UPDATED MAY 14, 2021

Contact Department: Finance

Oversight Executive: Vice President of Finance

Scope: These required protocols apply to anyone on an ISI campus, including but not limited to all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors.

Definition of Terms:
Dining Service Provider: International School of Indiana’s on-campus food service and catering operation is Lexington Independent.

Food Handler: Any person who comes in contact with or handles food product during the delivery, preparation, storage, and/or serving for an event. This may include Lexington Independent personnel or ISI faculty and staff. 

Policy Statement: Recognizing food service as an essential part of the school day, the following guiding principles have been established to mitigate serious health risks to our school community related to food service, snacks, and water fountains. These will remain in effect until further notice:

  • Students are only permitted to eat on campus during the school day with their primary cohort.
  • Buffet-style meal service is permitted with appropriate precautions including hand sanitation prior to self-service and social distancing observed in lines.
  • Use of communal dining spaces is permitted so long as students eat with their primary cohort in adherence to the procedures stated in this policy.
  • Use of water fountains is restricted for bottle-filling only.

Reason for Policy:

  1. Provides guidance on how public health and safety measures will be implemented until International School of Indiana is able to return to normal operation in accordance with all public health and governmental orders.

Procedures:

FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVICE

  • All on campus food service is provided by the ISI Dining Service Provider, Lexington Independent.
  • All Lexington Independent food handlers are subject to all ISI Health and Safety protocols, including health screenings.
  • Lunch service resumes in ISI cafeterias with buffet and salad bar service.
  • All students, faculty, staff, and food handlers will adhere to hand washing and sanitizing procedures as outlined in the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols immediately before lunch service.
  • Lunch service is staggered to limit interactions of primary cohorts. 
  • Seating in cafeterias or designated eating areas is by primary cohort and individuals must remain seated with their assigned cohort while masks are removed for eating.
  • No refunds or cost adjustments will be made for meals which the student does not eat.

LUNCH SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS

For Lower School Students

  • Students will eat lunch with their primary cohort in the Lower School cafeteria.
  • Students will sit in assigned seats. 
  • Masks must be worn when students are not eating. 
  • Students will not be allowed to interact with other cohorts while masks are removed for eating.

For Middle School Students

  • Students will eat lunch with their primary cohort in the Blackwell gym.
  • Seating will be designed to ensure that there is appropriate physical distance between students.
  • Students must wear masks when entering and exiting the gym; once seated at assigned tables, students will be permitted to remove their masks to eat.
  • Lunch will be served buffet-style.
  • Students must remain seated the entire lunch period and will not be permitted to visit with other tables.
  • Students must replace the face masks before being dismissed from the gym.

For High School Students

  • Students will eat lunch with their primary cohort in the Taurel Cafeteria or a designated eating area.
  • Seating will be assigned to students to ensure that there is appropriate physical distance between them.
  • Students must wear masks when entering and exiting the cafeteria or designated eating areas; once seated at assigned tables, students will be permitted to remove their masks to eat but should resume wearing masks when lunch is complete.
  • Lunch will be served buffet-style.
  • Lunch deliveries to campus from outside vendors (e.g. DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) are NOT permitted.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty are permitted to use cafeterias, designated break rooms, or private offices for their lunch break.
  • Lunch service is available to faculty and staff for a fee.
  • Individuals wishing to utilize the dining services should sign up via the Director of Human Resources.
  • Lunch deliveries to campus from outside vendors (e.g. DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) are NOT permitted.
  • No refunds or cost adjustments will be made for meals which the employee does not eat.

For Students Bringing Lunch from Home:

  • Families are permitted to send alternative food from home for their child’s lunch.
  • Students who bring lunch from home are not permitted to share items.

WATER FOUNTAIN USE

  • Drinking from water fountains will not be permitted until further notice.
  • Water fountains should only be used for filling water bottles.
  • Students should bring clean water bottles to school daily.
  • All ISI employees are encouraged to bring clean water bottles to work daily, too.

SNACKS 

  • Individual students are permitted to bring their own snacks for consumption in the classroom during designated snack breaks, but items should be individually packaged, e.g.; pretzels, baked crackers, and granola bars.
  • ISI permits the distribution of food or treats outside the school lunch program-- this includes treats for birthdays and celebrations-- so long as they are pre-packaged, commercially produced, individually wrapped treats.
  • Visitors, including parents, are not authorized food handlers and will not be permitted to attend these types of celebrations or serve treats in the classroom.
  • Sharing of snacks from home is not permitted without prior approval from the faculty or staff member overseeing the classroom or activity. 
  • Any restrictions in this policy are not meant to limit the preparation of foods directly related to the school curriculum and approved by the Principal.

CONCESSIONS

  • Concessions are permitted for athletics events and school events, but items sold must be pre-packaged, commercially produced, and individually wrapped.
  • ISI kitchen spaces in the 49th Street, Blackwell, and Taurel facilities are prohibited for use as concession stands.