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Wellness Policy Information for High Schools

Guidance Regarding Withholding P.E.

Physical education cannot be withheld for disciplinary reasons. This does not include discipline for behavior during the P.E. class.

Setting Minimum Times for Breakfast and Lunch

Each school must adopt a minimum number of minutes that students have to eat breakfast and lunch and consider other strategies that contribute to healthy eating.

Use of Food as Incentive or Reward

Foods of minimal nutritional value, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cannot be distributed by staff as a reward for academic performance or good behavior.

Foods of minimal nutritional value include soda pop and most candy. The use of any candy as a reward is strongly discouraged. The use of other food as incentive or reward, or as part of the curriculum, should be used judiciously, taking into consideration the nutritional value of the food being served and the frequency of use.

Competitive Foods (Foods Competing with School Breakfast and Lunch Programs)

Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value: Foods of minimal nutritional value, as defined by the federal government, cannot be sold to students on campus during the school day. These foods include soda pop and most candy. Soda pop cannot be sold or distributed during the school day for any reason.

The school day has been defined by ORS 336.423 as all times “during the regular or extended school day when the activities in the school are primarily under the control of the school district board. This includes, but is not limited to, the time before or after classes are in session and the time when the school is being used for activities such as clubs, yearbook, band or choir practice, student government, drama rehearsals or child care programs.” This does not include events where adults are a significant part of the audience, such as performances or athletic events.

A La Carte Items: Items offered must meet the Healthy Snacks Guidelines. No a la carte items will contain trans fats, except those that occur naturally, to a small degree, in animal fats.

Fundraising/School Stores: Food sold at school as a fund-raiser during the school day must meet the Healthy Snacks and Healthy Parties Guidelines.

Vending Machines: Offerings in vending machines on school campuses must include only nutritious food options that meet the Healthy Snacks Guidelines. Vending machines in faculty/staff rooms must meet the Healthy Snacks Guidelines as they apply to high schools.

Healthy Snacks Guidelines Related to Beverages: Beverages are limited to water and the following:

  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice, limited to no more than 12 ounces and 180 calories.
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk or a nutritionally equivalent milk alternative, limited to no more than 12 ounces and, if flavored, no more than 225 calories.
  • A no-calorie or low-calorie beverage, limited to no more than 10 calories per 8 ounces, excluding diet soda (no size limitation).
  • Other beverages, limited to no more than 12 ounces and 100 calories.

Not allowed: Beverages of minimal nutritional value as defined by the USDA (soda water or “pop”).

Celebrations/School Parties: Soda pop cannot be served during the school day as part of a celebration or school party. During the school day, schools should limit the use of food at celebrations that are not related to the curriculum. Parents and staff are encouraged to provide party foods that are consistent with the Healthy Parties Guidelines and to serve such items after the lunch hour, if possible.

Before- and After-School Events Sponsored by District

The definition of the school day has been expanded. Limitations on food and beverages sold in schools now apply to before-school and after-school activities sponsored by the school district, EXCEPT for activities at which adults are a significant part of an audience, such as a carnival, a play or a band or choir concert.

Schools must offer some healthy options at concession stands operated on campus outside the school day (for example, at carnivals, after school programs, and performances). Examples of healthy options include water, milk, 100% fruit juice and foods that meet the Healthy Snacks Guidelines. The policy allows soda pop and foods outside the guidelines to be sold at these events.