Child Nutrition

School Safety and Meals


School Nutrition Program Director
Dr. William Chapman 

Email: wchapman@k12.wv.us 


  Good for Kids: Good for Parents!

For parents with busy morning schedules, it's sometimes difficult to ensure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they head off to school. Children often aren't ready to eat right after waking up, & it can be challenging to find nutritious breakfast foods they like. Some kids refuse breakfast at home & discover that they're hungry when they arrive at school. The School Breakfast Program provides a great option for parents. Studies have proven that kids who eat breakfast achieve higher academic scores, are more alert in class, visit the school nurse less often, & are better behaved in school. If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!

Healthy eating is an important life skill! It helps children grow, develop, & do well in school.

  • It prevents childhood & adolescent health problems such as obesity, dental caries, & iron deficiency anemia.
  • It lowers the risk of future chronic disease & reduces potential health care costs.

 

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The School Breakfast Program is a federal entitlement program that provides states with cash assistance for nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential child care institutions. It began as a pilot project in 1966 and was made permanent in 1975.

More than 75,000 schools and institutions participate in the School Breakfast Program and more than 7 million children and teens eat breakfast through the program each day.
For more information, click here.

The Jackson County Board of Education encourages all members of the community to be concerned about the safety of its citizens. We realize the importance of maintaining a safe school environment. As such, we encourage the communication of any safety concern. Please contact:

  • The Jackson County Board of Education 372-7300
  • West Virginia Safe Schools Hotline 1-866-SAFEWVA or 1-866-723-3982

A 24-hour, toll-free number for all of West Virginia which will be answered by an actual person - not a recording. You will be reminded NOT to give any information which might identify you - this is to keep your identify confidential.

You should report any information that could have a negative impact on students, school staff or school property. Here are some examples: violence, weapons, threats, thefts or property damage, drug or alcohol abuse, or sexual harassment.

When you call the Hotline, you will be issued a number. After three school days, call the toll-free hotline number again and you will be given a status report of action taken from your information. Remember, you'll only need to report your number - not your name.

In the event of an immediate emergency, please contact local authorities by calling 911.

CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLIANCE

The following areas address Civil Rights compliance for Child Nutrition Programs. Training should be provided to administrative and school staff in the areas of civil rights.

1. Display the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Non-Discrimination Poster in a prominent place in the cafeteria visible to students and parents.

2. Provide program benefits to disabled students as appropriate. This includes students with special dietary needs. The Special Dietary Needs form (provided by the Office of Child Nutrition) must be current and appropriately completed by a doctor or approved medical authority in order to accommodate special dietary needs.

3. Provide benefits to all students without discrimination or separation by race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in the eating areas, serving lines, seating arrangements or eating periods.

4. Be aware of procedures for receiving complaints alleging discrimination. Refer to the Civil Rights section of the Policy Manual for Child Nutrition Programs.

5. Record and report discrimination complaints to the West Virginia Department of Education/Office of Child Nutrition or the USDA.

6. Include the Non-Discrimination and Complaint Statement on all Child Nutrition materials. This includes student or county handbooks, flyers, news releases, county websites, and other materials given to parents. The statement reads: 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov .

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

"USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

 

If material is too small to include the full statement or if the material is only one page (such as menus), the material must, at a minimum, include the following statement:

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider."

The print size of this statement cannot be smaller than the text material.

West Virginia Board of Education Takes a Strong Stance on Students Health
The recommendations include: 

1. Nutritious, low-fat and appealing foods and beverages, such as fruits and fruit juices, vegetables, dairy products, and whole-grain items, should be available wherever and whenever food is sold or otherwise offered at school. 

2. Policies should require any school that sells soft drinks to also sell and make equally accessible water and fruit beverages, and recommend that milk also be available. 

3. Times when foods are made available to students should be limited. Except for food and meals provided by school nutrition programs, state policies should be strengthened to prohibit the sale of all other foods and beverages from the beginning of the school day until after the last lunch period. 

4. Exclusive soft drink contracts that include incentives tied to sales quotas or consumption levels should be discouraged or prohibited. County school systems are responsible for contracts. 

5. County boards of education should establish policies or procedures to determine boundaries and restrictions to ensure that commercial advertising for foods and other items marketed to students is consistent with identified educational goals. Such policies should be evaluated for education effectiveness by the school or county on an ongoing basis. 

"Clearly, this is progress," said State Board President Sandra Chapman. "As a Board, we are very concerned with health issues and we cannot ignore our responsibility in teaching our student good eating and exercise habits." 
The six recommendations were based on a survey conducted by the Office of Child Nutrition. All 55 counties were posed with questions regarding contracts with vendors and the level of vending machine monitoring. 

Policy 4321.1: Standards for School Nutrition has been updated to reflect the recommendations. This policy went into effect on July 1, 2008. Click here view the policy from the WVDE website.
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