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St. Thomas More School Wellness Policy - Short Version

Saint Thomas More School is committed to providing an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity that promotes a healthy student. Parents, teachers, and the food service professionals, will be engaged in monitoring and reviewing our wellness policy.

  1. Students in Grades K – 8 will have opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis through physical education classes and organized sports.

  2. Lunch programs shall meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  3. Students will be provided a clean, safe and pleasant dining area.

  4. St. Thomas More School will provide nutritional, educational and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.

  5. Monthly menus will include information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Thomas More School Wellness Policy - Long Version

School Wellness Administrative Regulations

We are committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices.  To this end, the following will be implemented.

School Meals

Meals served through the National School Lunch Program will:

  • Be appealing and attractive to children
  • Be served in clean and pleasant settings, in a timely manner
  • Meet, at a minimum, nutritional requirements established by local, state and federal statutes and regulations
  • Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Serve only Low-fat (unflavored or flavored) and Fat-Free unflavored milk
  • Ensure that 50% grains served are whole grain

Breakfast

We will encourage all children to have breakfast to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn.

Free and Reduced Meals

We will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to and prevent overt identification of students who are eligible for free and reduced priced school meals.

Meal Times and Scheduling

  • Students will have adequate time to eat their lunches.
  • Students will have access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.
  • All grades will have lunch after recess, encouraging a more relaxed atmosphere to fully eat their lunches and drink their beverages.

Staff Development

As part of our commitment we will provide continuing education in nutritional choices.  We will also provide information on tooth decay risk.  Cafeteria workers are trained according to their level of responsibility, are ServSafe Certified and participate in required continuing ed classes.

Sharing of Foods and Beverages

  • Given concerns about food allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets, we will discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times.  We discourage parents from putting medications in their student’s lunches.
  • Students at the elementary and junior high level will not be allowed to have soft drinks during the school day.  Students will be able to purchase items as part of the a la carte menu, which will follow the standards listed below:
  • Beverages:  only water and low fat and fat free milk is available for purchase during the lunch hours. 
  • Foods:   4 oz yogurt is available for purchase.  In addition, students may purchase certain daily entrees as is available that day.

Portion Sizes

  • Limit portion sizes of foods and beverages sold individually to those listed below:
  • 4 oz low-fat yogurt
  • The portion size of an a la carte entrée should not exceed the portion of the same entrée item or side dish item that is served as part of the school lunch.

Beverages

Beverage items available for sale at the school during the school day (7am-3:30 pm) may not exceed eight (8) ounces.  (There are no vending machines in the building).  Beverages sold during the lunch hours is limited to milk and water.

Not allowed: soft drinks containing caloric sweeteners.

Snacks

Snacks served during the school day, including room parties, should make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, dairy, juices and water as the primary beverages.  Healthy snack items are encouraged instead of cupcakes, etc. 

Nutrition Education and Promotion

Through the physical education class and health classes, teachers will stress the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

Promote fruits, vegetables and whole grain items for snacks and parties.  Emphasize caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure.

Communication with Parents

Our school will encourage organizations to support healthy meals and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the nutritional standards for individual foods and beverages.

Physical Education Classes

All students in Grades K-8 will receive physical education classes.  A physical education instructor will teach all physical education.

Daily Recess

All elementary school students will have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which students are encouraged to have moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Physical Activity Opportunities

Students in Grades 5-8 are offered the opportunity to participate in school-sponsored sports.  This program offers a range of activities that meet the needs and interest of a variety of sports for both boys and girls.

Monitoring and Policy Review

The principal will ensure compliance with established school policy for nutrition and physical activity as part of our wellness policies.