Macomb Intermediate School District
The school food heroes at Macomb ISD’s Keith Bovenschen School are dedicated to feeding their students. Serving students with moderate to severe cognitive impairments from ages 3-26, school meals are essential in this community and staff has learned to balance many ways to continue to feed their kids throughout the pandemic. The collaborative approach at Bovenschen is a priority, with foodservice a valuable member of the team of teachers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurse, social worker, and psychologist coming together to meet the needs of the whole child. With about half of their students returning to school this fall, school meals look a little different, with staff now serving all meals in the classroom. Breakfast is waiting daily for students, ready when they arrive in their classroom to start their day off right! Not all meals look alike as they are prepared to serve the specific needs of the student, including a blended or pureed diet for some students. What about students learning virtually? They’re still being fed nutritious foods as the foodservice team prepares meals for home to ensure students have fuel for learning, no matter where that takes place this year.