School Beverage Guidelines

America’s beverage companies made a promise to parents that we would change the beverages offered in schools. And we delivered the National School Beverage Guidelines, which removed full-calorie sodas from schools and replaced them with a range of lower-calorie and smaller-portion choices. With help from schools across the country, implementation of these guidelines has led to significant results.

Middle School Guidelines

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  • Same as elementary school, except juice and milk may be sold in 10 ounce servings
  • As a practical matter, if middle school and high school students have shared access to areas on a common campus or in common buildings, then the school community has the option to adopt the high school standard

High School Guidelines

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  • Bottled water
  • No- or low-calorie beverages with up to 10 calories / 8 ounces
  • Up to 12 ounce servings of milk, 100% juice and certain other drinks
  • Fat-free or low-fat regular and flavored milk and nutritionally equivalent (per USDA) milk alternatives with up to 150 calories / 8 ounces
  • 100% juice with no added sweeteners, up to 120 calories / 8 ounces, and with at least 10% of the recommended daily value for three or more vitamins and minerals
  • Other drinks with no more than 66 calories / 8 ounces
  • At least 50% of non-milk beverages must be water and no- or low-calorie options

Time of Day Guidelines

  • These guidelines apply to all beverages sold on school grounds during the regular and extended school day
  • The extended school day includes before and after school activities like clubs, yearbook, band, student government, drama and childcare/latchkey programs
  • These guidelines do not apply to school-related events where parents and other adults are part of an audience or are selling beverages as boosters during intermission, as well as immediately before or after an event. Examples of these events include school plays and band concerts.