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FOOD SERVICES

The nutritional needs of students will be met in an environment that promotes social distancing and personal hygiene practices with the use of specific staff safety protocols and PPE (E.g. face masks, gloves, face shields, uniforms, aprons, hair restraints, and physical barriers of plexiglass in food preparation and eating areas). Food distribution will be implemented in ways to minimize person-to-person contact. The WVDE/local health officials will be the primary resources for guidance on food service safety operations.

2-Week Staggered Entry Feeding Plan:

  • Student groups that are on-site in attendance on their specific designated days will be offered regular breakfast and lunch meals at school.
  • Every day, during staggered re-entry or Blended Learning if needed, take-home meals will be available at the end of each school day for students that will not be in attendance the following day. Take-home meals will be optional and will consist of one breakfast/one lunch meal. If take-home meals are desired by students, these meals will be pre-ordered and will be recorded on student meal accounts when distributed; therefore, charges will apply if meals are taken.
  • Students desiring to bring meals from home during staggered entry will also be permitted to do so daily.
  • See the 5-Day Week Feeding Plan for additional services that will be provided each day while students are on-site.
  • Grab-and-Go Breakfast will be picked up by students and taken to classrooms or designated eating areas.
  • All students that are at school on-site will be offered breakfast and lunch meals each day, meal costs are $1.45 for breakfast, $1.90 for elementary lunch, $2.05 for secondary lunch.

5-Day Week In-School Feeding Plan:

  • Free and/or Reduced meal benefits will be available for families if eligibility is determined throughout the entire school year.
  • Students that desire to bring meals from home will also be permitted to do so daily.
  • Cafeterias will operate at only 50% capacity; therefore, a variety of alternate eating locations will be used. Each school will determine safe places for students to consume meals and within the proper time limitations set by the WVDE. Areas that may be utilized are cafeterias, gyms, classrooms, and outside eating areas (weather permitting).
  • Grab-and-Go Breakfast will be picked up by students and taken to classrooms or designated eating areas.
  • Meals will be portioned and served as unitized meals in various food-safe compartmentalized disposable containers, bags, plates, plastic baskets, or trays.
  • All self-service meal options are prohibited; therefore, salad bars, hot food bars, condiment stations, share tables, water dispensing containers, and microwaves will not be utilized by individual students.
  • Meals will meet USDA regulations. Breakfast will consist of breads, fruits, and milk servings. Lunches will consist of entrees, fruits, vegetables, breads, and milk servings. A variety of food items will be used unless supply chain challenges are encountered.
  • Cups of water will be available for students during mealtimes.
  • Special dietary meal accommodations will be provided by completing a physician’s form.
  • Simplified menus for breakfast and lunch will be planned that can easily be transported by students in order to reduce spills while taking to alternate eating locations throughout the school.
  • Sharing of food among students is prohibited.
  • No food deliveries from outside sources or families will be permitted during the school day.
  • Students may be required to eat in designated areas in order to safeguard other students that have severe food allergies.
  • All students that are at school on-site will be offered breakfast and lunch meals each day. Meal costs are $1.45 for breakfast, $1.90 for elementary lunch, $2.05 for secondary lunch.

Remote/Virtual Learning Feeding Plan:

  • Schools will provide meal boxes that include five breakfasts/five lunches to students that choose this option of learning or if Remote Learning is ordered by the Governor.
  • Parents may pre-register for a five-day meal box that will be available for parent pick up one day each week at designated times and located at designated areas of the county.
  • If a single school closure occurs, that school or neighboring school will continue to provide meals for students at the closed school. Meals will be made available for parent pick up only. If the school is to remain closed for a longer period of time, five-day meal boxes will be planned for distribution.
  • All students that are at school on-site will be offered breakfast and lunch meals each day. Meal costs are $1.45 for breakfast, $1.90 for elementary lunch, $2.05 for secondary lunch.

PCS Meal Benefits for the 2020-21 School Year:

Putnam County Schools continues to put a strong emphasis on providing school meals to all of our students. We understand the important role that good nutrition plays in our educational system and for student learning. For families of students eligible for free or reduced meal benefits for the 2020-21 school year, PCS Child Nutrition Department has made it easier for families to complete a school meals application by submitting an application online in minutes.

Online meal application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open through School Café. You may begin your online application by applying at www.schoolcafe.com.

If you prefer to use a paper meal application instead, they will be available in the school office and sent home with your student at the start of school.

If your student has signed up for Putnam Virtual Learning, but you still plan to order and pick up school meals and may qualify for meal benefits, you will need to also complete a meal application (online or paper). Please be aware that if you choose to complete the online meal application, you do not need to submit a paper application too.

For additional questions on the free or reduced meal application or CEP benefits, please contact Putnam County Schools Child Nutrition Department at 304.586.0500 ext. 1141.

*This institution is an equal opportunity provider.