The Ambridge Area School District has a meal service policy for students / payments of funds, as follows:
Each Ambridge Area School District student has a meal account. They have access to their account via a four digit PIN number. Parents and students have many options for depositing money into their accounts: 1) send a check regular US Mail sent to Food Service Director, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003, 2) deposit made in person by the student, or 3) make an online pre-payment.
For payment of meals online go to the Ambridge Area School District website at www.ambridge.k12.pa.us and follow the prompts to Food Services, then RevTrak School Lunch. This will take the user directly to the RevTrak Online prepayment website. To use the online method of pre-payment, parents must know their child’s six digit Student ID Number. Please note that when using the online payment program, a service fee will be applied at checkout. Funds will not be available immediately. Example: if a parent makes a payment at 11a.m. Monday, the Food Director will upload all deposits by Tuesday morning at 7a.m. No uploading of money takes place over the weekend. Students may also simply pay cash on a daily basis, although prepayment is the preferred method for the Foodservice department, as it allows for a more efficient serving line. The district allows each student to charge their meal if they have forgotten their money or do not have adequate funds on their account. However the district places a 3 meal charge limit on each account. Students are NOT permitted to “charge” a la carte or snack-type foods [ex: snacks or bottled water]. All parents can track their child’s balance by logging onto RevTrak, as noted above, and creating an account. Students may also be discreetly reminded in the lunch line if their account goes into negative balance.
It is important to note that once an account reaches three meals’ worth in negative balance, the student will be offered an alternative lunch consisting of a sandwich, one fruit or vegetable side dish and carton of milk., until restitution is made on the account. The student’s lunch account will be charged a lesser amount to cover the cost of the meal.
It is imperative to note that no child will ever be denied a meal.
If you have any questions please contact Janet Gaffney, Food Service Director.
724-266-2833 ext. 2395
Summer Lunch Program 2018
Children Ages 1-18
Adult Meals: $3.50
Beginning Monday, June 4th to Thursday, August 2rd
Serving Lunch Monday through Thursday
Closed Fridays and July 4th
Serving time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Ambridge High School Cafeteria
909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003
Click below to see the the Summer Lunch Program Flyer:
Healthier School Day
Starting in school year 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day will need to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. Prior to the publishing of the Smart Snacks rule, 39 States already had nutrition standards in place.
You may have heard that there were new requirements for school meals beginning with the 2012 year. The requirements continue this year, and this is what students can come to expect in the cafeteria:
Students will now be required to have ½ cup of fruit or vegetables on their tray for it to count as a full meal. In addition, the amounts for fruits and vegetables students can take has increased and students will be able to take more fruit and vegetables than before. However, anything less than a full meal (a tray without a fruit or vegetable) must be charged at a la carte prices. We plan to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to give the students more to select from.
All milk offered, if flavored must be fat-free. We gradually transitioned to fat-free flavored milk by providing fat-free chocolate milk beginning January, 2012 and fat-free vanilla and strawberry milk in April, 2012.
Children with Disabilities and Special Dietary Needs Revised (July 2017)
Schools participating in a federal school meal program (National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Special Milk Program, and Afterschool Snack Program) are required to make reasonable accommodations for children who are unable to eat the school meals because of a disability that restricts the diet.
1. Licensed Medical Authority’s Statement for Children with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations 7 CFR Part 15b require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. School food authorities must provide modifications for children on a case-by-case basis when requests are supported by a written statement from a state licensed medical authority. For this purpose, a state licensed medical authority in Pennsylvania includes a licensed physician, physician assistant, certified registered nurse practitioner, or dentist. The third page of this document (“Medical Plan of Care for School Food Service”) may be used to obtain the required information from the licensed medical authority.
- The written medical statement must include:
- An explanation of how the child’s physical or mental impairment restricts the child’s diet;
- An explanation of what must be done to accommodate the child; and
- The food or foods to be omitted and recommended alternatives, if appropriate.
2. Other Special Dietary Needs
School food service staff may make food substitutions for individual children who do not have a medical statement on file. Such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis and all accommodations must be made according to USDA’s meal pattern requirements. Schools are encouraged, but not required, to have documentation on file when making menu modifications within the meal pattern.
Special dietary needs and requests, including those related to general health concerns, personal preferences, and moral or religious convictions, are not disabilities and are optional for school food authorities to accommodate.
3. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, a person with a disability means any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or major bodily functions, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. A physical or mental impairment does not need to be life threatening in order to constitute a disability. If it limits a major life activity, it is considered a disability.
Major life activities include, but are not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. A major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to: functions of the immune system; normal cell growth; and digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
4. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
A child with a disability under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is described as a child evaluated in accordance with IDEA as having one or more of the recognized thirteen disability categories and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with the IDEA and its implementing regulations. When nutrition services are required under a child's IEP, school officials need to ensure that school food service staff is involved early in decisions regarding special meals. If an IEP or 504 plan includes the same information that is required on a medical statement (see section 1, above), then it is not necessary to get a separate medical statement.
Children with Disabilities and Special Dietary Needs
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any
program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
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:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider
Click the link below to download the Medical Plan of care for School Food Service Form.
The Ambridge Area School District follows the Nutrition Standard Guidelines that the Department of Education has put in place for the National School Lunch Program as well as for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools. With guidelines implemented in the 2006/2007 school year, there have been many changes and more to come as the guidelines continue to be updated.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is required to do an administrative review of menus and production records in schools, to see if the guidelines are being followed. The review for the Ambridge Area School District was completed in December, 2008, and we passed with high praise.
In review of the menu in greater detail, here are a few examples of the types of foods being served:
- Pizza –Whole Grain Crusts
- Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables offered daily, including fresh
- Bread and Buns – Wheat and Grain bread and buns are offered daily
- Cereal – General Mills Whole Grain Cereals are used
- Snacks –All of our snacks meet the nutrient standards for healthy snacks.
- Beverages – Water, Milk and 100% Juice are available daily
- No deep fried foods, ever!
If you have questions about food services, please call Janet Gaffney, Food Service Director, at (724) 266-2833, ext. 2395
Mrs. Val Misencik, Secretary
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement and Complaint Procedure
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 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.
AASD is an equal opportunity provider
AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
STUDENT WELLNESS POLICY ADOPTED: 08/30/2006
Ambridge Area School District recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to our students’ physical health, well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The School Board of Directors is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.
To ensure the health and well-being of all students, the Board establishes that the district shall provide to students:
· A comprehensive nutrition program consistent with federal and state requirements.
· Access at reasonable cost to food and beverages that meet established nutritional guidelines.
· Physical Education courses and opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity during the school day.
· Curriculum and programs for grades K-12 designed for educating students about proper nutrition and lifelong physical activity, in accordance with State Board of Education curriculum regulations and academic standards.
3. DELEGATION OF RESPONSIBILITY
The Superintendent or Food Service Director shall be responsible to monitor district schools, programs, and curriculum to ensure compliance with the policy, related policies, and established guidelines or administrative regulations. Each building Principal or designee shall report to the Superintendent or Food Service Director regarding compliance in each respective school. Staff members responsible for programs related to student wellness shall report to the Superintendent regarding the status of such programs.
The district shall appoint a Wellness Committee consisting of members of the administrative staff, physical education/health education teachers, school nurse, student council representatives, parent representatives, Food Service Director, and one member of the food service industry.
5. NUTRITION/HEALTH EDUCATION
· The goal of Ambridge Area School District is to teach measures which support a healthy lifestyle by students, which will promote student readiness and enhance achievement toward student performance.
· All students will be required to take and pass at least four (4) health education courses between grades K-12 in Health Education and/or Family and Consumer Sciences.
· All Health education courses are taught using the curriculum that is consistent with Pennsylvania and National Standards.
· Health education courses teach objectives for students on adopting a healthy lifestyle and emphasizing nutrition and physical activity.
· Health education faculty is certified in their field and participates in ongoing professional development and continuing education in the health/nutrition/wellness discipline.
· Health education messages will be emphasized throughout Ambridge Area School District by way of course content, guest speakers, menu messages, nutrient labeling of menus and educational décor in classrooms.
· Health education messages shall extend into the community via the district newsletter, and support of parent-teacher organizations.
6. NUTRITION SERVICES/FOOD SERVICES
· All foods made available through the district operate under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program guidelines and are served in accordance with federal nutrition standards under the School Meals Initiative and the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A primary focus will implement measures to combat the issue of childhood obesity and promote, in awareness and practice, a healthier eating lifestyle.
· Meals will meet the nutritional criteria for calories, fat, low-fat dairy foods, whole-grain baked (bread) products, a variety of at least 3 fruits and/or vegetables daily, as per the current Nutritional Guidelines from Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Food and Nutrition.
· Ala carte foods sold within the district’s food service department will be packaged in single serving sizes, not list sugar as the first ingredient, provide minimal or no trans fat, and include a variety of items that provide 2+ grams of fiber per serving. Caloric content will not exceed 200 calories per serving for all foods except entrees. To be updated upon receipt of final rule regarding competitive foods.
· NO FRIED FOODS WILL BE OFFERED.
· Beverages sold within the food service department will include allowable milk selections at minimum of two (2) fat-free flavors, and white 1%. Whole milk will not be offered. Milk will be packaged in 8 ounce containers. Bottled water and 100% juice will be sold/offered as part of the menued lunch and ala carte sales.
· Junior and Senior High cafeterias will offer a variety of beverages that meet the current nutritional criteria. Beverage offerings will be in compliance with the forthcoming newly adopted competitive foods rule.
· Foods of minimal nutritional value will not be sold anytime during the day within the food service department.
Refer to USDA regulation 7 CFR 210 and 220.
· The district will ensure that beverages sold through vending machines will reflect current competitive food rules.
· Vending machines containing carbonated soft drinks will not be turned on during the normal school day.
· Vending machines will not be available in schools grades K-6.
· Healthier meal options and menued suggestions will be marketed on menus, the food service newsletters, and on the district’s website. Signage and nutritional information will be posted on menus and in serving areas to encourage students to choose healthier eating and promote nutrient awareness.
· All food service employees will be in-serviced on the implementation of the process of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points.
· The Food Service Director and appropriate staff will arrange to meet with Junior and Senior High student council no less than once every three (3) months to review menus, hold taste tests, and gather student feedback via surveys, interviews.
· The Food Service Director will communicate with parents on a regular basis on menus, wellness, and departmental offerings. This communication will take place via the district newsletters and via online email accessibility and the district website.
· Food Service Department, working in cooperation with food vendors, and the district, will sponsor events such as health and wellness food fairs as often as possible.
· Food Service Department will continue to sponsor a nutrition awareness classroom lesson to all first graders, annually. The program is in conjunction with school instructional staff and the district’s dairy provider, who currently provides a nutrition education specialist to educate the children on healthy food and dairy choices.
7. SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE ENVIRONMENT
· Vendors will work with food service staff in providing complete nutritional content of all foods offered within the school food service department.
· Additionally, all foods menued will be analyzed for nutrition content to meet current US dietary guidelines. Nutritional software will be implemented to accomplish this task. Recipes will be standardized and analyzed for nutrient data as well.
· Ample substitutions will be made for gluten free students, as well as students with food allergies.
· School meals will be served in clean, safe pleasant surroundings. Adequate space and time will be provided to ensure a positive meal experience. The National Association of School Boards recommends the promotion of a relaxed dining experience including 10 minutes after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch.
· All food service staff will have ongoing opportunity to participate in continuing nutrition education and staff development via attendance in workshops, district in-service days, and department food service meetings. Head Cooks will participate at least annually in workshops or seminars related to food and nutrition services. At least four (4) food service members per year will become trained in the Serv-Safe Program.
· Food service staff shall take all measures to ensure that student access to foods and beverages meet federal, state, and local guidelines, as well as sanitation regulations.
· The food service department cooking, storage, and serving areas shall be limited to “Authorized Personnel Only” in an effort toward maintaining kitchen sanitation and infection control.
· Food Service Director, working with active and/or parent members of the Wellness Committee, will take measures to promote awareness among parents and teachers to emphasize the offering of healthier food alternatives for classroom parties and fundraisers.
· Nutritional facts and advice, i.e. carbohydrate counts, gluten free offerings, and similar circumstances.
· In an effort to reduce competition with the district’s school lunch program, the Ambridge Area School District will remain a “closed-campus”, i.e., students will not be permitted to leave school grounds during the school day for alternative food or beverage purposes.
· The Food Service Director shall provide appropriate training to all food service staff on the specific area components of the Student Wellness Policy.
8. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
· Ambridge Area School District will provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity during the school day for all students.
· District schools and instructors provide students the opportunity to exercise through physical activity daily on most days of the week, in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
· A variety of age-appropriate physical activities, in addition to physical education class, shall be provided in the form of recess and after school extra-curricular clubs and groups.
· Physical fitness tests and/or challenges will be offered annually to students in grades 7-12.
· A physical and social environment will be offered and maintained that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students.
· After school programs shall provide developmentally appropriate physical activity for participating children. The district has already partnered with the YMCA for after school activities in elementary levels.
· District schools shall partner with parents/guardians and community members to institute programs that support physical activity.
· Parents and staff will be encouraged to participate in such activities.
· The district will continue to provide students and community with acceptable physical activity facilities after school hours.
9. PHYSICAL EDUCATION
· The district will offer a quality physical education instruction that promotes lifelong physical activity in accordance with the US dietary guidelines.
· Physical education classes shall be the means through which all students learn, practice, and are assessed on the development of appropriate skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong health and physical activity.
· A comprehensive physical education course of study that focuses on providing students the skills, knowledge, and confidence to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle shall be implemented.
· A sequential physical education program consistent with State Board of Education curriculum regulations and Health, Safety and Physical Education Academic Standards shall be developed and implemented.
· Adequate amounts of planned instruction shall be provided in order for students to achieve the proficient level for the Health, Safety and Physical Education Academic Standards.
· Students shall be moderately to vigorously active for the major portion of a given physical education class. Documented medical conditions and disabilities shall be accommodated each class.
· Safe and adequate equipment, facilities and resources shall be provided.
· Physical education shall be taught by certified instructors who shall participate in ongoing continuing education to maintain a level current expertise in the discipline.
· Physical education classes shall have a teacher to student ratio comparable to those of other courses.
10. OTHER ACTIVITIES INVOLVING FOOD, NUTRITION, AND WELLNESS
· Parent Partnerships:
Parents shall be provided information to help them incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their children’s daily lives. The information will be provided in the form of student handouts, the school district website, articles in school district community or food service newsletters, presentations during PTA/PTO meetings that focus on healthy eating, exercise, and/or wellness, and any other appropriate means for reaching parents.
Parents shall be educated to partner with school staff in order to provide a healthy diet and appropriate level of physical activity during both school hours and in their respective homes.
The Wellness Committee will distribute a list of suggestions for non-food fundraising efforts to all PTA/PTO groups and other student groups that participate in fundraising. While the Wellness Committee cannot prohibit the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value, it can and will encourage the use of many alternative methods for raising funds. SEE APPENDIX C
The Wellness Committee and subsequent Policy will request that the cooperation of PTA/PTO groups and other groups that any fundraising items of minimal nutritional value WILL NOT be offered nor eaten during the school day. This is in order to assure that they are not in direct competition with the National School Lunch Program.
· Classroom Parties:
ALL TEACHERS AND PARENTS OF ELEMNTARY STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN A LIST OF SUGGESTIONS FOR HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES FOR FOOD BROUGHT IN FOR CLASSROOM PARTY CELEBRATIONS. SEE APPENDIX B
Parents will be encouraged to offer variety in their choice of party food. The Wellness Committee will encourage that parents cooperate with the teachers in order to avoid duplication of excessive sweets being brought in from home. Example: offer fresh fruit, one sweet, one non-sweetened beverage, etc. instead of cupcake, cookie, chips, pop…
Food brought in for classroom parties shall not be offered before those particular students have eaten lunch so as to avoid negatively affecting the students’ appetite.
Each building Principal will have final decision as to frequency of party celebrations and food offered.
TO ALL PARENTS IN AASD! GREAT NEWS! COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION
Dear Parents or Guardians:
We are pleased to inform you that the entire AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT will now take part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2019-20 School Year. This provision is available by our meeting certain criteria in our participation in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
This new and exciting provision is wonderful news for you and your student(s)!
Effective August 27, 2019, all enrolled students of AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT are eligible to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day at the school at no charge to your household. There is no need to fill out an application for free and reduced meals.
**Please keep in mind that single item purchases, including milk and snack bar items will still be sold a la carte; however—your lunch and breakfast meals will be free of charge!
Janet L. Gaffney, RD, LDN
Food Service Director