School Transportation, Food Service, and Custodial Service Updates
GCS Bus Transportation
GCS will continue to provide bus transportation. As a precautionary measure, masks will be required of all students using bus transportation to and from school as a precaution. Information regarding approximate bus pick-up and drop off times this school year is available on InfoFinder. More information can be found here.
Buses will be disinfected daily by GCS staff after AM and PM routes. Also, assigned seats will be required on all GCS bus routes. Masks will be laundered each day and returned to the original bus.
GCS Food/Nutritional Services
GCS has planned multiple protocols to provide meals as safely as possible.
- Elementary: Student mealtimes will be staggered and provided through socially distanced lines. Those eating in the cafeteria will be socially distanced and have assigned seating. Tables in the cafeterias will be disinfected as needed and between each use. Those not eating in the cafeteria will remain with their class and eat in their room.
- Secondary: Student mealtimes will be staggered and provided through socially distanced lines. Those eating in the cafeteria will be socially distanced and have assigned seating. Tables in the cafeterias will be disinfected as needed and between each use.
- RedHawk Online Academy (ROA) and students on e-learning days: These students will also have the option to receive a meal at their school building and by checking in through the main office. The student must have a valid school ID in order to receive a meal. One student may pick up multiple meals for their household as long as that student shows the valid student ID of each of the other students in the household. Meals will be provided in disposable to-go containers.
All students will be provided a meal following the National School Lunch Meal program paid, free, and reduced meal regulations.
Meals will be charged to each student account according to their approved status. To add money to a student’s lunch account visit myschoolbucks.com or provide funds to your school bookkeeper.
Finally, for increased safety and the national shortage of change, the Nutritional Services Department will no longer give coin change to students or staff that use cash to pay for items purchased from the cafeteria or deposit money into their meal account. The change will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and deposited into the account. Dollar bill change will be provided.
GCS Custodial Services
GCS recognizes the necessity to continue to provide outstanding custodial services as well as enhancing cleaning protocols. District staff will be disinfecting, or deep cleaning all classroom surfaces (desks, floors, windows, touchpoints on walls, and restrooms) daily. Given the rotating nature of the 50% Attendance option, the only way to ensure the cleanest or safest environment possible for all students/staff is to fully disinfect all areas nightly. GCS has also invested in electrostatic machines that will mist disinfectant that has a reduced dwell time on all surfaces. Custodial staff will be on hand during the school day to disinfect areas such as the restrooms, entrances and to address health and safety-related issues. Finally, teachers will be provided with hand-held spray bottles of neutral cleaner and paper towels that can be used to clean classroom surfaces throughout the day. Students will be asked to assist in wiping down surfaces in the classroom after they are sprayed with a neutral cleaner. The neutral cleaner used by students is mild (similar chemical composition to soap and water) and material data sheets are available on the Complete Reopening Plan.
Goshen Community Schools will operate a call center to answer your questions regarding the use of Skyward, transportation, school nutrition, etc. from Tuesday, August 4 – Friday, August 7 from 9AM-5PM.