FOOD – Fuel for School
September 25, 2015
As educators, we believe there is a strong relationship between nutrition and learning. Our nutrition lessons emphasize the connection between the variety of foods needed each day to provide essential nutrients and how these foods affect the human body in its ability to process information, exercise, and perform daily tasks.
We can help children to learn about nutrition at Walden, but we need parents’ help. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and students who skip breakfast or who grab a sugary food like a doughnut are often tired and easily distracted by mid-morning.
We have four food policies at Walden that are enforced for the health and welfare of the children. The following items may not be eaten at or brought to School:
- Chewing gum – absolutely no gum is allowed at school before, during, or after school hours. It distracts many children from paying attention in class, and it gets stuck on shoes, carpets, chairs, and tables.
- Sodas, candy, sweet drinks, sugary foods – should these items be in your child’s lunch, we will ask that it be returned to his/her lunch box and eaten at or on the way home.
- Canned fruits or puddings – they can be hard to open, often have sharp edges, and leave a mess if they’re not eaten entirely.
- Frozen meals, “Cup of noodles” and similar foods requiring hot water or microwave access.
Additionally, while we cannot guarantee a school environment that is 100% free of peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens, Walden School believes that partnering with the community and defining the responsibilities of the School and those of the parents and students will foster the safest environment for all students.
Given the presence of nut allergies at Walden School in our student body, peanuts, tree nuts, and any foods or other products containing peanuts and tree nuts are prohibited from all classrooms and class events that are off-campus, including field trips. If a staff member identifies a snack, treat, concession, or lunch brought into this area that does not follow these Guidelines, the child will be asked not to consume it, and it will be removed from the area. The parent/guardian will be requested to provide a replacement when appropriate.
Please refer to the online Family Handbook for more details on these Guidelines.