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.

A Guide to Smart Snacks in School (USDA)

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)
  • cheese
  • beef sticks
  • saltine crackers
  • Goldfish crackers
  • pretzels
  • 100% fruit juice boxes or water

School Parties and Birthday Parties

Student birthdays will be acknowledged at school, and each building will determine if birthday treats are allowed or not. Invitations to birthday parties or other celebrations outside of school will not be distributed at school no matter if they are for a select number of students or for the entire classroom.

Thank you for your part in keeping our students safe and healthy!

Valentine’s Day

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:

  • Pencils
  • Matchbox cars
  • Eraser tops
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Note pads
  • Balloons
  • Bubbles
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks

Timber Ridge Safe Snacks List