With most Pre-K–12 schools fully open for in-person learning, mitigation measures–such as masking and improved ventilation–are critical to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. However, even with the best mitigation measures in place throughout the school day, the possibility of viral transmission increases when students gather unmasked during school meals. Initially, eating meals in classrooms may seem like an easy-to-implement solution for increasing safety amid the pandemic, but it raises just as many questions as it answers. NEA’s Making School Meals Safe resource outlines options for school meals and highlights the benefits and potential issues associated with each.

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