Cafeteria Change Covid-19
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April 16, 2021
On April 9, 2021, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) released updated interim guidance on in-person instruction. The new guidance mandates that when children are eating, they must be 6- feet apart. However, there is no provision that would allow the District to reduce the 6-foot distance during lunch if physical barriers (sneeze guards) are used. Many districts, including the Island Park UFSD, incorporated this safety measure in their submitted reopening plans without objection by the NYS Education Department (NYSED) nor the NYS DOH. Therefore, based upon the updated guidelines, effective Monday, April 19, 2021, Grades 5 and 6 will no longer eat lunch in their classroom. Instead, the children will eat lunch either in the cafeteria or gymnasium. The students will be seated two at a table to ensure social distancing protocols. They will have lunch and recess at their regularly scheduled times and students will alternate eating first or having recess first.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (516) 434-2630.
Bruce Hoffman, Ed.D.