The USDA’s “Smart Snacks in Schools” standards went into effect July 1, 2014 allowing schools the opportunity to offer healthier snack foods to children while limiting foods of minimal nutritional value. To promote the health and well-being of our students, no more than 2 exempt food and beverage fundraising days per school year are allowed at our school. School administration is responsible for approving all fundraising efforts to ensure there are no more than 2 days of exempt food and beverage fundraising each year.
At Chastain Road we work to educate and enhance the whole child. A healthy lifestyle is important to the growth and development of children. At Chastain Road Elementary, we believe in creating an environment that promotes the health and well-being of our students, all foods and beverages served and offered to students during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards with no more than 2 exemptions per school year. This includes parties and school-wide celebrations. Additionally, food, even healthy foods, should never be used as a reward or reinforcement for students. This practice encourages children to eat when they are not hungry and has the potential to create a lifelong habit of rewarding or comforting themselves with food. It can undermine healthy eating messages and reinforce unhealthy eating habits. Therefore, using food as a reward and withholding food as punishment are prohibited.