• Great Neck Public Schools


    Child Nutrition

    School Reopening 2020-2021


  • A successful nutrition program is a key component to a successful educational environment. Children cannot focus on learning when they are hungry. School meals boost learning, and studies show that students perform best academically when they are well-nourished. School districts around the State did an incredible job, with tremendous community support, in ensuring that students received nutritious meals while schools were closed this past year. No child should ever go hungry, and school reopening plans must provide for the feeding of all students who require food assistance.



    1. The District will provide all students with access to school meals each day. This includes students in attendance at school and students learning remotely.
      1. Remind families that they can submit a new application for free or reduced-price meals right now and at any time during the school year.

    2. The District will follow all applicable health and safety guidelines.
      1. Ensure staff are trained on district policies and protocols on health and safety.
      2. Review and retrain staff as needed on standard operating procedures for food service.
      3. Install barriers at the Point-of Sale/Point-of-Pickup.
      4. Have adequate supplies of face masks, soap, hand sanitizer, and tissues in food service areas.
      5. Routinely clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, including tables, chairs, and Point-of-Service touch pads.

    3. Students will practice hand hygiene before and after eating. The District will promote appropriate hand hygiene and discourage sharing of food and beverages.

    4. Require cleaning and disinfection of common areas prior to the next group of students arriving for meals is necessary.

    5. Students must social distance (six feet of separation) while consuming meals in school.

    6. Breakfast and Lunch Setting and Structure
      1. Limit daily meal options. This includes “cold only” breakfast and lunch in sealed trays for purchase until further notice.
      2. Eliminate the purchasing of ala carte items until further notice.
      3. No cash transactions for meal/food purchases PreK-12.
      4. Acquire and put into place an automated online purchase and ordering system.
      5. Individual healthcare plans will be developed for students with airborne food allergies.
      6. Elementary Specific
        1. All Pre-K through Grade 5 students eat in their applicable classroom. Schools may consider allowing some students to eat in the cafeteria if six feet of social distancing is attainable.
        2. Large garbage cans will be placed outside of the classrooms.
        3. Recess (elementary and middle level only) discussions will be handled at the building-level with administration and building-based committees.
      7. Secondary Specific
        1. Students would eat in the cafeteria and/or alternative locations while maintaining six feet of social distancing.
        2. Possible use of larger areas, e.g. gymnasium, auditorium, during lunch periods to accommodate the high number of students assigned to lunch.
      8. Surfaces for students with food allergies will be disinfected before/after eating.
      9. Potential use of satellite locations in the school for food purchases. Technology would be needed to provide ports/jacks for Point-of-Sale systems to process transactions.