Caldwell Exempted Village School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Caldwell Exempted Village School District as a part of a comprehensive wellness initiative.

The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.

Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.

The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:

 

A.

With regard to nutrition education, the District shall:

 
 

1.

Nutrition education shall be included in the sequential, comprehensive Health curriculum in accordance with the curriculum standards and benchmarks established by the State.

 
 

2.

Nutrition education shall be integrated into other subject areas of the curriculum, when appropriate, to complement, but not replace, the standards and benchmarks for health education.

 
 

3.

Nutrition education standards and benchmarks shall be age-appropriate and culturally relevant.

 
 

4.

Instruction related to the standards and benchmarks for nutrition education shall be provided by highly qualified teachers.

     
 

B.

With regard to physical activity, the District shall:

 
 

1.

Physical Education

 
 

a.

A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the physical education academic content standards and benchmarks adopted by the State.

 
 

b.

Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to engage in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.

 
 

c.

Teachers properly certificated/licensed in the subject area of physical education shall provide all instruction in physical education.

 
 

d.

Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.

 
 

2.

Physical Activity

 
 

Physical activity and movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curricula and throughout the school day.

 
 

C.

With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:

 
 

1.

The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.

 
 

2.

The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.

 
 

3.

Schools shall limit the number of celebrations involving serving food during the school day.

     
 

4.

Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.

 
 

5.

Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.

     
 

D.

With regard to nutrition promotion, the District shall encourage students to increase their consumption of healthful foods during the school day.

Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:

 

A.

In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages as well as to the fiscal management of the program.

 
 

B.

As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 
 

C.

The food service program will strive to be financially self-supporting; however, if it is necessary to subsidize the operation, it will not be through the sale of foods with minimal nutritious value.

 
 

D.

The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.

 
 

E.

All foods available to students in the dining area during school food service hours shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive foods available to student a la carte or from vending machines.

     
 

F.

All foods available to students in District programs, other than the food service program, shall be served with consideration for promoting student health and well-being.

 
 

G.

Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.

The Board designates the Food Service Director as the individual(s) charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the District's implementation and progress under this policy. The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy.

The Superintendent shall appoint a District-wide Wellness Committee that includes parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, educational staff (including physical education teachers), school health professionals, members of the public, and school administrators to oversee development, implementation, evaluation and periodic update of this policy. The Wellness Committee shall be an ad hoc committee with members recruited and appointed annually.

The Wellness Committee shall be responsible for:

 

A.

assessment of the current school environment;

   
 

B.

review of the District’s Wellness policy;

   
 

C.

presentation of the Wellness policy to the Board for approval;

   
 

D.

measurement of the implementation of the policy; and

   
 

E.

recommendation for the revision of the policy, is necessary.

Before the end of each school year, the Wellness Committee shall recommend to the Superintendent any revisions to the policy it deems necessary and/or appropriate.

The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the Wellness Committee’s progress and on its evaluation of the policy’s implementation and areas for improvement, including status of compliance by individual schools and progress made in attaining the policy’s goals.

The Superintendent is also responsible for informing the public, including parents, students and community members, on the content and implementation of this policy. In order to inform the public, the Superintendent shall post the policy on the District’s website, including the Wellness Committee’s assessment of the policy’s implementation.

42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
42 U.S.C. 1771

Adopted 4/13/06
Revised 12/8/11
Revised 7/15/15

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