. The laptops were checked out from a selected number of campuses over the last three days, with families waiting in long lines to take advantage. The LBUSD said that it also handed out 20,000 used Chromebooks in the fall for students.

Chromebooks will be available to check out Monday, March 30 at Poly and Jordan high schools from 8 to 11 a.m. Students will need their school ID or student ID number to check out a laptop.

For families needing low-cost internet access or a home internet device, more info will be available at the Chromebook pickup sites on Monday.

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