Child Nutrition Prepares for School Year

Lakota’s Child Nutrition Department Prepares for New School Year
Posted on 08/07/2020
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Lunch informationLakota’s Child Nutrition Department is working closely with the Butler County Health Department, building principals and custodial staff as it gears up for the 2020-2021 school year.

The district is limiting cafeteria capacity to 50%, so some classrooms and gymnasiums will also be used to accommodate students during lunch.

Based on the recommendation from the Butler County Environmental Health Director, students can be seated every other seat during breakfast and lunch. Lakota principals are working on lunch schedules, both times and locations, to meet this spacing requirement. Specific guidelines for each building will be shared by the principals.

In the past student breakfasts and lunches were largely self-serve, but the district is revamping its whole mode of operation to ensure the safety of students and staff. Students will still be able to self-serve, but only if the items are pre-wrapped. Other new protocols include hand sanitizing stations as students enter the cafeteria with the Custodial and Child Nutrition Departments sanitizing all cafeteria touch points and tables between each line. 

When school begins on Aug. 17, the Child Nutrition staff will be ready for students, whether they pack or buy their lunch. Those that are eating outside of the cafeteria will have an opportunity to visit the cafeteria to make meal and snack purchases.

For those that pack, the Child Nutrition Department suggests that parents be mindful of packing items that students can independently open (as much as possible). This will minimize the need for aides to assist them, allowing for as much social distancing as possible.

One important transition during this school year will be that Child Nutrition will not be providing change returns for breakfast or lunch cash transactions. Any and all cash that is received from the student will be deposited into their meal account. This is a safety precaution to help reduce touch point transactions at cashier stations.

“Preparing for the new school year has affected almost every aspect of what our department does on a daily basis,” said Craig Hatfield, Lakota’s Director of Child Nutrition. “Keeping our students and staff safe is our number one goal, and we will continually make adjustments as needed.” Click to view the Child Nutrition website, including menus for the new school year.