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Cafeteria in the School Year 2021/22

The reopening of the cafeteria beginning on November 29th takes into account both the continued necessity to protect our students and staff during the Covid pandemic, as well as the need to return to “hot meals”.  We’d like to remind the community that we are still operating under “Covid times” and therefore this reopening must differ from “normal times” that we were used to before the pandemic, for the foreseeable future.  We will regularly revisit our operating procedures and make adjustments when possible.

CAFETERIA OPENING PHASES:

Phase I (Trial Phase for three weeks – Nov. 29 through Dec. 17)

We will begin serving hot meals only to those students currently receiving bagged lunches. This trial phase will run from Monday, November 29th through Friday, Dec. 17th (last school day before Christmas Break).  This smaller number will allow for better management and adjustments as we test the new operating strategy.

“Covid”- regulations reduce our cafeteria capacity and we must keep the student line moving efficiently—changes have been made to avoid bunching of students and slowing of the line.  All Covid precautions will remain in place (e.g. students will be seated in cohorts; masks must be worn at all times (except when eating); hand sanitizer; table sanitizing between student shifts; open outside doors for additional ventilation; etc.).  The following major lunch changes have been made (we will monitor this test phase and adjust elements when possible):

  • No alternatives to the warm lunch such as sandwiches or salads will be offered at this time.
  • Pre-packaged, sealed plastic cutlery and disposable plates will be used.
  • Bottled water will be provided.
  • Students will now sit 3 to a table in zig-zag formation allowing for 6ft distancing.  (Tables normally seat 8 students.)
  • For now, no “daily tickets” will be sold.

 

Phase II (starting January 5th in two parts)

Wednesday, Dec. 1st

A link will be sent out to the whole GISW community with the “Mittwochspost”, opening the Phase II hot lunch registration for all.  Phase II will begin Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 (see below).  More details will be provided Dec. 1st.

Currently, it is planned for Phase II to open to all GISW students/staff and be broken into two parts.

Part A) Jan. 5th (day after Christmas Break) through April 8th (last day before Easter Break) and

Part B) April 25th (day after Easter Break) through June 22nd (last day of school).  A separate sign up, as well as any updates, will be provided for Part B about a month before it begins.

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For our preschoolers, hot meals are prepared daily in the cafeteria for every child that has been signed up. The children eat as a group, depending on the weather, in their room or outside.

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