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Wellness Policy

Code No.  507.9

 

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 nutrition standards and in compliance with state and federal law.  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-price meals.  Toward this end, the school district may utilize electronic identification and payment systems; provide meals at no charge to all children, regardless of income; 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 board, parents, leaders in food/exercise authority and employees.  The local wellness policy committee will develop a plan to implement the local wellness policy and periodically review and update the policy.  The committee will designate an individual to monitor implementation and evaluation of the policy.  The committee will report annually to the board and community regarding the content and recommend updates if needed.  When monitoring implementation, schools will be evaluated individually with reports prepared by each school and the school district as a whole.  The report will include which schools are in compliance with this policy, the extent to which this policy compares to model Wellness policies and describe the progress made in achieving the goals of this policy.

The nutrition guidelines for all foods available will focus on promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity in the school district.

The board will monitor and evaluate this policy.

Specific Wellness Goals:

Physical Activity

The School District will provide physical education that:

  • Is provided for all students K-12
  • Is taught by a certified Physical Education teacher.
  • Includes students with disabilities.
  • Engages students in moderate to vigorous activity during at least 50% of the physical education class time.

The School District will provide:

  • Elementary students with a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day through recess or classroom activities.
  • Secondary students will be engaged in a minimum of 120 minutes of physical activity per week, either through school activities or through an approved contracted activity outside the regular school day.

Diet and Nutrition Goals

Communication with Parents

The school district will support parent’s efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children.  The school district will:       

  • create links on the school website and publish items in the newsletter  to give healthy snack information, specifically the Iowa Department of Public Health’s “Pick a Better Snack” 
  • offer monthly links to nutrition information and exercise sites on the lunch page on the District website

Food Marketing in Schools

School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion.  The school district will:

  • limit vending sales during the school day  to products that meet the standards of the                               Healthy Kids’ Act
  • market ala carte foods that meet the nutritional standards

School Meals

Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs will:

  •  be appealing and attractive and served in clean and pleasant settings
  • work toward recognition  of the K-8 building as part of the Healthy US School Challenge
  • work toward goals established by the Institute of Medicine for new dietary recommendations at all levels
  • meet nutritional guidelines established by law

The School will:

  • share nutritional data for lunch menus on the school website through use of the Nutrikids program

Breakfast

To ensure that all children have breakfast either at home or at school, in order to meet their needs and enhance their ability to learn, the school will:

  • make the breakfast program accessible to the extent possible
  • offer choices and variety to encourage student participation
  • notify parents through web or newsletter reminders of the importance of breakfast and the availability and cost
  • encourage parents who prepare breakfast at home by providing menu ideas and links

Free and Reduced Price Meals

The school district will make every effort to eliminate the social stigma attached to, and to prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for

free and reduced price meals.  To achieve this goal, the school district will:

  • utilize electronic identification systems
  •  work with parents to complete free and reduced price applications

Meal Times and Scheduling

The school district:

  •  should provide a reasonable amount of time after sitting to complete the meal
  •  should schedule meal periods at appropriate times
  •  should  not schedule meetings or activities during lunch unless students are allowed to eat during those activities

Qualification of Food Service Staff

Qualified, trained staff will administer the meal programs.  As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate the food service program, it will:

  •  provide continuing professional development for staff
  •  provide training necessary for staff to meet their responsibilities
  •  provide food safety classes and certification for staff involved in food preparation

Sharing of Foods

The school district discourages the sharing of foods during meal or snack times, both for food safety purposes and to alleviate allergy concerns.

Foods Sold Outside of the Meal

Elementary and Middle School:  No ala carte sales except water are done at the K-8 level during the school day.

High School:  Ala carte sale items will meet the guidelines set out in the Healthy Kids Act for sales during the school day.

Reward

The school district will not withhold food or beverages as a punishment

Food Safety

Foods prepared and sold through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs will be prepared using strict adherence to food safety and security guidelines

  • access to food service operating areas will be limited to staff and authorized personnel to insure safety and security
  • staff who are involved in food preparation will receive training and certification in food safety

Initially Approved    03-13-2006         Last Reviewed 04-13-2015         Last Revision 04-13-2015

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