St. Christopher School, along with The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is committed to supporting school environments that support and promote the health, well-being and ability of students to learn by providing access to healthy foods, nutrition education and participation in physical activity. Guidelines to achieve these goals are as follows:
All students will have opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis.
Health education is to be offered at all grade levels to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.
Each school will support parental efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children by communicating with the home, and sharing the growing knowledge regarding health and nutrition.
School lunches will serve as a focus to support the integration of nutrition education with healthy lifestyle choices.
Schools are encouraged to provide students with 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch to eat.
Schools will refrain from scheduling tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during meal times, unless students may eat school lunch during such activities.
Parents and students will be encouraged to include fresh fruits and other healthy items, rather than packaged chips, etc.
Soft drinks may not be brought to school.
Elementary students are not to have access to vending machines at any time during the school day or during After Care.
“Fast food” meals may not be consumed in the cafeteria during lunch periods.
Food or beverages, including food served through the school meals, will never be withheld from students as disciplinary measure.
Schools will limit celebrations that involve food during the school days to no more than one party per class per month, encouraging healthy food choices and other means of celebrating.
Classroom teachers will make adaptations, which will allow students to experience a healthy physical environment by examining the school day for opportunities for increased physical movement.
A student may be assigned an alternate physical activity during physical education class for disciplinary reasons.
No child may miss more than half the recess period.