Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Since we are an educational institution, nutrition has long been part of the curriculum and now it has become a policy recently adopted and more formally referred to as our "Nutrition Policy". The Berkeley Heights School District is in full compliance with the State's Student Wellness & Nutrition Policy (P.L. 2007, Chapter 45).
The district policy restricts the foods and beverages which may be served to students during the school day. This includes foods offered by the food service department and foods offered to the entire class for parties and snack. Suggested alternatives to the heavily sugared and salted snacks are shared in the following documents.
Only prepackaged food in individual servings and items prepared in a controlled environment (store, factory, etc.) are permitted to be served at school. Baked goods and prepared foods from home (example; fruit kabobs) are not allowed to be distributed at school. One important reason is food allergies of children.
- Pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms are "nut-free zones" with permitted snacks consisting of fruits, vegetable, yogurt, cheese, and water. All students bring their own snacks from home.
- First grade classroom snacks are optional related to lunch time at the discretion of the teacher.
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Any item that lists the following nutritional data may not be distributed:
- No food or beverage items listing sugar (in any form) as the first ingredient is permitted
- No form of candy is permitted.
a. No more than 8 grams of total fat per serving
b. No more than 2 grams of saturated fat per serving.
Guidelines are as followed:
- No food is allowed at birthday celebrations in school.
- Your child's teacher may have his/her own way to honor your child's birthday. Please contact your child's teacher ahead of time to discuss your child's birthday.
Acceptable Foods and Beverages
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