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Manville School Wellness

Manville School Wellness Policy

Overview:

Manville School regards the physical health and well being of students as of a very high priority. It is one of the critical foundations for healthy growing and sets the stage for learning to take place. Wellness has both pro-social and health benefit, teaching children about nutrition as well as how to actively play well together. To that end, every effort is made to provide children with healthy food, snacks and beverages. Manville School is also committed to providing opportunities for physical exercise throughout the day in both structured and non-structured settings.

The school nurse is always available to consult with students regarding any nutritional or well-being issues that they may have.

Nutrition:

Manville serves breakfast and lunch in our spacious and cheerful cafeteria. Lower and Middle Schools eat family style, the Upper School utilizes a cafeteria line as preparation for the transition to high school. Each meal period is 20 to 25 minutes long.

Under the supervision of the Manville chef, students are offered nutritionally balanced meals and snacks that afford a wide range of nutrients. There are ample fruits available daily. There is a salad bar with fresh vegetables daily. Bread is available and is 75% whole grain, as are breakfast cereals.

Portion sizes and food selection meet federally mandated guidelines for both type and size. Fat-free and 1% milk are offered with breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Manville does not use food as an incentive, nor do we allow students to drink soda or use vending machines available to staff of the Judge Baker Children’s Center. Manville also does not withhold food from students under any circumstances.

Classroom-based celebrations in honor of birthdays or holidays take place no more than once a month. The dietary restrictions of students who are diabetic or have food allergies always inform the selection of what is to be served.

In order to accommodate the religious, ethnic or cultural diversity wishes of students, the can, with the permission of family and treatment team, bring lunch to school. The lunch must meet the dietary guidelines of our cafeteria, as well as those guidelines particular to a student, (sugar free, gluten free, etc.) Even with a meal from home, students can add desired items from the salad bar or fruit bar.

Guidelines for lunch and/or snack that is brought to school:

  1. The Manville School lunch is a balanced meal containing protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates.  We expect lunches that are brought in to be balanced as well.  Snacks (chips, pretzels, etc), desserts (cookies, fruit roll-ups, etc.), snack cakes, or candy are not allowed.
  2. Desserts at Manville consist of something sweet, a piece of fruit, or Jell-o.  Please adhere to the restrictions listed above when providing your child with dessert options. 
  3. Students who bring a lunch may be able to help themselves to the salad bar. 
  4. Students may not bring beverages to school.  They will have a choice of milk, juice (if offered) or water at school. 
  5. There is no sharing, trading, or giving away of lunches or parts of lunches brought to school. 
  6. Manville cannot provide refrigeration for lunches. Anything that needs to be kept cold must be stored in a lunch box with a cold pack.