The policy has guidelines for the types of food and beverages available to students at school and also the type and frequency of physical activity. Nutrition and health education also are included.
Only water, noncarbonated flavored water, milk and juice with no less than 50 percent fruit/vegetable juice will be sold, according to documents presented to the board. Beverages also may only contain sugar as a sweetener, and not artificial sweetener.
Nutrition guidelines are specified for food provided during lunch, in vending machines, during classroom celebrations and sold during fundraisers.
Board Member Wayne D. Ridenour said the policy's ban on fundraising by selling candy during school hours was like "killing the golden goose."
Organizations often raise money during school by selling candy, he said.
"There's going to be a financial impact for fundraising by not being able to sell junk," Ridenour said. "These organizations have to get money somehow. Selling candles doesn't give you the money selling candy does."
Gary Dodds, supervisor of food and nutrition services, said these concerns and others will be reviewed during a six-month evaluation of the policy. After an evaluation, a committee will take any recommendations for change back to the Board of Education, which could vote to make changes in the policy.
How they voted
The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a wellness plan for the public school system. The plan has guidelines for the types of food and beverages available to students at school and also the type and frequency of physical activity. Nutrition and health education also are included.
President W. Edward Forrest Absent
Vice President Jacqueline B. Fischer Yes
Paul W. Bailey Yes
Roxanne R. Ober Yes
Bernadette M. Wagner Absent
Russell F. Williams Absent
Wayne D. Ridenour Yes