Division is committed to encouraging all schools, school committees,
Division offices and workplaces to promote, offer, and serve healthy,
nutritious food. Further the Division encourages staff to make healthy
choices easy for its students and staff and to promote positive
1. At the beginning of each school year, schools are encouraged to:
- Establish goals for areas of improvement and/or maintenance
- Create (or update) a written outline of the school’s nutrition procedures and practices, including the current year’s goals
families of the school division’s nutrition procedure and how it
applies to their respective school (this can be a continual
communication throughout the year)
Throughout the school year, schools are encouraged to include
practical suggestions for school lunches and snacks in school
newsletters, make nutrition/healthy eating promotion evident in the
school (e.g. posters, displays), and otherwise distribute information on
healthy eating behaviors to parents and students.
Schools are encouraged to utilize the list of “choose most” and
“choose sometimes” from Healthy Foods for My School (Saskatchewan
Ministry of Health) to guide school nutrition decisions. This document
is tied directly to Canada’s Food Guide (Health Canada) and supports the
goals of Nourishing Minds (Saskatchewan Ministry of Education).
Schools shall adhere to Public Health Food Safety Standards. The
Division shall support training for those who serve and handle foods in
each school. Principals will ensure that the food provided to students
in all situations in each school is acquired, prepared, stored, and
served in a safe manner. This includes but is not limited to following
good sanitation and food safety practices, including hand-washing
6. Schools shall continue to be diligent in addressing the needs and safety of students and staff with food allergies.
Where food service contracts are in place for a school, the school
principal (and/or designated staff member) shall oversee all offerings
and assist and supervise the food service contractor to ensure a variety
of foods from the “choose most” and “choose sometimes” categories in
Healthy Foods for My School are served. Food service providers shall
comply with a principal’s and/or designates request to not serve or
stock specific food items, drinks, or snacks.
8. Schools are encouraged to consider locally grown foods in making food service decisions.
School staff members are encouraged to set an example by refraining
from consuming foods and drinks with minimal nutritional value when
students are present.
Schools are encouraged to plan for healthier snack and/or meal and
beverage choices (including catered foods) when hosting meetings, staff
meetings, or professional development.
For the purposes of reflection, schools are encouraged to create a
written summary at or near the end of each year, outlining the school’s
nutrition procedures, their initial school year goals, and an evaluation
of the degree of success within each targeted area of improvement
and/or maintenance. Appendix C from Nourishing Minds is one possible
Schools are encouraged to establish a Nutrition Committee to
facilitate the development and implementation of the above procedures.
Employees of Horizon School Division shall not make beverages of
highly questionable value or suitability, such as Energy Drink products,
available to students in any Horizon schools.
March 21, 2012