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Nutrition Services » Nutrition Services FAQ (2020-2021)

Nutrition Services FAQ (2020-2021)

Nutrition Services  2020-2021 Q&A - 

Q. What steps are you taking to make mealtime safer?
A. 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 items will be pre-bagged to ensure safety. All students will have access to hand washing or hand sanitize prior to meals.
Q. Are students going to eat in the cafeteria with everyone else?
A. Students will eat meals in their classroom to minimize unmasked exposure. Depending on which building they are in, your child’s meal may be brought to their classroom or they may grab a meal to go upon dismissal. 
Q. 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?
A. Breakfast and lunch will be available for the days that your child is not in the school building. Hybrid families can sign up for a 5 day meal kit here: https://bit.ly/3cOlwD9
Q.Does that include meals for Saturday and Sunday?
A. Yes, we will continue to serve meals beyond the normal school week, including some non-contact days and holidays.
Q. How are we going to get all these meals home?
A. 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. We encourage an adult to pick up these meals, as 5 or 7 Day Meal Kits are generally too heavy for a child to carry.
Q. My child is going to stay with distance learning. Can he come to school to eat with his friends?
A. While meals for children who are not attending school in the building will continue to be provided via meal kits, the current version of Hybrid Learning does not allow them to enter the building for meals.
Q. Can I send cupcakes or treats to school with my child on their birthday?
A. Please do not send any food or beverage items to school for sharing. (Sack/home/cold lunches for your child are okay.)
Q. My child has dietary restrictions. Are they going to be able to eat at school safely?
A. 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 4524 for more information. Your child may also bring food from home.

Ready Schools, Safe Learners 4.0 10/30/20 (Excerpt)

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.