The North Judson-San Pierre School Board approved the final reading of the wellness policy on Tuesday evening. It incorporates federal guidelines into the school’s cafeteria food, vending machines and physical activity practices. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says physical activity is an important part of the school day.
“All of our kids do have P.E. When you get into middle school and high school there’s certain time guidelines that you have to follow, but all of our elementary students do have physical education and they all go out for recess,” said Johnson.
Johnson says the nutrition side of the policy has been part of their system for a few years now. She added they removed the cafeteria’s fryers several years ago and they haven’t fried food since. She said snacks that go in the vending machines are called smart snacks and must have a lower sugar content than other unhealthy ones. Johnson says concessions sold after hours at sporting events and other activities do not fall under those guidelines. As a result, some foods not normally available during the school day can be sold.