Food is a source of nourishment, stability, and comfort for your child. Sedgwick Public Schools USD 439 is working very closely with state agencies in ongoing efforts to protect the health and wellness of children. Federal, state, and local organizations have collaborated to prioritize food availability and food safety for young customers participating in school nutrition programs. We want to assure you that school nutrition program personnel are taking every precaution to support the safe delivery of program meals to your children in whatever form that takes in the coming months.
Standard protocol for handling foods served in school nutrition programs is to follow the four key steps of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Following strict food safety protocol has been, and will continue to be, part of program practices at all times.
- Proper handwashing before handling foods and food-contact surfaces.
- Application of the “No Bare Hand Contact Rule” when handling ready-to-eat foods.
- Exclusion of employees experiencing symptoms of illness.
- Purchase of foods from reputable sources.
- Cooking and holding foods at proper temperatures.
- Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, as well as disinfecting facility surfaces when necessary.
The strict practices followed by school nutrition program personnel are designed to protect the safety of the foods and better ensure children receive quality meals that meet their nutritional needs. The Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Sedgwick Public Schools USD 439 take the health and wellness of your child very seriously.
For more information about our program, contact Stephanie Hoffommer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 316-772-5604. For more information about Covid-19, refer to https://www.harveycounty.com/departments/health-department/coronavirus.html, https://www.ksde.org/Home/Quick-Links/News-Room/commissioner-of-education-issues-guidance-to-school-districts-regarding-covid-19-1.