Safety and Sanitation
ALH is taking every precaution and safety measure possible to ensure they can still provide safe and healthy meals to the students. Meals will be provided to all students enrolled whether they are in the building taking classes or taking classes remotely.
The following steps will be taken to ensure that minimal chance for potential contamination:
- Kitchen area will be limited to only the kitchen staff prepping food for breakfast and lunch.
- Plastic dividers will be positioned between the servers and the students or staff in line. Countertops
- All food service doors and handles, and serving lines countertops will be cleaned in between serving times
- NanoSeptic stickers will be placed on all non food service doors and handles.
- Face covering will be required at all times for food service workers regardless of social distancing
- Gloves, and hair nets will be required while working with food products.
ALH will provide meals to all students enrolled in the High School regardless of onsite or offsite education.
Students will have the options of several different to-go breakfast options (breakfast bars, portion cereal, or pre-wrapped pastries, to help accommodate all students and allergies. For lunches students will have a hot meal option or a peanut butter and jelly, tuna, or turkey sandwich to accommodate all students and allergies.
Meals Consumed Onsite
Students that are on campus for the day will be provided breakfast and lunch throughout the day. The students will utilize the cafeteria to wash their hands and collect their meals to take to the classroom. The school’s cafeteria has two hand washing stations right outside the entrance of the kitchen. Students will stop by the handwashing station before entering the cafeteria to fully wash their hands to ensure their health and safety and the health and safety of others. Floor tape will be used to identify for the student where and how the line will form to keep them socially distant from one another.
After entering and having their temperature checked students will go through the cafeteria line to wash their hands and grab a breakfast of their choice to take back to the classroom. All students will social-distance while they wait to go through the line.
The classes will be escorted to the cafeteria, two-three classes at a time (Max 36 Students). The students will social distance while they wait to go through the line to get a meal. The students will be seated in the cafeteria where they will be 6 feet apart from one another to eat their meal.
Disposal and Clean Up:
Trash cans will be stationed throughout the hallways for students to throw their trash out after consuming their meal. Students will be allowed to exit the class to throw their trash out and wash their hands in the bathroom. Only 2 students will be allowed to leave the classroom at a time to minimize the number of students in the hallway and bathrooms washing their hands.
All staff (Teachers and Administration) will be required to complete a basic training on all feeding safety needs and requirements. For example:
- Food allergies and symptom/reactions
- Non-Sharing of food
- Temperature requirements for holding food
Meals Consumed Offsite (with election of waivers)
ALH will be providing meals to all students even the student taking classes offsite. Since the students and families don’t all live in the city of Albany, traveling requirements will differ for each family. The food service staff will work with families and students on a case by case basis to determine the best option for them to get a meal each day whether bulk meals or individual means.
If students are unable to stop by the school a parent or guardian who is on record with the school can stop by to pick up the meal for their child.
Families will stop by the main office to be temperature checked and then be directed to the exterior kitchen door where a food service staff member will meet them.
For the students that come to the school each day to get meals for that day will be provided breakfast and lunch. If a student arrives before lunch is ready, they can come back when the meal is ready or take a premade sandwich.
For students that only come to the school once a week to get bulk meals will be provided breakfast and lunch for the 5 days. The following items will be provided; milk, cereal or cereal bars, juice, half-a-loaf of bread, and portioned quantities for making sandwiches at home.
Food Service Staff
ALH kitchen staff will be trained in the school’s procedures for prepping, handling, delivering, and recording for all meals served to the students. The kitchen staff will complete the following trainings:
- Annual Kitchen Procedures and Process
- Annual 10 Hrs. Food Safety Videos
- ServSafe Reopening Guidance: COVID-19 Precautions
- ServSafe Delivery: COVID-19 Precautions
- ServSafe Takeout: COVID-19 Precautions
Contact Vendors and Suppliers
All vendors will be required to check in with the main office before delivering any items into the school. If a vendor doesn’t pass the health screening then the vendors office will be contacted to have another person deliver the product at their earliest convenience.
USDA Waivers approved for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
ALH will be applying for the following waivers to apply to the 2020-2021 school years Lunch Program:
- Bulk Meals
- Allow student who are taking class offsite to be able to pick up food for the week on day instead of come to the school everyday
- Meal Service Time Flexibility
- Allow onsite and offsite meals to be distributed outside regular food service hours regulated by the state
- Non-Congregate Feeding
- Allow students to consume meals in classrooms or other locations outside of the school cafeteria
- Parent/Guardian Meal Pick Up
- Allow parent or guardian to pick up meals for their child when consuming meals off site
- Offer Versus Serve
- Allows ALH the ability to not offer meal choice in certain circumstances and students will all be served the same meal unless allergies do not allow for it.
- ALH will always try to provide Offer Versus Serve to students