Indian Springs School partners with Sage Dining Services to provide delicious and nutritious meals for the school community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sage rethought and reconfigured elements of the dining experience to minimize the spread of illness. Sage team members will complete Sage’s ServSafe COVID-19 training before resuming work this fall. Additional measures such as temperature checks, questionnaires, and reporting guidelines have been put in place for Sage team members to help promote a healthy environment. CDC self-quarantining and return to work guidelines will also be followed.
Team members will also be required to wear face masks/shields, gloves, utilize proper hand-washing procedures, and practice social distancing when possible. Work surfaces will be sanitized in the kitchen with greater frequency. Sage will require their vendors to monitor the health of delivery personnel, coordinate with suppliers to ensure goods are sanitized before delivery, streamline the number of deliveries, and utilize touchless deliveries when possible.
Indian Springs School is also implementing a new schedule for fall which includes three lunch periods, allowing for reduced numbers and greater social distancing during lunch. In order to streamline traffic flow, the dining hall food service lines will be reconfigured to utilize auxiliary doors, provide complete meals (entree, sides, salad, dessert) at each station, and offer grab-and-go options. Menus will be available in advance on the Sage app and will also be displayed in the dining hall to help further streamline traffic. Self-serve options and shared dispensing equipment will be eliminated to decrease the possibility of cross-contamination, and frequently touched areas in the dining hall will be disinfected multiple times per day.
To further promote social distancing during meal times, the school will be installing a new food trailer outside of the dining hall. The food trailer will feature kid-friendly fares such as burgers and street tacos. Schedules will be alternated between indoor and outdoor dining options to allow for proper distancing. Because there will be no indoor seating, shade gardens with outdoor seating will be installed outside of the dining hall to provide ample outdoor dining areas. Classrooms and other satellite dining locations will be made available on inclement weather days. Hand-washing and/or sanitizing stations will be placed throughout all indoor and outdoor dining areas.