AASD School Wellness Policy Update
Posted on 08/28/2018

Dear Appleton Area School District Families,

The Appleton Area School District continues to update practices that provide our students with a safe and welcoming environment through culturally and linguistically responsive practices. As we continue our efforts through updated continuous school improvement practices, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are focusing on the whole child when making connections among academics, behaviors, and overall student wellness.

As part of these efforts, the AASD School Wellness Policy Committee recently updated School Wellness Policy 458 in order to align our school wellness procedures with best practices. Following Board approval in June, one of the changes being made throughout the District is to focus on honoring students through practices that are not only more aligned to the updated policy, but are practices identified as being best for overall student health and wellness.  

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, recognition for special occasions (birthdays, holidays, etc.) during the school day (starting at midnight the day before through a half hour after students are dismissed for the day) will not include students bringing in snacks/treats from outside of the District for other students and will instead take place through non-food practices.

  • Recognizing students in ways that support overall student wellness and have a variety of positive benefits:
  • Reduced social and economic pressures on families for providing celebration snacks
  • Increased opportunities for families with respect to birthday celebrations
  • Avoidance of unintended consequences related to food allergies
  • Decreased medical complications triggered by food consumption

Knowing that this is a big change from past practices we understand that part of the process is learning together the many ways we can still honor our students and provide them with opportunities of feeling special without the inclusion of food items.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to ensure that we are implementing best practices that focus on increased student wellness for Every Child, Every Day in the Appleton Area School District.

We encourage you to read through our frequently asked questions, or reach out to your school principal if you have further concerns or questions.

Sincerely,

Mikki Duran
H&HP Program Leader
(920) 997-1399 ext 2190

Steve Harrison
District Liaison to Teaching and Learning Dept.
(920) 832-6157 ext 2177

Thai Xiong
Director of 7-12 STEM/H&HP
(920) 832-6157 ext. 2176

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