Guidelines for School Snacks
A typical daily diet consist of three meals and two snacks. For a student, this means snacks could be available in the classroom for special occasions, events, fundraisers, or just because. But before a snack can be provided, there are a health guidelines that school staff and students must follow.
Treats and Snacks
It is our policy to promote good nutrition and a healthy school environment in all aspects of the school building. Due to many students with food allergies/intolerances, our school has had to be extremely careful with any food items entering the school building. It is a safety issue and something that we take very seriously. In addition, our district wellness policy states that we will “engage in nutrition promotion that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors.”
We do offer breakfast and lunch at school, so snacks are optional based on your child’s need. If you do choose to send snacks with your child, please choose from this list to remain within healthy guidelines:
- fresh fruit and vegetables prepared in advance (no nuts)
- beef sticks
- saltine crackers
- Goldfish crackers
- 100% fruit juice boxes or water
School Parties and Birthday Parties
Birthdays are very important days for children and we want to continue to recognize this special day in a child’s year. Each school may choose to recognize a child’s birthday in their own way, such as a birthday button, shout out during morning announcements, or something within their classroom community.
Please refrain from sending treats or “treasures” to share with your child’s class. While we are promoting healthy habits, we are also want to promote equity for all of our students on their special day. (If a child does come to school with treats to celebrate a birthday, we will have the parent pick them up in the office. This could result in disappointment for the child and inconvenience on the parent’s part.)
Thank you for your part in keeping our students safe and healthy!
Due to the increasing number of students with severe allergies and wide range of allergies, the district is enforcing the following procedures for classroom parties and celebrations. NO FOOD is to be sent with Valentine’s cards. If families desire, a small non-food party favor (suggestion’s below) may be included with their Valentine’s cards. Any food (candy, gum, etc.) will be sent back home with the student. Parents who are supplying food for the classroom party must select brand specific food from the Safe Snacks List or order food two weeks in advance from JCSD Food Service, 515-278-0278.
Party Favor Suggestions:
- Matchbox cars
- Eraser tops
- Magnifying glasses
- Note pads