School Policies

Wellness Policy

Manville School regards the physical health and well-being of students as of a very high priority. It is one of the critical foundations for healthy growing and sets the stage for learning to take place. Wellness has both pro-social and health benefit, teaching children about nutrition as well as how to actively play well together. To that end, every effort is made to provide children with healthy food, snacks, and beverages. Manville School is also committed to providing opportunities for physical exercise throughout the day in both structured and non-structured settings. The school nurse is always available to consult with students regarding any nutritional or well-being issues that they may have.

Manville serves breakfast and lunch in our spacious and cheerful cafeteria. Lower and Middle Schools eat family style, the Upper School utilizes a cafeteria line as preparation for the transition to high school. Each meal period is 20 to 25 minutes long.

Under the supervision of the Manville chef, students are offered nutritionally balanced meals and snacks that afford a wide range of nutrients. There are ample fruits available daily. There is a salad bar with fresh vegetables daily. Bread is available and is 75% whole grain, as are breakfast cereals. Portion sizes and food selection meet federally mandated guidelines for both type and size. Fat-free and 1% milk are offered with breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Manville does not use food as an incentive, nor do we allow students to drink soda or use vending machines available to staff of The Baker Center. Manville also does not withhold food from students under any circumstances.

Classroom-based celebrations in honor of birthdays or holidays take place no more than once a month. The dietary restrictions of students who are diabetic or have food allergies always inform the selection of what is to be served.

To accommodate the religious, ethnic, or cultural diversity wishes of students, they can, with the permission of family and treatment team, bring lunch to school. The lunch must meet the dietary guidelines of our cafeteria, as well as those guidelines particular to a student, (sugar free, gluten free, etc.) Even with a meal from home, students can add desired items from the salad bar or fruit bar.​​​​​


Guidelines for Lunch and/or Snack That Is Brought To School

  1. The Manville School lunch is a balanced meal containing protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates.  We expect lunches that are brought in to be balanced as well.  Snacks (chips, pretzels, etc), desserts (cookies, fruit roll-ups, etc.), snack cakes, or candy are not allowed.

  2. Desserts at Manville consist of something sweet, a piece of fruit, or Jell-o.  Please adhere to the restrictions listed above when providing your child with dessert options.

  3. Students who bring a lunch may be able to help themselves to the salad bar.

  4. Students may not bring beverages to school.  They will have a choice of milk, juice (if offered) or water at school.

  5. There is no sharing, trading, or giving away of lunches or parts of lunches brought to school.

  6. Manville cannot provide refrigeration for lunches. Anything that needs to be kept cold must be stored in a lunch box with a cold pack.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Manville School will be participating in the National School Lunch Program. As part of this program, The Manville School will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST due to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022.  Students will be able to participate in these programs without having to pay a fee or submit a household application.

Non-Discrimination 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.

How to file a program complaint of discrimination:

File A Complaint

You may also 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:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442

email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Bullying Intervention & Prevention Policy

The Manville expects that all members of the school community will treat each other in a civil manner and with respect for differences and diversity.  We believe that a positive, safe, and civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve.  Bullying disrupts a student’s ability to learn and compromises a school’s ability to educate it students in a safe environment.  Therefore, Manville School prohibits any form of bullying, including cyber-bullying, and retaliation.

Manville School defines bullying as the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture directed at another student that interferes with a student’s sense of safety, dignity, comfort, or productivity in the school environment.

  • Bullying involves a power imbalance in which the child doing the bullying has more power due to such factors as age, size, support of the peer group, or higher status.
  • Bullying is carried out with intent to harm the targeted person in some way.
  • Bullying can include physical aggression, verbal insults, spreading of malicious rumors or gossip, and threatening exclusion from the peer group.
  • Bullying is usually a repeated activity in which a particular child is singled out more than once and often in a chronic manner.
  • Cyber-bullying is bullying using technology or any electronic means such as cell phone, the Internet, or a social networking site.  It includes but is not limited to email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings.  Cyber-bullying includes the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons.
     

Manville School will promptly investigate all reports and complaints of bullying, cyber bullying and/or retaliation, and take quick action to end inappropriate behavior and restore the target’s sense of safety in the school. Parents of both the student who is being bullied (the target), as well as the student who is being accused of doing the bullying (the aggressor) will be notified of the investigation.

All staff receive annual training on the Manville School’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan which will include a common understanding of the definition of bullying, including cyber-bullying; an overview of the bullying prevention curricula which will be integrated at all grade levels throughout the school; staff responsibilities under the Plan; an overview of the steps that the Principal or designee will follow when a report of bullying or retaliation is made; and how parents/guardians will be included in the process to ensure their child’s emotional and physical safety in and out of school.

Our bullying prevention curriculum is evidence based and is part of a whole school initiative which includes strategies for the prevention of bullying as well as the development of requisite social skills. We utilize several developmentally and age-appropriate programs, including, MARC Bullying and Cyber-bullying Prevention Curricula.  These programs promote a whole school approach by addressing factors at the school, staff, family, child, and peer group level.