CCSP Wellness/Nutrition Policy


Paterson, New Jersey                                                                                  Monitored     

                                                                                                           X      Mandated

                                                                                                                    Other Reasons








Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood. Further, the items most commonly sold and brought in to school include low-nutrition foods and beverages, such as soda, sports drinks, imitation fruit juices, chips, candy, cookies, and snack cakes.

The board believes that children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive, and that good health fosters student attendance and education.   To promote healthful behavior in the school, the board is committed to encouraging its students to consume fresh fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk and whole grains and to select and consume all components of the school meal.  The coordinated school health model must provide for coordinating the following components:  Safe environment, Physical Education, Health Education, Staff Wellness, Health Services, Mental & Social Health, Nutrition Services, Parental/Family Involvement.    

Local School Health and Wellness Council


The Community Charter School of Paterson will commission a School Wellness Advisory Council to plan, implement and monitor this policy.  The Council shall be composed of certain key stakeholder including at least one administrator, school nurses, teachers, parents, students, and any other interested members of the school community.

Wellness Council Vision Statement:

The Community Charter School of Paterson recognizes that wellness and proper nutrition relate to student and employee physical well-being, growth, development, and productivity. The Wellness Committee is committed to promoting a school / work environment that encourages and supports wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as important components of daily life, which will lead to improved student achievement, employee productivity, and overall healthy lifestyle changes.


In order to promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn, the board and the wellness council are committed to providing school environments that support healthy eating and physical activity and will ensure that:

  1. All students will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.  Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.   All students enrolled in Kindergarten – 8th grades are required to participate in physical activity consistent with the New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Standards.  The State Board of Education requires that elementary schools provide 150 minutes per week and middle schools provide 225 minutes per week of physical activity.  Physical activity may include teacher-led, classroom level physical activity linked to curriculum other than physical education.
  2. Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the USDA nutrition standards for National School Lunch, School Breakfast and/or After School Snack Programs.  The school will regulate the types of food and beverage items offered outside the federal meal requirements, such as ala carte sales, vending machines, school stores, and fund raisers.
  3. To the maximum extent practicable, the school will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program including- After-School Snack Programs, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program).
  4. All students will be provided with adequate time for student meal service a minimum of 25 minutes to include transition and consumption in a clean, safe, and pleasant dining environment.  It is recommended that physical education and recess be scheduled before lunch whenever possible.
  5. Structured recess and other physical activity shall not be given or taken away as a form of punishment including students assigned to in-school suspension.
  6. The board will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.

The following foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) shall not be served, sold or given out as free promotion anywhere on school property at any time.

-Products with sugar in any form as the first ingredient


-Water ices

-Chewing Gum

-Hard candy, jellies and gums

-Marshmallow candies



-Spun Candy

-Candy coated popcorn

-Candy in any form


All reimbursable meals and reimbursable after school snacks shall meet federal nutrient standards as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program regulations.  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, birthdays, & holiday celebrations shall meet the following standards:

  1.  Based on manufacturers nutritional data or nutrient facts labels:
  • No more than 8 grams of total fat per serving, with the exception of nuts and seeds
  • No more than 2 grams of saturated fat per serving.
  1. All beverages shall not exceed 12 ounces, with the following exceptions:
  • Water
  • Milk containing 2% or less fat
  1. Whole milk shall not exceed 8 ounces.
  2. 100% of all beverages offered shall be milk, water or 100% fruit or vegetable juices.
  3. All snacks, ice cream, frozen desserts shall meet above standards

General School District Requirements


The Principal/Chief Advocate will specifically address the issue of biosecurity for the school food service.  Biosecurity may be part of the plans, procedures and mechanism for school safety.


The board is committed to promoting the nutrition policy with all food service personnel, teachers, nurses, coaches and other school administrative staff so they have the skills they need to implement this policy and promote healthy eating practices.  The board will work toward expanding awareness about this policy among students, parents, teachers and the community at large.


This policy does not apply to: medically authorized special needs diets pursuant to federal regulations; school nurses using FMNVs during the course of providing health care to individual students; or special needs students who’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) indicates their use for behavior modification.


Policy Implementation

The Principal/Chief Advocate shall develop regulations consistent with this policy, including a process for measuring the effectiveness of its implementation, and designating personnel within each school with operational responsibility for ensuring the school is complying with the policy

The School Wellness Council shall also develop an action plan to assist in the full implementation of this Policy.  This action plan shall identify goals and steps that need to be taken each year.  Action Plans shall be submitted to principal/Chief Advocate by  June 30th of each year for implementation at the start of the new school year.

NJSBA Review/Update:




Key Words


School Lunch, Food Service, Nutrition, Wellness,


Legal References:      

N.J.S.A.  18A:11‑1                     General mandatory powers and duties

N.J.S.A.  18A:18A-4.1 f.,h.     Use of competitive contracting in lieu of public bidding;

boards of education

See particularly:

N.J.S.A.  18A:18A-5a(6)

N.J.S.A.  18A:18A‑6                    Standards for purchase of fresh milk; penalties; rules and regulations

N.J.S.A.  18A:33‑3 through ‑5                                 Cafeterias for students

N.J.S.A.  18A:33‑9 through ‑14                      Findings, declarations relative to school breakfast programs..

See particularly:

N.J.S.A.  18A:33-10

N.J.S.A.  18A:33-15                    Improved Nutrition and Activity Act (IMPACT Act)

through -19

N.J.S.A.  18A:58‑7.1

through ‑7.2                               School lunch program …

N.J.A.C.  2:36-1.1 et seq.         Child Nutrition Programs

See particularly:

N.J.A.C.  2:36-1.7                 Local school nutrition policy

N.J.A.C.  6A:16-5.1(b)               School safety plans

N.J.A.C.  6A:23-2.6                   Supplies and equipment

N.J.A.C.  6A:32-12.1                   Reporting requirements

N.J.A.C.  6A:32–14.1                Review of mandated programs and services

N.J.A.C.  6A:23A-1 et seq.      Accountability regulations


Sec. 204 at the Federal Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-265)


42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.               Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act


42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.               Child Nutrition Act of 1966


7 C.F.R. Part 210                          Medically authorized special needs diets


7 C.F.R. Part 210.10                    Foods of minimum nutritional value