8505 M | SCHOOL NUTRITION (M)

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SCHOOL NUTRITION (M)

8505 SCHOOL NUTRITION (M)

 

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The Board of Education recognizes child and adolescent obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States and that poor diet combined with the lack of physical activity negatively impacts on pupils’ health and their ability and motivation to learn.  The Board is committed to: providing pupils with healthy and nutritious foods; encouraging the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk and whole grains; supporting healthy eating through nutrition education; encouraging pupils to select and consume all components of the school meal; and providing pupils with the opportunity to engage in daily physical activity.

 

All reimbursable meals shall meet Federal nutrient standards as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program regulations.  All items served as part of an After School Snack Program shall meet the standards as outlined within this Policy.

 

The following items may not be served, sold, or given out as free promotion anywhere on school property at anytime before the end of the school day:

 

  1. Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) as defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations;

 

  1. All food and beverage items listing sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient; and

 

  1. All forms of candy.

 

Schools shall reduce the purchase of any products containing trans fats.  Federal labeling of trans fats on all food products was required by January 1, 2006.

 

All snack and beverage items sold or served anywhere on school property during the school day, including items sold in a la carte lines, vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and fundraisers, or served in the reimbursable After School Snack Program, shall meet the following standards:

 

  1. Based on manufacturers nutritional data or

nutrient facts labels:

 

  1. No more than eight grams of total fat per serving, with the exception of nuts and seeds.

 

  1. No more than two grams of saturated fat

per serving.

 

  1. All beverages shall not exceed 12 ounces, with the following exceptions:

 

  1. Water.

 

  1. Milk.

 

Schools shall make potable water available to children at no charge where lunch meals are served during the meal service.  Schools may offer water pitchers with cups on tables and/or make potable water available for pupils to fill their own cups or water bottles by means of a water faucet or water fountain that is available without restriction in or near the location meals are served.  A faucet or fountain outside the cafeteria is acceptable as long as pupils can request and receive permission to access the faucet or fountain.

 

Schools may not serve any whole milk or any reduced fat milk (2%).  Schools may only serve fat-free milk, low-fat (1%) milk, fat free or low fat lactose reduced/lactose free milk, fat-free or low-fat buttermilk, or acidified milk or fat-free or low-fat acidified milk.  Schools must offer at least two choices of these milks.  Fat-free milk may be flavored or unflavored while low fat (1%) milk must be unflavored.  All milk products must be pasteurized fluid milk that meets the State and local standards, as currently required in 7 CFR Part 210.10(m)(1)(ii).

 

In elementary schools, 100% of all beverages offered shall be milk, water, or 100% fruit or vegetable juices.

 

In middle and high schools, at least 60% of all beverages offered, other than milk and water, shall be 100% fruit or vegetable juices.  No more than 40% of all ice cream/frozen desserts shall be allowed to exceed the standards in this Policy for sugar, fat, and saturated fat.

 

Food and beverages served during special school celebrations or during curriculum related activities shall be exempt from this Policy, with the exception of foods of minimal nutritional value as defined by USDA regulations.

 

This Policy does not apply to: medically authorized special needs diets pursuant to 7 CFR Part 210; school nurses using FMNVs during the course of providing health care to individual pupils; or special needs pupils whose Individualized Education Plan (IEP) indicates their use for behavior modification.

 

Adequate time shall be allowed for pupil meal service and consumption.  The school district shall provide a pleasant dining environment for pupils, and schools shall attempt to schedule physical education or recess before lunch whenever possible.

 

The school district’s curriculum shall incorporate nutrition education and physical activity consistent with the New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Standards.

 

The Board of Education is committed to promoting this School Nutrition Policy with all food service personnel, teachers, nurses, coaches, and other school administrative staff so they have the skills needed to implement this Policy and promote healthy eating practices.  The Board will work toward expanding awareness about this Policy among pupils, parent(s) or legal guardian(s), teachers, and the community at large.

 

 

N.J.A.C. 2:36-1.7(a); 2:36-1.7(b)

 

 

Adopted:  13 November 2008

Revised:  27 November 2012, 23 June 2015

8506 M | SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM BIOSECURITY PLAN (M)

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SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM BIOSECURITY PLAN (M)

8506 SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM BIOSECURITY PLAN (M)

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The Board of Education is committed to protecting the health of the children and adults in school buildings by strengthening the safety of foodservice operations.  Therefore, the Board requires the creation and implementation of a School Lunch Program Biosecurity Plan that will keep school meals free from intentional contamination and enable the foodservice to respond to threats or incidents of bioterrorism.

The School Lunch Program Biosecurity Plan shall be a document that spells out school lunch program policies and procedures that minimize the risk of intentional contamination of food and reduce the risk of illness or death in the school community.  The Plan shall describe strategies for preventing threats and incidents of product tampering and food contamination.  The Plan shall also include appropriate response actions to be taken should an incident occur.  There may be a general Plan for all the schools in the district; however, the Plan will address the specific roles and responsibilities for individual schools or locations where food is served.

The School Lunch Program Biosecurity Plan shall be prepared, revised, and updated in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 2:36-1.13 – Biosecurity for School Food Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “A Biosecurity Checklist for School Food Service Programs,” March 2004 version, as amended and supplemented, as New Jersey’s Biosecurity Policy for Child Nutrition Programs.

N.J.A.C. 2:36-1.13

Adopted:  13 November 2008

8601 M | PUPIL SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSAL (M)

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PUPIL SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSAL (M)

8601 PUPIL SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSAL (M)

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The Board of Education adopts this Pupil Supervision After School Dismissal Policy as a result of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Joseph Jerkins, an infant by his Guardian Ad Litem, Charles Jerkins; Charles Jerkins and Toni Jerkins, individually, v. Soweto Anderson; Kemba N. Anderson; John Does 1-10 (fictitious individuals) and ABC Corporations 1-10 (fictitious entities), and Board of Education of Pleasantville Public Schools and Rosemay Clarke.

The New Jersey Supreme Court, in Jerkins, indicated dangers exist for younger pupils at dismissal as children are susceptible to numerous risks, including negligent conduct, when leaving school property.  Because of these risks, the Board of Education adopts and requires the implementation of Policy 8601 for the supervision of younger pupils after dismissal.  The supervision provisions of Policy Guide 8601 are applicable to parents or legal guardians of pupils attending district-operated schools or programs in grades Kindergarten to eight who are not eligible for district-provided transportation after dismissal or are eligible and elect not to use district-provided transportation after dismissal.

Any parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a pupil attending a district-operated school or program in grades Kindergarten to eight, where the pupil is not eligible for district-provided transportation or is eligible and elects not to use district-provided transportation after dismissal may request the school or program not release the pupil to walk home after dismissal unless the pupil is released to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or escort(s) designated by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).  The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may designate up to three escorts.  The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) requesting their child(ren) only be released to a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or parent(s) or legal guardian(s)-designated escort after dismissal must submit a completed Request for Supervision at Dismissal from School Form to the Principal or designee, or program administrator.

The Form shall be made available in the Main office of the school building or the location of the program, on the school or school district website, and to parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the beginning of the school year.

Only those parents or legal guardians requesting the school or program not release their child(ren) to walk home after school dismissal unless the child(ren) is released to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort need to complete the Request Form.

In order for the school administration to effectively implement the requirements of this Policy and to ensure the safety and security of pupils that will be released to a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort, the parental request shall be applicable for every school day and shall apply for a duration period of the entire school year.  The Request Form must be re-submitted at the end of the duration period.  In addition, a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may rescind their Request by submitting a written request to the Principal or program administrator indicating the date in which the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) no longer requests the school provide supervision of their child(ren) after school dismissal.  The child(ren) will be dismissed in accordance with typical dismissal protocol effective the date indicated in the rescinding request.

The Principal or designee, or program administrator upon receiving the Request for Supervision at Dismissal from School Form, shall notify the appropriate school staff member(s) who has supervision of the pupil at dismissal time at the end of the school day of the parent’s or legal guardian’s request.  The supervising staff member that receives such notice shall retain supervision of the pupil when other pupils are dismissed from school at the end of the school day.

Each Principal or program administrator will develop and implement a written Pupil Supervision After School Dismissal Plan for their school building or program location.  This Plan shall include the school building’s or program’s supervision procedures for pupils at the end of the school day to the designated area in the school building or program and the location of the designated area in the school building or program.  The Plan shall be based on the school’s or program’s ability to provide supervision, the accessibility for the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort to pick-up the child without disrupting dismissal of the remaining school population, and other considerations unique to the school building or program location.  The school’s or program’s Pupil Supervision After School Dismissal Plan shall be provided to all parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that have submitted a Request Form.

In the event the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort does not arrive to pick up their child(ren) after the dismissal time of school, the Principal or designee will attempt to contact the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) using the district’s emergency call procedures.

The pupil(s) shall be supervised by school staff in the designated area of the building and will only be released when the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort arrives to pick up the pupil and signs the pupil out of school.

In order to ensure the safety of other pupils being dismissed from school in accordance with typical school dismissal protocol, to limit interaction of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escorts with other pupils within the building, and to avoid traffic and vehicular safety problems outside the school building, the Principal or program administrator may prohibit the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort from entering the school building until a time period after school has dismissed or until school buses and other vehicular traffic have cleared the school site.  This determination shall be made by each Principal or program administrator after considering the unique circumstances at the school building and the building’s typical dismissal protocol.

In the event of an emergency such that, when an unforeseen event prevents a parent or legal guardian or designated escort from arriving for the child(ren) at dismissal within the time period designated by the Principal or program administrator, the pupil will be relocated to the Main Office in the school building and will remain in the Main Office supervised by the Main Office staff until the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort arrives and signs the pupil out of school.

In order to ensure the safety of other pupils being dismissed from school in accordance with typical school dismissal protocol, to limit interaction of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escorts with other pupils, and to avoid traffic and vehicular congestion outside the school building, the Principal or program administrator may prohibit the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort from entering the school building until a time period after school has dismissed or until school buses and other vehicular traffic have cleared the school site.  This determination may be made by each Principal or program administrator after considering the unique circumstances of the school building and the building’s typical dismissal protocol.

In the event of an emergency such that, when an unforeseen event prevents a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort from arriving for the child(ren) at dismissal within the time period designated by the Principal or program administrator, the pupil will remain under the supervision of the after-school program until the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort arrives and signs the pupil out of school.  In this circumstance, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may be subject to after-school program fees.

The school will provide parent(s) or legal guardian(s) information regarding any supervised after-school services, if any, that may be available to pupils at the school’s facilities after formal school dismissal.

This Policy shall be published in pupil/school handbooks.  In addition, the school district shall provide to parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the beginning of the school year, the school’s calendar to include the starting and dismissal times for full session, half-session, and early dismissal days due to weather or other emergencies.  Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall be required to return to the school a signed acknowledgement of receipt of the pupil/school handbook, which shall include this Policy and the school calendar.  In addition, any changes to the school’s calendar made during the school year shall also be provided to parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Adopted:  13 November 2008

8820 | OPENING EXERCISES

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8820 OPENING EXERCISES

The Board of Education requires that the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States be conducted during each day’s opening exercises in each school classroom in accordance with law.  A pupil who has conscientious objections that interfere with his/her full participation in the salute to the flag and the pledge of allegiance shall be exempted from the exercise but shall be required to maintain a respectful attitude throughout the ceremony.

The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of any pupil who refuses to salute the flag shall be so informed by the Building Principal, and any such parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or the adult pupil shall be required to furnish a written statement of the pupil’s conscientious objection.

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-3

Adopted:  13 November 2008