Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards are being implemented during the 2014-2015 school year. Here are a few things parents need to know.
What are Smart Snacks?
Last summer, the USDA published practical, science-based nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day. These nutrition standards are called Smart Snacks in School and will make healthier foods and beverages available to students.
Why are Smart Snacks important?
Healthy, well-nourished students are better learners! Students who consume healthier foods and beverages are more likely to get the nutrients they need to learn, play and grow. Having healthier foods and beverages available contributes to the overall health and well-being of youth.
What are the Smart Snacks standards for food?
Per these guidelines, the St. Clair School District will no longer offer a snack bar at the Junior High and High School. However, students will still be able to purchase healthy a la carte items through the lunch line, using their lunch card only for all purchases.
Examples of healthy a la carte items include (but not limited to): salads, baked chips, fruit cups, parfaits, and plain water. We will continue to search for new items that will meet the Smart Snacks guidelines.