In compliance with the new Federal Regulations regarding food served in public schools, the
Bethel Park School District’s Health and Wellness Committee (comprised of teachers,
administrators and community members, including parents) has established FIRM guidelines
regarding school parties and treats served to children during the school day.
Rather than parents sending food treats to school to celebrate their child’s birthday or for other
classroom events, we are requesting that all food items be replaced with a non-edible item, such
as a school supply (pencils, pens, stickers, etc.).
This guideline does NOT impact what parents send to school for their own child’s individual
lunch or snack. This request applies ONLY to classroom events and celebrations.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, all elementary holiday party snacks will be
coordinated through the schools’ PTO/PTA organizations. Additionally, the Bethel Park Food
Services Department, under the direction of Food Service Director Joe Consolmagno, is available
to help our PTO/PTA groups with providing healthy food options for those parties. Please feel
We understand that this new practice is a cultural shift from what has been done in the past, but in
consideration of the Federal guidelines, as well as students with sometimes life-threatening food
allergies, gluten sensitivities and other food issues, we need all of our parents to respect and
follow these new guidelines.
If you are looking for suggestions for healthy snack options for your child, we encourage you to
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s principal. Thank you for your
cooperation to ensure a safe and healthy school year for all of our children.