Child Nutrition

School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely, if needed.

Information about how meal information will be communicated is included in this document and on our website: smsaschool.org SMSA reopening plan.

Meals Onsite

For students onsite, meals will be provided while maintaining appropriate social distancing between students while also considering increasing access points for providing meal service. 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. If meals will be eaten in the classroom, classes will go through the cafeteria line one at a time and return to the classroom.

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. Cashiers and servers will place meals on a counter or tray line for quick pick up and place pre-portioned condiments on each tray.

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.

  • Food Service is provided by our local public school district, who will be adhering to all the State and Federal Regulations and Guidelines.
  • There will be two handwashing stations and hand sanitizer available to all the students and staff within the cafeteria/Great Hall.  Students will be required to wash their hands before and after eating.
  • Sharing of food and beverage is not allowed.
  • Lunch monitors will be responsible for sanitizing and cleaning the lunch areas after each group of students.
  • Students with any allergies are encouraged to bring their own lunch and will be provided an allergy free area/space in the cafeteria or Great Hall.

Meals Offsite/Remote

If learning remotely meals will be provided to students through their public school district, if needed.

School Food Authorities (SFA)

All students enrolled in SFA have access to school meals each day on-site and through their home school district if learning remotely.  All food provided in compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements.