Highline Public Schools, with input from parents, students, staff, and community members, has established a new wellness policy and procedures that was implemented in the 2014-15 school year. New USDA standards went into effect July 1, 2014 that impacted all foods sold during the school day and prompted a revision of Highline's Wellness Policy. These exciting changes ensure that only nutritious foods are available to students during the school day.
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 linked 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.*
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.
- Healthy Fundraisers
- Alternatives for Using Food as a Reward
- Constructive Classroom Rewards
- Fun Ideas for Birthday Celebrations
- How to Read a Food Label
- Healthy School Nutrition Environment Online Resource List
- Healthy School Celebrations
- Browse Smart Snack Products
- But, It's Just a Cupcake!
- Smart Snack Beverages
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 Guide.
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.