Child Care, Nutrition, Transportation FAQs

Child Care, Nutrition, Transportation FAQs

CHILD CARE

Q: What does everything look like for Kids West/child care?
A: WDMCS identified early on that child care would be a concern. We’ve found that it would not be safe to have kids in the building in a closure. We would have our typical before- and after-school care, but not during the day, as all spaces are needed for social distance during learning.

Q: How will social distancing be done with Kids West before and after school?
A: Kids West staff and participants will be required to wear face coverings. We will practice frequent hand washing between activities. Shared toys will be cleaned daily. High touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently. Social distancing will be practiced as much as possible.

Q: Will there be funding to support families with child care costs needed to have their kids at home doing virtual learning?
A: We do not have funding to support families with child care costs.

NUTRITION

Q: What are you doing for breakfast and lunch?
A:

Read About Meal Pick-Up During the Nov. 16-Dec. 2 Transition to Online Learning

For on-site learning, WDMCS will use the following processes:

Elementary

  • Teachers will collect orders from students in the morning on a paper roster.
  • Students will be able to choose between a hot lunch option (changes daily), a turkey sub sandwich, and yogurt with granola and string cheese.
  • Students can also choose a type of milk.
  • The paper roster will be returned to Nutrition Services in the morning.
  • Nutrition Services will deliver meals to classrooms before their lunch times.
  • All ordered meals will include a fruit, vegetable, and choice of milk. Additional cold veggies will be delivered separately to classrooms for students to choose from.
  • Nutrition Services will also use the paper rosters to assess meals fees. Any changes to orders will be communicated by teachers to Nutrition Services so families are not charged for a meal their student did not eat.

Secondary

  • Students will NOT preorder lunch using a Google form.
  • Instead, students will choose lunch items as they go through the serving lines.
  • Students will indicate which items they would like to a Nutrition Services worker who will collect the items in a bag or box for that student.
  • Students will check out by showing or telling a Nutrition Services worker at the cash register their student ID number.
  • Where students are served will vary by school:
  • Indian Hills students will be served in the cafeteria with staggered times to keep lines limited.
  • Stilwell will serve students at the same lunch stations as today, but all options will be available at all stations. Lunch times and stations will be based on Tiger Time.
  • Southwoods students will enter the cafeteria and sit socially distanced. Then, Southwoods staff will dismiss them a row at a time to be served at stations.
  • Valley students will enter the cafeteria and sit socially distanced. Then, Valley staff will dismiss them in small groups to be served in the cafeteria serving area. Valley will NOT use the lunch stations used today.
  • Walnut Creek Campus students will enter the cafeteria, be served in line, and sit socially distanced.

TRANSPORTATION

Q: What will transportation services look like for students?
A: The number of students on a bus will be based on each route. Numbers will not be limited due to the following guidelines for bus riders. All passengers are required to:

  • Wear a facial covering while getting on the bus, riding, and exiting the bus.
  • Students not wearing face coverings will be handled in accordance with our transportation discipline policy, which could result in suspension of riding privileges. 
  • Transportation Services is adjusting seating procedures to make contact tracing as efficient and accurate as possible. Bus riders will now be assigned a seat on their bus that will be used during both the morning and afternoon bus rides.
    • Siblings or those living in the same home will be assigned to sit together.
    • When possible, students will enter the bus and begin seating near the back of the bus, filling the seats toward the front. 
    • When possible, students will exit the bus beginning with those seated closest to the front. 
  • Students will avoid congregating in the bus aisle.
  •  No food or drink will be consumed while on the bus. 

WDMCS school bus drivers will: 

  • Sanitize “high-touch” surfaces between each run throughout the school day. 
  • All surfaces will be sanitized at least once per day. 
  • All buses will be deeply sanitized monthly.

Q: How will bus drivers socially distance?
A. Bus drivers will wear face coverings when loading and unloading the bus, and when the bus in not in motion. Students are required to wear face coverings on the bus which decreases the social distance requirement when face coverings are not in use.