STATEN ISLAND, NY — All Department of Education (DOE) students, whether enrolled in blended or fully distance learning this fall, will have access to free breakfast and lunch, according to the DOE.

When the city’s public schools closed in March, the DOE began offering take-out meals, either breakfast and lunch, or both, to students who rely on the free lunch program.

Students had the option of having their meals anywhere in the school, even if it was a school they had not attended.

Take-out meals will continue this fall to continue serving students in need.

In accordance with the “Interim Guidance for Food Services During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” as part of the DOE’s Reopening Plan, “students who are not receiving in-person instruction may eat lunch at their school in origin or in an identified school building. near their place. »

MEALS WILL LIKELY BE SERVED IN CLASSROOMS, COLLECTED AT STATIONS

According to the reopening plan, breakfast and lunch “will likely” be served directly to students in their classrooms to promote social distancing and minimize interactions between groups of students.

This applies to students in grades 3K to kindergarten classes, depending on the reopening plan.

For students in Year 1 to Year 12, collection stations will be set up throughout the school building; signs will direct students where to go.

Students who wish may bring their own lunch.

The reopening plan does not specifically state that cafeterias cannot be used for meals. “If the cafeteria is to be used, schools must maintain appropriate physical distancing,” it says.

Students will be advised not to share food and drink with other students.

DOE SAYS IT CANNOT GUARANTEE AN ALLERGY-FREE ENVIRONMENT

The DOE’s reopening plan states that it “cannot guarantee a nut-free, milk-free, or allergen-free environment” during the 2020-2021 school year.

He says children with allergies become aware of what they can and cannot eat, and school staff will be alerted to the presence of an allergic pupil.

Students with severe allergies should have their health care providers complete the Severe Allergy Medical Screening Form and complete an Allergy Response Plan to be given to the school nurse. ‘school.

In the event of a severe allergic reaction, the student will be given their prescribed medication by a trained staff member and 911 will be contacted, along with the child’s parents and health care provider.

The student’s allergy response plan will also be adopted.

CLEANING AFTER MEALS

After mealtime, school staff will wipe down where students ate their meals with disinfectant wipes, the plan says.

The plan does not specify whether the staff members will be teachers or other school employees.

Students should wash their hands thoroughly throughout the day, including before and after each meal.

Every night, the School Facilities Division will clean the entire building with a COVID-19 approved disinfectant.

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