Policies and Procedures
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Our Wellness Policy
The purpose of this wellness policy is to maintain the St. Peter Claver Catholic School environment as one that protects and promotes students’ health and well being thereby supporting the students’ ability to learn through healthy eating, safety precautions, and physical activity.
A. Foods and Beverages
Done Right Foods is the caterer of all of the St. Peter Claver Catholic School student meals. The meals are consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Each student is given all of the food components on the meal tray for both breakfast and lunch.
Students are required to take a milk choice which consists only of skim or 1% white milk.
All food safety guidelines are followed by personnel of Done Right Foods.
All students have access to hand sanitizer from a dispenser next to the meal check-in location. There are also bathrooms connected to the cafeteria where students may choose to wash their hands with soap and water before eating.
The Saint Peter Claver Catholic School has one breakfast period in the morning before school which feeds about twenty-five percent of the students. Others choose to eat breakfast at home.
The Saint Peter Claver Catholic School has two twenty minute lunch sessions beginning at 11:30 AM and ending at 1:00 PM. The student body is divided into thirds to ensure that every child has adequate space for eating their meal without having to be in a crowd.
No activities other than eating take place during the mealtimes.
B. St. Peter Claver Food Service Program/Personnel
Done Right Foods caters all of the student meals for St. Peter Claver Catholic School.
The responsible persons for the Meal Program are the Administrative Assistant of the school, Sarah Spellins and the Principal Terese Shimshock. Both work closely with Done Right Foods Director in the guidelines and selection of meals served to the students.
Done Right Foods provides on-going professional training for their food service personnel.
C. Nutrition Education and Promotion
St. Peter Claver Catholic School deems itself to be a “No Sugar Zone.” The school does not serve any sugar-laden items (cakes, candies, cookies, etc.) to the students. This policy is followed consistently in the cafeteria with the Done Right Foods meals and in the classrooms with birthday parties and other celebrations. We do not allow parents to send “treats” of any nature to the classroom with their students. Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to drink water at every bathroom break. Instead of rewarding students with candy, the St. Peter Claver School school principal recognizes student birthdays with non-uniform passes. Other rewards include Middle School Light Rail Lunches, and for the Kindergarten – 4 students opportunities to earn classroom rewards.
D. Physical Activity
Each student in grades K-8 has a 20 minute recess period daily. Without a defined gym, it is imperative that all students go outside for recess on a daily basis. All students have Physical Education classes for forty minutes at least twice a week. Often our field trips require walking, such as the Minnesota Zoo, Como Zoo and Conservatory, Fort Snelling, and so forth.
E. Communications with Parents
Parents receive copies of the classroom schedule, the monthly Done Right Foods menu, the monthly SPC Newsletter, and Academic Reports quarterly that gives parents/guardians the necessary information for the academic success and well being of their children. Some classrooms have a classroom newsletter that also goes home weekly.
F. Wellness Procedures When a Child Is Sick
Students must stay home for at least 24 hours after an antibiotic is given or after a student has an above-normal temperature (100°F) or some other indication of illness.
Students waiting to be picked up from school go into isolation to keep others from getting contaminated. St. Paul Public Schools provide a registered nurse that comes to the school on a weekly basis. She provides plans for students with a medical diagnosis, provides vision and hearing screening and monitors student wellness.