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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Synergy Academies announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 1718 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the following sites:

Synergy Charter Academy: 900 E. 33rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011 – Breakfast and Lunch

Synergy Kinetic Academy: 1420 E. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011 – Lunch

Synergy Quantum Academy: 300 E. 53rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011 – Breakfast and Lunch

 

For additional information please contact: Synergy Academies Attention: Christina Vogel, COO/Food Services Director, 900 E. 33rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011

(323) 235-7960

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

 

 
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, 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.
 
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, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
 

Declaración de no discriminación del USDA

 

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, credo religioso, discapacidad, edad, creencias políticas, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

 

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o con discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] llamando al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

 

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

 

(1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

      1400 Independence Avenue, SW

      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 

(2)             fax: (202) 690-7442; o

 

(3)            correo electrónico: intake@usda.gov.

 

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.


Synergy Academies has a Local School Wellness Policy and we invite all stakeholders to participate in the development, implementation and periodic review of the policy. At the beginning of each school year, opportunities for giving input will occur during scheduled Coffees with the Principal, Title I meetings with parents, staff meeting and during the Wellness Policy Committee meetings. Every three years, Synergy Academies conducts an assessment to measure the the implementation of the LSWP. A copy of the assessment is attached to this page.  Please see the policy below.
 

WELLNESS POLICY

 

Synergy Academies 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.  Therefore, it is the policy of Synergy Academies that:

 

  • The schools will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing Synergy Academies-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.
  • All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Qualified child nutrition professionals associated with the National School Lunch Program will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; the organization will take into consideration the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
  • To the maximum extent practicable, all schools in Synergy Academies will participate in the National School Lunch Program.
  • Schools will provide physical activity and will work with a National School Lunch Program vendor to provide nutrition education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity. The schools will establish linkages between health education, school meal programs, and related community services.

 

TO ACHIEVE THESE POLICY GOALS

 

I. Creation of Wellness Committee 

Synergy Academies will  organize a Wellness Committee to monitor and advise on policies that impact school nutrition and physical activity. The committee will serve as a resource to Synergy Academies for implementing those policies.

 

II. Nutrition

Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

 

  • be appealing and attractive to children;
  • be served in clean and pleasant settings;
  • meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;
  • offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;
  • no more than 30% of total calories from fat, averaged over a week;
  • no more the 10% of total calories from saturated fat, averaged over a week;
  • serve only low-fat (1%) and fat-free milk and nutritionally-equivalent non-dairy alternatives (to be defined by USDA); and
  • ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.

 

Schools should engage students and parents, through taste-tests of new entrees and surveys, in selecting foods sold through the school meal programs in order to identify new, healthful, and appealing food choices. In addition, schools should share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students. Such information could be made

available on menus, a website, on cafeteria menu boards, placards, or other point-of-purchase materials.

 

Breakfast

To ensure that all children have breakfast, Schools will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means.

 

Free and Reduced-priced Meals

Schools will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Toward this end, schools may utilize electronic identification and payment systems; provide meals at no charge to all children, regardless of income based on the Provision 2 Program; promote the availability of school meals to all students.

 

Summer Food Service Program

Synergy Academies will advertise neighborhood locations sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program. This program offers free lunches to anyone visiting the meal program location during service hours.

 

Meal Times and Scheduling

Schools:

  • will provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for each meal;
  • Should schedule meal periods at appropriate times and in coordination with the co-located schools on campus;
  • should not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities;
  • will schedule lunch periods to follow recess periods (in elementary schools);
  • will provide students access to hand washing in student restrooms before they eat meals;
  • should take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).  

 

Qualifications of School Food Service Staff

Synergy Academies is a designated Food Service Authority or FSA for operating the meal programs. Qualified professionals will administer the school meal programs. We will provide continuing professional development for all food service staff, including appropriate certification and/or training programs.

 

Nutritional Guidelines for all Food Served at Schools

 

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) in Section 9(a)(4), 42 U.S.C. 1758(a)(4), requires that school meals reflect the latest ‘‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans’’ (Dietary Guidelines). On January 13, 2011, USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (76 FR 2494) to update the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to align them with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines:

 

  • Offer fruits and vegetables as two separate meal components;
  • Offer fruit daily at breakfast and lunch;
  • Offer vegetables daily at lunch, including specific vegetable subgroups weekly (dark green, orange, legumes, and other as defined in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines) and a limited quantity of starchy vegetables throughout the week;
  • Offer whole grains: half of the grains would be whole grain-rich upon implementation of the rule and all grains would be whole-grain rich two years post implementation;
  • Offer a daily meat/meat alternate at breakfast;
  • Offer fluid milk that is fat-free (unflavored and flavored) and low-fat (unflavored only);
  • Offer meals that meet specific calorie ranges for each age/grade group;
  • Reduce the sodium content of meals gradually over a 10-year period through two intermediate sodium targets at two and four years post implementation;
  • Prepare meals using food products or ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fat per serving;
  • Require students to select a fruit or a vegetable as part of the reimbursable meal;
  • Use a single food-based menu planning approach; and
  • Use narrower age/grade groups for menu planning.

 

Snacks

Snacks or suppers served in the after-school care program at Synergy Charter Academy and Synergy Kinetic Academy will make a positive contribution to children's diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and milk as the primary beverage. Our schools are served the supper by LAUSD since our schools are co-located on LAUSD campuses. The supper also meets required federal nutrition standards as they are served through the Child and Adult Care Supper Program.

 

Competitive Foods and Beverages

 

Competitive foods and beverages are items that are sold to students on school campus, during the school day, outside of and in competition with the federally reimbursable meal programs. Examples of competitive foods and beverages include those sold during the school day in vending machines (that are not reimbursable meals), student stores, á la carte items.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snacks in School (SSIS) rule regulates what is allowable as a competitive food or beverage.

 

Synergy Academies does not offer competitive foods and beverages. All food and beverage is offered to all three schools through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program (at Synergy Charter Academy and Synergy Quantum Academy).  Synergy schools will comply with all state and federal regulations for charter schools governing competitive foods as outlined by the California Department of Education (Attachment A).

 

Fundraisers

The Smart Snacks in School (SSIS) rule allows state agencies to consider “special exemptions for school-sponsored fundraisers during the school day if the fundraisers are approved by the school and are infrequent within the school. The California Department of Education has set zero as the number of exempt school day fundraisers.

 

Food and beverage items sold for fundraising activities outside of the school are not required to comply with the nutrition standards if the foods will not be consumed on school property (Attachment A). The schools will make an effort to develop fundraising activities that will not involve food. Schools will encourage fundraising activities that promote physical activity.

 

Rewards

Schools should not use foods or beverages as rewards for academic performance or good behavior and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.

 

Celebrations

Schools should limit celebrations that involve food during the school day. Celebrations should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually (above).

 

 

III.      Nutrition Education and Promotion

 

Synergy Academies aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools shall consider nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:

 

  • provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
  • includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities such as taste testing with the food services vendor, farm visits, and school gardens;
  • promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;
  • emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);
  • links with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;
  • teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and
  • includes training for school staff.

 

Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting

For students to receive the nationally-recommended amount of daily physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:

  • When appropriate, discussions in classrooms relating to health will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;
  • Staff will look for opportunities to incorporate physical activity and/or movement into other subject lessons and will do so when able; and

 

Communications with Parents

Synergy Academies/school will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. Synergy Academies will work with the food services vendor to offer taste tests and healthy eating information for parents, send home nutrition information, and provide nutrient analyses of school menus upon request. Schools should encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages.

 

Synergy Academies will support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Synergy Academies will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activities before, during, and after the school day when those opportunities arise.

 

Food Marketing in Schools

Synergy Academies does not participate in school-based marketing but if it decides to in the future, it will be consistent with nutrition education, health promotion and nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products is encouraged.

 

 

Staff Wellness

Synergy Academies highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and supports activities and policies that encourage staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 

  1. Physical Education and Physical Activity

 

Physical Activity During the School Day

Synergy Academies offers organized play and physical activities to students in K-12 throughout the school year.

 

Physical Activity Opportunities After School

 

  • The high school will offer interscholastic sports programs. Schools will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities, and students with special health-care needs.
  • After-school and enrichment programs at the elementary and middle school will provide and encourage daily periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity for all participants.  

 

Physical Activity and Punishment

Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) as punishment.

  1. Monitoring and Policy Review

 

Monitoring

The Wellness Committee will ensure compliance with established Synergy Academies-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. In each school, the principal will ensure compliance with those policies in his/her school and will report on the school's compliance to the Wellness Committee.

 

School food service staff will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the Wellness Committee (or if done at the school level, to the school principal).

 

The Wellness Committee will develop a summary report every three years on Synergy Academies-wide compliance with Synergy Academies established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based on input from schools within Synergy Academies. That report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to the school principals and the school community of Synergy Academies.

 

Policy Review

To help with the initial development of the Synergy Academies wellness policies, each school in the Synergy Academies will conduct a baseline assessment of the school's existing nutrition and physical activity environments and policies. The results of those school-by-school assessments will be compiled to identify and prioritize needs.

 

Assessments will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. Synergy Academies will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.

 

 

Posting Requirements

Each school shall post the district’s Wellness Policy in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas. (Education Code 49432).

 

 

Board Revised and Approved: 11/19/16