- Lunch Service
- Morning Break
- Hamilton Hall
- Dining Locations
- Bringing Lunch from Home
- Parent Lunch Deliveries
- Birthday and Special Occasion Deliveries
- Parent Association Faculty and Staff Lunches
For the convenience of parents and because we are confident that we can safely provide lunch and break foods to students, the school has decided to continue to offer food services throughout the year.
The key elements of the Lunch Service program are as follows:
- Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade students will be served lunches in their respective classrooms. Parents will need to pre-order these lunches on a weekly basis.
- Second and Third Grade students will be served lunch in Hamilton Hall. Their entry into the cafeteria will be staggered, their lines spaced out, and the children will remain masked while getting their food. They will also eat their lunch by class pods in their own respective spaces - indoor or covered outdoor depending on the weather. Once they sit down to eat they will be allowed to unmask, still six feet apart.
- Fourth and Fifth Grade students will follow the same protocols as Second and Third Grade during their lunch period.
- Middle School students will go to lunch with their advisory groups and will be served from a single, staggered line six feet apart as well. Each grade will have a dedicated time to enter the Hamilton Hall serving line and a separate outside, covered area in which to eat and socialize. Once students are seated six feet apart, they are welcome to remove their masks. Once they finish and are exiting the space, masks need to be put back on. Staying with one’s grade at all times during lunch is important in case we need to initiate contact tracing.
- Seniors purchasing lunch may proceed directly to Hamilton Hall, while the remaining grades follow the schedule below for lunch release times.
11th Grade will be released at 1:10 P.M.
10th Grade will be dismissed 1:15 P.M.
9th Grade will be dismissed 1:15 P.M.
- Mask and social distancing protocols are the same as for Middle School. Upper School students will eat with their grade-level classmates.
- Between each grouping of students, class or division, all surface areas where students had been sitting and eating will be thoroughly sanitized.
By moving the majority of lunch periods to outdoor venues and spreading out the classes into smaller groups, we will reduce the risk of additional exposure and limit in scope the challenge of contact tracing.
Frederica Academy will continue to provide morning break food service. The schedule for Morning Break time is the same for Middle and Upper School. Prepackaged items and drinks will be sold at various locations. Students will be able to pay cash or charge to their family account. Upper School Students will either go through the Hamilton Hall line for hot food or to the gym lobby for prepackaged items and drinks. They will use in the same areas that they are assigned for lunch except for the Athletic Complex Tent. Middle School Students will assemble in the Athletic Complex Tent and access the prepackaged items from the Booster Club Concession Stand outdoor area. The two divisions will not commingle together.
There are multiple locations for dining outdoors and whenever possible, especially for Middle and Upper School, outdoor dining will be encouraged. There is a tent on the Sea Island Green, an expanded picnic area immediately outside of Hamilton Hall, dining outside of the Booster Club concession stand covered area and an Athletic Complex tent between the gym and the bleachers.
In the event of inclement weather, Hamilton Hall seating and the covered areas may still be used and the gym lobby and the gym bleachers will be employed. The school reserves the right to have students eat lunch in their classrooms in the event that these venues are not accessible on any given day.
For students who wish to bring their own lunch, drinks and additional food items can be purchased in Hamilton Hall or through the school vending machine in the gym lobby. Students bringing their own lunch may go directly to the assigned seating area for their class, grade, or advisory.
The microwaves will be available to warm food except that students will not be allowed to operate them, and there will be assigned individuals to help provide that service for students.
The school will continue to encourage the celebration of special occasions but asks that parents notify teachers in advance of their plans to provide a snack. Snacks should be provided in individual servings in order to minimize handling and should be brought to the Front Office or Corn Hall office after morning drop-off. Parents will not be allowed to attend special occasion celebrations in the classroom or lunch period.
School faculty and staff greatly appreciate the kindness of the Parent Association in bringing lunch each month for the faculty and staff to enjoy. For the 2020-2021 year, the optimal solution would be for all lunches to be prepackaged for faculty and staff to collect in a designated location. School administrators will work with Parent Association leadership on a workable plan should they decide they want to continue this FA tradition.