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Student Wellness & Nutrition

SCHOOL HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICY

Cesar Chavez Language Academy participates in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program. As a member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program, CCLA strives to help our students make healthy lifestyle choices. Currently, approximately 30% of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Children need access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grown, learn, and thrive. Sometimes simple steps now can help children continue making healthier choices as adults. Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Inactive children, when compared with active children, weigh more, have higher blood pressure and lower levels of heart protective high density lipoproteins (HDL cholesterol). In addition to the 100 weekly minutes of structured P.E. provided at CCLA, please provide your child with outdoor playtime when possible to engage in healthy activities such as bike riding, gardening, or a simple game of tag. Limiting your child’s sedentary time of watching TV or playing video games to less than 1 hour each day will provide your child with a stronger formation of basic healthy habits. Healthy eating contributes to overall healthy growth and development, including healthy bones, skin, and energy levels; and a lowered risk of dental caries, eating disorders, constipation, malnutrition, and iron deficiency anemia. Overweight and obese children often suffer from low self-esteem, bullying, teasing and depression. There may be a link between the rise in childhood obesity and the rise in childhood asthma. Extra weight can make it harder to breathe and can inflame the respiratory tract. Children with serious asthma are more likely to be overweight. In addition to the Healthy Celebrations initiative at CCLA, incorporation of Harvest of the Month, and developing a community garden, we ask our families to support their child’s journey to healthy eating. Exploring new varieties of fruits and vegetables as a family is an exciting adventure. Providing children with adequate physical activity and a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables undoubtedly leads to stronger bodies and minds. In an effort to steward well the children and planet we are entrusted to care for, please join our efforts by supporting the healthy habits listed above.

STUDENT ILLNESSES

  • A child with a fever of 100 degrees or above must stay at home.
  • If a child develops a fever of 100 degrees or above during the day, she or he will be sent home.
  • A child who has vomited within the last 24 hours must stay at home.
  • A child who becomes sick and vomits during the day will be sent home.
  • A child may return to school after they have been free from fever for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin or any other antipyretics.
  • A child with uncontrollable diarrhea, (3-4 stools per hour) needs to stay at home.
  • A child diagnosed with Strep Throat must have been treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A child diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) must have medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Children with viral conjunctivitis must have a doctor’s release/report before returning to school.
  • In order for a child diagnosed with chickenpox to return to school, the lesions must be crusted over, fading and or disappearing 24 hours prior to return to school. The child must be free of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.
  • A child diagnosed with ringworm must be treated for 24 hours before returning to school and the affected area kept covered until healed.
  • A child with head lice must have been treated with a medicated shampoo and be seen by the nurse before returning to school.
  • A child must feel well enough to participate in school.
  • A sick child will remain in the Health Room until he or she is picked up by a parent or guardian when he or she has a condition that may be considered contagious and easily passed from child to child.

HEALTHY CELEBRATIONS (for example- Birthdays)

It is important to provide consistent messaging around foods and beverages and healthy eating within our school and out of school. Promoting healthy options during meal or snack times while allowing foods high in calories, fat, sugar, and sodium at celebrations sends children conflicting messages.  Celebrations can include healthy options, but holidays and birthdays can also take on a non-food focus and instead provide opportunities for more play and time to enjoy music, dance, games, sports and other fun activities. Developing policies and standards around foods and beverages allowed in schools and out of school creates the opportunity for starting new traditions to celebrate special days in healthy ways throughout the school year or during out of school time.

Some examples of non-food celebrations that can support healthy living at home are:

  • Games or crafts
  • Dance party
  • Special books
  • Themed scavenger hunt
  • Stock a treasure chest
  • Organize a community project

*Each teacher may provide non-food celebration suggestions appropriate to his/her class.

 

If the student wishes to provide a healthy snack to share for his/her birthday, here is a list of the USDA approved Smart Snacks in School:

  • Water
  • 100% fruit juice with no added sugar
  • Fat free or low fat milk
  • Fruit smoothies (made with frozen fruit with no added sugar and fat-free or low fat yogurt)
  • 100% fruit juice slushes with no added sugar
  • Fruit trays, salads or kabobs
  • Vegie trays/salads/kabobs
  • Fat-free/low fat yogurt (alone or as dip for fruits or vegetables)
  • Yogurt parfaits (fat-free or low fat yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal or granola as topping)
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups (in water, 100% fruit juice or light syrup)
  • Frozen fruit or fruit cups (in water, 100% fruit juice or light syrup)
  • Frosty fruits-freeze your own fruit (frozen grapes also make a great summer treat!)
  • Dried fruit- no added sugar
  • Nut or seed butter (serve with fruit or whole grain crackers)
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Trail mix made of nuts or seeds and dried fruit with no added sugar
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Low-fat cheese (with fruit or whole grain crackers)
  • Hummus (serve with vegies or whole grain crackers)
  • Small whole grain waffles or pancakes topped with fruit or nut or seed butter
  • Whole grain pretzels (soft or crunchy)
  • Low-fat or air-popped popcorn (no added butter or salt)
  • Graham crackers
  • Nut or seed butter and jelly sandwiches on whole grain bread
  • Small whole grain bagels or English muffins with nut or seed butter or jelly
  • Pizza (on whole grain crust with low fat cheese and lean protein or vegetable toppings)
  • Roll-ups on whole grain tortillas (fill with a lean protein such as ham or turkey, low fat cheese, hummus, nut or seed butter and jelly or vegetables)
  • Fat-free or low fat pudding
  • Bean quesadillas or burritos made with whole grain tortillas with salsa
  • Whole grain cereal bars
  • Baked whole grain tortilla chips with salsa/bean dip
  • Baked chips (small portions)


*Check with classroom teacher to be aware of potential food allergies.

Please be aware that all high sugar snacks such as cupcakes and cookies may be sent home as they are not aligned with CCLA’s school wellness policy. We appreciate your compliance to our effort in creating a generation of healthy and active citizens.

Parent Handbook

Please view our parent handbook for more information.

Lunch Menus

Menus for Elementary, Middle, and High School can be found HERE

NUTRITION & STUDENT BIRTHDAYS

We ask parents to recognize that a student’s birthday should not infringe on instructional time.  Sometimes a teacher may allow a parent to bring a treat for all students.  These treats must be store-bought items only and will be given out at the end of the school day so as not to interfere with instructional time.  Flowers and balloons brought for a student’s birthday will be given to the student in the office at the end of the school day.  

EMERGENCY CARDS

It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure that the information contained on their child’s school emergency card is updated.  In the event of emergency, the school needs to be able to contact the parent or guardian.  Please let the office know immediately of any change in address or telephone.

MEDICATION POLICY

No medication, not even aspirin, is to be administered to any student by the school staff unless the parent or guardian has given written consent. Any pupil who requires medication prescribed for him by a physician during the regular school day or day care may be assisted by the school nurse or other designated school personnel.

The school must receive a completed form, “Permission for School Personnel to Give Medication,” which includes a written statement from the child’s physician detailing the method, amount and time schedules by which such medication shall be taken and a written statement or note from the parent or guardian of the child indicating the desire that the school assist the child in the physician’s statement. The form must be signed by the parent and by a doctor and brought to the office to be kept on file.

Any medication of a short-term nature to be administered to a child during school must be brought to the school office in its original bottle with the prescribed dosage and a note from the physician.

STUDENT ACCIDENT

For any accidents requiring other than minor first aid, the parents will be contacted. If the injury might require medical attention, the staff will take the advisement of the parent or guardian unless immediate medical attention is needed.

In any injury requiring more than minor first aid which might indicate a fracture, concussion, or other potentially serious injury, a Student Accident Report form is to be completed by involved personnel as soon as possible following the injury.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

If the injury is considered serious, the office staff will immediately dial 9-911 for emergency assistance. The emergency personnel who arrive will be given a copy of the child’s emergency card and apprised of the contact made with the family.

SRCS Nutrition Services

Please visit the Santa Rosa City Schools Nutrition Services website for more information.  On the website you will find meal applications and pre-pay options along with other information and resources.

SRCS Nutrition Services