The board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The school district supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students. Improved health optimizes student performance potential.
The school district provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school district goals to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity.
The school district supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students’ health status and academic performance. All foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the school district nutritional standards. Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high-quality meals.
The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. Toward this end, the school district may utilize electronic identification and payment system; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving meals, such as “grab-and-go” or classroom breakfast.
The school district will develop a local wellness policy committee comprised of representatives of the District Leadership Team and foodservice personnel. The local wellness policy committee will develop a plan to implement and measure the local wellness policy and monitor the effectiveness of the policy. The committee will designate an individual to monitor implementation and evaluate the implemention of the policy.
Nutrition Education and Promotion
The school district will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that: is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health; and,
Includes enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste-testing, and farm visits.
Elementary schools should provide recess for students that:
Is at least 20 minutes a day;
Is preferably outdoors;
Encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment
Discourages extended periods (i.e. periods of two hours or more) of inactivity.
When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
Other School Based Activities That Promote Student Wellness
NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR ALL FOODS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS
Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs will be:
Be appealing and attractive to children
Be served in clean and pleasant settings
Meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal law;
Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables; and,
Serve low-fat (2%) and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives (as defined by the USDA).
To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will:
Operate the breakfast program, to the extent possible;
Arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve breakfasts that encourage participation, including serving breakfast in the classroom, “grab-and go” breakfasts during morning break or recess, to the extent possible; and,
Notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, where available.
Free and Reduced Priced Meals
The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. Toward this end, the school district may:
Utilize electronic identification and payment systems; and,
Promote the availability of meals to all students.
Meal Times and Scheduling
The school district:
Should schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11am and 1pm; should not schedule tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during these activities;
Will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks; and
Should take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g. orthodontia or high school decay risk).
Qualification of Food Service Staff
Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the meal programs. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school district will:
Sharing of Foods
The school district discourages students from sharing foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.
The superintendent will ensure compliance with established school district wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies.
In each school:
The principal will ensure compliance with those policies in the school and will report on the school’s compliance to the superintendent; and,
Food service staff, at the school or school district level, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within food service areas and will report on this matter to the superintendent or principal.
Approved: 7-16-06 Reviewed: Revised: 8-17-09
Legal Reference: Richard B Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (2005)
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.,
Cross Reference: 504.6 Student Activity Programs
710 School Food Services