Food and Nutrition in Salem Public Schools
Salem Public Schools Breakfast in the Classroom Project
At the start of School Year 2013-2014, the Salem Public Schools and the Eos Foundation teamed up to introduce Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) which is a free Universal Breakfast (UB) After the Bell (ATB) program in four elementary schools: Bates, Bentley, Carlton, and Horace Mann Laboratory.
The Salem Public Schools District believes that investing 15 minutes or less on sharing a meal in the morning while simultaneously attending to a quiet learning activity allows children to have a calm, communal transition from the hustle of getting to school into learning mode.This time nourishes their bodies and prepares them to have a unified, group focus on schoolwork.
Please take a moment to read and familiarize yourself with this great program. Considerations are being made to implement this program in the Collins Middle School for the 2014-2015 school year.
The School Lunch Program is an integral part of the Salem Public School System. The district's Food and Nutrition Department strives to meet the needs of all the students and staff, both nutritionally and socially, by serving a nutritious breakfast and lunch of high quality in a cheerful, pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Find out what is on the menu at your child's school today.
On October 16, 2013, the Public Health Council voted to amend the regulations for BMI screenings (105 CMR 200.500) in school. These changes were made in order to maintain the utmost confidentiality of personal health information. Therefore, BMI letters will no longer be mailed home to parent/guardian(s). However, the requirement to collect height, weight and to calculate BMI easurements for students in 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th grade and to report the data to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will continue. Any parent or guardian who chooses to opt out of any components of the mandated screenings must provide a written request to the school nurse stating the specified screening. For more information regarding BMI please read Questions and Answers about Body Mass Index
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