Wellness Policy

  • Highline Public Schools, with input from parents, students, staff, and community members, has established a new wellness policy and procedures to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year and the following years. New USDA standards went into effect July 1, 2014 that impact all foods sold during the school day and prompted a revision of Highline's wellness policy. These exciting changes will ensure that only nutritious foods are available to students during the school day. 
    To view the annual assessment of the Highline Public Schools Wellness Policy, click here.
    If you'd like to be involved in the district wellness committee please contact Nutrition Services for more information.


    In The Cafeteria: All meals sold during breakfast and lunch meet these standards. A la carte items sold in high school snack bars will meet the criteria for "competitive foods" under  Highline's wellness policy described above.
    The School Environment:  All food and beverages sold on campus during the school day will meet the same standards as food sold in the cafeteria. This includes DECCA sales, student group fundraisers, school stores, vending machines, and any other item sold from midnight until 30 minutes after the end of the school day.*
    The Classroom: Food should not be used as a reward in the classroom setting. Food used in a celebrations is strongly encouraged to meet the criteria described in the wellness policy, or to be replaced with non-food celebration activities.  


    Organizations that wish to sell competitive foods during the school day are strongly encouraged to the use Smart Snacks Calculator to easily determine if their products are acceptable. You may also use the Smart Snack Reference Sheet.
    For more information or assistance complying with the new wellness policy, please contact Nutrition Services at 206-631-3010. 
    *excludes items intended to be consumed off school grounds, such as frozen cookie dough.