Nutrition Services FAQ (2020-2021)
Nutrition Services 2020-2021 Q&A -
- What steps are you taking to make mealtime safer?
- We are following CDC guidelines for mask wearing, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and monitoring symptoms throughout the school. Safety changes to meal service include changing self-serve fruits and vegetables to pre-packaged portions, additional wrapping or packaging of entrées, temporarily changing out milk dispensers for individual cartons, and using individual portions of condiments. All food lines will have hand sanitizer present and be monitored for 6’ physical distancing.
- Are students going to eat in the cafeteria with everyone else?
- Students will eat meals in their classroom to minimize unmasked exposure. Depending on which building they are in, your child may pick up their meal in the cafeteria or it may be brought to the classroom.
- If my child goes back and is only in the building two days per week, can she still get meals for the other days of the week?
- Yes. Breakfast and lunch will be available for the days that your child is not in the school building. Afterschool snack will be available for the school days that your child is not in the building. We will have both curbside pickup and take-home options for meals. For logistical purposes, meals will be checked out through our MealTime computer system even though they will continue to be “no charge” through June 2021.
- Does that include meals for Saturday and Sunday?
- Yes, we will continue to serve meals beyond the normal school week, including some non-contact days and holidays. Please see the monthly menus for details.
- How are we going to get all these meals home?
- FGSD recognizes that several days’ worth of meals is more than many children can safely carry home from school or their bus stop. Through our pre-order system, families will be able to pick up meals curbside at any FGSD school location. Our hope is that by spreading pickup across multiple days, families will be able to get the meals home with a minimum of difficulty. More information to follow as we get closer to Hybrid.
- My child is going to stay with distance learning. Can he come to school to eat with his friends?
- While meals for children who are not attending school in the building will be available for pickup, the current version of Hybrid Learning does not allow them to enter the building for meals.
- Can I send cupcakes or treats to school with my child on their birthday?
- Please do not send any food or beverage items to school for sharing.
(Sack/home/cold lunches for your child are okay.)
- My child has dietary restrictions. Are they going to be able to eat at school safely?
- We are able to accommodate many dietary restrictions, including food allergies and those already on file with the Nutrition Services office. Please call the NS office at 503-359-8110 extension 4542 for more information. Your child may also bring food from home.
Ready Schools, Safe Learners 4.0 10/30/20 (Excerpt)
2h. Meal Service/Nutrition
❏ Include meal services/nutrition staff in planning for school reentry.
❏ Prohibit self-service buffet-style meals.
❏ Prohibit sharing of food and drinks among students and/or staff.
❏ At designated meal or snack times, students may remove their face coverings to eat or drink but must maintain six feet of physical distance from others, and must put face coverings back on after finishing the meal or snack.
❏ Staff serving meals and students interacting with staff at mealtimes must wear face coverings (see section 1h).
❏ Students must wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol before meals and shall be encouraged to do so after.
❏ Appropriate daily cleaning of meal items (e.g., plates, utensils, transport items).
❏ Cleaning and sanitizing of meal touch-points and meal counting system between stable cohorts.
❏ Adequate cleaning and disinfection of tables between meal periods.
❏ Since staff must remove their face coverings during eating and drinking, staff must eat snacks and meals independently, and not in staff rooms when other people are present. Consider staggering times for staff breaks, to prevent congregation in shared spaces.
⇨ Determine alternate locations (e.g., classrooms, outdoors) for eating meals.
⇨ Stagger meal times.
⇨ Restrict access to vending machines.
⇨ Limit use of communal serving utensils.
⇨ Establish non-contact payment methods.
⇨ Coordinate meal service with distribution of materials and connections with families.
⇨ Coordinate resources to offer meal services irrespective of instructional model, including:
- Delivery of meals,
- Staff availability and staff safety,
- Face covering,
- Meal packing supplies, and
- Equipment/signage to support physical distancing.