Child Nutrition

As a private school, the school does not provide a free and reduced lunch program. Based on the Parent Survey conducted in the creation of this plan, the school will not offer a lunch program this year. Families will be asked to send in their students with a full water bottle, a morning snack, a lunch, and (if attending Aftercare) an afternoon snack. The school will endeavor to provide a lunch to any student who does not have one on a given day.

Families who are unable to provide their child with the items listed above, or who need assistance with contacting their local public school district concerning meals, especially if they qualify for free or reduced lunch, should contact the principal Mr. Kosar at principal@hsseg.com for more information.

Meals Onsite

For students onsite, snack time and lunch time will occur 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 school will assess where meals will be served (classroom, cafeteria, other). The school 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. 

Students will not be able to enter the kitchen area or use the microwaves.

When students eat in classrooms all non-food service staff will be trained on any meal service-related activities they will be responsible for. Teachers will be trained on recognizing food allergies, including symptoms of allergic reactions to food. 

Students must be 6 feet apart or be separated by a barrier while consuming meals. The school will provide physical distancing guides in food service areas such as tape on floors, signage, increase table spacing, remove tables, mark tables as closed, or provide a physical barrier between tables to ensure students are 6 feet apart when consuming meals.

Proper cleaning and disinfection of tables, chairs, and other frequently touched hard surfaces will take place in between groups of students. 

The use of share tables, salad bars and other self-service refrigerators and buffets for food and condiments is prohibited.

The sharing of food and beverages (e.g., buffet style meals, snacks) is prohibited. Adequate space will be reserved for students, faculty, and staff to observe social distancing while eating meals.

The school will coordinate school personnel in order to meet the feeding safety needs of students with disabilities.

Students will eat either in the cafeteria or in their classroom, with appropriate protocols in place as defined above. 

The nurse will create and disseminate an allergy list for all students, and each homeroom teacher should be aware of all allergies in their classroom, and monitor during the snack and lunch times. All lunch monitors should also be aware of and monitor student allergies. 

Students must perform appropriate hand hygiene, as defined in this document, before and after eating. The teacher will schedule this as a part of preparing for snack or lunch, and for preparing to end a snack or lunch period. 

Teachers and staff will instruct students on the importance of not sharing food or beverages, unless members of the same household, and will monitor for this during snack and lunch times. 

When eating in the classrooms, appropriate barriers are already in place to ensure social distancing. 

When eating in the cafeteria, students will either be separated 6 feet apart facing in the same direction, or will have protective barriers placed between them. If eating in the cafeteria, maintenance staff and office staff (along with volunteers if present) will clean and disinfect all tables and seats in the cafeteria between each cohort’s use.

Meals Offsite/Remote

As a private school, we do not provide meals to students who are learning remotely. Families who qualify for free and reduced lunch should contact your public school district of residence for information on the subject.

Birthday Celebrations and Food Items (added 08/31/2020)

Please note that families may send in a special birthday item for your student. You may not send in any food items for other students, only for your child. Teachers and students will not be able to distribute birthday treats or other food items to other students, staff, or siblings. We appreciate your understanding.

Delivering Lunch to Your Child (Added 08/31/2020)

We encourage all families to ensure that your student has his or her lunch box, which includes a snack and a lunch, as well as a full water bottle, before leaving the house each day. In the event that you must deliver lunch to your child, you may drop it at the main office. You may not arrange for food delivery to the school, and may not provide lunch to students other than your own children.

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