Cafeteria Policies & Information
Hot Lunch – $4.00
Milk – $.50
Water – $.50
USDA CIVIL RIGHTS STATEMENT
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write UDSA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410.
ST. CATHARINE WELLNESS POLICY
St. Catharine recognizes the importance to educate its students spiritually, academically,
physically, socially and emotionally. Our wellness policy encompasses all these aspects
to promote ultimate health, embrace reverence for life, teach self-respect and
respect for others.
The cafeteria offers a hot lunch and milk for every operating school day. A student lunch menu
calendar is posted monthly on St. Catharine school website and links are sent out in the weekly
e-mail Irish Insider. The lunch menu meets the healthy school lunch program guidelines.
1. LUNCH PAYMENT
Parents are billed for student lunches at the end of each month through the FACTS website.
As students walk through the lunch line, we verify that they received their lunch through the
FACTS website; this is done daily.
2. FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
Free and reduced lunch prices are available for qualifying families. The free and reduced lunch
forms are available through the FACTS website and are also mailed to each household prior to
the beginning of each school year.
3. PARENT VOLUNTEERS
All student parents are expected to volunteer fifty hours total over the course of the school
year. If parents are volunteering in the cafeteria, we ask that they volunteer a total of two
hours from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.
B. NUTRITION EDUCATION
The primary goal of nutrition education is to teach students the importance of health and
positively impact eating behaviors. This is accomplished by:
1. Wellness objectives concerning nutrition are supported through the Diocesan Health Course
Study grade-level indicators relating to diet, nutrition, and exercise. Additionally, similar grade-
level indicators are included in the Science Course of Study.
2. Nutrition guidelines, food pyramids, charts and suggestions for healthy food choices are
displayed in the cafeteria.
3. Teachers are offered professional development in nutrition as needed.
C. NUTRITION GUIDELINES
St. Catharine participates in the National School Lunch Program and must follow all nutritional
guidelines. The progress of these guidelines is monitored throughout the year and then
evaluated at the end of each school year. The guidelines:
1. The St. Catharine lunch program follows the nutritional guidelines established by the Ohio
Department of Education and the Office of Child Nutrition Services. These guidelines are
adhered to daily.
2. Lunch periods are scheduled for twenty minutes to ensure each student is provided with
enough time for nourishment.
3. The St. Catharine lunch program evaluates all food and beverage products that are being
ordered and served during the school year.
4. Drinking fountains are available on all floors of the school as well as the cafeteria.
5. No soda pop is allowed in the cafeteria for students who are buying or packing their lunch. Two
types of milk are offered daily, which are either low fat or fat free.
D. PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The goal of Physical Education is to promote physical fitness and to help students develop long term
habits that will be beneficial throughout their lives. Our physical fitness program is
supported through the Diocesan Physical Education Course of Study.
All St. Catharine students participate in physical education. Students will have two, forty-five-minute
periods every week and a minimum of twenty-minute recess daily. Parents are informed of all physical
education activities in a weekly email. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in any school
or community sport programs as well as be physically active outside of school.
E. MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION
This policy will be reviewed annually at the end of the school year, to evaluate school wide compliance
and effectiveness. The review committee will determine if any revisions or improvements are
necessary. These revisions or improvements will be completed by the beginning of the next school year
and reflected on the wellness policy.