Child Nutrition

  • The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District will provide all students with access to school meals each school day, whether they are learning in-person or remotely at home. Meals will be free to students at least through Dec. 31.

    »Addition Resources: Free Meal Delivery Request Form | Letter to Families on Meals

    Child Nutrition Plan:  

    • All students, whether attending in-person or remotely, will be offered access to school meals each day. The District will follow School Food Authority (SFA) policies to communicate the options for school meal service, eligibility for free or reduced-price meals, and changes in operations.  
    • Meals will be offered at current school lunch pricesas established by the Board of Education. 
    • Studentwho qualify for free or reduced-price meals will be provided with meals accordingly. Per Board of Education Policy, no student will be denied a meal because of the inability to pay. 
    • All meals will be provided via a brown bag format, for breakfast and lunch.  
    • Meals will meet all meal pattern requirements.  
    • Production records will be kept in the Food Service Director’s office. 
    • The Food Service Director will keep daily logs of students requesting and receiving meals. Once meals are delivered to students, either in-person or via pick-up, the Food Service Director will document that the student received the meal.  
    • Students with special dietary needs will be accommodated. 

    Meals for Students Learning Remotely: 

    • The District will provide meals to remote students for pick-up at designated locations on campus. Meals will be available for pick-up twice per week (schedule to be determined), with multiple days’ worth of meals provided at each pick-up time. A delivery option may be provided if appropriate staffing is available. 
    • For meal pick-up, appropriate signage will clearly identify pick-up locations. Staff will place the food in the trunk or on a table for families to retrieve, to reduce social contact. Families will not need to enter the school building. 
    • Families wishing to access school meals during remote instruction will register using an online form, or through a phone call to the Food Service Director. 

    Meals for Students Learning In-Person: 

    • Students who attend school in-person will have their meal requests taken by the teacher, and that information will then be communicated to the school food service department. 
    • Students who attend school in-person will eat meals in designated areas. Areas may include cafeterias, classrooms, or alternative locations. Students will be seated at least six feet apart, facing the same direction, so they can remove their face masks to eat their meals. 
    • Vending Machines will not be used. 
    • No a la carte sales will be allowed. 
    • Students may choose to bring their own meals with them to school. 

    Health and Safety Guidelines:  

    • The District will follow all New York State Department of Health guidelines in preparing and serving meals.  
    • The District utilizes written standard operating procedures for sanitation of school kitchens, cafeterias, food storage, and any other location where meals are served.  
    • The District will provide an ample supply of face masks, soap, hand sanitizer, and tissues in food service areas. 
    • Work areas will be routinely cleaned and disinfected in high touch areas, including tables, chairs, and carts, after each use. 
    • Employees will always wear face masks and gloves when working in the food service department. 
    • Only food service and facilities staff will be allowed in the kitchen area. 
    • Food service staff will be trained in all safety protocols and COVID-19 identification, prior to the commencement of the academic year 
    • MSDS SHEETS and appropriate training will be provided for any specific COVID-19 cleaning products.  
    • Tables and chairs will be disinfected and cleaned between each student use. 

    Food Allergy Guidelines:  

    • The District will plan and implement measures to protect students with food allergies when providing meals in the cafeteria or in spaces outside the cafeteria. 
    • Staff assisting students during the meal period will be trained on health and safety guidelines for students with allergies, including the recognition of an allergic reaction and the appropriate course of action to respond in an emergency.  

    Hand Hygiene Guidelines: 

    • The District will implement protocols and procedures for how students will perform handwashing and hygiene before and after eating, how appropriate hand hygiene will be promoted, and how sharing of food and beverages will be discouraged. 

    Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines: 

    • The District will implement protocols and procedures that require cleaning and disinfection prior to each group of students arriving for meals, if served in the same common area. 
    • Site safety plans will be revised to include standard operating procedures for meal service in cafeteriasalternative location, and classrooms (only if necessary). 
    • Social distancing of at least six feet will be maintained during all meal periods. 
    • The Facilities Department will be responsible for cleaning all areas after each student meal period.  

    Communication Guidelines: 

    • The District will communicate food service information to families through multiple means in the languages spoken by families in the home 
    • The District will provide families with applications for Free and Reduced Lunch pricing and other relevant communications via print notices in local newspapers, the district’s website, mass emails and phone calls, and social media.  
    • The District also delivered meal benefit applications with summer meals. The District’s communications are available in the languages spoken in students’ homes.