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 https://www.stpius-x.com/communication-family-and-community-engagement of our reopening plan.
All students, faculty and staff will be required to wash hands, using soap and water, prior to and after meal consumption. Schedules will be altered to allow for hand washing while maintaining students in cohorts, with proper social distancing and face coverings.
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.
St. Pius X School will serve meals in the cafeteria. The school will ensure social distancing between individuals while eating in the school cafeteria. If not feasible, meals may be served in alternate classrooms or in staggered meal periods to ensure social distancing. If meals will be eaten in the classroom, classes will go through the cafeteria line one at a time and return to 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, service staff, and aides 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. Cashiers and servers will place meals on a counter or tray line for quick pick up and place pre-portioned condiments on each tray.
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.
The North Colonie Central School District provides the food service for St. Pius X School. Their guidelines for food service will be followed and are linked here: https://www.northcolonie.org/about-us/north-colonie-reopening-plan/child-nutrition/.
Students learning remotely that require meals will obtain meals via a pick-up system with the North Colonie Food Service. School administration will make available the information required to arrange for those meals.
School Food Authorities (SFA)
North Colonie Central School District provides the food services for St. Pius X School. Their guidelines for food service will be followed and are linked here: https://www.northcolonie.org/about-us/north-colonie-reopening-plan/child-nutrition/