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/ tree nut 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 medication with him or her, such as an inhaler, Epi-Pen or Diabetes supplies, the physician order must state so.
    • 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 issues.  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 parents turn in a certificate of  exemption for medical, religious, or personal reasons.  For further information, click on the "nursing services" under the  "student service" tab on the main page. 

     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, which 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 of fat and less than 9 grams of 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 wellness@d49.org for additional information.

    A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here

    Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, rewards & fundraisers:

    • All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing that 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, nor can quality and sanitation standards 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

    Glow Sticks

    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

    Stress balls

    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.