School Meal Program
Ridgeland School District 122 continues to emphasize the importance of education and choice to promote a healthy lifestyle for pupils. One of the goals of the Wellness Program is to develop collaboration between parents, support organizations and our schools to limit minimal nutritional value foods during school hours. The Wellness initiative supports these celebrations and understands the value they offer students from an educational standpoint. Healthy eating is a lifestyle activity where having food choices and the ability to exercise moderation is the most effective way to achieve optimum personal health.
Many parents also provide class “birthday treats” to help celebrate their child’s special day. Parents are limited to bringing in birthday treats from the items listed below. Please note that individual classrooms may prohibit certain items due to health or food allergies.
Ridgeland School District Employees will not provide food to students between the hours of 8:40am-3:10pm in the elementary buildings and from 8:00am-2:30pm in the middle school. Foods used as part of the Ridgeland School District 122 Board approved curriculum will be allowed, provided the school front office has a signed permission slip from the parent stating that their child will be participating in the curriculum activity that involves nutritional valued food products.
The list is divided into two options for parents “edible and non-edible” treat options.
NON-FOOD OPTIONS FOR STUDENT CELEBRATIONS
Each item shall not exceed $5.00 in cost unless it is a class gift such as a book or game. All items must be age appropriate.
- Coloring Books
- Colored Chalk
- Book Markers
- Book for the Class Library
- Class Game
- Novelty items appropriate for school
HEALTHFUL FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPTIONS FOR STUDENT CELEBRATIONS
All items listed below must be store bought in the original package material and individually wrapped by manufacture. Food products must contain no peanut products or nut oils. Store bought and packaged items provide more security and identify the content of the food product by label.
Fruits and Vegetables
- Individually packaged by manufacturer raw vegetables sticks.
- Individually packaged by manufacturer Fresh fruit.
- Individually packaged by manufacturer sliced fruit.
- Individually packaged by manufacturer dried fruits such as raisins, cranberry, strawberry, apricot, apple and etc.
- Individually packaged by manufacturer 100% fruit or vegetable juice.
- Pure water
Snacks with lower sugar or fat content and no transfat or peanut products or peanut oil
- Individually packaged by manufacturer pretzels, popcorn or reduced fat crackers.
- Individually packaged by manufacturer reduced fat cookies.
- Individually packaged by manufacturer 100 calorie snack pack.
Any questions, contact your building principal. Your support for the Wellness initiative is very important. Without the shared belief that the health of our children is of critical importance the Wellness program will not succeed. Thank you for your cooperation.
6:50 School Wellness Student wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, shall be promoted in the District’s educational program, schoolbased activities, and meal programs. This policy shall be interpreted consistently with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The Superintendent will ensure: 1. Each school building complies with this policy; 2. The policy is available to the community on an annual basis through copies of or online access to the Board Policy Manual; and distributed to students and their parents/guardians through student handbooks; and 3. The community is informed about the progress of this policy’s implementation. Goals for Nutrition Education and Nutrition Promotion The goals for addressing nutrition education and nutrition promotion include the following: Schools will support and promote sound nutrition for students. Schools will foster the positive relationship between sound nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn. Nutrition education will be part of the District’s comprehensive health education curriculum. See Board policy 6:60, Curriculum Content. Goals for Physical Activity The goals for addressing physical activity include the following: Schools will support and promote an active lifestyle for students. Physical education will be taught in all grades and shall include a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health-related fitness, increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle. See Board policy 6:60, Curriculum Content and Board policy 7:260, Exemption from Physical Education. During the school day, all students will be required to engage in a daily physical education course, unless otherwise exempted. See Board policy 6:60, Curriculum Content and Board policy 7:260, Exemption from Physical Education. The curriculum will be consistent with and incorporate relevant Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health as established by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). NutritionGuidelines for Foods Available During the School Day; Marketing Prohibited Students will be offered and schools will promote nutritious food and beverage choices during the school day that are consistent with Board policy 4:120, Food Services (requiring compliance with the nutrition standards specified in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Smart Snacks rules).. In addition, in order to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity, the Superintendent or designee shall: 1. Restrict the sale of competitive foods, as defined by the USDA, in the food service areas during meal periods; 2. Comply with all ISBE rules; and 3. Prohibit marketing during the school day of foods and beverages that do not meet the standards listed in Board policy 4:120, Food Services, i.e., in-school marketing of food and beverage items must meet competitive foods standards. Competitive foods standards do not apply to foods and beverages available, but not sold in school during the school day; e.g., brown bag lunches, foods for classroom parties, school celebrations, and reward incentives. Exempted Fundraising Day (EFD) Requests All food and beverages sold to students on the school campuses of participating schools during the school day must comply with the “general nutrition standards for competitive foods” specified in federal law. ISBE rules prohibit EFDs for grades 8 and below in participating schools. Guidelines for Reimbursable School Meals 6:50 6:50 1 of 2 Reimbursable school meals served shall meet, at a minimum, the nutrition requirements and regulations for the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Monitoring At least every three years, the Superintendent shall provide implementation data and/or reports to the Board concerning this policy’s implementation sufficient to allow the Board to monitor and adjust the policy (a triennial report). This triennial report must include without limitation each of the following: An assessment of the District’s implementation of the policy The extent to which schools in the District are in compliance with the policy The extent to which the policy compares to model local school wellness policies A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the policy How the District will make the results of the assessment available to the public Where the District will retain records of the assessment The Board will monitor and adjust the policy pursuant to policy 2:240, Board Policy Development. Community Involvement The Board and Superintendent will actively invite suggestions and comments concerning the development, implementation, periodic reviews, and updates of the school wellness policy from parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the community. Community involvement methods shall align their suggestions and comments to policy 2:140, Communications To and From the Board and/or the Community Engagement subhead in policy 8:10, Connection with the Community. Recordkeeping The Superintendent shall retain records to document compliance with this policy, the District’s records retention protocols, and the Local Records Act. LEGAL REF.: Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Pub. L. 108-265, Sec. 204. Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. §1771 et seq. National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1751 et seq. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, 42 U.S.C. §1758b, Pub. L. 111-296. 42 U.S.C. §1779, as implemented by 7 C.F.R. §§210.11 and 210.31. Local Records Act, 50 ILCS 205/. 105 ILCS 5/2-3.139. 23 Ill.Admin.Code Part 305, Food Program. ISBE’s “School Wellness Policy” Goal, adopted Oct. 2007. CROSS REF.: 2:140 (Communications To and From the Board), 2:150 (Committees), 2:240 (Board Policy Development), 4:120 (Food Services), 5:100 (Staff Development Program), 6:60 (Curriculum Content), 7:260 (Exemption from Physical Education), 8:10 (Connection with the Community) ADOPTED: April 19, 2018