Falcon Homeschool Program Wellness
Food Preparation - Severe Peanut/Treenut Allergies:
Our population of students includes some with severe, life-threatening allergies to any product containing peanuts or tree nuts (i.e walnuts, pistachios, cashews, almonds, coconuts, etc.). In order to assure their safety, please assign deliberate attention when packing student snacks and lunches. A comprehensive and regularly updated Guide of Snacks Free of Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Eggs can be accessed by clicking on http://snacksafely.com/safe-snack-guide/. (Please note: Although this guide also lists foods that are free of eggs, our environment only needs to be free of peanuts and tree nuts. Items containing egg are safe). Any food items with obvious peanut/treenut ingredients will be temporarily confiscated and then returned at the end of the program day.Medication Policy:
Please be aware that Colorado State law governs our medication policy. Students are not permitted by law to carry on them or hold in their backpacks any over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, Sudafed, cough drops, etc.). Parents are welcome to come and administer their student’s medication on-site, and in such an event, we request that this is done in the health room. If your child must take medication during school hours, and you will not be coming in to administer it, you must provide the following before we administer it:
- A written doctor’s order (including drug name, dose, time, duration of treatment, doctor’s and parent’s signature). This includes all over-the-counter medication and essential oils. The only exception is cough drops, which may be given with written parent permission. The physician may email the order to the school. PLEASE NOTE: The pharmacy label applied to the medication bottle will not suffice for a doctor’s order.
- Medication must be in the original bottle, complete with label. Medication cannot be given if it comes in a baggie, envelope, plain bottle, etc.
- All medications must be kept in a locked cabinet in the health room. If a student must carry a medication on him or her, such as an inhaler, Epi-Pen or Diabetes supplies, the physician order must sta
- The medications provided to the health room will not be available outside of school hours. For after school activities parents should discuss health conditions with the staff member who is in charge of that activity. We are happy to coordinate training of staff, but please be aware that staff does not have after school access to the health room supplies.
- If your child has a health condition such as asthma, allergies, diabetes or seizure disorder a health care plan will need to be devised. This gives guidance to the staff regarding your child’s health issue. Please contact the school health assistant immediately if this pertains to your student. Please consult the District 49 Nursing Services Webpage at http://www.d49.org/domain/261 to print off and prepare any documents that may be needed for your child.
All students must have current and up-to-date immunizations in order to participate in school. The only exception to this is if the parent signs a yearly exemption for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
All students need to be compliant with their immunizations or they will be excluded from attending school. Your nurse or health assistant will contact you soon after the beginning of the school year to inform you if your child is out of compliance, meaning he or she is missing immunizations.
If you have any questions regarding these policies or immunization requirements for Colorado students, please call the health room.Birthday Celebrations:
The District 49 Wellness and Nutrition policy outlines the kinds of food items that are acceptable for our special celebrations to include parties and birthdays. The guidelines include a list of acceptable food items that cannot exceed 100 calories, have 0 trans fat and ideally contain less than 4 grams fat and less than 9 grams sugar. Due to these new guidelines and our already food-sensitive student population, , we are not allowing students to bring in any edible treats for birthdays and other celebrations. Please consult the non-food celebration items below for ideas. Note: Any food items supplied will be sent home with the student and not distributed in our classes.
Wellness Policy Overview
District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council, should email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here.
Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, classroom rewards, fundraisers
- All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
- No candy or sodas are allowed.
- Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
- Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available. In addition, quality and sanitation standards cannot be controlled.
- Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories
Non-Food Celebration Ideas
Cascadian Farm Kid Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar
Smencils (smell good pencils)
Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers
Stretch Island Fruit Leather
Applesauce on the Go
Post its in fun shapes
Fruit cups in 100% juice
Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps
Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box
Seeds for planting
Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar
Lead a Dance Break
Our commitment to physical activity
- Physical education is provided in elementary, middle and high school.
- Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
- Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
- Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings. Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.
18-19 FHP Wellness Success Story
For school wellness in 2018-2019, the Falcon Homeschool Program focused on the benefits of student and staff movement. Through grant funds, we were able to accomplish several goals. The first was to purchase yoga mats and blocks for an elective class at the Academic Program. In this class, students learned the basics of yoga and how to flow basic movements together to create their own daily practice. These students then taught the rest of the student body several yoga poses in an effort to create excitement the next time the yoga elective is offered.
Second, we were able to purchase equipment based on staff/student feedback to enhance recess and choice time. Students at both programs now have equipment for hacky sack, soccer, kickball with bases, hula-hoop, volleyball, and large cones to mark the play areas. Providing recess equipment can increase excitement which will inspire students to be more physical and stimulate their mental activity during recess.
Third, several different types of flexible seating options were ordered and dispersed between all of the classrooms. Students can now select their preferred seating configuration which will lead to greater comfort and give students the ability to concentrate on their schoolwork. We chose a variety of different sized yoga balls, wobble cushions, stools with wheels, floor cushions, and inflatable donuts so that the nearly 250 students of various sizes, grades K through 12, can try out several and determine which best fits their learning style. The teachers are encouraged that once the students find their fit they will be able to concentrate and stay on task more efficiently.