610-264-0143

school@sercc.org

433 Pershing Boulevard • Whitehall, PA 18052

Lunch Program

Saint Elizabeth Regional School

Wellness Policy

October 5, 2022

Dear Charger Families,

The Pennsylvania Department of Education State Law, #108-265 has required all schools in Pennsylvania that are enrolled in National School Lunch Program to implement a School Wellness Policy effective with the 2022-2023 school year.  In 2017, a Wellness Committee worked together to construct our policy as we have it today. The following are just a few guidelines that will enable us to comply with these policies:

 

  • Please pack a small, healthy snack for your child each day.
  • NO fast food or sodas are permitted to be eaten for snack or lunch.
  • Class parties are to be held in the afternoon only and have minimal amount of food served containing added sugar.
  • There are no Birthday Celebrations permitted in school. There are no cakes, cupcakes, or juice drinks allowed to be brought in for birthday celebrations.
  • Birthday celebrations may include a snack items individually wrapped one for each student, to be brought home. Treats are not to be opened in the classroom.

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education stresses portion control for non-nutritious foods.  All goodie bags leftover from a celebration will be sent back home with the child who brought them.  We ask for your full cooperation in this matter as we strive to meet the requirements set in the School Wellness Policy and to provide better nutrition and wellness for all the children at Saint Elizabeth Regional School.

 

Blessings,

 

Mrs. Kimberly Kocher, Principal

principal@sercc.org

 

Welcome to the St. Elizabeth Regional School Lunch Program. We offer healthy, balanced lunches to our students. You have the option of sending lunch in with your student or preordering a lunch prepared by the cafeteria staff.

To participate in our lunch program, please follow the steps below:

All lunch menus must be completely filled out (one per student) and returned by the due date.

  • Include your child’s full name
  • Include your child’s grade
  • Mark your child’s menu selections by circling the desired day(s) that they will be eating  cafeteria provided lunch
  • Count the number of days your child will be ordering each month and enter it on the bottom of the form
  • Fill in the amount of money being paid, whether it is cash or check

Cut the form along the dotted line to return to the school. Keep the calendar part home for reference.

All orders and payment should be placed in an envelope with your child’s name and grade on the front.

All orders must have EXACT change for payment with the order. No change will be given. Please make checks payable to St. Elizabeth Regional School.

There will be no credit for lunches that your child misses due to absence or any other reasons. The cafeteria prepares sufficient food based on the preorders, and is unable to adjust quantities.

Any family applying for free or reduced lunches must completely fill out the government application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application. This form is sent home at the beginning of the year. When filling out the application, include all members living at that address, all income from adults and children living at that address, and the total number of persons living in the household. If the form is incomplete it will delay processing, and parents will be required to pay the full amount for lunches until approval is received by the school from Compass. Please note that Free and Reduced lunch applications must be completed each year, and they do not automatically carry over year to year.

In an emergency, your child will receive a lunch for which you will be billed. Payment must be made to the office the following day. Place your payment in an envelope with your child’s name, grade,  and the date of the unordered lunch.

Thank you for using our school lunch program and for you cooperation!

Please contact the school office at 610-264-0143 or school@sercc.org with any questions.

 

 

“In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating in the administration of its school meals programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. To the extent that this USDA prohibition conflicts with the religious doctrines, tenets, beliefs, policies, practices or requirement of this Catholic institution. Federal law specifically protects this institution in the exercise of its religious faith and this prohibition does not apply.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.”

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

Mailing to: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,

1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; faxing to: (202) 690-7442; or emailing to: program.intake@usda.gov.”

Mailing to: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,

1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; faxing to: (202) 690-7442; or emailing to: program.intake@usda.gov.”

www.COMPASS.state.pa.us

If you are interested in viewing the Wellness Policy Assessment Tool and Report Template known as the Triennial Review, please contact the school office at principal@sercc.org.

Federal Civil Rights Statement

USDA Civil Rights

National School Lunch Program

Click here for School Nutrition Rocks Resources

Medical Plan of Care for Children with Disabilities

 

 

 

 

433 Pershing Boulevard • Whitehall, PA 18052
610-264-0143
school@sercc.org