Dining Services Protocols

Food service at The Summit has always been a source of pride, and we are one of the few remaining schools which employs its own staff and prepares nutritious and balanced offerings at a reasonable price. After much study and discussion, the following protocols will be put into place with regard to dining services. These protocols have been informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Ohio to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our students, faculty and staff.  

Social Distancing

  • Dining in classrooms: In order to maintain a healthy social distance, students will eat lunch in their classrooms to avoid the peer-to-peer contact that happens when the dining halls become crowded.
  • Exceptions: Upper School students in art and science classrooms, where we do not want to mix food with the materials they are using, will eat apart from each other in the dining hall.
  • Nuts, peanuts prohibition: Eating in the classroom will not allow us to separate sufficiently the children with nut and peanut allergies the way we can in the dining halls, so the entire campus will be nut and peanut free next year.
  • Students who pack their lunch may not bring nuts or peanut butter sandwiches into the building.
  • SunButter sandwiches, which are a reasonable substitute for peanut butter, will be available in all divisions as a lunch option. 

Menu Options 

Given this approach, menu options will be simplified compared to previous years. However, the school will continue to provide balanced and nutritious offerings with at least one hot main course each day.  

  • Montessori & Lower School: Lunch will be pre-ordered weekly online and delivered to the classroom.  Teachers will distribute ordered meals to students through a pre-assigned numbering system.  Parents will be provided instructions for placing weekly orders through the Summit Portal. We have a rotating menu for each division, listed as Week 1 and Week 2. After Week 2, the Week 1 menu will be offered again, followed by Week 2. Students with diet restrictions and food allergies will be accommodated.   
  • Middle School: A serving line will be set up in Knight’s Hall for students to make their selections and then return to the classroom to eat.  Lunch times will be staggered by class to minimize peer to peer contact. Plexiglass will serve as a protective barrier to separate the cafeteria workers from the students. Instead of punching in their PayPams account number, these students will be given a card at the start of the year that will be scanned in the serving line so the process can be completely touchless. Menus will be posted in the Summit Portal. 
  • Upper School:  Three separated serving lines in the café area will accommodate three classes at a time arriving to select their food and take it back to their classroom.  Instead of punching in their PayPams account number,these students will be given a card at the start of the year that will be scanned in the serving line so the process can be completely touchless. Menus will be posted in the Summit Portal. 

The custodial staff will clear away the trash from the hallways at the conclusion of lunch.

Water Bottles

The best practice during a pandemic is for children to bring their own water bottles to school for use during school and for after school activities and sports.  Over the summer, we have added more refillable water bottle fountains.