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Nutrition Policies

OUSD Summary of Nutrition Policies

Bulldog KennelIn June 2006, the OUSD Board of Trustees adopted new policies regarding health, wellness and nutrition. This summary has been compiled to facilitate implementation of the policies that affect food, nutrition, and the classroom.

General Nutrition

In general, food sold during school hours needs to be nutritious. Food sold an hour before or after school does not have to adhere to nutrition guidelines, but sales are subject to approval of district administrators (BP 3554).
Providers of meals, snacks and classroom foods shall adhere to the following goals:
1. Ensure that the opportunity for a healthy and nutritious lunch is available to every student at each school so that the students are prepared to learn to their fullest potential;
2. Emphasize high quality, nutrient-rich foods while in school and during classroom activities;
3. Serve meals in a pleasant environment with sufficient time to give all students enough time to be served and to eat their lunches, while fostering good manners and respect for fellow students;
4. Emphasize fresh, whole foods and consider locally grown and organic foods;
5. Limit or eliminate processed, convenience foods and those that contain trans fats;
6. Work to limit or eliminate foods that contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil, are high in sodium, or contain high fructose corn syrup. (BP 3550)

Specific nutritional requirements for food sold at school are being distributed to school principals.


The Superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or nonfood items for fundraising purposes. He/she also shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of nonnutritious foods as a reward for students’ academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.

Class Parties

School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district’s nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties and by limiting foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards to no more than one food or beverage per party. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period when possible.


The District shall encourage parents/guardians to support the District's nutrition education program. This support may include discussion of topics such as the influence of culture, media, technology and other factors related to nutrition, physical activity, diet and lifestyle choices. Parents are encouraged to support the nutrition program at home as well as at school. (BP 5030).

Office of the Superintendent
August 28, 2006

SB 12
In addition to the Board policies outlined above, OIS follows the Food Standards for K-12 as stated in SB 12:
  • An individually sold entrée may have no more than 400 calories and no more than 16 grams of fat.
  • An individually sold snack may have no more than 250 calories and no more than 10 grams of fat.
OUSD exemption: Bagels at 290 calories.