Director: Rebecca Marzeski
Secretary: Alesha Smith
Web Master:  Jean Kosina
220 Henry Street Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 866-4831 Fax: (315) 866-9043
Email: stfranciseclc@gmail.com

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 http://stfrancisearlychildhood.org/parentinfocovid19/communicationfamily.html[] of our reopening plan.

Meals Onsite

For students onsite, meals will be provided while maintaining appropriate social distancing between students while also considering increasing access points for providing meal service. Students do not need to wear face coverings when seated and eating so long as they are appropriately socially distanced.  

The school will assess where meals will be served (classroom, cafeteria, other). The school 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. If meals will be eaten in the classroom.

When students eat in classrooms all non-food service staff will be trained on any meal service-related activities they will be responsible for. Teachers will be trained on recognizing food allergies, including symptoms of allergic reactions to food. 

Students must be 6 feet apart or be separated by a barrier while consuming meals. The school will provide physical distancing guides in food service areas such as tape on floors, signage, increase table spacing, remove tables, mark tables as closed, or provide a physical barrier between tables to ensure students are 6 feet apart when consuming meals.

Proper cleaning and disinfection of tables, chairs, and other frequently touched hard surfaces will take place in between groups of students.

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

The school will coordinate school personnel in order to meet the feeding safety needs of students with disabilities.

  • Each child and staff member will bring his/her own snacks and lunches.

  • Children and staff members will eat in their classroom at the desk or table with barriers.

  • Desks and tables will be cleaned and disinfected before and after snack and lunch.

  • All students and staff will clean and disinfect their hands before and after snack and lunch.

  • Lunches will be stored in each student’s “belongings bin”.