Food Services During COVID-19
For school districts across the country the COVID pandemic has made planning and re-planning and then planning again a daily occurrence. Just when school leaders feel they have something worked out, COVID throws another punch at them and they have to toss out all of the plans they just worked to create to make new ones. Transportation, cleaning and food services all have to make hourly changes to current plans to accommodate students and families as best they can.
The district offers breakfast and lunch to every single student free of charge every single school day. During the national pandemic with a large portion of Cortland students learning from home and schools closing on a moment's notice this has become a virtual chess game of planning and then changing plans over and over again. The Cortland Enlarged School District has more than nineteen hundred students, five schools, and households spread over a wide area -- so it’s quite a challenge to distribute food.
Because of COVID and the ever changing situation menus can be limited but our staff have worked hard to create menus that will allow for hot food to be served in several of the schools and pre-made dishes to be given to remote learners that can be heated when needed. Plans had been in place to offer hot dishes in more schools on more days but because of COVID many plans have had to be changed. Even with the constant changes and hurdles that we have dealt with, the district is still in compliance with National School Lunch Program regulations. School leaders and Food Service workers are working hard to feed in person learners as well as making breakfasts and lunches for students who are remote learning. This is not an ideal situation but everyone is doing their best to accommodate and keep Cortland students fed during this ever changing time.