On-Campus Food Guidelines
The following guidelines are an effort to comply with Maricopa County Health Code and with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal guidelines, and the Arizona Nutrition Standards.
The Wellness Policy will not mandate any restrictions regarding food and beverages sold/served at evening events. These food and beverage items are available outside of the normal school day, and therefore are not addressed within the USDA guidelines or the AZNS.
As the Madison School District Wellness Policy honors the Arizona Nutrition Standard Guidelines, this policy has no restrictions regarding classroom parties. Healthier food choices are always encouraged to be available, provided they meet Maricopa County guidelines.
There are mandatory safety guidelines regarding food and beverages for classroom parties established by Maricopa County.
The County has strict regulations about food being prepared in residential kitchens and served at classroom parties. It is not allowed. All food brought onto campuses for classroom parties must originate from certified kitchens, commercial institutions or commercial food service stores.
The following guidelines will assist in this process:
- All foods offered must originate from a Maricopa County Health Department approved kitchen or institution. Examples would be products prepared at a supermarket bakery, retail location or from a commercial restaurant. For example, cupcakes prepared at home are not an approved item for a classroom party.
- All food offered is delivered at the proper temperature and non-wrapped food is served with a non-latex gloved hand or utensil. Example would be a pizza party from an approved vendor which is served by a gloved-hand or with a serving utensil.
- All food offered is being consumed within a reasonable time and is maintained at proper temperature.
- No contact is to be made by a non-gloved hand with any food items that are not pre-wrapped.
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