Marin Linder tallks to students

Mar 20, 2020 10:29 AM

NORWALK — While we should be keeping our distance from one another, the community has seen many groups come together during the pandemic.

All county schools released a joint statement and Norwalk City and Catholic Schools have been working together.

The schools have started a free food program for students, despite being out of school.

Available Monday through Friday, the schedule for free school lunches are as follows — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for breakfast at Norwalk Middle School and noon to 1 p.m. for lunch at the St. Paul Convocation Center.

“Between the two of us, we have two locations so we can get different areas of town,” said Martin Linder, President of Norwalk Catholic Schools. “We are trying to collaborate as much as possible with Norwalk (City Schools).”

Linder said he wants to make sure the community is taken care of.

“There has been a lot of moving targets but the guiding principle is that everyone is safe and focusing on health and wellness,” Linder said. “This is a people-first business and we’re trying to take care of our people.”

Linder said his staff has been “really responsive” and doing a lot of quick learning to get online classes ready for students.

“We’re ramping up our social media presence, we’re feeling good about it right now,” he said. “We’re trying not to overwhelm students and parents.”

Linder said because people choose to come to his school, he wants to make sure all of the students and parents stay connected. He has been increasing phone calls to homes and increasing the school’s social media presence.

“We’ve been talking a lot about two schools, one city,” he said. “(If we’re) making sure people stay safe, we’ll do a lot better as a society.”