Lunch Menu for March 2015 / Feb 2015 (below March)
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We understand that your child’s nutrition and well-being are important to you, and we are committed to nutrition excellence and education in our school cafeterias. Over the past several years, Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools have offered healthy meal choices under the guidelines set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains; and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat, trans fats, portion size, and age appropriate calorie levels. Students must select a serving of a fruit or a vegetable to put together a complete meal. Menu components will be posted at the start of each line so that students will be able to easily identify meal options; cafeteria staff members will assist as well.
- Our meals are whole grain rich – whole grain breads and buns, brown rice, and whole grain pastas are among our grain selections. Pizza is also made on whole grain crusts and low-fat mozzarella cheese.
- Fresh fruit is available every day at all cafeterias . . . including seasonal and local selections
- Our harvest of the month program has introduced students to a new fruit or vegetable every month
- We use romaine lettuce, baby spinach, kale, or mixed spring greens in all of our salads, at all grade levels.
- Vegetarian meals are available at all of the school cafeterias every day.
- Chef Salads (packaged in environmentally friendly ware) are available at the Middle and High School cafeterias every day with whole grain rolls, fresh fruit, and low-fat salad dressings.
- Milk choices offered include only 1% fat or lower varieties.
- Yogurt and fruit parfaits, whole grain baked items or fruit juice sherbets have replaced traditional desserts.
- A la Carte beverages and snacks meet USDA “Smart Snacks in Schools” nutritional guidelines which limit calories, fat(35%), saturated fat(<10%), sodium(230-480mg), and sugar(35%). TransFats have been eliminated from all items served in the school cafeterias. Cafeteria lunch lines, vending machines, and fund-raisers are affected during the regular school day (12 midnight to 30 min after the official end of the school day).
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families. Elementary lunch is $2.75, Middle and High School lunches are $3.00 – $4.00. High School breakfast price is $2.00.
We look forward to providing healthy menu choices this year and beyond, and hope that your children find them delicious as well as nutritious.
Mary Kay Cook
Food Service Supervisor
Free / Reduced Lunch Applications
Children need healthy meals to learn. Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $2.00 at the High School; lunch costs $2.75 at the Elementary Schools and $3.00, $3.50, or $4.00 at the Middle and High Schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.
For more information on the Free / Reduced lunch program, refer to the Free/Reduced Lunch Application.
Online Lunch Payment and Pin Numbers
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights School cafeterias use FSS Positive ID point of sale system, a computerized cash register system. The system eliminates overt identification of students who are eligible for free or reduced meal benefits. All students must type in their pin number to receive their meals, and identification is made by an on-screen picture of the student. All full day kindergarten and 1st grade students will have use of an in-school lunch card for purchases, which uses a bar code to interpret their pin number information.
We accept debit payments in the form of a check or cash, both of which can be sent into school with the student. We also accept online payments from the website listed below.
By using the website, parents may view their children’s meal purchases over the last 30 days and check account balances. This service is free, and each student’s account is updated nightly so the information is current the following day. Parents also have the online option to deposit funds to a student meal account from their checking or savings account, by entering their checking account and routing number. Using this payment option also increases the speed of the service to students, as the payments will already be in the debit accounts. Payments made before midnight will be deposited into the student account the next day. Payments made after midnight will be in the student’s account within two days. Note: There is a transaction fee for this option, which is collected by the company providing this service to our district. There is no fee charged to log in and view your child’s account. To take advantage of this secure online service and view a detailed statement, log onto www.myschoolaccount.com and provide your student’s ID number. The ID number for the High School and Middle School students can be found in Progress Book and is also printed on the report card and their schedule. Elementary students receive their student ID and pin number with the “backpack mail” send home with the student in August. Pin numbers for Middle & High School students can be obtained at any of the cashier stations, or cafeteria offices for that school. You can also obtain your child’s ID number by calling the Food Service Department at 440-740-4760 or 4761; or by calling school personnel at the respective school office. The online site is secure, and your personal information will be protected.
Parents will continue to have the option to pay for meals with cash or checks on a daily basis. We encourage the use of checks for all offline payments, as there may be problems with students losing cash, or requesting the change back rather that depositing the full amount the parent intended.
Prices for meals for the 2014-2015 school year are as follows:
Breakfast: Served at the High School only:
Reduced price breakfast is $.30, at all levels for either meal choice
Lunch: $2.75 at all Elementary levels
$3.00, $3.50, or $4.00 at the Middle and High Schools
Reduced price lunch is $.40, at all levels for either meal choice
In accordance with the USDA Fluid Milk Substitutions in the School Nutrition Program (USDA Memo SP-02 2009 and UDSA Memo SP-35 2009); our district will offer lactose free unflavored milk as a substitute for children with lactose intolerance or a non-life threatening allergy. Lactose free milk offers the key nutrients found in milk, less the milk sugar lactose. This allows parents/guardians or a medical authority to request the fluid milk substitute for a child with a lactose intolerance or a non-life threatening allergy.
To request the milk substitute for a student, a written note from the parent/guardian or medical authority must be submitted to the school nurse or the Food Service Department. The statement must identify the student’s medical or other special dietary need that precludes the consumption of cow’s milk. The student’s lunch account will be flagged.
Milk Intolerances determined by a doctor as lactose intolerance or a non-life threatening allergy:
The school will offer lactose free unflavored milk which meets the requirement according to USDA, ODE policy statement SNLP 12-09. Soy milk, rice milk, juice and water are not acceptable substitutes. (parents may send a beverage substitute).
The National School Lunch Program offers the following components daily: meat or meat alternate, fruit, vegetable, bread or grain, and fluid milk. With the “Offer vs. Serve” option, which Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools allow, a student may choose all five components; or at least three (fruit or vegetable is mandatory). They are permitted to refuse the milk.
Milk Allergies determined by a doctor as a life threatening disability:
We are required to accommodate the child with a disability, but a medical statement from a licensed physician describing your child’s condition must be obtained by you (see below for statement guidelines). This note must be submitted to the Food Service Department at the above address, email address or fax number. The beverage that the physician prescribes as a milk substitution must be served, which may be juice or water.
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a “person with a disability” means any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. The term “physical or mental impairment” includes many diseases and conditions, a few of which may be: orthopedic, visual, speech, and hearing impairments; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; muscular dystrophy; multiple sclerosis; cancer; heart disease; metabolic diseases, such as diabetes or phenylketonuria (PKU); food anaphylaxis (severe food allergy); mental retardation; emotional illness; drug addiction and alcoholism; specific learning disabilities; HIV disease; and tuberculosis.
Physician’s Statement for Children with Disabilities
USDA regulations 7 CFR Part 15b require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a statement signed by a licensed physician. The physician’s statement must identify:
- the child’s disability;
- an explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet;
- the major life activity affected by the disability;
- the food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted.
In Cases of Food Allergy
Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and the school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them. However, when in the licensed physician’s assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability,” and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.
High School and Middle School Lunch Choices
BBH Students at the Midde and High Schools have a variety of meal choices each day:
- Daily menu choice which can be viewed on line at the bbhcsd.org website. There is also a copy posted in each school cafeteria at the start of the line.
- Italian Specialties – A rotation of Pizza made with whole grain crust, Calzone, or Italian Pizza Subs. Meal includes a dark green salad with fresh veggies, additional veggie of the day, fresh fruit selections, and fat free or low-fat milk of choice.
- Sub Stop Line – choice of the 3 or 4 different sandwich/subs daily. Choices may include lean turkey, deli meat combination, a chicken sandwich, a vegetarian choice, and other varieties. Students may choose their toppings from a variety of vegetables and low fat condiments. The meal is completed with a mixed green salad, corn & black bean salad, fresh fruit, and milk.
- Grilled chicken chef or a breaded chicken chef salad option is available everyday from the “Sub Stop” line. These salads are packaged in a “green” plastic container made from corn. They are paired with fresh fruit and additional vegetables, and a whole grain roll. Student only must choose their milk to complete the meal.
- At the High School, the “HUNGRY HIVE”, which is located in the concession stand, has a variety of lunch meals and “grab-n-go” items such as sandwiches, salads, beverages, and snacks.
- Meat/Meat Alternate
- Vegetables – at least 2 choices to choose from each day
- Grain/Bread – the majority of grains served are whole grain rich
Students must now select a serving of fruit or a vegetable to put together a complete lunch. Additional coices will be availave this year to enable the students to choose one (or more) of the vegetables and fruits offered daily. Fruit and vegetable choices increase their intake of fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals they need.
Breakfast Components – HIGH SCHOOL ONLY
- Protein Component(Egg or Cheese)
- Fruit (Juice)
Students must take 3 of the 4 breakfast components. Menu combinations are posted at the high school cafeteria on the breakfast line and include meat/meat alternates, grains/bread, juice, and milk. Although we encourage students to take the entire breakfast meal as offered, they do have the option to refuse one of the four components offered.
(Hashbrown potatoes are not part of the meal pattern for breakfast – they are sold as an a la carte purchase only, for $.50)
We are proud of the food service program we offer and we do our very best to keep our students happy and nutritiously fed. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 440-740-4760 or 4761.
As required by law, the Board of Education has established a wellness policy for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District as a part of a comprehensive wellness initiative.
The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District’s students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student’s health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools’ meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
The complete wellness policy is articulated in section 8510 of the Board Policy Manual.