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Lunch & Nutrition

Lunch Time Supervision Service 2016/2017
As of September 2016, there were changes to the lunch-time supervision service model offered in all Edmonton Public Schools. In this new District model, the cost for providing the service is shared between the school and the families and lunch-time supervision is defined as a necessary component of service provided to families within the school day.
 
On June 1st, administration regulation HH.AR Lunch Time Supervision Service to Elementary and Junior High Students During Lunch was posted on the District website. This administrative regulation guides our work, at all of our schools, in the provision of lunch-time supervision services. 
 
 
Starting in the 2016-2017 School Year
 
Families will use standard forms to register for lunch, and to apply for a reduced fee if needed. These forms are attached to this email for you to review. Coloured forms will be sent out at the beginning of the school year in September. 
 
Students who pay to take yellow bus to their designated attendance area school or to a special needs program are exempt from lunch fees. Full-day kindergarten students are also exempt. Schools will set lunch fees using a standard formula. 
 
Why These Changes Have Been Made
 
Lunch-time supervision is a service many families need. These changes should make the service easier for families, especially when it comes to understanding how schools set fees. The rules will also be consistent across all Edmonton Public Schools, so no matter which school your children attend, the process will be the same. 
 
Most important, these changes still give the flexibility to create a lunch-time supervision service that works bet for the needs of our school and our families. 
 
Using the district's fee calculator as a guide, we have tentatively set the lunch-time supervision fee for Westbrook School for the 2016 - 2017 school year at $143.05/year per student. 
  • The fee is based on a projected number of 420 students participating in the lunch-time supervision service of which 40 students are exempted from paying (as per HH.AR). If enrolment changes between now and September 2016, adjustments will be made to the fee. 
  • Parents will only have to pay their fair share of fees. No one is being asked to cover the cost of exempted students. 
  • There will be a ratio of one supervisor for each classroom in Grades 1 through 4. In Grades 5 and 6, there will be a ratio of one supervisor between two classrooms. 

Healthy Snack and Lunch Choices

We encourage parents to work with their children in making snack and lunch choices to support healthy development. Please offer food that meets the 'Choose Most Often' and 'Choose Sometimes' criteria from the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.  There are no microwaves available for student use.  

Life Threatening Allergies

A number of our students in our school have a potentially life-threatening allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg.

If peanut butter or even the tiniest amount of peanut, a peanut product such as peanut oil, or any type of nut enters the student’s body through the eyes, nose or mouth, the student will experience very strong reactions. This is the same reaction for dairy and egg. The student’s face swells and breaks out in hives;  the student’s throat swells and tightens. Without immediate medical treatment, the student could die within minutes. The dairy and egg allergy requires an ingestion of food and is monitored differently than our peanut and tree nut allergies.

We are requesting your cooperation in refraining from sending food products containing peanuts or tree nuts. Although a student is allergic to peanuts, we are including tree nuts in our request because most nuts are processed with peanuts and are, therefore, contaminated with peanuts. If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts before coming to school, please be sure your child’s hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school. 

We realize that this request may pose an inconvenience for you when preparing your student’s snack and lunch, and we want to express our appreciation for your support and understanding about this severe allergy.