School Meals in Hybrid Learining
District 65 remains dedicated to providing the highest quality food and service, in an effort to enhance the overall health and well-being of students. To help ensure the safety of all members of our school community, there are several important changes to meal services as part of our hybrid learning model.
Eating can be done safely as long as proper mitigation measures are in place. Please help your child understand how meal time may look and feel differently. Review this helpful overview of student meals for hybrid learning (available in English and Spanish).
Curbside Meal Pick-up
Weekly curbside meal pick-ups (seven days worth of breakfast and lunch) will continue to be available to all students regardless of learning pathway on Mondays. Learn more at district65.net/remotemeals.
“Grab and Go” Breakfast will be available for all K-5 students in the AM and Hybrid+ pathways as well as middle school students district-wide.
A cold sack lunch will be offered to all K-5 students in the Hybrid+ model. K-5 students in the AM or PM pathways should eat their lunch at home. PM students will be offered a snack to bring home in the afternoons. Middle schoolers will eat their lunch on-site.
Hybrid + and middle school students may continue to bring their own lunch. Please adhere to any classroom food restrictions so that we can maintain a safe environment for children with food allergies.
Curbside meal pick-up and in-person learning menus can also be found at district65.net/remotemeals.
All students will eat meals with their cohort to minimize the number of individuals in any given space and to reduce contact across the building. This may mean eating in classrooms.
- All meals will be pre-packaged or handled by staff. There will be no self-serve buffets or sharing of utensils.
- All students will have the opportunity to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating
- Masks should be worn up until the moment students eat. This includes when sanitizing hands and preparing their food. Masks should be put back on immediately after consuming their food.
- Maintaining social distancing (minimum of six feet) is required while eating.
- While we look forward to the time when meals can return to being a social activity, students should refrain from conversation with one another and focus on eating their food. Students will have opportunities for engagement and socially distanced interaction when masks can be worn.
- Windows may be cracked in the winter time (and fully open when weather allows) to increase ventilation in the space.
- Desks will be cleaned with soap and water solution after meals. Disinfecting will occur after school or between AM/PM sessions.
As part of a USDA waiver, breakfast and lunch will continue to be at no cost to all families through the remainder of the school year.
Families are still encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meals as there are many additional benefits including free or reduced costs for transportation, student fees, and more! Learn more at district65.net/mealapplications.