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Lunch in school serves multiple purposes, it is a time to replenish and nourish as well as a time to socialize and get a brain break. It is important to provide all these goals and keep children safe.

A foundational premise when designing a safe lunch environment are the concepts of maintaining cohort and social distancing. The use of cohorts is recommended by the CDC and other health agencies to help  control the spread of any viruses and manage any possible outbreaks.


  1. Students should wash hands before lunch for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Students should stay in their cohort as they eat lunch, separate from other cohorts.
  3. It is recommended that students eat lunch in their classroom, unless cohorting and social distancing can be implemented an entrance is staggered so multiple classes are not entering at the same time.
  4. Students should remain socially distant during lunch of at least 6 feet apart.
  5. The table and desks should be wiped down before and after each meal.
  6. There should not be any shared meals.
  7. Meals and utensils should be served directly to the student and prepackaged if possible.
  8. Students should wash hands after lunch.

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