As schools return tomorrow, students are encouraged to bring their own lunch boxes — loaded with nutritious homemade food — as canteens will be restricted to serving pre-packaged meals.
Most canteens and cafeterias will resume with campuses yet with safety precautions set up.
In Dubai, schools can give cooking services if the food is pre-packaged and follows the municipality’s guidelines, as per the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
Families are urged to prepare their youngsters’ food and drinks, and guarantee they have their own cutlery in their lunch boxes, the authority added.
School principals have likewise been reminding guardians to prepare and keep their children’s meals healthy.
“We keep on repeating the significance of new homemade meals. Kids might bring their meals from home and they are constantly urged to incorporate a fruit,” said Deepika Thapar Singh, CEO-head of Credence High School.
“Teachers eat their meals with the youngsters during breaks to see what the children are eating and furthermore help them about the significance to remember having a solid immunity,” Singh added.
During lunch breaks, teachers will likewise need to ensure understudies will not be sharing food with one another, the KHDA expressed in its protocol.
Social distancing and capacity limits ought to likewise be observed at cafeterias, it added, Disposable things ought to be utilized and the highest principles of hygiene should be kept up with.
“Smorgasbords and different types of supper social affairs are not permitted. Supper breaks ought to be stumbled to guarantee the suggested of one meter of actual distance among all understudies,” the KHDA said.
In preparation for the new scholastic year, many schools in Dubai have redone their kitchens and taken on better approaches to focus on the wellbeing and nourishment of their understudies and staff. The goal, they said, is to reinforce their resistant frameworks in the midst of the pandemic.
Lisa Johnson, head of American Academy for Girls (AAG), said: “With the help of Taaleem, we got another food provider, Leela’s Lunches, who have assembled the establishment of their organization dependent on moving the dietary propensities for kids towards genuine and entire foods.
“This range change is cultivated steadily by adding vegetables to sauces, taking out added substances, preservatives, sugar and refined items, presenting higher extents of wholegrains and gradually swarming out foods with minimal healthy benefit. All the more significantly, the food contributions are delectable, exhibiting that ‘useful for you’ can likewise be ‘acceptable tasting’,” she added.
The AAG has likewise set up a ‘showing kitchen’, where youngsters will be helped how to prepare scrumptious, healthy food.
“The kitchen is available to the eating lobby to permit it to be an exhibit for nutritious food decisions. We have booked visitor culinary experts from nearby cafés to show healthy cooking choices to staff, understudies, which will most likely light a flash forever long great dietary patterns for all,” said Johnson.
The Dubai Municipality has shared a food guide with schools, clarifying worldwide exploration and data concerning how educational establishments can deal with upgrade understudies’ wellbeing.
Allan Weston, principal of Greenfield International School, said: “Food guides are critical to helping students make appropriate choices regarding their overall health and nutrition and this is particularly so now that we are all aware of how important a strong immune system is to assist fight against the symptoms of Covid-19.”
Jennifer Kilsby, head of house and physical well-being coordinator at GEMS Wellington Academy–Silicon Oasis, added: “We are looking forward to using the new Dubai Municipality guidance to support and grow our work with parents and our school community on what a balanced diet can be.
“In our school, our prosperity educational program urges understudies to be careful, enabling, aware and definitive eaters. Inside this the three school-based exercises that have been displayed to make a positive and dependable change are developing food, preparing food and looking for food. As we start the new scholarly year we are caught up with arranging opportunities for kids to foster an affection for great nutritious food.”