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Grayson County SchoolS Wellness Program


Definitions

School Day means the period of time between the arrival of the first student at the school building and the end of the last instructional period.

School day approved beverage means any water, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, and low-fat milk.

Competitive foods means any food or beverage item sold or served in competition with the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, excluding any food or beverage sold a la carte in the cafeteria.

Portion Size Prepackaged food shall not exceed the following packaging limits:
• 1.25 ounces for baked chips, and cereal;
• 1.5 ounces for crackers, hard pretzels, and pita chips
• 1.75 ounces for trail mix, nuts dried fruits, seeds, peanut butter or cheese filled crackers
• 1.25 ounce for cookies
• 1.5 ounce for cereal bars, granola bars, and animal or graham crackers;
• 8 ounces for low-fat yogurt

Beverage Sizes:
• In middle schools, no more than 12-ounce servings
• In high schools, no more than 16.9-ounce servings

Sales 

Competitive food sales shall not be permitted in elementary schools during the school day.

Competitive foods shall not be permitted in middle and high schools until 30 minutes past the end of the last lunch period.

During the school day, products served to students outside the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs shall be limited to:
• A school day approved beverage;
• Fruit;
• Non-fried or non-flash-fried vegetables;
• Low-fat yogurt;
• Nuts and Seeds;
• Dried Fruit with no sugar added; or
• Other food items that contain no more than
• Thirty (30%) calories from fat;
• Ten (10%) calories from saturated or trans-fat; and
• Fourteen (14) grams sugar per serving

Ala carte items cannot be sold in elementary schools unless reimbursable meal component.

Only the following items may be sold as ala carte items in middle or high schools:
• Smart snack compliant food items
• A reimbursable meal component

Carbonated beverages may not be sold or served to any student during the school day.

Parent and Community Involvement

The Child Nutrition Program should utilize a comprehensive communication and marketing strategy designed to provide information about and promote the benefits of the program to all members of the learning community.

Partnerships will be developed with a variety of community resources to promote health and wellness throughout the district.

District staff will promote participation in enjoyable physical activity in the community, by providing information on Grayson County Schools’ web page regarding community health and wellness activities and programs.

Effective January 1, 2010, our school policy prohibits tobacco use on all school property: everywhere, by everyone, and at all times.

Food Sales for Fundraising 

Individual food items will not be sold to students as a fundraiser during the school day.

Schools are encouraged to use items other than food items as fundraisers.

Food Served at School Parties 

Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, parties with food are limited to three (3) per classroom. School parties must be held in compliance with the competitive food rule, at least 30 minutes past the end of the last lunch period.

To ensure that all foods served to children are safe and sanitary, all items served at school parties must be purchased rather than homemade. Site Based Councils at each school will determine and notify teachers if fewer than three parties are permitted in their school per year.

At least some healthy food and beverage choices are encouraged at school parties.

Food Served in After School Programs 

All foods served in organized after-school programs or activities must utilize the After School Snack Program or follow the nutritional guidelines for that program as established by USDA. Those standards can be obtained from the Child Nutrition Office or on USDA’s web site.

Food Prepared as a Part of Classroom Instruction

Teachers should not use food as rewards. Suggestions for non-food rewards can be found on the Child Nutrition page of the district website.

If foods are used in the classroom, they must be an integral and necessary part of the lesson and every effort should be made to use foods of high nutritional value when possible. All foods used in classes shall be from a reputable source, and follow nutritional guidelines.

Anytime food is used as a part of instruction, those lesson plans must first be approved by the principal.

The following activities are exempt from the competitive food nutrition standards:
• Up to three parties as designated by the school’s site-based council annually
• Field Day (1) at each school annually
• State testing window with approved snacks only