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All students have the opportunity to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day at Nelson Elementary. Breakfast is served each morning from 7:40 AM - 7:55 AM.

As part of our Wellness Policy, sweets, “junk food”, fast food, and sugary beverages are highly discouraged, as they interfere with a child’s ability to learn and grow.

At Nelson Elementary, a strong focus is maintained on academic instruction. We limit the use of the school day for parties of any kind or activities that are not curriculum-driven. Cupcakes, cakes, and other treats that violate the TUSD and Nelson nutrition policies are prohibited, including during classroom parties and on birthdays.

Lunch Drop-Off: If you are bringing in lunch during school hours for your 1st - 5th grade student(s), you may place it on the cart right outside of the office anytime from 8:30 – 11:45 am. There are name tags, pens and tape for you to attach your child’s name to their lunch. During the lunch hours, the cart will be rolled into campus next to the front office. Students know to come to the office if they forget their lunch. We honor students’ learning time, therefore, the office staff will not interrupt classroom instruction to notify students that their lunch is in the office. Students will not be called up to the office during a lunch period to receive his/her lunch or for parents to be able to say, “hi” to or eat lunch with their child. Additionally, parents may not sign-in as a visitor for the purpose of taking a lunch to a backpack or classroom. Students may NOT receive lunches through campus gates or other points of access. Thank you for your understanding and support with this policy.
Special Occasion Lunches: To maintain a safe, respectful and calm lunch experience for our students, parents/guardians/visitors may not set up birthday lunches or special occasion lunches for their child and a friend(s) here at school. When certain students are invited to enjoy a special meal on school campus, such as McDonald’s, for example, those left out can feel excluded and hurt. Thank you.