Loren Feldkamp flashed a warm smile to about a dozen cafeteria workers last week as they prepared lunches for more than 350 schoolchildren in northeastern Kansas.

Feldkamp, the superintendent of the Tonganoxie School District, thanked them each for their dedication to making the grab-and-go meals that were sustaining lines of children and parents. Nine school days earlier, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly had ordered all schools closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but school staff were still feeding kids.

“It was such a positive situation, in the middle of something none of us had ever experienced before,” Feldkamp said.

By Monday, though, Feldkamp’s pride had turned to concern as he posted a message to the district’s Facebook page: Like a growing number of school superintendents across the