National School
Lunch Program (NSLP)

National School Lunch Program

On July 16, 2012, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued memorandum SP 38-2012, which allowed Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs), with state agency approval, to serve the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meal pattern in effect for the highest age/grade group served to all residential students. In order to utilize this flexibility, the RCCI must meet all three of the following criteria: 1) be a juvenile detention or correctional facility; 2) serve children in different age/grade groups; and 3) have legitimate safety concerns, or state juvenile justice laws or regulations related to offering meals with varying amounts of food within the same meal period.

Lighthouse Island Academy qualifies to participate in the NSLP as an RCCI. This means there is no charge for student breakfast or lunch meals for the 2019-2020 school year. However, all meals must meet federal and state guidelines. Students must take 3 items out of the 4 items offered at breakfast and 1 of those items must be a half cup of fruit. At lunch, students must take 3 items out of the 5 items offered and one of those items must be a half cup of fruit or vegetables.

NDS Purposes:

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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

LIA Wellness Policy Goals

Download Document: LIA Wellness Plan

Goals for Nutrition Education

  • Nutrition education will occur sequentially from 9th through 12th grade.
    • Grade appropriate nutrition curriculum will be established and taught sequentially by the 9th through 12th grade teachers..
    • In grade 9 students are required to enroll in Health and Wellness.
    • Another Health elective that features nutrition education will be available in the form of Health 10 – 12.
  • Assemblies will be held at least once a year featuring a professional to talk to the students about the importance of life long healthy nutrition.
    • Each assembly will feature material that will be presented in a fashion that the age group will understand the topics and facts based on their learning ability.
  • Learning projects that feature the entire student body will be featured.
    • During these expeditionary projects every grade 9 – 12 will be involved in curriculum that deals with health and wellness.
    • The project features putting information taught in the classroom into hands on experiments and exercises to help fully understand the concepts. 
  • Nutrition education will provide children with the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy lives.
    • Basic nutrition facts and information will be part of the curriculum for the elementary children and become more detailed as the students rise through the grade levels.
  • Lifelong lifestyle balance will be reinforced by linking nutrition education and physical activity.
    • During Physical Education class the connection between nutrition and physical wellness will be stressed and explained as part of curriculum.
  • Nutrition education will extend beyond the school environment by sharing information with and involving families and communities.
    • The school will provide nutrition education courses to parents and community when available.
    • Nutrition information will be provided to community members and parents upon request.

Goals for Physical Activity

  1. Recommendations for Physical Activity
  • Children will participate in several bouts of activity lasting 15 minutes or more to contribute to achieving the 60-minute recommendation.
    • High School students will take part in 45 minute Physical Education classes and also have the opportunity to take part in additional Physical Education classes. 
    • The students will also participate in at least 30 minutes of recreation physical activity daily.
  • Extended periods of inactivity, periods of two hours or more, will be discouraged for children.
    • Periods during the school day are 45 minutes long at most assuring that extended periods of inactivity will very seldom occur.
  • Organized, age-appropriate physical activity opportunities such as before-school, during recess, after-school, during lunch and interscholastic athletic activities, will be provided for all students in addition to planned physical education.
    • Open gymnasium time may be available occasionally in the mornings, during lunch, and in the evenings, this will not be on an everyday basis but will occur from time to time.
    • Intramural programs will be offered based on interest.
  • Physical activity opportunities and developmentally appropriate activities will be provided for all students.
    • There are different intramural programs offered through the school that involves everyone from all levels of physical development.
  1. Physical Activity During the School Day Through Physical Education
  • A varied and comprehensive curriculum that leads to becoming and remaining physically active for a lifetime will be provided in the physical education program.
    • Through various programs, games, exercises, and demonstrations students will learn how to become and remain physically active to achieve over all wellness.
    • Curriculum starting at the 9th grade level and continuing through 12th grade will stress the importance of lifetime physical fitness and how it will benefit their over all well being.
  • Students will be moderately to vigorously active as much time as possible within the physical education class or as physically active within the as documented medical condition will allow.
    • The 45 minute Physical Education classes begin physical activity as soon as the students enter thus, maximizing time of activity.
    • Each class begins with stretches and calisthenics, the next phase in all Physical Education classes is to experience cardiovascular exercise through running various pre-determined routes across the gym area, after a short 2 or 3 minute break the class will begin the day’s activity, and the last 3 minutes of class are used as a cool down. 
  • A physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students will be provided.
    • During nearly all Physical Education classes games that teach basic skills, knowledge, and aspects of physical activity are used to help make the experience enjoyable for the students.
  • Safe and adequate equipment, facilities and resources will be provided.
    • All equipment, facilities, and resources will meet up to date standards and hold the proper organizations approval. (ex. NOSCAE, AAHPERD, etcetera)
  • Appropriate professional development for staff will be provided.
    • Courses and programs to assist in professional development will be offered at the school on occasion and also through other venues when available.


  1. Physical Activity During the School Day Beyond Physical Education
  • School will offer organized before-school and after-school intramural programs, physical activity clubs and interscholastic activities that meet the needs and interests of all students that promote physical activity.

– Open gymnasium time may be available occasionally in the mornings, during lunch, and in the evenings, this will not be on an everyday basis but will occur from time to time.

– Intramural programs will be offered based on interest.  

  • Schools will partner with parents and community members to institute programs that support physical activity.
    • Adult “Open” gymnasium time will be available to the community throughout the year.

Goals for Other School Based Activities

  1. School Environment
  • Drinking water will be available at all meal periods and throughout the school day.
    • Water is available all day in the restrooms and at the front secretary’s desk.
  • Students will have access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before meals and after snacks.
  • Fundraising will be supportive of healthy eating.
  • Teachers, administrators, mentors, students, and foodservice professionals will be encouraged to serve as appropriate role models of the wellness plan throughout the school day.
  1. Family and Community
  • Students and the community will have access to the physical activity facilities outside of school hours.
    • “Open” gymnasium time may be available occasionally in the mornings, during lunch, and in the evenings, this will not be on an everyday basis but will occur from time to time.
  1. Nutrition Services

 See the attached nutritional plan.

  1. Professional Development
  • School will provide appropriate in-servicing training to all staff on components of Local Wellness Policy.
    • In-service training regarding the Local Wellness Policy will be held before the first week of classes every year and again any time that the need for explanation arises.
  1. Health Promotion for Staff
  • Health education/wellness program information will be offered to the staff when available. 
    • If there are local organizations such as the YMCA that are hosting any program that may be related to health and wellness education staff will be made fully aware of the opportunity.
  • School will offer health education/wellness programs as in-service training when available.
    • These programs may be outsourced or taught by a member of the staff.
“A good river is nature’s life work in song.”Mark Helprin, Freddy and Fredericka
Through our diversion programs, TDP provides experiences that give youth the opportunities they need to increase their chances for success and the necessary skills to better manage their risks through strength enhancement.

What others are saying…

  • Taylor Diversion Program not only addresses the development of competencies necessary for a successful transition to living independently in the community, but also includes a family component which assists in the rebuilding of relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities, an area in which most of these youth have ‘broken many bridges’. Mentoring is a critical component of this program which will be an ongoing process throughout the stay.Children and Youth Services Representative
  • “After visiting the site and hearing the plans you have for TDP, I believe the types of programs and services that you propose to offer will fulfill an important need in the region. The intent of this mentoring program is to help at risk children develop the competencies needed to develop a successful lifestyle and assist in rebuilding relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities.”Congressman
  • “I am firmly convinced that having this leadership and mentoring program in our area will have a very positive impact on our students, our schools, and our communities. It is discouraging to witness deteriorating behavior and performance in young people who we know have ample potential, but are not served adequately by the confines of public education. I know that the motivation behind Taylor Diversion Programs is to reach students before they head too far down the wrong path. Even at our small, rural high school, we encounter numerous students that become involved with juvenile probation, placement facilities, and/or incarceration during and after high school. Taylor Diversion Programs will create a scenario where caring adults can have a positive impact in preventing the patterns of negative behavior, rather than reacting to it after the fact.”-Guidance Counselor

Our Mission

TDP provides supportive prevention services for troubled youth and their families by using proven strategies in education, vocation, nature and wellness in order to create stronger, healthier communities.

Our Promise

As TDP grows, we will continue our commitment to exceed the expectations of the populations served; moreover, we will remain committed to treating every youth as family.

Multi-faceted Approach

TDP has created a unique,  four-dimensional Prevention/Intervention program for youth: 

Taylor Diversion Programs, Inc.© does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the employment or in the provision of services.

TDP is a 501(c)(3) organization, fully licensed by PA 3800 regulations to operate a residential independent living program. We also have a private licensed school, through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Lighthouse Island Academy.