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A meal being served at Beach School
A meal being served at Beach School [Courtesy Beacon School]

Beacon School will Provide Meals for Students During Shutdown

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Beacon School for students with developmental disabilities in Athens will be closed until the end of the month to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Athens Board of Developmental  Disabilities says that the roughly 60 students enrolled in Beacon School and their siblings will still get both breakfast and lunch daily thanks to a delivery service.

“We know some of our students rely on the meals they receive at school every day,” Board Superintendent Kevin Davis said. “The decision to close the school was not an easy one, but it is in the best interest of those we serve. That said, we want to lessen the burden on our students and families as much as possible. Ensuring they continue to receive two solid meals each day during this unexpected break is the least we can do.”

Deliveries will start on the morning of Monday, March 16.

The Board also announced it was canceling its annual Disability Awareness Festival, that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at the Athens Community Center, as well as the start of the Community Center’s Unified Basketball League, which has been postponed until at least April 2nd.