Food Services

School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely, while also complying with national, state and local health and safety guidelines. 

For information about how meal information will be communicated, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan. 

Meal Options 

1. Students Eating On-Site (In-Person Learning) 

2. Students Eating Off-Site (Remote Learning)  

○ Breakfast: Breakfast is available each morning using a Grab-in-Go from the cafeteria format or on a table outside the classroom format. Students are given time to properly wash or sanitize their hands prior to the breakfast period. Students use social distancing cues on the walls/floor and masks when entering the cafeteria. Breakfast is pre-packaged to meet federal nutrition guidelines and is accounted for in the point-of-sale system to ensure student allergies have been considered and meal counts are properly recorded. 

○ Lunch: Classrooms in Grades K-5 will use an online ordering process each morning to order lunch for that day. Menu choices are limited. Students are given time to properly wash their hands prior to the lunch period. By cohort, students report to the cafeteria to pick up the lunch they ordered. Students use social distancing cues on the walls/floor and masks when entering the cafeteria. Lunch is prepackaged with a choice of milk available. For safety, hot/cold serving stations are not available. A la carte options are also limited. 

2. Students Eating Off-Site (Virtual Learners) 

● The Food Service department offers breakfast and lunch for family pick-up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.

Food Allergies 

● Food allergies are noted in a section of the point-of-sale system. 

● Food allergies are part of the Google doc ordering process.

● Desks are spaced 6 feet apart. This level of distancing mitigates the risk of cross contamination for allergies. Once the student is finished eating, their area is cleaned. 

Hygiene & Food Sharing 

● Hand washing/sanitizing occurs before arriving at the cafeteria to pick up meals. ● Food Sharing of any kind is prohibited. 

● Food and beverages are prohibited in the hallways. 

Cleaning & Disinfection of the Serving, Kitchen, & Seating Areas
● Classroom desks are wiped down after each student meal. 

● The kitchen is cleaned every evening after the last set of meals have been prepared. 

● The serving lines/cashier station are wiped down between cohorts. 

● Deep cleaning occurs on Wednesdays when the entire student body is off-site. 

Free & Reduced Application Process for 2020-2021 

The USDA has extended free meals for all program through June 30, 2021. This means that meals will continue to be free for all students through the end of the school year. The standard food service program that runs during the school year will be in effect beginning on the first day of school in September, 2020. 

Full-pay prices for meals for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows: 

○ Breakfast = $1.30/meal 
○ Lunch = $2.60/meal 

Free & Reduced Meal Applications are available for the 2020-2021 school year and should be completed if you feel your child(ren) may qualify. It is important to fill out an application, even though meals are currently free for all students, because the eligibility can be used for other benefits relating to student services This application can be completed anytime during the school year. 

2020-2021 Free & Reduced Meal Applications are available in the following ways: 

○ New applications are available on our website at

○ New applications can be emailed to you at the email address we currently have in our student management system. Once you receive your application, please print it and fully complete the application. 

○ New applications can be mailed to you upon request by calling (585) 248-6307.

Please fully complete and mail the application to: Attn: Michele Griffith, East Rochester Schools, 222 Woodbine Avenue, East Rochester, NY 14445. 

You may also drop off your completed application at any time in front of the District Office in the black mailbox. 

Payment Options 

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and meet health & safety guidelines, we are urging families to sign up for a free account with MySchoolBucks as a way to prepay for student meals without the use of cash at the point of sale. Please visit the school website for more information or visit