Lower School Nutrition and Wellness Policy: Food in the Classroom

Establishing a Healthy School Nutrition Environment

Schools are in a powerful position to influence children’s lifelong eating habits. To support this role, decrease childhood obesity, and eliminate potentially life threatening allergic reactions, the Lower School has implemented nutritional guidelines.

Healthy Eating Guidelines
Our goal is to be sure that all foods and beverages available in our school at FCDS are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Following those guidelines contributes to enhanced learning and the development of lifelong, healthy eating habits especially when you add nutrition education, physical activity, and a healthy school environment. (This link is to the newly-released guidelines and makes for some very good and informative reading.)

Allergies and Peanut/Tree Nut Guidelines
We serve younger children, and there is a rise in the number of children who have allergies. Some of these allergies cause temporary sickness; some are indeed life-threatening, generally the peanut/tree nut allergies. In Lower School, we want to specifically address peanut/tree nut issues.

While we do not believe we can assure a 100% nut-free environment, we do believe that when we, as a community, follow certain guidelines, we can provide a safe, nut-sensitive environment.

To that end of a safe, nut-sensitive environment, please follow these standards:

In the Kuhn Building:
  • Any food sent in or consumed by individuals must be completely free of nuts.
    • The best way to know the contents of food is to read the labels. Most brands will mark their packaging with an allergen list or a warning that states one of the following:
      "May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts"; "Processed on shared equipment with Peanuts or Tree Nuts"; "Manufactured in a plant with Peanut or Tree Nuts"; or "Contains Peanut or Tree Nut Ingredients"
  • If a food product ingredient list contains any of the above statements, you should notsend it to school.
In the Lowrey Building:
  • Food sent in for class consumption must meet the guidelines as described for the Kuhn Building.
  • For individual’s consumption, again, read the labels:  If peanuts and/or tree nuts are listed in the ingredient list, they may not be sent to school.
  • For individual’s consumption, if the disclaimer reads "a trace of…", "possible…", "may contain…", or "processed in a facility that also…" you may send this for your child’s snack and lunch.
If you need help and/or ideas on what to send that may meet these standards, there are many peanut/tree nut free options from which to choose for snacks and lunch. This link is a great resource: http://snacksafely.com/safe-snack-guide/. Feel free to send in fruits or vegetables as a snack. Other great options to increase your child’s protein intake are yogurt, hummus, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, egg salad, or protein shakes.

Communication on Classroom-wide Snacks
Special celebration snacks brought into the classroom (this does not include student’s individual daily snacks) must be approved 72 hours in advance by the Lower School teacher. The teacher will determine what time the snack will be served and contact all classroom parents allowing them the opportunity to provide an alternate snack if desired. We have heard from several parents that do not always want their child to have a sugary treat at school for a number of different reasons. This policy allows us to work with families who have restrictions for their child’s nutritional needs. Likewise, the school and/or individual teachers will communicate to parents 72 hours in advance were the school or individual teachers to offer food to children.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please contact us if you have any question or would like to have a conversation on options to meet your child’s dietary needs.

Nancy Hart RN
FCDS School Nurse
336.945.3151, ext. 329

Dennis A Moser
FCDS Lower School Director
336.945.3151, ext. 326 

Reviewed May 2018
Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, college preparatory, independent school for preschool through high school located in Lewisville, NC, just outside of Winston-Salem. Students benefit from a challenging academic curriculum, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.