Child Nutrition

Child Nutrition

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.

BOCES 2, will ensure that all School Food Authority students have access to school meals each day and programs will adhere to Child Nutrition Program requirements.  All BOCES 2 programs will adhere to all applicable health and safety guidelines set forth in the Health and Safety section of this reopening plan.

For students on site, meals will be provided while maintaining appropriate social distancing between students. Students do not need to wear face coverings when seated and eating so long as they are appropriately socially distanced.

The sharing of food and beverages (e.g., buffet style meals, snacks) is prohibited, unless individuals are members of the same household. Adequate space will be reserved for students, faculty and staff to observe social distancing while eating meals.

Information on how and when meals will be served will be communicated to all families, in their spoken language.

Specific information for each department/program:

Career and Technical Education


Students do not eat breakfast or lunch at WEMOCO. Students will not share personal snacks or beverages while at WEMOCO.

Department for Exceptional Children


Students attending an in-person BOCES 2 special education program, whether in one of our 35 center-based or 34 district –based classrooms, receive food service from the host location school districts (Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Greece, Hilton, Holley, Kendall, Spencerport, Wheatland-Chili).  Students participating in remote learning receive food service from their home school district.  BOCES 2 will coordinate with component school districts and follow the protocols outlined in their school reopening plans.

In BOCES 2 center-based programs, students will eat in their classrooms.  Tables, chairs and other frequently touched hard surfaces will be sanitized before and after students eat.  Social distancing will be maintained utilizing tape on floors, signage, physical barriers between tables, etc. School personnel will be trained on any meal service-related activities they will be responsible for, including food allergies (including symptoms of allergic reactions to food) and feeding safety needs of students with disabilities.

Westside Academy


Student breakfast and lunch are received from Gates Chili Central School District. Students at Westside Academy will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms. Prior to, and after eating, each student will be encouraged to and provided the opportunity to perform proper hand washing hygiene. Individually wrapped food and beverages will be delivered to each classroom by staff. Proper sanitation guidelines will be adhered to when disposing of garbage. Food allergies will be checked prior to grouping students for meals in collaboration with the school nurse. Staff will highly discourage the sharing of food and beverages by students.

Contact

Contact the BOCES 2 COVID Coordinator
[email protected]
585-352-2430

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