Party and Food Guidelines
The District has developed guidelines or policies for foods and beverages “sold or served” at school. This includes activities such as classroom parties, celebrations, rewards, fundraisers, etc. The School Board believes that all food available at school should contribute to the development of sound nutritional habits. So, do not send in any homemade food or treats for celebrations. Below are some of the guidelines that pertain to parents about parties and celebrations. Please read them carefully.• Parent may Not bring in home-prepared food items for student consumption, however whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, may be cut-up and brought in. In other words, no more homemade cupcakes for birthdays and celebrations.
• To insure compliance with safety and sanitation requirements, all foods and beverages sold or served must be prepared or purchased through a facility with a health permit.
• All celebrations that include food must occur after the last lunch period (1:50).
If you have any questions and/or concerns about this, please visit the district webpage:http://nutrition.sanjuan.edu/index.php?sid=3009112138120382
Healthy Party Food List
List of Healthy foods:
Whole Wheat Pretzels
Low-fat Granola Bars
Nuts and Seeds
Baby Carrots- Cut-up Raw
Whole Wheat Crackers
100% Fruit Juices
Veggie Tray with Low-fat Dip
Whole Grain Waffles
Brown Rice Cakes
Whole Grain Cereal
Low-fat Tortilla Chips &Bean Dip or Salsa
Whole Grain Bagels
* Check for food allergies before servingThese food must be served after Lunch and prepared or purchased through a facility that has a health permit
SAN JUAN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
DATE: November, 2007
SUBJECT: Foods & Beverages Sold or Served on School Campuses
BP/AR 3554 – Other Food Sales
FROM: Cindy Dodge, Program Manager Health Services
Linda Mattson, Dietician, Food Services
This memorandum provides guidance to district staff and parents related to the sale or service of foods
and beverages to K-12 students on district campuses during the school day. These guidelines are
pertinent to BP/AR 3554 Other Food Sales, which addresses foods and beverages sold or served outside
of the district’s Food Services Program.
Summarized below are some key points derived from BP/AR 3554 that will assist you in your discussion
and implementation of the policy at your schools and program sites.
Please refer to the detailed nutritional information outlined in BP/AR 3554 for guidance on the
foods and beverages allowed.
· The guiding principle stated in the policy is: The Board believes that all food available at school
should contribute to the development of sound nutritional habits. All foods offered by student or
adult entities or groups should reflect concern for the health and well-being of our students.
· The policy governs foods and beverages that are “sold or served” by students, teachers,
administrators or parent organizations during the school day, and ½ hour before and ½ hour after
· The definition of “sold” is: the exchange of food or beverages for money, coupons, tickets or
· Activities that must comply with the policy are:
- All meals, food or beverages provided by school staff for school sponsored events and
- Fundraisers on campus
- Cultural celebrations
- PTA / PTO sponsored food-related events
- Food or beverage rewards or incentives for all students, including Special Ed. students
· There is some leeway on items that are brought by individual parents for classroom celebrations
and snacks; however, parents should be encouraged to purchase healthful snacks, or to arrange
with the district Food Services Dept. for catering the event.
Foods & Beverages Sold or Served on School Campuses
· To insure compliance with safety and sanitation requirements, all foods and beverages sold or
served must be prepared or purchased through a facility that has a health permit. This includes all
foods and beverages provided to students by school staff, parent organizations, and individual
parents for food-related events and celebrations.
· Parents may not bring in home-prepared food items for student consumption, however food items
may be purchased from a grocery store, restaurant or other facility with a health permit; and whole
foods, such as fruits and vegetables, may be cut-up and brought in.
· Celebrations that include food or beverages must occur after the last lunch period of the day.
· The policy does not restrict individual students from bringing non-compliant foods in their
lunches for their personal consumption.
· The Food Services webpage has ideas for fundraising using non-food items, healthy classroom
snacks/rewards, and ideas for celebrating cultural events. You can find this information on our
website at http://sanjuannutrition.com/?page=smartsnacks
Additional Resources: These documents can be found on our website at http://sanjuannutrition.com/index.php?sid=3009112138120382
· BP/AR 3554-Other Food Sales
· Federal Child Nutrition and Women, Infants and Children Reauthorization Act of 2004, section
· SB12 (Escutia) School Food Nutrition Standards
· SB 965 (Escutia) Health Beverage Bill
· Education Codes 49430 - 49436
· CA Dept. of Education – Guidance for the Development of CA School Wellness Policies
· CA Code of Regulations, Title 5, 15500 – 15501
· Health and Safety Code 113700 – 114455
You may contact Health Services (971-7643) or Food Services (971-7601) if you have any questions.
Susan M. Griffin
Student Support Services