Campus Dining opens the 2020-21 academic year opens with new programs and protocols in place to help keep the campus community safe. These additions expand on the already thorough sanitation procedures with growing resources, as well as increased time and energy dedicated toward creating innovative processes and practices that ensure a safe and enjoyable dining experience.
“We continue to put the health, and safety of all students, faculty, staff and associates first with every decision Campus Dining makes,” Campus Dining Director Jess Dozier said. “Our actions are guided by the university, which is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authorities.”
These changes include beverage stations with UV sanitizing technology, expanded to-go options served with recyclable packaging, required face coverings for staff and customers, menus that actually help keep areas uncrowded, and physical distancing requirements in all venues.
To increase physical distancing Campus Dining will increase pop-up outdoor cooking, similar to the popular Chef’s Table and BBQ Wednesday series and is introducing curbside pickup.
Campus Dining is asking that all orders be placed through Grubhub. This process is completely contactless. Grubhub uses credit cards and dining dollars for students on Dining Plans. Using the Grubhub app simply place an order, pay and a text message will be sent when the food is ready.
For speed, convenience and nutrition, Campus Dining is offering an increased selection of grab-and-go items. These include home-grown Poly Fresh as well as Jack and Olive items like sandwiches, salads, healthy snacks, heat-and-eat meals and desserts.
Campus Dining continues to expand and reinforce Food Safety Management System/HACCP standards and follows all FDA, local and state Department of Health regulations for preparation and service. This includes strict hand-washing practices, decreased times between sanitizing surfaces and ensuring each manager is ServSafe certified.
Campus Dining has increased its already thorough sanitation protocols. High-touch surfaces are cleaned and sanitized more often and on a documented schedule. Cleaning Concierges, specially trained student employees, are assigned sanitation duties, cleaning tables, chairs, digital ordering devices, tabletops and common touch areas.
Employee health and safety is paramount. Each day as employees arrive, they are given a quick wellness check, and access to a supply of gloves and face coverings that are required while at work. Contactless checkout helps to lessen exposure and hand-washing and safety signage is posted throughout to serve as constant reminders.
To share the word signage has been posted at all venues reminding customers of the safety measure being taken. CalPolyDining.com, is home to hours and offerings and the Campus Dining social channels are constantly updated with current information and specials.