Series: Series5000     Sub Series: 5000     Policy Number: 5410
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WELLNESS


 

 

Given the documented connection between proper nutrition, adequate physical activity and educational success, the Board of Education adopts the following goals and authorizes the following actions to provide District students with a school environment that promotes student health and wellness and reduces childhood obesity.

 

DEFINITIONS

"School campus" means all areas of district property accessible to students during the school day.

"School day" means the period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day in each school building.

"Competitive food" means all food and beverages other than meals reimbursed under federal food programs available for sale to students on the school campus during the school day.

FOODS AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE FOR SALE TO STUDENTS ON SCHOOL CAMPUS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

The Board recognizes that a nutritious, well-balanced, reasonably-portioned diet is essential for student wellness.  To help students possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices for a lifetime, the district shall ensure that all foods and beverages available in school promote good nutrition, balance, and reasonable portion sizes.  The District shall ensure that all foods and beverages available for sale to students on the school campus during the school day meet or exceed the program requirements and nutrition standards found in federal regulations.

To accomplish this, the Board directs that the District serve healthy and nutritious foods and beverages at district schools, following state and federal nutrition guidelines, as well as safe food preparation methods.

School Meals -

  1. Meals will include fruits, vegetables, salads, whole grains, and low fat items consistent with the federal regulations.
  2. The District Food Service Program management will encourage students to try new or unfamiliar items. 
  3. The District will make efforts to ensure that families are aware of need-based programs for free or reduced-price meals and  encourage eligible families to apply.
  4. The District Food Service Program management will consider serving produce and food from local farms and suppliers.
  5. The District will make free drinking water available at locations where meals are served.

Meal Scheduling

  1. Each school will provide students with adequate time to eat.
  2. Lunchtime will be scheduled during normal school lunch times.

Foods and Beverages Sold Individually (e.g., a la carte, vending machines)

  1. The District Food Service Program management will promote items that meet the nutrition standards set in federal regulations for competitive foods regarding whole grains, fruits, vegetables, calories, fat, saturated fats, trans saturated fats, sugar, sodium, and caffeine.
  2. The District Food Service Program management will permit the sale of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables, if processed pursuant to federal regulations.  
  3. The District Food Service Program management will work with existing vendors or locate new vendors that will comply with nutrition standards.

Fund-Raising Activities

  1. Each school will promote healthy food items or non-food items to sell, or activities (physical or otherwise) in which to participate.
  2. To the extent practicable, each school will ensure that fundraisers selling food or beverages to students on school campus during the school day (12:00 midnight till 30 minutes after the end of the school day) meet the nutrition standards set in federal regulations for whole grains, fruits, vegetables, calories, fat, saturated fats, trans fats, sugar, sodium, and caffeine.
  3. Student groups will be encouraged to conduct fundraisers that take place off the school campus or outside the school day to comply with this policy.
  4. Outside organizations (e.g., parent groups, booster clubs) will be encouraged to conduct fundraisers which take place off the school campus or outside the school day.
  5. All school-sponsored fundraisers must be approved by the building principal prior to being conducted.

Celebrations

  1. Each school building will develop and enforce guidelines for the frequency and content of classroom and school-wide celebrations where food is served.
  2. The use of food items which meet the standards for competitive foods and beverages and the use of non-food activities will be promoted, and foods and beverages which do not meet those standards will be discouraged at celebrations.
  3. School staff will model the healthy use of food as a natural part of celebrations.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity is an important factor in staying healthy and being ready to learn.  The Board encourages every student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, to regularly participate in physical activity, and to appreciate and enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle.  In addition, staff, families, and community are encourage to participate in and model physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.  The district's Physical Education program shall comply with the curricular requirements of the Commissioner of Education, New York State Learning Standards.

Physical Education

  1. Students shall engage in physical education for at least the minimum number of hours or days per week under State requirements.
  2. Physical Education classes shall incorporate the appropriate New York State Learning Standards.
  3. Promote, teach and provide opportunities to practice activities that students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives (e.g., yoga, fitness walking, step aerobics).
  4. Physical activity during the school day, including, but not limited to, recess or classroom activity break, will not routinely be withheld for disciplinary action nor will it routinely be cancelled for instructional make up time.

Recess

  1. A daily allotment of recess time will be maintained for elementary and middle school children.
  2. Full participation in recess will be encouraged.
  3. The District will comply with the requirements for Physical Education under Commissioner's Regulations section 135.4.
  4. Physical activity during the school day, including, but not limited to, recess or classroom activity breaks, will not routinely be withheld for disciplinary action, nor will it routinely be cancelled for instructional make-up time.

Physical Activity in the Classroom

  1. The integration of physical activity throughout the school day will be promoted. 
  2. If under severe time or space constraints, the District will consider meeting the State requirements for Physical Education through collaborative and integrative activities, under the supervision of a Physical Education teacher.

Extracurricular Opportunities for Physical Activity

  1. The District will promote clubs and activities that meet the various physical activity needs, interests, and abilities of all students.

NUTRITION PROMOTION AND EDUCATION

Nutrition promotion and education that teaches the knowledge, skills, and values needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors shall be integrated into the curriculum.  Nutrition promotion and education information shall be offered throughout the school campus including, but not limited to, school dining areas and classrooms.  Staff members who provide nutrition promotion and education shall be appropriately certified and trained.  The District's broader Health Education program shall incorporate the appropriate New York State Learning Standards.

The Board's goals for nutrition promotion and education will include:

  1. Nutrition education, where appropriate, as part of not only Health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Sciences and elective subjects.
  2. Enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, and participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste-testing, and farm visits.  
  3. The promotion of fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low fat dairy products, safe and healthy food preparation methods, and health enhancing nutrition practices.

OTHER SCHOOL BASED ACTIVITIES

The District may implement other appropriate programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.  Such activities may include, but are not limited to, health forums or fairs, health newsletters, parent outreach, employee health and wellness activities, limiting the use of food as a reward, reviewing food marketing and advertising in school, hosting or promoting community-wide events, and offering wellness-related courses in the District's adult education program.

IMPLEMENTATION

The Superintendent of Schools, or his designee, shall be responsible for ensuring that the provisions of this policy are carried out throughout the District.  The Board also designates the Building Principal in each building to ensure that the wellness activities and actions are being implemented at the building level.

MONITORING AND REVIEW

The Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board and the public on the implementation and effectiveness of this policy at least annually each Spring.  The Superintendent, in consultation with appropriate personnel and advisory committees, shall monitor and review the implementation and effectiveness of this policy to determine whether this policy is having a positive effect on increasing student wellness and decreasing childhood obesity in the District.

Based on those results, this policy, and the specific objectives set to meet its goals, may be revised as needed.

Parents, students, food service professionals, physical education teachers, school health professionals, school administrators, the general public, and the Board shall participate in the development, implementation and periodic review and update of this Wellness policy. 

The District shall inform and update the public (including parents, students and others in the community) about the content and implementation of this wellness policy.

 

 



District Reference:
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General Reference:

Ref:  P.L. 111-296 (The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010)
         P.L. 108-265 (Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004)
         42 USC §§1758(f)(1); 1766(a) (Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act)
         42 USC §1779 (Child Nutrition Act)
         7 CFR §210.10; 210.11; 210.11a (National School Lunch Program participation requirements - standards for lunches, snacks, and competitive foods)
         7 CFR §220.8 (School Breakfast Program participation requirements - nutrition standards)
         8 NYCRR Part 135 (Health and Physical Education curricular requirements); §114.1 (School Breakfast Program Requirements)
         Appeal of Phillips, 37 EDR 204 (1997) (dec.no. 13,843)
         Appeal of Williams, 32 EDR 621 (1993) (dec.no. 12,934)

1st Reading   8/1/06, 7/10/18
2nd Reading  8/22/06, 7/31/18
Adopted


Adoption Date:
2006-08-22

Last Revised:
2018-07-31

Last Reviewed: