- All students in grades K – 12 will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors and healthy physical activities.
- Nutrition education will include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, participatory activities.
- Nutrition education at all grades will teach media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing and reading and understanding labels.
- To support health and nutrition efforts, the school district will make available a list of ideas for acceptable fundraising activities. Schools should encourage fundraisers, such as the sale of non-food and nutritious food items, that promote positive health habits.
- The District values the health and well-being of every employee and will plan and implement nutritional activities and workshops that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- The District will provide parents with information and current research that connects nutrition to wellness, academic achievement and good behavior.
Food, Beverages, and Eating Environment
- The Food Service Program will provide all food and beverage sales to students in all schools during the regular day. Balanced meals will be sold and will meet all local, state and national regulations.
- Schools will provide a clean, safe and enjoyable meal environment, providing adequate time and space for students to eat their meals.
- Schools will encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks.
- The schools will provide parents with a suggested list of healthy alternatives for snacks, celebrations/parties and fundraising activities.
- Schools should schedule meal periods to begin at appropriate times.
- The use of unhealthy snacks as a reward by classroom teachers is discouraged. Food should not be used as a reward or punishment.
- Schools will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.
- Schools should take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontics).
- The District shall ensure that guidelines for reimbursable school meals will not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act as those regulations and guidance apply to schools.
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