Food in Schools - Healthy Choices

Food and beverages are sometimes part of classroom celebrations, parties, and special events or offered to students as rewards for academic achievement or positive classroom behavior. Schools and parents can work together to ensure that celebrations, events, and rewards support health. For example, they can provide only healthy foods and beverages at celebrations and events and offer non-food items for rewards. Ideas for non-food rewards include extra time for recess, stickers, or a note of recognition from a teacher or principal.

All foods offered on the school campus will “meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition”standards, including:

Celebrations and Parties

A variety of information regarding healthy party ideas to parents and teachers, including non-food celebration ideas, is available through the links to the left. Healthy party ideas are available from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and from the USDA.

Classroom Snacks Brought by Parents

The District requests that all foods and beverages brought to school meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards. Smart Snack information and a food planner is available through the links to the left.

Rewards and Incentives

Foods and beverages will not be used as a reward, or withheld as punishment for any reason, such as for performance or behavior. Links are available to help provide ideas for other reward and incentive options.

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