Snacks and Beverages in School
Healthy snacks can improve students’ concentration in the classroom. CPS requires that all food served or sold on school grounds outside of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs (including a la carte options, school stores, and vending machines) are held to the same high nutritional standards as food served during breakfast and lunch. There are three standard rules that can be applied to foods being served or sold on school grounds:
No food may be offered or sold in place of a school meal (i.e. NO pizza parties, Subway parties, etc. in place of lunch).
The school day is defined as 12:00am (midnight) to 30 minutes after dismissal.
All foods provided to students on school grounds, to be consumed during the school day, must meet the nutrition requirements outlined in the Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy.
For more information, download the Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy. To see the list of approved school snacks (or to get some ideas for your own snacking!) check out the . Healthy Snack List
Healthy Celebrations, Fundraising and Rewards
The school food environment should encourage healthy eating habits and a positive relationship to food for all students. CPS encourages creative strategies to ensure celebrations, fundraising and rewards maintain consistent messaging about healthy food options.
Physical activity is any bodily movement that results in energy expenditure throughout the school day.
The Office of Student Health and Wellness requires all elementary and middle schools to provide students with at least 20 minutes of supervised, weather-appropriate daily recess. Recess gives students the opportunity to be physically active and practice social skills.
Integrated physical activity
The Office of Student Health and Wellness recommends offering daily physical activity for all students, in addition to recess and physical education, through physical activity inside and outside the classroom (e.g., brain breaks, energizers); before and after-school activities; school-wide physical activity events (e.g., field days, school-wide morning movement); and parent, community, and staff engagement.
More than 400 Chicago Public Schools have a school garden and are eligible to complete the Eat What You Grow program which certifies schools to safely harvest and serve school garden produce.
CPS promotes a farm to school approach to nutrition education and school gardens. The CPS Farm to School program integrateslocal food in the dining center, growing food in the school garden and nutrition education in the classroom. To learn more, visit CPS.edu/FarmToSchool.