How does Dining Services plan on opening and serving students in the spring semester?
Dining Services is committed to serving 2,000-2,700 students on the current meal plan model in reasonable time frames without diminishing the quality of meals and service. The reopening plan delineates key areas: safety and sanitation, equipment and supplies, signage, operating hour adjustments, venue changes, seating, returning the staff, and communication.
Why do we have to use paper and single-use compostable dining ware?
Single serve has proven to help stop spread of the virus.
Why are sneeze guards pulled down in serving areas?
This is an industry best practice to help prevent cross-contamination of foods from sneezing, coughing, and unwashed hands.
Why aren’t personal drink bottles allowed?
These can contaminate the fountain. Additionally, this is a requirement mandated by the Easton Board of Health.
What other steps is Dining Services taking to minimize risk?
Tables and chairs are being wiped down several times throughout the day with antiviral spray. Additionally, Facilities Operations is spraying the entire facility on a routine basis. (As always, you should wash your hands per the guidelines before and after entering the facility.) Bon Appetit is following guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, Easton Health Board, and Compass Group’s pandemic plan to minimize the risk of infectious diseases.
Can I opt out of my meal plan?
Students on the five- or seven-meal plan will be allowed to opt out this semester. Questions about student accounts? Call (610) 330-5145 or email email@example.com
How do I download the dining app?
What venues allow for dining app use?
Simons, ECO Café, Gilberts, Lower Farinon, and eventually Trolley Diner.
How do I obtain a student ID this semester?
Access instructions online.
What dining venues will be open for spring 2021?
Visit the Dining Services website.
Will students with dietary restrictions continue to be accommodated?
Yes. Campus Executive Chef John Soder will be happy to answer questions, meet, and explain how students with food allergens can eat safely on campus.
Can I eat in a dining hall?
Yes. There will be limited seating with plexiglass barriers. If a dining hall is full, you can take your meal to go in a disposable container.
Why does dining close at 10 p.m.?
This is done for enhanced overnight cleaning and disinfection. Keep an eye out for food trucks on occasion during later hours.
Why is Skillman Café closed for the spring semester?
Because of spacing issues in the café and anticipated high traffic in the Library.
Will the food truck be available on campus?
Yes, weather permitting.
Does the food truck take meal swipes?
Yes. Students can now pay with meals swipe, Pard Dollars, cash, and credit/debit.
When will the diner open?
The tentative date is April 1.
Are students who are quarantining allowed to pick up meals?
Yes. The preferred method is for friends to pick up your meals, but students quarantining (not in isolation) may use the socially distanced takeout process. This process limits the number of students gathering and incorporates socially distancing queuing as necessary. Students place their dining order via the Transact mobile app and pick up at the designated area. Students are in and out of the dining halls in 10-15 minutes and stand socially distanced wearing a face covering.
Are students isolating due to being COVID-19 positive allowed to pick up meals in dining facilities?
No. Upon receiving a COVID-19 positive test, students will get information on how to order food from Dining Services. Students will receive three meals per day regardless of meal plan. Dining will drop meals off outside the Isolation facility. Learn more.