Wellness Policy

Introduction

The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. As a community, Blessed Trinity recognizes that nutrition and physical activity are essential components of the educational process and good health fosters student success. 

Food & Beverages

  • All foods and beverages made available on campus (including concessions, school stores, la carte cafeteria items, etc.) during the school day shall be consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and applicable federal rules and regulations.
  • The Lunch Room Managers, in collaboration with the principal, shall ensure that all foods and beverages made available to students during the school day meet or exceed all federal, state, and local laws and guidelines. All such items shall be appropriate to the school setting. In the event a written complaint is filed with the Principal regarding the approval or disapproval of any item, the School Advisory Council, after review, shall make the final determination.
  • The sale or distribution of food & beverage products by individuals for consumption during the school day, as a fund raising activity shall be discouraged by the school staff.
  • The use of candy and any food and beverage inconsistent with the nutrition standards as classroom rewards by the school staff shall be discouraged.
  • The Food Service department shall adhere to all federal, state, and local food safety and security guidelines.
  • The school shall make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.
  • The school shall provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.
  • The school shall make every effort to provide students with sufficient time to eat after sitting down for school meals and will schedule meal periods at appropriate times during the school day.
  • The school shall discourage tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities.
  • The elementary grades are encouraged to schedule recess time before the lunch when possible.

School Food Service Program & Personnel

  • The school shall provide a healthy school meal program that strictly complies with all federal, state, and local statues and regulations.
  • The Principal is responsible for the overall school food service program, in collaboration with the Lunchroom Managers.  In connection with food service (catering) agreements, the Principal and Lunchroom managers shall monitor nutrition guidelines and procedures for the selection of foods and beverages made available on campus to ensure food and beverage choices are consistent with current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • The school shall provide the opportunity for continuing professional development for all food service personnel.

Nutrition Education & Promotion

  • The school shall model, encourage and support healthy eating by students and engage in a nutrition promotion that is: Offered as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health; Part of health education classes as well as classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects, where appropriate; Enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and includes participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and field trips.
  • The school shall encourage all students to make age appropriate, healthy selections of foods and beverages, including those sold individually outside the reimbursable school meal programs, and after school, such as through vending machines, fundraising events, concession stands, and student stores.
  • School staff shall model healthy eating and not use foods or beverages inconsistent with the established nutrition standards as rewards for academic performance or good behavior (unless this practice is allowed by student’s individual education plan or behavior intervention plan) and will not withhold food or beverages as punishment.
  • Nutrition education curriculum, as part of the health curricula, shall be considered by the teaching staff during the normal curriculum review cycle for coordination and inclusion with other curricula revisions.

Physical Activity

  • Opportunities for physical activity shall be incorporated into other subject lessons, where appropriate.
  • Classroom teachers shall provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.
  • Physical activity shall be considered by the teaching staff during the normal curriculum review cycle for coordination and inclusion with other curricula revisions.
  • Students will be provided with unstructured activity time (recess) as well as structured physical education (PE Classes) as often as possible within their regular daily schedule.

Communications with Parents

Parents and guardians have a primary and fundamental role in promoting and protecting their children’s health and well-being.

  • The school shall support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children.
  • The school shall encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and refrain from including beverages and foods without nutritional value.
  • The school shall provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities and will support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.

Implementation & Monitoring

  • The School Principal shall be responsible for the implementation of the wellness policy at their site.
  • Lunchroom Managers shall ensure compliance within the food service kitchen and shall report to the School Principal on their efforts.
  • The teaching staff shall be responsible for the inclusion of the wellness policy within the curriculum offerings.
  • The Principal shall ensure compliance with the wellness policy with regular reporting to the School Advisory Council

Dated: August 2006