Wellness policy

Purpose:

The purpose of this wellness policy is to maintain the Ascension 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 Ascension 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, 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 Ascension Catholic School has one breakfast period in the morning before school which feeds about half of the students. Others choose to eat breakfast at home.
The Ascension Catholic School has three half-hour lunch sessions beginning at 11:00AM and ending at 12:30PM. 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. Ascension Catholic School Food Service Program/Personnel

Done Right Foods caters all of the student meals for Ascension Catholic School.
The responsible person for the Meal Program is the Principal of the school, Dorwatha Woods. She works closely with Done Right Foods Director, Mary Hunn, 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

Ascension 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 encourage parents that want to send a “treat” to send a non-food item or fruit roll-ups, popcorn, goldfish crackers, and other such healthier “treat” options.
At the four grade level in our Core Knowledge Science curriculum, students study the human body and how it works.
Soda pop is not available to students during school hours. The beverage options are low fat white milk and water.
Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to drink water at every bathroom break.
Instead of rewarding students with food, the Ascension Catholic School rewards students with non-uniform days.

D. Physical Activity

Each student in grades K-7 has a 20 minute recess period daily.
All students have Physical Education class from half an hour (Kindergarten) to one hour (1st – 8th grades) weekly.
Students in grades 3-8 are strongly encouraged and are given the opportunity to play sports in the Monsignor Coates Youth League. We run the following sports seasons: Volleyball for girls, co-ed Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, and Softball.
Once a year, the faculty and 8th grade compete in a Volleyball tournament.
Often our fieldtrips require walking, such as the Minnesota Zoo, the Audubon Center of the North Woods, Como Zoo and Conservatory, Fort Snelling, and so forth.
First graders have a movement program called “Me Moves” that incorporates full body movements to help students stay calm and focus in the classroom.

E. Communications with Parents

Parents receive copies of the classroom schedule, the monthly Done Right Foods menu and newsletter, the weekly Ascension Catholic School Newsletter, the Athletic Calendar of games each athletic season, and Academic Newsletters quarterly that give parents new ideas about what they can do with their children. Some classrooms have a classroom newsletter that also goes home weekly.
Parents are discouraged from sending unhealthy snacks and beverages to our afterschool Latchkey programs.

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 or some other indication of illness.
Students waiting to be picked up from school go into isolation to keep others from getting contaminated.
Illness notices are sent to parents of students in the sick child’s classroom.

 

This Wellness Policy is reviewed annually and is always available on this website.