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COVID-19 Response/Latest News

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Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended flexibility for school districts to continue offering meal service chicken sandwich to children under the Seamless Summer Option. Accordingly, the Columbia County School District will begin providing free meals to all students beginning immediately through December 31, 2020, or until federal funding is depleted, whichever comes first.

This extension allows all children 0-18 years old to receive free meals during this time, regardless of their meal status. This applies to meals served to students when they are attending school in person and when they are participating in the Learn from Home option.

All money spent on meals at school since September 1, 2020, will be credited back to the students’ online accounts for later use. A la carte menu items will continue to be available for sale where offered. Students may access free meals as follows:

Learn from Home Model

Students who have opted for the Learn from Home model are allowed to participate in curbside meal pick-up free of charge at any Columbia County school between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020. To allow nutrition staff to better serve children, families must complete the Google form located HERE to request meals. Additionally,

  • Parents of children at multiple schools may choose one location for meal pick-up by indicating the school of choice on the Google form.
  • Children are not required to be present at the time of curbside pick-up.
  • Parents should monitor individual school websites for more details about each school’s meal pick-up process.
  • Individuals should remain in their cars when picking up meals.
  • Parents of children at multiple schools may choose one location for meal pick-up by indicating the school of choice on the Google form.
  • Children are not required to be present at the time of curbside pick-up.
  • Parents should visit individual school websites for more details about each school’s meal pick-up process.
  • Please note, parents will not be allowed in buildings to pick up meals.

 

Traditional In-Person Learning

  • Students will go through the breakfast and lunch line as usual and have their student number scanned to allow Nutrition Services to track the meals served.
  • Middle and high school students on the A/B schedule will have the option to request take home breakfasts and lunches for days they are not in the school building. On days they are at school, students may request the take home meals at checkout and pick-up the meals before leaving the building at the end of the day.

 

Find complete food menus for September HERE.

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How We Are Keeping Your Kids Safe and Nourished

The safety and health of our students and employees is a top priority for the Columbia County School Nutrition Program. We follow strict food safety practices in our kitchens. All of our School Nutrition Managers are ServSafe certified and every staff member receives monthly as well as in-depth annual food safety and sanitation training. We currently have an average of a 100-A sanitation scores on all health inspections which are conducted at least twice a year.
 
We are committed to following current guidelines given by the Department of Health and the CDC when preparing and serving school meals. Here are some additional practices that we have put into place to ensure the safety of your child while they enjoy a nutritious meal with us. 
 
  • All students practice social distancing in the serving lines. 
  • All cafeterias have hand sanitizing stations. 
  • All grade levels will use individually wrapped utensil packages.
  • While being mindful of the environment, all grade levels are using disposable trays/bags when students are eating in other locations than the cafeterias. 
  • Touch-less payment methods will be utilized for all students and staff.
  • Self-service will be temporarily suspended.
  • All CCSNP staff will wear gloves and a mask during work hours.
  • Social distancing in regards to cafeteria tables will be implemented.
 
We strongly encourage families to use the EZ School Pay online payment system to help us eliminate cash transactions when possible. The EZ School Pay mobile application can also be used.
Checks will be accepted at the line.