WELLNESS POLICY 5145
The _________ School District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and the ability to learn by fostering healthy eating and physical activity.
The District has established a wellness committee to develop the District’s proposed local wellness policy, making such policy recommendations for review and adoption by the Board of Education. The District’s wellness committee includes, but is not limited to, representatives from each of the following groups:
c)Physical education Teachers;
d)School Health Professionals;
e)The District’s food service program;
f)The School Board;
g)School administrators; and
h)Members of the public.
The District Wellness Committee will assess current activities, programs and policies available in the District; identify specific areas of need within the District; develop the policy; and provide mechanisms for implementation, evaluation, revision and updating of the policy. The Wellness Committee is established to represent the local community’s perspective in developing the wellness policy for the District.
I. Goals to Promote Student Wellness
All students in the school district shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food selections and enjoyable physical activity choices for a lifetime. All staff in the district are encouraged to model healthy eating habits and participation in physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.
To meet this goal, and taking into account the parameters of the School District (academic programs, annual budget, staffing issues, and available facilities) as well as the community in which the District is located (the general economy; socioeconomic status; local tax bases; social cultural and religious influences; geography; and legal, political and social institutions) the district has adopted this school wellness policy to meet the following District goals relating to nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities, designed to effectively utilize school and community resources and to serve the needs and interests of all students and staff:
A. Nutrition Education:
The _____________ School District will provide nutrition education to encourage the adoption of healthy eating habits and other nutrition related behaviors conducive to health and well-being by establishing the following standards for:
1)Classroom Teaching: A comprehensive health/nutrition education in grades K-12, including recommended dietary intake patterns consistent with the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the concepts of balancing food intake with energy expenditure will be offered.
Nutrition topics shall be integrated within the comprehensive health education curriculum and taught at every grade level K-12. Nutrition education shall follow the New York State Standards and be designed to help students acquire:
- Nutrition knowledge, including but not limited to the benefits of healthy eating, essential nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, principles of healthy weight management, the use and misuse of dietary supplements and safe food preparations handling and storage.
- Nutrition related skills, including but not limited to planning a healthy meal, understanding and using food labels and critically evaluating nutrition information, misinformation, and commercial food advertising as well as how to assess their personal eating habits, set goals for improvement, and achieve these goals. The classroom teacher and Food Service Director will work together to provide opportunities to use the classroom knowledge while making selections in the cafeteria.
2)Education, marketing and promotion links outside the classroom:
- The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school goals to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. ___________ School District will promote nutrition education activities and promotions through the District newsletter that involve parents, students, and the community.
i.Promote fresh fruits and vegetables and engage in developmentally-appropriate, participatory activities such as taste tests, farm visits and/or school gardens.
ii.Offer projects and programs which link classroom education to the larger school community, such as school gardens, Farm to School and taste tests, to enhance nutrition and wellness education and promotion.
- Marketing: School-based marketing and advertising will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. As such, schools will restrict food and beverage marketing to the promotion of only those foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards set forth by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act’s Smart Snacks in School Rule.
Examples of marketing techniques include the following:
- Brand names, trademarks, logos, or tags, except when placed on a physically present food or beverage product or on its container;
- Displays, such as on vending machine exteriors;
- Corporate brand, logo, name, or trademark on cups, posters, book covers, school supplies, or educational materials;
- Corporate brand, logo, name, or trademark on school equipment, message boards, scoreboards, or uniforms;
B) Staff Training:
All teachers responsible for nutrition education shall be adequately prepared and regularly participate in professional development activities to effectively deliver the nutrition education program as planned. Preparation and professional development activities shall provide basic knowledge of nutrition, combined with skills to promote healthy eating habits.
II. Physical Activity
The District will ensure that the following standards, including, but not limited to those in accordance with the Commissioner’s Regulations, are met to achieve this goal:
A) The District will have a Board-approved Physical Education Plan on file with NYS Education Department (SED) that includes, at minimum:
- Written physical education curriculum/program for each grade level.
- Time per week of physical education for elementary, middle and high school students.
- Qualifications for physical education instructors
B) Physical Education Graduation Requirements:
Physical education requirements will reflect NYS standards.
C) Physical education courses should be the environment in which students learn, practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills and knowledge. Therefore:
- All physical education classes will be taught or supervised by a certified physical education teacher.
- All physical education staff will receive professional development on a yearly basis.
- Interscholastic and intramural sports and recess will not serve as a substitute for a quality physical education program.
- Students shall be moderately to vigorously active for at least 60% of the time while participating in physical education class.
- Physical education classes will have a teacher/student ratio comparable to those of other classes.
- The District will provide adequate space and equipment and conform to all applicable safety standards.
- A sequential physical education course of study consistent with national standards for physical education and with a focus on student’s development of motor skills, movement forms and health related fitness will be implemented.
- A physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students including those who are not athletically gifted will be provided.
- For students in need of adaptive physical education, CSE recommendations are followed. These students will be encouraged to participate in physical fitness programs and competitions.
D) Physical Activity Outside of Physical Education Classes:
It is the desire of this policy to encourage outdoor activity (weather permitting) any time the classroom teachers are able to work activity into their curriculum. All classroom teachers are required to incorporate, when possible, short breaks (5-8 minutes) that include physical activity throughout the school day, especially after long periods of inactivity.
- Physical activity, outside of Physical Education Class, will be encouraged in grades K-12 and is required in grades K- 5 for ten (10) minutes per day.
- Elementary school teachers will receive training on incorporating physical activity into the classroom on a regular basis.
- Recess: In addition, all elementary students will be offered one daily period of recess for a minimum of 20 minutes in a place that accommodates moderate to vigorous physical activity. Recess shall not be used as a substitute for physical education.
- All students will be provided with opportunities to participate in intramural activities.
- A Safe Routes to School program will be established.
E) Physical activity will not be withheld or used for disciplinary action unless the student is a danger to him/herself or others. Recess or other physical activity time will not be cancelled for instructional make up time.
III. Other School Based Activities
The District will establish a school environment that presents consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity for all. In order to present a coordinated school approach where District decision-making related to nutrition and physical activity encompasses all aspects of the school, the district will ensure the following standards are met to achieve this goal:
A) Federal School Meal Programs:
The District will participate to the maximum extent practicable in available federal school meal programs (National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Summer Food Service Program). The District will meet, at a minimum, all federal and state laws and regulations governing school meals, foods sold in competition with school meals, and requirements for school nutrition and wellness polices per the most current Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The nutritional content of meals will be shared and publicized with students and parents.
The District will ensure that professional development in the area of food and nutrition is provided for food service managers and staff on a yearly basis. District Food Service staff will meet with students in grades four through twelve twice annually.
B) Access to School Nutrition Programs:
The District will utilize the point of sale system to ensure that all eligible students have access to free/reduced meals in a non-stigmatizing manner.
C) Meal Environment:
The District will ensure the following:
- School dining areas will have sufficient space for students to sit and consume meals.
- School dining areas are clean, safe, and pleasant environments that reflect the value of the social aspects of eating.
- Enough serving areas are provided to ensure student access to school meals with a minimum of wait time.
- Lunch times will be scheduled near the middle of the school day.
- Students are given adequate time to eat healthy meals.
- All students must have a scheduled lunch period.
- Students and staff will have access to free, safe and fresh drinking water throughout the school day and where school meals are served.
D) Community Access to District Facilities for Physical Activities:
School grounds and facilities will be available to students, staff, community members and community organizations and agencies offering physical activity and nutrition programs as often as possible, including before, during and after the school day, on weekends and during school vacations. School policies concerning safety will apply at all times and administrative approval must be obtained in advance. Community access to all District facilities for physical activity is encouraged and easily obtainable upon completion of the “Building Use Request Form.”
IV. Nutrition Guidelines
Nutrition standards will be established for ALL foods and beverages available on school campus. The goal is to encourage healthy life long eating habits by providing foods that are high in nutrients, low in fat and added sugars, and of moderate portion size.
School meals will minimally meet the program requirements and nutrition standards of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. For more information go to: http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/page/pref/CNKC
All school buildings will provide breakfast through the USDA Breakfast Program and will promote it through several avenues to encourage students to participate. Students will have the opportunity to provide input on selections offered.
After obtaining food, students will have at least 20 minutes to eat lunch.
The District shall ensure that their Professional Development in the area of food and nutrition is provided for food service directors, managers, and staff.
Foods Outside of School Meals
_____________ CSD will adhere to NYS law which states “public schools cannot sell foods of minimal nutritional value in the student store, from a machine, or anywhere in the building from the beginning of the school day until the end of the last lunch period. Prohibited foods include: soda water, water ices (excluding ices containing fruit or fruit juices), chewing gum, hard candy, jellies, gums, marshmallow candies, licorice, fondants (soft mints, candy corn), cotton candy and candy coated popcorn, etc.”
For the remainder of this section, the school day is defined as the period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day. The most current USDA nutrition standards specified by the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act “Smart Snacks in Schools” Rule can be found at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Legislation/allfoods.htm.
All food and beverages sold as a fundraiser during the school day must meet the nutritional requirements listed in the USDA Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act “Smart Snacks in Schools” Rule.
Fundraisers outside of the school day must also meet the nutritional requirements listed in the USDA Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act “Smart Snacks in Schools” Rule. Organizers are strongly encouraged to hold fundraisers that promote physical activity.
School administrators, with the assistance of the District Wellness committee, will create and promote a list of approved fundraising activities. Prior to conducting any fundraiser, the District Fundraiser Approval Form must be completed and approved.
- Vending Machines, School Stores and A La Carte Foods
Competitive foods, which include all foods and beverages sold (a) outside the school meal programs; (b) on the school campus in student accessible areas; and (c) at any time during the school day will follow, at minimum, the nutrition standards specified by the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act. These standards will apply to all foods and beverages sold individually and outside of the reimbursable school meal, including vending machines, school stores and cafeteria a la carte lines. See Wellness Regulation 5415R for a list of standards regarding nutrient content and portion size.
- Foods & Beverages Sold or Served at Events Outside of the School Day
All foods and beverages sold or served at school-sponsored events will be a single serving.
At events where food and beverages are sold, 50% of items sold must meet the USDA Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act “Smart Snacks in Schools” Standards.
Organizations operating concessions at school functions market healthy food choices at a lower profit margin to encourage student selection. Schools shall label/mark healthy food items available so students know which are healthy items. Nutrition information for products sold on campus should be readily available near the point of purchase.
In addition, _____________ will encourage and promote wellness through social media, newsletters and an annual family wellness event. Classroom celebrations including birthdays, holidays, and other school celebrations such as attendance awards and the first 100 days of school will focus on activities, rather than food. However, if food is served, it must meet the nutritional requirements listed in the USDA Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act “Smart Snacks in Schools” Rule. The District prohibits using food as a reward or withholding food as punishment under any circumstance.
V. Implementation and Evaluation of the Wellness Policy
A) The District will establish an implementation and evaluation plan for the wellness policy in order to monitor the effectiveness of the policy and the possible need for further modification over time. Accordingly, the Superintendent shall designate one or more staff members within the District or at each school as appropriate to have operational responsibility for ensuring that the District meets the goals and mandates within the wellness policy. Designated staff members may include, but are not limited to, the following personnel:
- School Health Personnel including the school nurse and health and/or physical education teacher
- School Food Service Director
B) These designated school officials will also serve as a liaison with community agencies in providing outside resources to help in the development of nutritional education programs and promotion of physical activities.
C) These designated staff members shall periodically report to the superintendent on the District’s compliance with the Wellness Policy. The superintendent shall inform the Board of such findings. The superintendent/designee shall provide wellness policy annual progress reports based on input from schools within the District, which shall include:
- The Web site address for the wellness policy and / or information on how the public can access a copy;
- A description of each school’s progress in meeting the wellness policy goals;
- A summary of each school’s local school wellness events or activities;
- Contact information for the leader(s) of the Wellness Policy Team; and
- Information on how individuals can get involved.
The report will be provided to the Board of Education and also distributed to the Wellness Committee, parent-teacher organizations, building principals, and school health services personnel within the District. The report shall be available to community residents upon request.
D) Evaluation and feedback from interested parties, including an assessment of student, parent, teacher, and administration satisfaction with the wellness policy, are essential to the District’s evaluation program. The District will document the financial impact, if any, to the school food service program, school stores, and vending machine revenues based on the implementation of the wellness policy.
E) Assessments of the District’s wellness policy and implementation efforts shall be repeated on a triennial basis. The assessment will determine:
- Compliance with the wellness policy;
- How the wellness policy compares to model wellness policies; and
- Progress made in attaining.
The District will, as necessary, revise the wellness policy and develop work plans to facilitate its implementation.
Ref.: Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and Women, Infant and Children Reauthorization Act of 2010 (public Law 111-296)
New York State Education Law 2004, Chapter 493