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School Meals

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In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the North Syracuse Central School District is temporarily able to offer FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL students. This includes meals for students taking part in remote and hybrid learning. 


As students in the North Syracuse Central School District return to school for additional in-person instruction beginning April 12, the District will reallocate its food service resources to meet the changing needs.  Families of students continuing to learn remotely will still be able to pick up meals in the morning or afternoon (each Monday through Wednesday) depending on their preference. Additionally, families can take meals for up to five days at a time.

Beginning April 12, the NSCSD’s new schedule for meal pickup for remote students will be:
  • Monday – Evening pickup (4:30 to 5:45 p.m.) at Cicero-North Syracuse High School (6002 Route 31, Cicero) 
  • Tuesday – Evening pickup (4:30 to 5:45 p.m.) at North Syracuse Junior High School (5353 West Taft Rd., N. Syracuse)
  • Wednesday – Morning pickup (9 a.m. to 12 noon) at Roxboro Road Middle School (300 Bernard St., Mattydale) AND Cicero-North Syracuse High School (6002 Route 31, Cicero) 

Donald F.X. Keegan, the District’s Associate Superintendent for Business Services, who oversees food service programming, said, “We have been incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated team of workers that adapted to our District’s changing needs this past year. We are thankful for their tremendous efforts keeping our students fed despite the challenges. We are excited that we are now in a position to be able to bring more of our food service staff back into buildings as our instructional models shift to more in-person learning.”

The North Syracuse Central School District will continue its existing partnership with the USDA providing free meals for all students, whether remote or in-person.

For more information, please call the office at (315) 218-2175.
 


 
  • Food service staff will discontinue the use of peanut butter and peanut products for meals delivered to classrooms.

  • Parents should exclude peanut butter and/or tree nuts from meals brought into the classroom from home if their child is in a peanut/tree nut free classroom. 

  • Parents are encouraged to use MySchoolBucks to fund student meals.

  • Food service staff delivering meals will have coded classroom rosters that display any known food allergens of each student.

  • School nurses will provide teachers with a listing of student allergies.

The North Syracuse Central School District will ensure that all students enrolled in the School Food Authority (SFA) have access to school meals each school day. This includes students in attendance at school, as well as students learning remotely. The District will comply with Child Nutrition Program (CNP) requirements and will take measures to protect students with food allergies in the event that meals are served outside the cafeteria. Protocols to communicate with families through multiple means in the languages spoken by families will be developed.

All school kitchens and warehouses in the North Syracuse Central School District will operate in compliance with Onondaga County Board of Health regulations and safety guidelines. Enhanced cleaning guidelines for cafeterias and classrooms include the following: 
  • Students will be asked to wash/sanitize hands before and after eating;
  • Food service staff will adhere to cleaning and disinfecting guidelines set forth by the DOH and CDC;
  • Where necessary, trash receptacles will be emptied after breakfast and lunch;
  • Food service staff delivering meals will be required to wear gloves, plastic aprons and face masks;
  • Adequate supplies of face masks, soap, hand sanitizer and tissues will be available in all food service areas; and
  • Food service staff will be trained on District policies and procedures for health and safety.
 
Each school will follow established protocols and procedures for students performing hand hygiene. These protocols will be followed before and after eating. Hand hygiene will be promoted and food sharing between students will be prohibited. In addition, signs in the classroom will convey these messages.

The District will limit the provision of meal service in common areas where practicable.

Each school in the District will comply with NYS School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP.) Both of these programs are overseen by the Child Nutrition Program.

The District will continue to post menus on the District’s website. In addition, communications relating to child nutrition will be made available through multiple methods in the languages spoken by families.

Each school will require that students social distance (6 feet separation) while consuming meals in school.
STUDENT ALLERGIES
Each school will take measures to protect students with food allergies when providing meals in spaces outside the cafeteria. 

Allergy Plan:
  • Food service staff will discontinue the use of peanut butter or peanut products for meals delivered to classrooms.
  • Parents should exclude peanut butter from meals brought into the classroom from home.
  • Food service staff delivering meals will have coded classroom rosters that display any known food allergens of each student.
  • School nurses will provide teachers with a listing of student allergies.
  • Alternate food items will be substituted per doctors notes an allergy indication (i.e. Lactaid replaced for milk, gluten free bread used for sandwiches.)
CLASSROOM FOOD DELIVERY PLAN
The North Syracuse Central School District will establish the following classroom food delivery plan:
  • Meal orders will be submitted by either teachers or parents;
  • The District requests that parents prepay for meals via My School Bucks (bank fees waived) or by check to limit the handing of cash in the classroom. Meals will be free for eligible students, all others will require payment;
  • Breakfast and lunch will be distributed by food service staff following DOH guidelines and protocols; 
  • All meals will be compliant with the SBP and NSLP;
  • Staff distributing meals will wear face masks, disposable aprons and gloves;
  • Coded rosters will be used to account for each child’s meal status as it is distributed;
  • Classrooms will be cleaned daily;
  • Peanut butter will not be allowed in any classroom due to allergy concerns;
  • Sharing of food items/beverages will not be allowed and students will remain seated while eating and maintain 6 feet of social distance. Signs will be used to kindly remind student not to share items;
  • Ala Carte sales will be discontinued until normal cafeteria operations can resume;
  • All coolers and carts used for meal distribution will be sanitized daily; and 
  • Meal service (including Grab and Go) will not be available on days the District is closed.
OFF-SITE GRAB AND GO MEAL PROGRAM
The District will provide breakfast and lunch meals for students not in attendance:
  • Meal pick-up/delivery will be available five days per week during specified days and times;
  • Meals will be free for eligible students, all others will require payment;
  • The District may deliver meals to students’ homes who have been asked to quarantine for 14 days; 
  • All meals will be compliant with the SBP and NSLP;
  • Coded rosters will be used to account for each child’s meal status as it is distributed;
  • Staff distributing meals will wear face masks, disposable aprons and gloves;
  • All coolers and carts used for meal distribution will be sanitized daily; and
  • Meal service (including Grab and Go) will not be available on days the District is closed.
ENHANCED CLEANING FOR FOOD SERVICE
  • Students will be asked to wash/sanitize hands before and after eating.
  • Food service staff will adhere to cleaning and disinfecting guidelines set forth by the DOH and CDC.
  • Where necessary, trash receptacles will be emptied after breakfast and lunch. 
  • Food service staff delivering meals will be required to wear face masks, gloves and plastic aprons.