The following is general information for Administrators, Teachers and Parents from the WV State Board Policy regarding foods available during the school day. Please click on the link below for more detailed information:
WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD POLICY 4231.1 - STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL NUTRITION
- Requirements for foods/beverages available during the school day
- 200 calorie limit per product/package
- Limit fat to 35% percent of calories per package/product, excluding nuts, seeds, cheese
- Trans fats limited to less than or equal to 0.5 gram per product/package
- Reduce sugar content of foods to no more than 35% calories, excluding fruits
- Offer, sell or distribute no candy, chewing gum, flavored ice bars
- Limit fruit/vegetable juice portions to no more than 4 oz (elementary) and 8 oz (middle/high)
- No sales, service, or distribution of coffee and coffee-based products
- No caffeine-containing beverages, except those containing trace amounts of natural occurring caffeine
- No sales, service, or distribution of foods containing non-nutritive/artificial sweeteners
- No offering food as a reward
- Sell, offer or distribute no foods in competition with federal child nutrition programs
- Sell, offer or distribute no foods in such a way to encourage substituting such items for reimbursable meals
- Sell, offer or distribute no foods/beverages from time first child arrives until 20 minutes after all children are served lunch
- Offer nutritious choices outside the school day on school premises when foods are available for events
- Offer, sell or distribute no soft drinks except in high schools
- Comply with WVBE Policy 8200 when contracting to purchase foods/beverages
- Foods/beverages brought/delivered shall be consumed by intended individual student, not general student population
- On school premises from arrival of first child until departure of last school bus, fund raising activities involving food/beverages must comply with nutrition standards
STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL NUTRITION (4321.1)
HARRISON COUNTY SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY
The Harrison County School System is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Harrison County Board of Education that:
The school system will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing county-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.
All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
To the maximum extent practical, all schools in our county will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program [including after-school snacks, and Summer Food Service Program).
Harrison County Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
4406.5.5 HARRISON COUNTY FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES. To support children’s health and school nutrition-education efforts, Harrison County schools will encourage the sale of foods that meet the nutritional standards. Schools will encourage fundraising activities that promote physical activity. The school system will make available a list of ideas for acceptable fundraising activities.
4406.5.6 SNACKS. Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables and nutrient dense foods as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. Schools will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of school meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages, and other considerations. Harrison County schools will disseminate a list of healthful snack items to teachers, after-school program personnel, and parents.
4406.5.7 HARRISON COUNTY SCHOOL REWARDS. Schools will not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually (above), as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.
Harrison County Policy 4406 - School Wellness Policy
School Party Food Options
The overall goal of Harrison County Schools’ Wellness Policy is that: “All Students in Harrison County Schools shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices and enjoyable physical activity choices for a lifetime. All staff in Harrison County Schools is encouraged to model healthful eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life. To meet this goal, the Harrison County School system adopts this school wellness policy with…commitments to nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that support student and staff wellness.”
from the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition
What the Policy Says About Snacks...
Children that are physically active and growing need to refuel throughout the day. Smart, healthy snacks can help meet these requirements without providing an excess of calories. Snacks should be planned, nutritious and portioned to meet the children's energy needs. In order to promote healthy eating habits, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and non-fat and/or low-fat dairy products are encouraged.
Snacks sold, served or distributed during the school day on the school premises must meet nutrition standards. This helps students meet their daily nutrition needs without adding too many calories or too much fat, sugar or salt. Nutritious snacks enhance a student's diet and give them an opportunity to learn that food eaten between meals is just as important as the food eaten at meals.
A snack food must meet the following nutrition standards (per package):
- No more than 200 calories;
- No more than 35% calories of total calories from fat, excluding nuts, seeds, and cheese;
- Less than 10% total calories from saturated fat;
- No more .5 grams of trans fat;
- No more than 35% of calories from sugar, excluding yogurt and fruit;
- No more than 200 milligrams of sodium; and
- Contain no artificial sweeteners.
For further information on nutrition standards for snacks and other foods, please refer to Policy 4321.1, Standards for School Nutrition, Page 7-8. Due to special dietary needs for some students and food safety concerns for everyone, foods and beverages brought or delivered from outside sources may be consumed only by the individual student for which they were brought or delivered, and not by the general student population. Any organized food events and celebrations held during the school day must meet the requirements of the policy.
Remember, each food item must:
- Haved a nutirtion facts panel and ingredient list
- Be less than 200 caloires per serving
- Be commercially packaged
To learn if a food item meets the guidelines, simply type the number of calories, grams, or milligrams directly from the food label into the WVDE’s Nutrition Calculator: