School Wellness Policy
The school wellness policy of East Maine School District 63 is evidence of the district's commitment to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition, and an active lifestyle. In addition, the district recognizes and supports the positive relationship between health, good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity for students to grow and learn. Student wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, shall be promoted in the district's educational program, school activities, and meal programs.
All foods and beverages including vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, parties, celebrations, treats, snacks, and fundraising are to follow the guidelines outlined in the District Wellness Policy 6:50 and current Nutritional Guidelines.
- No outside lunch parties during lunch serving hours are permitted per federal regulation (National School Lunch Program)
- Daily Classroom Snacks
- Permitted in preschool.
- Permitted for students with a medical need, e.g. diabetes.
- Permitted in all grades at times designated by the principal, e.g. during standardized testing, up to four times a year.
- Snacks must meet the nutritional guidelines
- Holidays (Halloween/Fall Festival, Valentine's Day Only)
- Non-food items are encouraged and treats must meet nutritional guidelines. Homemade treats are not allowed.
- Birthday celebrations must be under teacher supervision, brief in duration, and may not include food items.
- May include foods outside the nutritional guidelines only if other options are available for purchase, e.g. healthy foods or non-food items.
- Off-site food fundraising should be limited to restaurants that offer some healthy choices.
- PTO Events
- Food served at events held during the school day must meet the nutritional guidelines.
- Food served at events held outside of the regular school day does not need to meet the nutritional guidelines if parents are present. Eating treats is a parental decision.
- Food served at events where parents are not present (for example, a dance for older students) must meet the nutritional guidelines.