School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.
Protocols have been established to safely serve meals in accordance with NYS regulations (Guidance for Food Services during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency)
For students onsite, meals will be provided in classrooms 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 classroom. 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. Breakfasts and lunches will be delivered to classrooms with hot and cold options and will adhere to the health and safety guidelines set forth by the FDA, DOH and Child Nutrition Program.
The food service management company in conjunction with building principals and teachers will take all safety precautions necessary to protect students with food allergies. Teachers will encourage routine hand hygiene before/after meals.
(Updated Sept. 17, 2020) School meals will continue to be available for remote learners via school buses at three designated sites in the city. Meals will not be delivered to homes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday–Friday with pick-up at the sites and times listed below. (NOTE: Lunch offerings follow the WJSHS lunch menu)
- Watervliet Housing/Joslin Apartments @ 11:30 a.m.
24th St. and Whitehall
- Watervliet Civic Center @ 11:45 a.m.
14th Street & 1st Avenue
- Port Schuyler Gazebo @ 12 p.m.
Corner of 3rd Avenue & 6th Street
For information about how meal information will be communicated, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.