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15 TO CLEAN: A Children’s Health Initiative 

In an effort to raise standards around the quality and healthfulness of meals served at Park City schools, even beyond baseline USDA requirements, the Park City School District Child Nutrition Task Force has identified 15 additives/ingredients to remove from the menu (district-wide) over the next three years. These ingredients were prioritized based on the very latest in science and research, and reflect an overall shift happening across the country.

As part of this initiative, at least 18 NEW, freshly-prepared, healthy and delicious options will be “voted in” by our students. A multi-pronged educational campaign will educate our kids about the more nutritious selections to make sure they will actually try the food, like it — and eat it!

TIMELINE: FIVE INGREDIENTS PER YEAR, OVER THREE YEARS

In order to progress at an attainable pace, five ingredients will be trimmed from our offerings throughout each year, starting this year.

THE FIRST FIVE

  1. Trans-fats
  2. High-fructose corn syrup
  3. MSG
  4. Sucralose
  5. Sulphite / Sulfites

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT 

Students will be given the opportunity to engage in:

  1. Adventure Bites: bi-monthly student taste tests, each of which will conclude with a digital survey for student feedback, conducted in partnership with EATS Park City
  2. Nutrition Curriculum: a group of teachers will create ways to integrate healthy eating into already-existing curriculum
  3. Classroom, school & community gardens: planting, growing and learning about producing their own food
  4. After-school EATS cooking classes: learning to put a recipe together using healthy, tasty ingredients
  5. Community events: celebrating healthful eating with parents and community members while educating our communty about the strides being taken for better nutrition at Park City School District

ADVENTURE BITES 

The 15 TO CLEAN initiative will introduce at least 18 new recipes for students to try this school year. PCSD child nutrition staff and local chefs will craft the recipes, with additional contributions from renowned Park City eating establishments. The recipes will range from entreés to salad dressings — and ingredients will be sourced locally whenever possible. Students will vet the choices through the tast test program Adventure Bites, presented by EATS Park City each month at each school. Check out the schedule HERE – and recipes already tried HERE! Through Adventure Bites, kids will help handpick options to be placed on the school menus.

PARTNERS

Park City School District is working on 15 TO CLEAN in partnership with highly-qualified experts in our community: our incredible child nutrition staff; the EATS Park City team; Jodie Rogers, Director of Food & Beverage at Deer Valley Resort; Alex Malmborg, Executive Chef of Mountain Dining at Park City Mountain; Kate Geagan, America’s Green Nutritionist; and a number of world-class Park City-area restaurants.

RESTAURANTS

  • Deer Valley Resort
  • Park City Mountain
  • Riverhorse on Main
  • Blind Dog Restaurant
  • Squatters Roadhouse Grill
  • Done To Your Taste Catering
  • Silver Star Café

START WITH A SALAD

15 TO CLEAN launches in August of 2016. The school year will begin with salad bars based on Deer Valley’s Natural Buffetin each elementary school. Of note — no iceberg lettuce! The salad bar will be stocked with romaine, and even heartier greens will be rotated in as our kids’ taste buds acclimate to more robust flavors. In addition to the basics, salad bar options could include quinoa & lentils, kale chips & taro sticks (crunchy treats made from taro root), bean & broccoli, hummus & edamame.

LOCALLY SOURCED

Park City School District continues to source wholesome food locally. We use items like milk, bread, apples, peaches and lettuce from local providers whenever possible. Lettuce and carrots are provided by the New Roots Farm Training Program, which is run by the International Rescue Committee. The organization provides “opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture and other immigrants to thrive in America.”

CURRICULUM

A group of grade-level teachers, physical education teachers and counselors will analyze scholarly resources to determine how to integrate food, nutrition, health and culture (while maintaining Park City School District’s rigorous academic standards) into existing curriculum. Work is expected to be piloted starting January of 2017.

MENU

Parents and students can learn more about each day’s menu by clicking “Menus” on the left side of this page (or head topcschools.nutrislice.com). Pictures of each food item are available, as well as nutrition information, carb counts, and icons which can alert you to specific ingredients (like eggs, wheat, soy, etc.). The menus are also accessible by app – simply search “Nutrislice” in the Apple Store or Google Play.

SCRATCH COOKING 

Park City School District’s Child Nutrition Task Force, as part of its 15 TO CLEAN child health initiative, has defined “scratch cooking” or “from scratch” as follows:

Our onsite Child Nutrition Team uses fresh, expertly-sourced ingredients with emphasis on single-ingredient, minimally-processed food to create nutritious recipes and meals for Park City students. 

The EATS Park City team (EATS stands for Eat Awesome Things at School) has a mission to “Ensure every student has access to fresh, nutrition, appealing food and opportunities to develop lifelong positive and healthy food habits.” The organization has advocated for improved school food offerings for our students since 2013, and the team at Park City School District looks forward to a long and happy partnership with EATS!

For the story of how EATS inspired PCSD to improve, click HERE.

For EATS recipes, click HERE.

15 TO CLEAN

Online Payment System Provider

We are excited to announce that we will now be working with a company called PayPams. Please visit the website listed below to set up your account. It is a great and easy way to pay for your students meals in advance, so they can enjoy the meals provided at the school each day. Fliers and tips on how to sign up are located at your school’s front office.

Click here to go to paypams.com

Money that was already in MySchooolBucks will automatically be transferred over to PayPams.

We know how hectic heading back to school can be, but with the new 15 TO CLEAN initiative at Park City School District, your kids will be able to get healthy lunches at school (and you can feel guilt-free about it)! However, there’s still the matter of after-school snacks to figure out. With that in mind, we’ll use this page to post ways to create healthy, easy, stress-free snacking, courtesy of Kate Geagan, America’s Green Nutritionist. (Kate is a member of the EATS Park City team’s advisory panel.)

4 Must-Haves For Meals & Snacks With Staying Power

  1. A Fruit
  2. A Vegetable
  3. A Whole Grain
  4. A Protein
  5. BONUS – a water bottle!

Build A To-Go Fridge Box & Let Kids DIY

This option gives kids a way to create quick, customizable and proportioned snacks. It’s also great for eaters who “like to keep things separate.” So, clear a shelf in your fridge, grab an empty tupperware bin — and stock it up with some (or all!) of the ideas here.

IDEAS:

  • Single-serve Greek yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Dried Fruit
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Hummus
  • Nut Butters
  • Edamame
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Trail Mix
  • Turkey Jerky

 

Mason Jar Snack Set 

Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest for driving this crave — aren’t they gorgeous to look at? Why it works: kids love to dunk & dip! Plus, keeping things separate keeps the meal appeal high: no one likes a wilted mess for lunch, and with this trick — crisp foods stay crisp! You can find tons of inspiration photos and snack ideas on Pinterest, but here are a few ideas to start with.

IDEAS: 

  • Veggies With Hummus
  • Oatmeal With Yogurt
  • Granola With Yogurt
  • Celery With Nut Butter
  • Basic Chopped Salad With Dressing

 

 

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Child Nutrition – Policy 9027 – Amended

Refunds

  1. Withdrawn students – for any student who has withdrawn from school a written request must be submitted to the Child Nutrition Director for a refund of any money remaining in their account. An email request is acceptable.
  2. Unused Funds – Students who are graduating or leaving the district should contact their school office for meal account balances and to request a refund. Any unused balance can also be transferred to a siblings account upon request. All funds must be requested within one year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Park City School District Child Nutrition Department.

Refund forms are located at the school office, cafeteria or district website.

Please return completed forms to the front office, cafeteria or mail/fax (435-645-5608) to the District Office. An email request is also acceptable — please send requests to childnutrition@pcschools.us.

All refunds will be processed after the school year ends.

Policy 9027, Food Service Policies and Procedures

Park City School District Child Nutrition Department

Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Name Position Email Phone
RJ Owen Director rjowen@pcschools.us 435-645-5600 ext. 1424
Yonessy Petiton Admin Assistant ypetiton@pcschools.us 435-645-5600 ext. 1444

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