School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.
For information about how meal information will be communicated, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.
For students who are onsite, meals will be provided while maintaining appropriate social distancing between students. Students do not need to wear face coverings when seated and eating so long as they are appropriately socially distanced.
The district will ensure social distancing between individuals while eating in the school cafeteria. If not feasible, meals may be served in alternate areas (e.g., classrooms) or in staggered meal periods to ensure social distancing and proper cleaning and disinfection between students.
The sharing of food and beverages (e.g., buffet style meals, snacks) is prohibited, unless individuals are members of the same household. Adequate space will be reserved for students, faculty, and staff to observe social distancing while eating meals.
In the school district’s current reopening plan, students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will eat in their classrooms. As is current practice, students may bring a lunch or will order lunch upon arrival at school. Lunches will be prepared in the school cafeteria and then delivered to the classroom. Students will eat at their desks, which are arranged to provide for social distancing. Desks will be cleaned before and after lunch.
At the middle school, students in grades 6 through 8 will eat in the large gym, at socially distanced desks, during one of three lunch periods. Students who choose to purchase lunch will go to the cafeteria, wait socially distanced, and then get their lunch from the serving line The school district is investigating the use/purchase of sneeze guards for the serving line. Desks in the large gym lunch area will be cleaned before and after each lunch period.
At the high school, students in grades 9 through 12 will eat in one of the two cafeterias, socially distanced at tables, during one of the lunch periods. Students who choose to purchase lunch will wait socially distanced, and then get their lunch from the serving line Make-your-own salads (or other make your own options) will not be initially available. The school district is investigating the use/purchase of sneeze guards for the serving line. Desks/Tables in the cafeterias will be cleaned before and after each lunch period.
The school district is working with its consultant, HMB Consulting and its food service provider, Chartwells, to ensure compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements.
Meals will be provided to students who are learning remotely by Chartwells, the school district’s food service provider. The current plan is to provide “grab and go” breakfast and lunch, with a single pick up point at the high school for all students who seek meals. This is the same method as used during the school closure at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
The school district will continue to partner with the Regional Food Bank, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and the Dutch Reformed Church to provide weekly backpacks of food to identified students (both those in attendance and those learning remotely).