School districts provide free meals for students

The Utica School District is providing free lunch for pickup throughout the district, but the experience is a whole lot different at Rome Catholic.

Posted: Sep 17, 2020 5:44 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2020 5:54 PM

Students at Rome Catholic School are now attending in person, but Principal Nancy Wilson explains how going to lunch isn’t the way it used to be.

"When you bring kids in person, each classroom is a cohort of children, and the cohorts can’t cross. So they can’t ever mix. They can’t be within 6 feet of each other. Otherwise it makes it difficult for contact tracing if there’s an issue."

Meals are also free at Rome Catholic School, however for those attending lunch in person, the experience is much different.

"Instead of going through the lunch line, if you’re getting a lunch that day, the cafeteria workers bring the lunch to you. So nobody leaves their seat at lunchtime. They remain on opposite sides of the room at all times, and they line up separately, and then the seating is such that students are 6 feet apart, all facing the same direction if they’re sitting near each other and so they can’t come in contact."

In order to get breakfast within the Utica City School District you need to pick it up in person, however Rome Catholic is handling it a little differently.

"Every student’s entitled to a free grab and go breakfast, so at the end of the day our cafeteria people have packed up breakfast, they come down the hall on a cart, and at the end of the day at dismissal every student can take a grab and go breakfast for the next morning to have at home."

To view the Utica City School District’s breakfast and lunch menus go to www.uticaschools.org under food service tab.

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