Lunch Plans


APS is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff and students throughout the entire school day. This includes during lunch, when students will not be able to wear masks while actively eating or drinking. We have developed a plan to protect student health and safety during meals, in accordance with CDC and VDH guidelines for schools.

Lunchtime Health and Safety Procedures

Every school will consistently implement the following health and safety measures during lunch:

  • Masks are required in the cafeteria or other designated dining space when students are not actively eating or drinking.
  • Masks must be worn, regardless of vaccination status, during arrival to the lunch area, as well as in the serving line and when finished eating or when departing or traveling within the dining space.
  • Cafeteria or other dining spaces and frequently touched surfaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned by custodial staff.
  • Students will be required to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating. Time will be provided for handwashing and sanitizer will be readily available for student use.

Arlington Community High School Dining Protocols

At Arlington Community High School, we are committed to providing both indoor and outdoor spaces for students to eat lunch, and to distance as much as possible while eating. The following outlines our dining protocols.

  • PARTIAL OUTSIDE LUNCH PLAN: Our school will make use of multiple spaces – indoors and outdoors – to maximize distancing and ensure student health and safety.
    • Students will dine outside daily, weather permitting.
    • Students will wash hands before and after meals and will distance while eating.
    • Students will wear masks at all times except when eating or drinking.
    • During inclement weather or when dining inside, students will eat in the gallery area should they choose to stay in the building for lunch.
    • There is no eating in the classrooms.