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Food Guidelines

  • No food may be sold for fundraising during school lunchtime.

  • Food sold for fundraising during school hours (other than lunchtime) must be tree nut free and peanut free with all ingredients clearly labeled, and must follow USDA Smart Snack Guidelines (see below).

  • Food sold for fundraising before and after school hours must be tree nut and peanut free with all ingredients clearly labeled. This includes PTA and Booster Club fundraisers.

  • No food is allowed for birthday parties or other individual student celebrations, or used as student rewards.

  • Food may be use as instructional material in science labs, family and consumer science classes, and classes where course lesson plans contain a food-specific educational component. All food used as instructional material must be tree nut and peanut free.

  • Food served at any classroom or all-school festivity must be tree nut free and peanut free with all ingredients clearly labeled. If any food does not have all ingredients clearly labeled, it cannot be served. These rules also apply to evening and weekend functions. Parents/guardians must be given a five day notice of any event serving food.

  • All classrooms must be tree nut free and peanut free. Other life-threatening food allergens will be restricted on a class by class basis as deemed necessary by the school nurse. Tree nuts and peanuts must be consumed only in the cafeteria during lunchtime. All K-5 schools will have a designated tree nut free and peanut free table in the cafeteria or outside picnic area. Middle and high schools will have a designated tree nut free and peanut free table in the cafeteria or outside picnic area only upon parent request.

  • Breakfast Program may be consumed in the classroom by students within 10 minutes of arrival to school.

  • Snacks in the classroom may be eaten only during a snack time designated by the teacher or administrator.

  • All snacks must be tree nut and peanut free.*

  • No food may be consumed on K-12 school buses with the exception of students with diabetes who require an emergency snack. They may consume a tree nut free and peanut free snack at a seat in the front of the bus. Buses for field trips and athletic events must be tree nut free and peanut free.

  • All school trips must consider the needs of students with food allergies. For example, a class may not go apple picking if a student in the class is allergic to apples. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure all students are accommodated.

USDA Smart Snack Standards
Grain products must contain 50 percent or more whole grains by weight (have a whole grain as the first ingredient); Non-grain products have fruit, vegetable, dairy product, or protein food listed as the first ingredient.

The food must meet the following nutrient standards for calories, sodium, sugar, and fats:

Nutrient Snack
Calories 200 calories or less
Sodium 200 mg or less
Total Fat 35% of calories or less
Saturated Fat Less than 10% of calories
Trans Fat 0 g
Sugar 35% by weight or less

 

USDA Smart Snack Beverages

Beverage Amount
Water: Plain (with or without carbonation) No Limit
Milk: Unflavored low-fat, unflavored or flavored fat-free; milk alternatives Elementary School 8 fl oz
Middle School and High School 12 fl oz
Juice: 100% fruit or vegetable juice (with or without carbonation) Elementary School 8 fl oz
Middle School and High School 12 fl oz

The district recommends you refer to Snack Safely for its Safe Snack Guide, a downloadable, interactive list of allergy-friendly products updated frequently.

Updated: 9/19/2017