Zionsville Community Schools will be making changes to its Wellness Policy for the upcoming school year. The Wellness Committee met twice this year to review its current policy.
“We have had a wellness policy for many, many years,” said Christine Squier, academic director for Zionsville Community Schools. “Then two years ago we revamped it based on federal guidelines. This past year we got some new federal guidelines, so we added to it.”
One of the new components is the use of the WellSAT Evaluation Tool.
“We’ve always reviewed our current wellness policy every year,” Squier said. “Now, the government requires you to review the wellness policy every three years using an approved tool of measurement. That’s what we used in the past, but we just needed to put it in our policy.”
The other change involves food provided on school campus.
“All foods that are provided on school campus during the day, including classroom parties and holiday celebrations, have to comply with USDA dietary guidelines and the Zionsville (Safe) Snack Standards,” Squier said. “Before, it was only the food that was sold on campus had to comply with the USDA Dietary Guideline. Now, it’s anything that is provided during the school day.”
Zionsville Safe Snack Standards takes the policy a little further.
“We want everything in packages with clear labeling so students who have food allergies can make sure they’re aware of the ingredients in everything,” Squier said.
The guidelines also detail what parents can bring into the middle school and who is allowed to consume it.
“Parents are always allowed to provide whatever they want for the children for lunch, and they’re also allowed to bring in outside food for lunch, but that needs to stay with their child and not be shared with other children,” Squier said.
The new policies ensure that parents and students stay healthy.
“We’re all working together to be safe,” Squier said.