Health Services

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The health and wellbeing of our students and their families matter to us; students learn more, teachers instruct more effectively, and we all work smarter when we feel good.

Student Wellness Policy

The Closter Board of Education recognizes that child and adolescent obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States and that poor diet combined with the lack of physical activity negatively impacts students’ health and their ability and motivation to learn. The board is committed to:

  • Providing students with healthy and nutritious foods
  • Encouraging the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk, and whole grains
  • Supporting healthy eating through nutrition education
  • Encouraging students to select and consume all components of the school meal
  • Providing students with the opportunity to engage in daily physical activity.

We do not permit the following items to be served, sold, or given out as free promotions anywhere on school property at any time before the end of the school day:

  • Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) as defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations
  • All food and beverage items listing sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient
  • All forms of candy
  • Schools shall reduce the purchase of any products containing trans fats.

All snack and beverage items sold or served anywhere on school property during the school day, including items sold in a la carte lines, vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and fundraisers, shall meet the following standards: 

  1. Based on nutritional data provided by the manufacturer or nutrient facts labels:
    • No more than eight grams of total fat per serving, with the exception of nuts and seeds 
    • No more than two grams of saturated fat per serving 
  2. All beverages shall not exceed 12 ounces, with the following exceptions:
    • Water
    • Milk containing 2% or less fat
  3. Whole milk shall not exceed eight ounces.

Hillside Elementary School:

  • 100% of all beverages offered shall be milk, water, or 100% fruit or vegetable juices.

Tenakill Middle School:

  • At least 60% of all beverages offered, other than milk and water, shall be 100% fruit or vegetable juices.
  • No more than 40% of all ice cream/frozen desserts shall be allowed to exceed the above standards for sugar, fat, and saturated fat.