In 2014, new nutrition standards from the United States Department of Agriculture called "Smart Snacks in School" went into effect. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children. The USDA's "All Foods Sold in Schools" Standards are available for download here. To view smart snack resources including answers to frequently asked questions, a food calculator, and ideas for healthy school celebrations, click here.
The District’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Advisory Council (PANAC) serves as an advisory committee regarding student health issues, periodically reviewing and recommending changes to the District’s student wellness policy (246: Student Physical Activity and Nutrition). Every three years the District is required to complete a formal evaluation of this policy and building administration is required to assess how well individual schools are implementing the policy. The most recent assessments are found online.
Policy 246 - Student Physical Activity and Nutrition outlines guidelines in the areas of nutrition education, physical activity, physical education, nutrition, and other school based activities including the food services program and fundraising projects. The policy also refers to the District's Nutritional Standards for Competitive Foods. The standards provide guidelines for the following areas:
During School Day (Not Vending)
Outside School Day
- < 200 calories per serving
- Single serving size
- Foods of MNV not available during school day
- < 35% total calories from fat + < 10% from saturated fat
- < 35% of sugar by weight and not first ingredient
- Minimal trans fatty acids
- Items available no earlier than 30 minutes after last lunch period
Will support healthy eating by limiting foods high in sugar, fat, sodium, and trans fat.
Classroom Party Foods and Beverages
- Moderate in sodium
- Minimal trans fatty acids
- > 2 grams of fiber/serving
- Fresh fruits and vegetables preferred
- Water, 100% juice, or milk (1% or nonfat) preferred
- No foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (MNV)
Food should not be used as a reward unless incorporated into an activity that promotes positive nutrition messages (examples: guest chef, field trip to farm).
Parents are encouraged to participate in the National School Lunch Program or provide healthy alternatives. The District promotes and publicizes nutrition standards to parents.
No less than 75% of all school store foods/snacks must meet the following standards.
Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (MNV) will not be available anytime during the school day.
- Items will provide < 200 calories per serving.
- Portion size will not exceed single serving size.
- Minimum of a variety of 2 fruits or vegetables offered daily with one being fresh or raw.
- Variety of items that provide > 2 grams of fiber per serving available daily.
- All food items will contain < 35% of calories from total fat and
- sugar by weight (added sugar cannot be first ingredient), < 10%
- of calories from saturated fat.
- Will not sell food items until 30 minutes before first or after last meal period.
- Flavored and Unflavored water with less than 10 calories per serving
- 100% fruit juice not to exceed 6 oz.
- 1% low fat or nonfat milk not to exceed 16 oz., flavored or unflavored, preferably packaged in plastic resealable containers.
- Teas or flavored drinks will not exceed 25% of total selection
Faculty members are encouraged to set an example for students by not allowing items that do not align with school policy.