Nutrition Services FAQ (2020-2021)
Nutrition Services 2020-2021 Q&A -
Ready Schools, Safe Learners 4.0 10/30/20 (Excerpt)
❏ 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.