Fall Planning Resources

The resources on this page are intended to support schools as they plan for meal service in the fall while mitigating risks posed by COVID-19. Please check back often for new resources.

TEA Guidance

Summer Program Operational Considerations Summer Program Operational Considerations - Summer Instruction, Activities and School Visits: Guidance for Reopening and Student Interaction. (Added 5/29/2020)
Strong Start 20-21, Preparing for Remote Instruction Strong Start 20-21, Preparing for Remote Instruction - Remote instruction attendance considerations. (Added 6/23/2020)
SY 20-21 Attendance and Enrollment FAQ SY 20-21 Attendance and Enrollment FAQ - Frequently asked questions about remote instruction. (Added 6/23/2020)

Decision Making

Connecting the Dots Connecting the Dots - It is more important than ever that children are able to access school meals this Fall. Understanding how decision maker’s roles are connected will ensure that critical meal planning decisions can be made. (Added 6/3/2020)
Essential Key Performance Indicators for School Nutrition Success Essential Key Performance Indicators for School Nutrition Success - This tool developed by the Institute of Child Nutrition can be used to forecast the changes in the numbers of meals served, in revenues, and in costs. (Added 6/10/2020)
COVID-19-Thought-Starters-on-Reopening-Schools-for-SY2020-21 COVID-19 Thought Starters on Reopening Schools for SY2020-21 - This publication from the School Nutrition Association is designed to help school nutrition directors to start thinking through the many considerations to changes in meal service this fall. (Added 6/5/2020)
Fall Meal Service Considerations Fall Meal Service Considerations - Before the academic year begins, Texas school nutrition leaders will have to decide how to serve meals in new ways. This document outlines some considerations for four meal service models. (Added 6/3/2020)
Fall Planning Survey Responses Fall Planning Survey Responses - View what meal service models CNDs anticipate implementing in this fall. (Added 6/9/2020)
Meal Service Model Planning Document Meal Service Model Planning Document - The 2020-2021 school year schedule will impact the strategies and tactics that child nutrition programs use to serve meals to students. This document can be used to assess the impact of scheduling changes to guide conversations with district leadership. (Added 5/29/2020)
School Nutrition Checklist School Nutrition Checklist - This checklist provides a starting point for Texas school nutrition teams planning meal service in the 2020-2021 school year.(Added 6/30/2020)
Transitional Menu Planning Tool Transitional Menu Planning Tool - Start planning now to be prepared for the fall. Service style may change but your menus and products can stay the same. This planning tool includes menu planning strategies, example menus, packaging options, and service styles. (Added 6/26/2020)
  • Example Transitional Menu: Word document version of the 4 week menu cycle found in the Transitional Menu Planning Tool.
  • Service Styles: Word document version of the service styles chart found in the Transitional Menu Planning Tool.  

Meal Service

Breakfast After The Bell Breakfast after the Bell - Peruse resources for Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go to the Classroom and Second Chance Breakfast to help determine which method is best for your campus; these options translate well for lunch too. (Added 7/2/2020)
Community Eligibility Provision Community Eligibility Provision - The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is one of the universal meals options schools can choose. Additional CEP information can be found here. (Added 5/29/2020)
Equipment Guide from the School Nutrition Foundation Equipment Guide - An equipment guide for meals in the classroom service published by the School Nutrition Foundation. (Added 6/17/2020)
Handwashing Reminders Handwashing Reminder - Elementary Schools - Use these one-pagers to remind kids to wash their hands before they eat. (Added 6/26/2020)
Handwashing Reminders Handwashing Reminder - Middle/High Schools - Use these one-pagers to remind students to wash their hands before they eat. (Added 6/26/2020)
Social Distance Decal Social Distancing Floor Decals - Use these floor decals as a way to indicate where to stand to maintain social distance. There are four options to choose from and they can be printed and cut out on a standard printer or printed professionally. (Added 6/5/2020)
Social Distant Cafeteria Diagram Socially Distant Cafeteria Diagram - In this diagram created by Perkins&Will, see one example of how cafeteria tables may be set up to implement social distancing. (Added 6/8/2020)
Universal Breakfast Texas Senate Bill 376 Universal Breakfast Texas Senate Bill 376 - Some schools are required to provide breakfast at no charge to all students or submit a waiver to opt out of the requirement. (Added 5/29/2020)

Sanitation & Safety (Added 6/2/2020)

1.) Fall 2020 Menu Planning and Resources  Maximize 

2.) Meals in the Classroom  Maximize 

3.) Taking Advantage of CEP in SY20-21  Maximize 

4.) San Antonio ISD’s Campus Meal Plan Presentation  Maximize 

5.) Purchasing Texas-Grown Food during COVID-19  Maximize 

6.) Breakfast in the Classroom  Maximize 

7.) The Foodservice View  Maximize 

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