LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                                                    127 Grassy Gutter Road
                                                   Longmeadow, MA 01106

E. Jahn Hart, Superintendent of Schools                                                Telephone (413) 565-4200
Maureen Wilson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction                               Fax (413) 565-4215

                                                      "Eyes on the Child - Learning"

September 2007

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Longmeadow Public Schools is committed to providing school environments that promote and
protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical
activity. Schools contribute to the basic health status of students and staff by facilitating learning through
the support and promotion of good nutrition, physical activity, and positive dietary and lifestyle practices.
In compliance with Section 204 of Public Law 108-265 – June 30, 2004: Child Nutrition and WIC
Reauthorization Act of 2004, and recommendations by the Massachusetts Department of Education and
Public Health, the Longmeadow School Committee approved a Wellness Policy on June 12, 2006. The
intent of this policy is to outline the district’s ongoing commitment in support of wellness in the areas of
nutrition, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote health and wellness. After a
year of communication and awareness about the policy, we are ready to implement the approved policy
changes as planned. Further, we believe that community participation and parental support is essential to
the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies.

The Longmeadow School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. You
are being asked to refrain from bringing in home-baked goods for celebrations at school due to the
increasing number of students who have food allergies, in some cases life-threatening allergies. A list of
suggested alternatives as well as nutrition guidelines is attached.

Your cooperation as we implement these changes is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support of the Longmeadow Public Schools Wellness Policy.


Maureen A. Wilson
Assistant Superintendent

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