• Child Nutrition

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

    For information about how meal information will be communicated, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.

    Meals onsite

    For students onsite, meals will be provided 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 district 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 and proper cleaning and disinfection between students.

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

    Objectives:

    • Make provisions for student access to school meals for those who are learning remotely or are in attendance at school
    • Address all applicable health and safety guidelines for child nutrition
    • Create measures to protect students with food allergies when meals are provided in spaces outside the cafeteria
    • Describe protocols and procedures for students to perform hand hygiene before and after eating, to promote appropriate hand hygiene, and to discourage sharing of food and beverages
    • Describe protocols and procedures that require cleaning and disinfection prior to the next group of students arriving for meals, if served in the same common area
    • Ensure compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements
    • Adhere to Board of Education’s Policy for, Charging School Meals and Prohibition Against Shaming

    Elementary School: 

    • Teachers/staff will need to take orders for lunch meals from the students daily and have them sent to the Kitchen by 9:00 am. 
    • The Kitchen will prepare meals in a safe environment, and to the proper temperatures, pack safely in a hot holding box with milk in an insulated cold container, and deliver meals according to a predetermined schedule.
    • Choices on the line will be reduced, as many items as possible will be pre wrapped
    • or bundled together
    • Students will wear face coverings while in the hallway and while in the serving
    • line. 
    • Social distancing will be maintained with markers on the floor. (6’ apart)
    • Once seated students may remove face covering to eat.
    •  Foods will be distributed on disposable earth friendly trays.
    •  All food from the Kitchen is Nut and Peanut Free.
    •  Staff will have to supervise proper hygiene along with discouraging sharing, and maintaining social distancing. 
    • All Food items will be charged directly to the Student’s account, NO CASH will be accepted. This will prevent contaminated money from circulating throughout the school and spreading possible contaminants.  
    • We encourage parents to use myschoolbucks, an online payment system or checks only; in order to eliminate the use of cash. All lunch money, checks that are brought to school should be sent to the kitchen in the morning before serving times happen.
    • To open a myschoolbucks account, you will first need your child's Student ID. Please contact Paul Franchini for this at pfranchini@voorheesville.org. You can use the myschoolbucks page with or without credit card charges. Myschoolbucks does charge a fee per transaction. It may be used only to monitor your child's account. To avoid a fee, families can send in a check to the school to apply to the account as needed. Low Balance alerts can be set up at this page for your convenience.   

    Middle School:

    • Teachers will need to take orders for lunch meals from the students daily and have them sent to the Kitchen by 8:30 am.
    • The Kitchen will prepare meals in a safe environment, and to the proper temperatures, pack safely in a hot holding box with milk in an insulated cold container, and deliver meals according to a predetermined schedule. 
    • Meals will be delivered to a “new” satellite kitchen based in the “ticket office”. 
    • Foods will be distributed on disposable earth friendly trays.
    •  All food from the Kitchen is Nut and Peanut Free. 
    • Choices on the line will be reduced, as many items as possible will be pre wrapped
    • or bundled together
    • Students will wear face coverings while in the hallway and while in the serving
    • line. 
    • Social distancing will be maintained with markers on the floor (6 feet apart)
    • Once seated students may remove face covering to eat.
    • Teachers/staff will have to supervise proper hygiene along with discouraging sharing, and maintaining social distancing. 
    • Students will receive food by groupings 
    • All Food items will be charged directly to the Student’s account, NO CASH will be accepted. This will prevent contaminated money from circulating throughout the school and spreading possible contaminants.   
    • We encourage parents to use myschoolbucks, an online payment system or checks only in order to eliminate the use of cash. All lunch money, checks that are brought to school should be sent to the kitchen in the morning before serving times happen.
    • To open a myschoolbucks account, you will first need your child's Student ID. Please contact Paul Franchini for this at pfranchini@voorheesville.org . You can use the myschoolbucks page with or without credit card charges. Myschoolbucks does charge a fee per transaction. It may be used only to monitor your child's account. To avoid a fee, families can send in a check to the school to apply to the account as needed. Low Balance alerts can be set up at this page for your convenience.

    High School: 

    • Students will come to the Kitchen to purchase food at a set time. 
    • Lines will be spaced appropriately for safety at 6’ using floor stickers.
    •  A monitor will be placed at the door to keep the line spacing and keep students moving in and out of the kitchen. 
    • Students will be seated by class
    • Tables and chairs/benches will be sectioned off in 6 foot increments and marked for safe seating
    • Staggered enter and leave times will be maintained.
    • Signage will be posted on not sharing food and proper hand washing
    • Monitors and maintenance staff will disinfect between each class using a proper sanitizer.
    • Students with allergies will be placed in assigned seating at allergy free tables
    • The kitchen line will have Acrylic guards hanging from the line, wherever food is present.
    • All food items will be placed on a tray by Kitchen Staff. This includes milk, entree, fruits, condiments, and utensils.
    • The cash registers will be surrounded in Acrylic and Students will only state their name or use their student ID to swipe. Keypads will not be used.
    • Choices on the line will be reduced, as many items as possible will be pre wrapped or bundled together.
    • Students will wear face coverings while in the hallway and while in the serving line. 
    • Social distancing will be maintained with markers on the floor (6 feet apart)
    • Once seated, students may remove face covering to eat.
    • All food will be placed on compostable trays and discarded. 
    • All Food items will be charged directly to the Student’s account, NO CASH will be accepted
    • The entire food line will be sanitized at the end of each tray line period by Kitchen Staff. 
    • All areas outside of the Kitchen will be maintained by Custodians and Teacher Aides. 
    • There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the Commons for Students to use as needed. 
    • All meals will follow the Child Nutrition guidelines set by NYS Child Nutrition programs. 
    • All meals will include: Entree, Whole Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, and Milk. Appropriate ounces of each will be based on grade levels.
    • All Food items will be charged directly to the Student’s account, NO CASH will be accepted. This will prevent contaminated money from circulating throughout the school and spreading possible contaminants.   
    • We encourage parents to use myschoolbucks, an online payment system or checks only in order to eliminate the use of cash. All lunch money, checks that are brought to school should be sent to the kitchen in the morning before serving times happen.
    • To open a myschoolbucks account, you will first need your child's Student ID. Please contact Paul Franchini for this at pfranchini@voorheesville.org. You can use the myschoolbucks page with or without credit card charges. Myschoolbucks does charge a fee per transaction. It may be used only to monitor your child's account. To avoid a fee, families can send in a check to the school to apply to the account as needed. Low Balance alerts can be set up at this page for your convenience.   

    Further Information

    Employees:

    • District will provide training to staff before school begins (personal hygiene, face cover removal, sanitizing surfaces, proper hand washing and social distancing, along with surface contamination information).
    • Staff will participate in temperature checks and screenings upon entering the school building through main entrances.
    • Staff will wear a face covering and gloves during their work period when students and co-workers are within 6 feet.
    • Extended work periods will be implemented to bundle bag and individually wrap items.
    • All employees will wash their hands with soap and water following NY State Health Department guidelines. Only when soap and water is not available will they use hand sanitizer.
    • Staff will sanitize each serving line with a proper sanitizing solution after each class has been served, changing wash buckets between each line.
    • Staff will place student choices on tray and hand to the student.
    • Monitors, TA’s, Teachers must assist and guide students through the lunch line.
    • Food and milk deliveries will be accepted at the back kitchen door. Delivery personnel will not be allowed to enter further into the kitchen area.

    Meals offsite/remote:

    • All Students choosing remote instruction have the right to a meal. 
    • Meals can be picked up through the back door of the kitchen during regular meal times, daily. Check the schedule for your building.
    • Students can call the kitchen to place a food order. This can be done when they arrive at their designated school building.
    • Elementary School #: 518-765-2382 x511
    • High School #: 518-765-3314 x120. Entrance is from Martin Road. 
    • Pickups will be at the Receiving/Kitchen Door, at each building. 
    • An employee wearing a mask and gloves will deliver a meal to waiting students.