COVID safety protocols led to a different looking Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Culinary Competition this year. The event took place virtually with students cooking from their own kitchens.
Nutrition, Health and Physical Fitness
Nutrition Services Management
The Nutrition Services Department shall be an integral part of the district's program under the oversight of the director of business services.
All food sales offered during the school day on a regular basis shall be under the management of the Nutrition Services Department.
Both the nutrition services director and the principals shall be responsible for observing federal, state, and district directives relating to Nutrition Services.
School food service during the day shall include:
- National School Lunch Program (N.S.L.P)
- Special Milk Program (S.M.P.)
- Headstart Program
- National School Breakfast Program (N.S.B.P)
- Summer Food Program
- ASB Student Stores
- Food Vending Machines
- A la carte Food Sales
- Special meals (catered by Food Services Department)
Free and Reduced Price Nutrition Services
To ensure that all children in the district receive proper nourishment, the district shall take part as feasible in the National School Lunch and other food programs which may become available.
The Secretary of Agriculture establishes on an annual basis standards under which school students may qualify for free lunches under the National School Lunch Program, free breakfast under the School Breakfast Program, and free milk under the Special Milk Program.
Program regulations specify that the school district shall at the beginning of the school year publicly announce the family size eligibility standards that the district has adopted for use in determining eligibility for free and reduced-price meals.
Under the legislation, schools participating in the reimbursed program are required to serve free meals to all children from families whose total gross income level is at or below the applicable income level upon receiving an application from the family.
Methods of distributing and collecting applications, instructions to parents and eligible students, and all other particulars concerning the actual serving of the free and reduced-cost meals will be reviewed annually.
Vending machines shall be permitted in school district buildings. The administration is charged with making rules, regulations, and procedures for these machines and related funds. Contracts for vending machines' service will be established through the Purchasing Department. Vending machine products must be in compliance with Smart Snacks in School standards.
Physical Fitness and Student Wellness
Students who have nutritious food and appropriate physical activity are better prepared to learn. While student health and well being is a shared responsibility between schools and families, the school environment must be conducive to and promote learning. In order to ensure the learning environment supports students’ nutrition, physical fitness and well-being, and in order to promote family and community involvement to this end, the Superintendent shall:
- Ensure that district health and physical fitness curriculum is consistent with Washington State Health and Physical Education K-12 Learning Standards.
- Ensure that the offerings of the School Lunch and Breakfast Program comply with federal guidelines.
- Ensure meals meet USDA meal pattern requirements.
- Ensure that sale of foods during the school day comply with federal guidelines.
- Develop guidelines for foods provided (not sold) to students through classroom parties/school events, rewards, and/or incentives.
- Ensure compliance with Smart Snacks in School standards.
- Promote partnerships with parents and parent groups to support life-long nutrition, physical fitness and wellness.
- Provide information and materials that promote healthy eating habits and appropriate physical activity.
- Promote public comment and input for the development, review and updates to the wellness policy.
- Promote appropriate physical activity for students by:
- Ensuring aerobic physical activity is part of physical education classes,
- Providing elementary school students with daily, supervised recess periods,
- Providing co-curricular physical activity and intramural programs, and
- Promoting the use of school facilities for physical activity programs offered by outside organizations.
Federal National School Lunch Act of 1946, as amended
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended
RCW 28A.29, generally
RCW 28A.30, generally
RCW 28A.58.720 through 28A.58.724
PL 108-265, Section 204