School District policy regarding snacks…
We are very excited to help our students grow and learn. One important part of learning is making sure our bodies and minds are prepared to take in new information. We know it is important to get lots of exercise, fresh air, and healthy foods.
The prevention of allergic reactions and the reduction of childhood obesity are factors contributing to healthy and allergy safer snack options. While it is recognized that there can be no guarantee of total allergy free environments within the school setting, the term “allergy safer” implies efforts to reduce the potential for allergic reactions. Only healthy snacks will be allowed during the school day.
At Hillcrest, one healthy food choice that we can help our students make here at school is to eat a vegetable or fruit snack. If you and your child decide a snack is needed during the course of the school day, the choice will be simple, a piece of fresh fruit or fresh vegetable. Here are some examples:
- Vegetables: cucumber, broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers, green beans, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes (or are they a fruit?)…
- Fruits: apple, banana, orange, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, raisins, peaches, dried fruits…
(We will be brainstorming a more extensive list of fruits and vegetables in class.)
We ask that students not bring dipping sauces or fruit roll-ups..
We understand that some students may have documented health issues that will affect their snack choices. Please feel free to discuss these food issues individually with the school nurse. Please know that you may always pack any food items that you choose in your child’s lunch to be consumed in the cafeteria.