By David L. Bell, Director of Public Relations, Chambers County School District
SCHOOL LUNCH PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY SCHOOLS
LAFAYETTE – The daily serving of school lunches in a safe and practical manner amid a worldwide pandemic is not an easy task to achieve. There are many obstacles and challenges that must be overcome. Therefore, nutrition specialists and administrators within the Chambers County School District have worked very closely together in formulating the best plans possible for meeting their individual needs when the school year begins on August 12.
“Because enrollment and the size of lunchroom space varies widely from school to school, we have put together several different meal distribution options specifically designed to maximize safety at each campus,” said Montray Thompson, Child Nutrition Program Director for Chambers County Schools.
Students least impacted will be those who attend schools with the lowest enrollment and adequate cafeteria capacity to insure proper social distancing. Those schools include Five Points, J. P. Powell Middle School, and Eastside, Lafayette Lanier, and Bob Harding-Shawmut elementary schools.
“At these particular locations, students will have the opportunity to go to their lunchroom and eat as they have always done,” said Thompson. “The difference will be maintaining the recommended guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. For example, each student will be required to wear a mask from the time they leave their classroom until they receive their food tray and are seated at a table. Social distancing will also be practiced during the time students are in the cafeteria.”
For schools with larger enrollment, meal distribution methods will change. At Fairfax and Huguley elementary schools, students in pre-k through first grade will be served their meals in the classroom, while students in grades 2 through 5 will go to the lunchroom and pick up their meals for eating in their classrooms.