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Haisley Classroom Food and Snacking Guidelines

Ever wonder what foods allowed in our classrooms? This year a team of staff and parents have been working to create a school-wide plan. Once approved, these guidelines will take effect in the 2015-16 school year. The draft guidelines are posted here.  We are asking for public comment Thursday May 7th during the PTO meeting (7:00 PM, Media Center). If you cannot make the meeting please forward any thoughts to HaisleyPTO@gmail.com

Haisley Classroom Food & Snacking Guidelines – DRAFT

Draft Date: April 16, 2015

  1. Introduction: The Ann Arbor Public School District encourages healthy choices whenever food is made available within the classroom. Beyond that however, there are little or no specific policies in place to govern classroom eating. In an effort to provide clarity and guidance the Haisley PTO, a partnership of staff and parents, has developed a set of Food & Snacking Guidelines. The intent of this document is:
    1. Healthy, Safe and Successful Children
    2. Equity: Procedures and programs that do not alienate students
    3. Consistency: Procedures that are commonly followed across all classrooms and events
  1. In-Scope
    1. In-Class Snacking
    2. Birthday Celebrations
    3. Classroom Parties (eg – Holiday parties)
    4. School-wide Assemblies (eg – Pep Rally)
    5. Any event conducted on-site, starting one hour before the school day to one hour after
  • Out of Scope
    1. District Managed Hot Lunch Menu
    2. Teacher Meals and food kept in the teacher’s lounge
    3. Evening Events where students are accompanied by parents (Heritage Night, Ice Cream Social, etc.)
    4. “Wellness” plans that include physical activity, etc.
      1. Note, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), Public Law 111–296, established a requirement that all schools receiving federal funds for school meal program maintain a Wellness Policy. The current AAPS Wellness policy is posted on the district website. That policy is up for review pending new USDA guidance expected in the 2015-16 School year.
  1. Ground Rules & Disclaimers
    1. The health and safety of our students supersedes any other policy. In the event that a student is found to have an allergy or health restriction that requires action in excess of the standard guidelines, that students requirements will be followed.
    2. September Quarantine: Due to constraint in timing for allergy communications, the entire school will follow a vegetable-only classroom policy for first two weeks in September.
    3. Teachers have ultimate responsibility and authority for their classroom. While it is expected that all students will have the ability to consume a snack during instructional time, it is at the express discretion of the classroom teacher to determine when snacking is permitted.
    4. Instructional Candy: The staff will refrain from using candy as a reward or treat.
    5. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the school principal.
  1. Classroom Snacking

The Haisley Community encourages healthy snacks of fruits and vegetables. In addition to fruits and vegetables, the following food items are approved for classroom snacking.

  • Fruit cups or “sqeezable” fruit pouches
  • Cheese, Cheese Sticks, etc.
  • When there is not a conflicting classroom allergy, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Popcorn, Whole-Grain-Rich Chips (eg. Sun Chips) or Pretzels
  • Granola, Granola Bars, misc. protein or grain-based snack bars

Excluded Foods:

  • Fruit Snacks, fruit rolls or fruit leather
  • Candy of any kind
  • Yogurt or “Go-Gurt”
  • Jello or Pudding Cups
  • Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies, misc. sweet baked good
  • Soups or other messy, spill-able prepared food

Beverages: Students are limited to water in the classroom unless otherwise required by a medical professional.

  1. Birthday Celebrations

Parents are encouraged to consider non-food goodies or activities to recognize birthdays. That said, it is acceptable for students to bring a classroom treat in recognition of their Birthday. It is at the discretion of the teacher to determine the appropriate timing for Birthday treats. Please communicate with your teacher before sending birthday treats. As always, fresh fruits and vegetables are encouraged. In addition to the normal list of acceptable snacks, Birthday treats may also include:

  • Yogurt or “Go-Gurt”
  • Jello or Pudding Cups (low-calorie or fat-free preferred)
  • Frozen treats like ice cream, popsicles, fruit bars (note, classrooms do not have freezers. Frozen treats should be delivered at the time of consumption)
  • Individually portioned Cupcakes, Cookies or misc. sweet baked goods

Beverages: Students are limited to water in the classroom unless otherwise required by a medical professional.

  • Classroom Parties

It is acceptable to include snacks during classroom celebrations. As always, fresh fruits and vegetables are encouraged. Classroom parties may include the same items listed as acceptable for Birthday Celebrations.

Packaged Candy: Packaged Candy will only be permitted two times per year, Halloween and Valentines, though parents are encouraged to consider alternatives to candy.

Beverages: Students are limited to water in the classroom unless otherwise required by a medical professional.

  • School-Wide Assemblies

Food will not be served during assemblies. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the school principal. When exceptions are made, the allowable food items will be limited to Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Other food items may be permitted only when they are essential to instructional content (EG. sampling bread during a King Arthur Flour presentation).


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