Be Prepared To Be Flexible
Classroom Delivery vs. Take Home Meals
With things changing drastically, some menu items won't be as easy to serve this year. Communal options for things like fruit, water, and other drinks in pitchers will be something of the past. If fruit is included in meals, it'll follow the guidelines of being individually packaged to keep health and wellness in mind. To help adjust, some schools may need to rely on the assistance of volunteers and teachers (page 15) to prep and deliver these meals, which may require training on how to properly handle items and carriers.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
Throughout the pandemic, sanitization has been on the front lines when it comes to monitoring safety. Setting the standard on how students and staff will be able to wash their hands throughout the day, and before and after they eat is important. This also includes how products used to deliver foodservice items will be cleaned and sanitized between uses. For example, if students can come to the cafeteria in staggered groups (per classroom), and return to their class with their lunch, then the serving lines will need to be properly wiped down and sanitized after each group leaves and the next group arrives (page 20).
No matter the challenge, we understand the current situations with COVID-19 can be stressful and hard to deal with at times. The changes we're facing can feel like a lot of major decisions are being made very quickly. We're here to help make the transition easier. Check out our school resources page to help you navigate the best foodservice solutions for school systems, and sign up for your free assessment below.
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