Wellness Policy

Purpose

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.

General Statement of Policy

The School Board recognizes that nutrition and physical activity are essential components of the educational process and that good health fosters student attendance and education.  Therefore, students shall be provided access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow and learn and thrive.

Requirements

Not later than the first day of the school year beginning after June 30, 2006, all school districts that receive funding from the federal school lunch program are required by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (“the Act”) to have a Wellness Policy that provides:

  • Nutrition guidelines.
  • Goals for nutrition education, and physical activity to promote student wellness.
  • Involvement by parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the School Board, school administrators, and the public in development of the policy.
  • A measurement of the implementation of the policy.
  • The designation of at least one person charged with operational responsibility for ensuring the school is in compliance the policy.

The Principal is directed to develop the guidelines for the school’s compliance with the wellness requirements.

Legal References:          

7 U.S.C  SS  5341 (Establishment of Dietary Guidelines)

7 C.F.R. SS  21.10 (School Lunch Program Regualtions)

7 C.F.R. SS 220.8 (School Breakfast Program Regulations)

42 U.S.C. SS 1771 et seq. (Child Nutrition Act of 1966)

41 U.S.C. SS 1751 et. seq. (National School Lunch Act)

Adopted by the Richfield District Board of Education: April 3, 2006

Introduction

The purpose of these administrative guidelines is to assist in the implementation of Richfield School District Board Policy 112 pertaining student wellness.

Food & Beverages

The Act requires that schools have nutrition guidelines, selected by the school for all foods available on the school campus with the objective of promoting student health and reducing student obesity.

  • 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 Food Service Supervisor 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 Board, 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.  However, preorders for distribution and consumption after school may be allowed at the discretion of the school principal.
  • 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 (approximately 20 minutes) 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 school, grades K-3, are encouraged to schedule recess time before the lunch when possible.

School Food Service Program & Personnel

The Act requires that the school wellness policy provide an assurance that guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the National School Lunch Act as they apply to schools.

  • The school shall provide a healthy school meal program that strictly complies with all federal, state, and local statues and regulations.
  • The Supervisor of Food Services shall be responsible for the school food service program, whose duties shall include monitoring 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 Act requires that wellness policies include goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the school determines appropriate.

  • 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 shall be considered by the teaching staff during the normal curriculum review cycle for coordination and inclusion with other curricula revisions.

Physical Activity

Students need opportunities for physical activity to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior.  Toward that end, health education shall reinforce the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce sedentary activities such as watching television.

  • 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.

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 Act requires that the wellness policy establish a plan for measuring implementation of the policy, including designation of at least one or more persons within the school, as appropriate, charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school meets the requirements of the wellness policy.

  • The School Principal shall be responsible for the implementation of the wellness policy at their site.
  • School food service staff, shall ensure compliance within the food service kitchen and shall report to the Food Service Supervisor on their efforts.
  • The Supervisor of Food Service shall provide an annual repot to the Principal on the activities used to ensure compliance with the nutrition guidelines and procedures for selection of all foods made available on campus.
  • 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 and assemble an annual report of compliance for the School Board.

Dated:  June 26, 2006