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Kentfield ESD |  BP  3554  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Other Food Sales   

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An important goal of the district is to attend to the nutrition and physical activity needs of its students in order to contribute to their ability to learn, while promoting good health and preventing disease. Through these recommendations, our goal is to foster healthy eating habits, increased physical activity and continue to build awareness among children, parents/guardians and district staff of the importance of these habits on lifelong health and prevention of chronic diseases.

Any food/beverage sold or given to students on district campuses during school hours will be a healthy alternative. A healthy alternative shall be defined as a food/beverage that, at minimum, meets the SB 12 guidelines for snacks and beverages or main dish a la carte items.

Exceptions may include a limited number of classroom parties at the discretion of the classroom teacher, a limited number of school sponsored events at the discretion of the principal, and food used as an instructional aid (e.g., the gingerbread man.) When using food as an instructional aid, teachers are encouraged to select healthy alternatives. Candy will not be used as an instructional aid.

Full meals provided at schools to students by a third party entity as entire packages may include individual items (but not beverages) that do not strictly meet the guidelines for snacks and beverages as long as the meal as a whole does meet the guidelines.

Food will not be given to students at school, either inside or outside the classroom, as a reward, incentive or prize.

Food may be given to students at school, either inside or outside the classroom, as part of a celebration or the culmination of an unusual and significant event. Examples are taking a class out to eat at the end of the year (8th grade breakfast) or celebrating the completion of a unit of study.

In keeping with the President's Health and Fitness Initiative recommendation of 60 minutes per day of moderately intense physical activity, students in all grades will receive or be offered at least 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per day through PE or lunch/recess times.

The Governing Board recognizes that students need adequate, nourishing food in order to grow, learn, and maintain good health. To reinforce the district's nutrition education program, foods available on school premises shall be:

1. Carefully selected so as to contribute to students' nutritional wellbeing and the prevention of disease

2. Prepared in ways which will appeal to students, retain nutritive quality, and foster lifelong healthful eating habits

3. Served in age-appropriate quantities and at reasonable prices

Food sold shall, at a minimum, adhere to the nutritional standards specified SB 12. Foods sold at the schools shall be made available only during prescribed times.

The Principal or designee shall develop strategies designed to encourage the participation of students and parents/guardians in the selection of foods of good nutritional quality. Parents/guardians are encouraged to support the district's nutrition education efforts by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties.

The district shall publish its policies and regulations on nutrition.

The Principal at each school site shall ensure that the sale of all foods on school grounds complies with the following nutritional standards:

1. Food that is sold at the schools as a full meal is sold by a third party entity. Each entr裠may have no more than

a. Four grams of fat per 100 calories

b. Four hundred calories

c. And must qualify under the federal meal program

2. Snacks sold by the Student Council or third party entity to students, may be offered for sale if

a. Not more than 35 percent of the total calories of the food item, excluding nuts, seeds, legumes, nut butters, seeds, eggs, non-fried vegetables and cheese packaged for individual sale, is from fat

b. Not more than 10 percent of the food item's total calories is from saturated fat (excluding eggs and cheese packaged for individual sale)

c. Not more than 35 percent of the total weight of the food item, excluding fruits or vegetables, is composed of sugar

d. To the extent possible, foods selected for sale within these guidelines, will have neither an excessive amount of sodium (<400 mg/serving) nor harmful food additives. Also to the extent possible, availability of fresh fruits and/or vegetables and foods with a minimum of trans fats will be encouraged. The attached recommended portion sizes should be used, whenever possible, as guidelines to prevent over-consumption

Snacks (excluding beverages) are all food items that are not sold as a main lunch item. They include cookies, pastries, dairy items, chips, other grain products, meat products, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

3. Regardless of the time of day, the only beverages that may be sold to elementary students are water, milk (low-fat or nonfat), and 100 percent fruit juices

4. Regardless of the time of day, the only beverages that may be sold to middle school students are water (plain or sparkling), milk (low-fat or nonfat), 100 percent fruit juices, fruit based drinks that are composed of no less than 50 percent fruit juice and that have no added sweeteners, and electrolyte replacements with no more than 42 grams sugar/200 ounces

The district Nutrition/Wellness Committee shall recommend school policies on nutrition, healthy attitudes toward eating and physical activity to the Board.

The membership of the district Nutrition/Wellness Committee may include, but need not be limited to, the Superintendent or designee, the Principals or designees, PTA representative, Site Council parent/guardian representative, PE teacher, school nurse, dietician and health care professional.

Other Food Sales

The sale of foods shall be allowed only if all income from the sale, including the sale of approved foods or drinks from vending machines, accrues to the benefit of the school or the student/parent organization(s) sponsoring the sale.

The principal has the discretion to approve the sales of items that do not conform to the guidelines above on a periodic basis (as a guideline, no more than twice/month) for the school and the proceeds for such sales go directly to the school or a school related organization, such as PTA or Student Council

Legal Reference:


35182.5 Contracts, non-nutritious beverages

48931 Authorization and sale of food

49430-49434 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001

51520 School premises; prohibited solicitations


15500 Food sales in elementary schools

15501 Sales in high schools and junior high schools

15575-15578 Requirements for foods and beverages outside federal meals program


113700-114437 California Retail Food Code


1751-1769j National School Lunch Act, including:

1758b Local wellness policy

1771-1791 Child nutrition, School Breakfast Program


210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program

220.1-220.21 National School Breakfast Program

Management Resources:


Nutrition Standards for Schools: Implications for Student Wellness, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

Monitoring for Success: Student Wellness Policy Implementation Monitoring Report and Guide, 2007

Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. April 2006


06-110 Restrictions on Food and Beverage Sales Outside of the School Meal Program, August 2006


Associated Student Body Accounting Manual and Desk Reference, 2002


Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000



California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division:

California Department of Public Health:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team:

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE):

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Information Center:


adopted: September 8, 2015 Kentfield, California