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Child Nutrition

All schools in the Herkimer School District will follow SFA policies when communicating about school meal services, eligibility, options and changes in operations. All communications will be provided through a variety of communication methods including website, social media, emails, robocalls, newsletters, and regular mail and translated into the languages spoken by families.

Herkimer Central School partners with Oneida Herkimer Madison Food Service to provide school meals- their office will remain the contact point for all child nutrition communications for families and school staff. Families will be reminded in food service communications during the summer and periodically that they can submit a new application for free and reduced-price meals any time during the school year. Applications are available in each school building, on our website and through email or regular mail as needed. Phone support to complete the application is available from the Oneida Herkimer Madison Food Service office at 315-738-0848.

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

Child nutrition and food service information will be communicated using the district’s established communication plan, including but not limited to postings to the district website; email and mailings to parents; and posts to the district’s social media accounts.

Meals Onsite

Students will not have designated meal times in a cafeteria setting. Breakfasts will be offered to students and may be eaten in classrooms 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 sharing of food and beverages is prohibited. Adequate space will be reserved for students, faculty, and staff to observe social distancing while eating meals.

Breakfast

  • K-12- Limited menu, cold/shelf stable options
  • Grades K – 5: Breakfast in the classroom.
  • Grades 6- 12: Students walk through the serving line or kiosk set-up near entry points before 1st period to pick up their grab and go breakfast meal to bring it back to the classroom.
  • Pre-payments will be encouraged
  • Rosters will be maintained at each service point; all meals will be charged to the student’s account based upon eligibility status ie. free and reduced vs. paid status.

Lunch

  • Grades K-5: Limited Menu, 3 choices, meals distributed by classroom/cohort
  • Grades 6-12: Limited Menu, 3 choices, meals available to-go at kiosks upon exit
  • Students place their lunch order as soon as possible in the day.
  • A school staff member will pick up meals from the cafeteria to bring to the classroom
  • Options will include a ready to heat item, deli sandwich of the day or peanut butter and jelly. Special attention and accommodations will be made for nut free students/classes
  • Meals will not be consumed onsite, but will be taken home by each student.
  • Meals are entered onto the student account by cafeteria staff based on ordered food.
  • A la carte items are not available
  • All meals and/or snacks will be charged to the student’s account based upon eligibility status ie. free and reduced vs. paid status
  • Pre-payments will be encouraged

New Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be established and shared among food service and support staff. SOPs will include:

  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing requirements
  • Proper mask and face shield usage by staff; all food service staff will wear face masks while in the building, all food service staff will also wear face shields when interacting with students and non-food service staff
  • Meal Service Protocols- Students will not longer self select items; all items will need to be pre-ordered,

Allergies and special diets will be accommodated with allergen safe meal options. When entire cohorts need to remain allergen free, entire cohorts will be offered allergen free choices. Standard cross contamination and allergy protocols will be followed.

Child Nutrition Program requirements will be followed for all meals served. While the offer versus serve waiver will be utilized, we will continue to offer students as many choices for all meal components as possible. Menus will be planned by the food service administration team and reviewed by the Director and School Dietitian (both registered dietitians). Menus will also be analyzed on a macro and micro nutrient level using menu planning software.

Meals Off-Site/Remote

Hybrid- Meals for Remote Learning- Grab and Go

  • All meals and/or snacks will be charged to the student’s account based upon eligibility status ie. free and reduced vs. paid status
  • Students will sign-up/pre-order and pick up meals for days they will not be in school on their way out of the building or at designated pick up locations. Accommodations may be made to deliver meals to students’ homes.
  • 1 or 2 choices- ready to eat or ready to heat

Fully Virtual/School Closure

  • All meals and/or snacks will be charged to the student’s account based upon eligibility status ie. free and reduced vs. paid status
  • Grab and Go breakfast and lunches will be available weekdays at 6 distribution sites: Herkimer High School, Eastern Gardens, VFW, East Herkimer Fire Department, Creekside Courts, and the Public Library on Main Street. Meals will be provided for seven days (double meals on Thursdays and Fridays.)
  • 1 or 2 choices- ready to eat or ready to heat
  • Distribution to homes via bus routes and/or pick up locations, using school busses with the expectation of state aid.
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