School Board of Charlotte County
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by federal law, the School Board of Charlotte County establishes the following wellness policy.

The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research shows that students' health and well-being correlates with academic performance. Schools can play an important role in the development process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious* meals and snacks through the schools' meals program, supporting the development of good eating habits, and promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.

Schools alone, however, cannot develop healthy behaviors and habits in students with regard to eating and exercise. It is essential 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 healthy behaviors and habits.

The District is committed to creating school environments that promote and protect the overall well-being of all students and staff. The guidelines listed below encourage a comprehensive wellness approach that is sensitive to both individual and community needs.

Local School Wellness Policy Leadership

 

A.

District Level

     
   

The District will assemble a representative wellness committee, as an ad hoc of the School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), that will meet annually to monitor and set goals for the development and implementation of its local school wellness policy. As required by F.S. 1003.453 the policy shall be reviewed annually and an updated copy shall be sent to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services when a change or revision is made.

 
 

1.

The Superintendent shall ensure overall compliance with the local school wellness policy. Parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the Board, school administrators, and the general public shall be permitted to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the local school wellness policy.

 
 

2.

The Superintendent’s designee, the Curriculum & Instruction Specialist for Health and Physical Education, will be responsible for:

 
 

a.

providing leadership and guidance to the District staff regarding implementation of the wellness policy;

 
 

b.

serving as the "healthy school team" and "school health advisory committee" chairman, involving stakeholders in discussing wellness activities, ideas, challenges and successes;

 
 

c.

fulfilling wellness policy requirements of evaluation and measurement, informing the public and involving the community;

     
 

d.

coordinating the efforts of District leaders for the various areas of the wellness policy: school food and nutrition services, employee wellness, District health services, elementary and secondary learning, etc.

 
 

B.

School Level

     
   

Each school within the District will establish an ongoing healthy school team that will meet annually to ensure compliance and to facilitate the implementation of the District’s wellness policy.

     
 

1.

The school principal and local school staff shall have the responsibility to comply with federal and state regulations as they relate to the District’s wellness policy.

     
 

2.

In each school, the principal will be responsible for establishing the healthy school team that will ensure compliance with the policy.

     
 

3.

The healthy school team should include, but not be limited to, the following stakeholders: parents, students, school food and nutrition services program representatives, school administrators, school health professionals, physical education teachers, and the general public.

     
 

4.

The healthy school team is responsible for:

     
 

a.

ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations for competitive food and beverage items sold on the school campus (7 C.F.R. 210.11 and F.A.C. 5P-1.003);

     
 

b.

reporting its school’s compliance of the aforementioned regulations to the Superintendent for ensuring overall compliance with the District’s wellness policy.

     
   

The District will review and consider evidence-based strategies and techniques in establishing goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school based activities that promote student wellness to include, at a minimum, a review of "smarter lunchroom" tools and techniques.

     
 

C.

Nutrition Promotion

     
   

Nutrition promotion can positively influence lifelong eating behaviors by creating food environments that encourage healthy choices and encourage participation in the school meal programs.

     
 

1.

The school environment, including the cafeteria and classroom, shall provide clear and consistent messages that promote and reinforce healthy eating.

     
 

2.

Students will have access to useful nutrition information. Posters, worksheets, and brochures will be available in classrooms and throughout each school’s campus.

     
 

3.

Schools will provide parents with healthy snack ideas, lists of foods for healthy classroom snacks, celebrations, and opportunities for physical activity before and after school.

     
   

Organizations operating concessions at school functions are encouraged to offer healthy food choices.

     
 

D.

Nutrition Education

     
   

Academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choice and availability of nutritious foods in the schools. Healthy foods support student physical growth, brain development, resistance to disease, emotional stability, and ability to learn.

     
 

1.

The nutrition benchmarks included in Florida’s Physical Education Standards shall be taught as part of the structured and systematic unit of instruction during physical education classes and will be integrated into other subject areas (e.g., math, science) where there is a natural fit.

     
 

2.

Students receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches skills students need to adopt healthy eating behaviors. Classroom lectures, activities, and student participation are provided in nutrition and health classes.

     
 

3.

Staff may integrate hands-on experiences such as working in a garden, cooking activities and enrichment activities such as farmer’s market tours and visits to community gardens within the core curriculum to learn how food reaches the table.

     
 

4.

The school cafeteria may serve as a learning lab by allowing students to apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills taught in the classroom when making choices at mealtime.

     
 

5.

Nutrition education will teach skills that are behavior-focused. Students will be taught about calorie balance, energy expenditure and nutrition facts labels.

     
 

6.

Staff who are responsible for nutrition education will be adequately prepared and participate regularly in professional development activities to deliver effectively an accurate nutrition education program as planned. Preparation and professional development activities will provide basic knowledge of nutrition combined with skill practice in program-specific activities and instructional techniques and strategies designed to promote healthy eating habits.

     
 

E.

Physical Activity

     
   

The District shall ensure that physical activity is an essential element of each school’s instructional program. The program shall provide the opportunity for all students to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

     
 

1.

All students in grades K-5 shall receive 150 minutes per week of instructionally relevant physical education. For middle school physical education in grades 6-8, all students shall receive a minimum of one (1) semester of physical education in each of the three (3) years. In grades 9-12, students receive a minimum of one (1) credit of physical education/health (HOPE) in senior high school as required.

     
 

2.

Students will have the opportunity to be involved in physical activity through physical education programs, before and after school activities or other activity programs. Students will be encouraged to participate in community-offered fitness and athletic programs.

     
 

3.

Staff will be informed of the opportunity to participate in physical activity in afterschool programs and community events.

     
 

4.

Regular classroom teachers will be encouraged to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

     
 

F.

Other School-Based Activities

     
   

The District will integrate wellness activities across the entire school setting. These initiatives will include nutrition, physical activity and other wellness components so that all efforts work towards the same set of goals and objectives used to promote student well-being, optimal development, and strong educational outcomes.

     
 

1.

General Guidelines

     
 

a.

The goals outlined by the wellness policy will be considered in planning all school-based activities (such as school events, field trips, dances, and assemblies).

     
 

b.

After-school programs will encourage healthy snacking and physical activity.

     
 

c.

The District shall actively develop and support the engagement of students, families, and staff in community health-enhancing activities and events at the school or throughout the community.

     
 

d.

Each school within the District shall be in compliance with drug, alcohol, and tobacco free policies.

     
 

2.

Eating Environment

     
 

a.

Students will be provided an adequate amount of time to consume their meal.

     
 

b.

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

     
 

c.

Each school will provide nutritious, fresh, locally-grown foods that reflect Florida’s harvest to the extent possible.

     
 

d.

High standards of personal sanitation shall be implemented.

     
 

e.

Access to facilities for hand-washing will be available for meal service.

     
 

3.

Healthier US School Challenge

     
   

All schools will be encouraged to join the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition program and submit an application to be recognized as a Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) school.

     
 

4.

Recycling

     
   

Each school shall maximize the reduction of waste by recycling, reusing, and purchasing recycled products.

     
 

5.

Employee Wellness

     
 

a.

The District staff wellness committee will focus on staff wellness issues, identify and distribute wellness resources and perform other functions that support staff wellness in coordination with human resources staff.

     
 

b.

All staff will be provided with opportunities to participate in physical activities and healthy eating programs that are accessible and free or low-cost.

     
 

6.

Health Services

     
   

A coordinated program of accessible health services shall be provided to students and staff and shall include, but not be limited to, violence prevention, school safety, communicable disease prevention, health screening, including body mass index, community health referrals, immunizations, parenting skills, and first aid/CPR training.

     
 

7.

Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours

     
   

With a facilities use agreement, each school is encouraged to allow the use of school facilities outside of school hours for physical activity programs offered by community-based organizations. (see District’s Policy 7510)

     
 

8.

Behavior Management

     
 

a.

The District is committed to discouraging the use of food as a reward or consequence.

     
 

b.

Teachers and other school personnel will not deny or require physical activity, including recess, as a means of a behavioral consequence unless the misbehavior necessitating occurred in recess consequencing.

     
 

G.

Guidelines for All Foods and Beverages Available During the School Day

     
   

The District shall operate and provide food service in accordance with USDA’s National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) & National School Lunch Program (NSLP) standards and applicable laws and regulations of the State of Florida. The guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by USDA.

     
 

1.

General Guidelines

     
 

a.

All reimbursable meals will meet nutrition standards mandated by USDA, as well as any additional state nutrition standards that go beyond USDA requirements.

     
 

b.

School meals will include a variety of nutrient-dense foods, including whole grains and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, while accommodating special dietary needs.

     
 

c.

To the maximum extent possible, all schools in the District will participate in available federal school meal programs, including the National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, After-School Snack Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

     
 

d.

Free, potable water will be made available to all children during each meal service.

     
 

2.

Competitive Foods

     
 

a.

All foods and beverages sold on the school campus to students outside of reimbursable school meals are considered "competitive foods," and must comply with the nutrition standards for competitive food as defined and required in 7 C.F.R. 210.11:

     
 

1)

School campus means, for the purpose of competitive food standards implementation, all areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.

     
 

2)

School day means, for the purpose of competitive food standards implementation, the period from the midnight before, to thirty (30) minutes after the end of the official school day.

     
 

b.

Competitive foods include items sold a la carte in the cafeteria, from vending machines, in-school fund-raisers, and school stores. (See District Policy 8540 and Policy 8550)

     
 

c.

To be allowable, all competitive food items sold to students must meet general nutrition requirements and nutrient standards and be sold during permissible times. (See District Policy 8500)

     
 

3.

General nutrition requirements for competitive foods:

     
 

a.

be a grain product that contains fifty percent (50%) or more whole grains by weight or have a whole grain as the first ingredient; or

     
 

b.

have as the first ingredient one of the non-grain major food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein foods (meat, beans, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.); or

     
 

c.

Be a combination food that contains one-quarter (1/4) cup of fruit and/or vegetable.

     
   

If water is the first ingredient, the second ingredient must be one of the above.

     
   

Nutrient Standards for Competitive Foods

     
 

Nutrient Standards

Snack Items and Side Dishes (including any added accompaniments)

Entrée Items (including any added accompaniments)

       
 

Calories

200 calories or less

350 calories or less

       
 

Sodium Limits

200 mg or less

480 mg or less

       
 

Total Fat Limits

35% or less of total calories

35% or less of total calories

       
 

Saturated Fat

less than 10% of total calories

less than 10% of total calories

       
 

Trans Fat

0 g of trans fat as served (less than or equal to 0.5 g per portion)

0 g of trans fat as served (less than or equal to 0.5 g per portion)

       
 

Sugar

35% of weight from total sugar as served or less

35% of weight from total sugar as served or less

     
   

Exemptions:

     
 

a.

Any entrée item offered as part of the breakfast or lunch program is exempt if it is served as a competitive food on the day of service or the day after service in the breakfast or lunch program.

     
 

b.

Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables with no added ingredients, except water.

     
 

c.

Canned fruits with no added ingredients except water, which are packed in 100% juice, extra light syrup, or light syrup.

     
 

d.

Low sodium/no-salt-added canned vegetables with no added fats.

     
 

e.

Reduced fat cheese, nuts, seeds and nut/seed butters, as well as seafood and whole eggs with no added fat are exempt from the total fat and saturated fat standards.

     
   

Refer to 7 C.F.R. 210.11 competitive food service standards for additional exemptions.

     
   

Nutrition Standards for Beverages

     
   

Portion sizes listed are the maximum that can be offered.

     
 

Beverages

Elementary

Middle

High

         
 

Plain water

unlimited

unlimited

unlimited

         
 

Unflavored low-fat milk

8 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

         
 

Unflavored or flavored fat-free milk

8 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

         
 

100% fruit or vegetable juice

8 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

         
 

100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water but no added sweeteners

8 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

12 fl. oz.

         
 

Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain 5 calories or less per 8 fl. oz., or 10 calories or less per 20 fl. oz.

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

20 fl. oz.

         
 

Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain 40 calories or less per 8 fl. oz. or 60 calories or less per 12 fl. oz.)

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

12 fl. oz.

     
   

Standards for food and beverages available during the school day that are not sold to students:

     
 

a.

The school will provide parents and teachers a list of ideas for healthy classroom snacks, celebrations/parties, rewards, and fund-raising activities.

     
 

b.

Class parties or celebrations should be held after the lunch period and foods that meet the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards are encouraged to be served.

     
 

c.

Schools will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day.

     
 

4.

Fund-Raising

     
 

a.

All food items and beverages available for sale to students for consumption on campus between midnight and thirty (30) minutes after the close of the regular school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including, but not limited to, competitive foods that are available to students a la carte in the dining area, as well as food items from vending machines, from school stores, or as fund-raisers by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters club.

     
 

b.

Any food items sold for consumption on campus from sixty (60) minutes after the end of the last lunch period at a secondary school until thirty (30) minutes after the school day ends as a fund-raiser by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or booster clubs shall meet the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

     
 

c.

Fund-raising efforts will be supportive of healthy eating by complying with all applicable regulations and nutrition standards for competitive foods while also emphasizing the sale of nonfood items.

     
 

5.

Policy for Food and Beverage Marketing

     
   

School-based marketing will be consistent with policies for nutrition education and health promotion. As such, schools will only be allowed to market and advertise those foods and beverages that meet or exceed USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

     
 

6.

Evaluation and Measurement of the Implementation of the Wellness Policy

     
   

The District wellness committee will update and make modifications to the wellness policy based on the results of the annual review and triennial assessments and/or as local priorities change, community needs change, wellness goals are met, new health information and technology emerges, and new federal or state guidance or standards are issued. The wellness policy will be assessed as indicated at least every three (3) years following the triennial assessment.

     
 

7.

Triennial Progress Assessments

     
   

The District will conduct an assessment of the local school wellness policy to measure wellness policy compliance at least once every three (3) years. This assessment will measure the implementation of the local school wellness policy, and include:

     
 

a.

the extent to which the District is in compliance with the local school wellness policy;

     
 

b.

the extent to which the local school wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies; and

     
 

c.

a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the local school wellness policy.

     
 

8.

Informing the Public

     
   

The District will ensure that the wellness policy and most recent triennial assessments are available to the public at all times. The District will also actively notify households on an annual basis about any updates made to the wellness policy and the availability of the triennial assessment results, as well as provide information to the community about its school nutrition environment.

     
 

a.

The District and schools will present wellness policy updates, as applicable, during meetings with the parent teacher association/organization, Board, Superintendent, school health advisory committee, and other interested groups or stakeholders.

     
 

b.

Wellness updates will be provided to students, parents, and staff, as applicable, in the form of handouts, District and schools’ websites, articles in school newsletters, to ensure that the community is informed and that public input is encouraged.

     
 

c.

Each school will provide all parents with information regarding the local school wellness policy at the beginning of the school year via the school’s website, school newsletter, etc.

     
 

9.

Community Involvement

     
   

The District is committed to being responsive to community input and awareness of the wellness policy. The District will encourage participation in the annual review of the local school wellness policy through a variety of means.

     
 

10.

Documentation

     
   

Compliance with the requirements of the local school wellness policy will be reviewed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services during an administrative review of the LEA’s, local education authority’s National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Documentation demonstrating compliance with community involvement requirements may include a copy of the solicitation on the District’s website. Documentation to demonstrate compliance with the public notification requirements may include a copy of the District’s and schools’ web pages where the wellness policy has been posted and/or a copy of school newsletters.

     
 

a.

the written local school wellness policy;

     
 

b.

documentation demonstrating compliance with community involvement requirements, including requirements to make the local school wellness policy and triennial assessments available to the public as consistent with the section on informing and updating the public; and

     
 

c.

documentation of the triennial assessment of the local school wellness policy.

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*For purposes of this policy, nutritious and healthy shall mean foods that are high in nutrients and low in added sugars, sodium, and fat.

42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
F.S. 1001.41
F.S. 1001.42
F.S. 1001.43
F.S. 1006.06
F.S. 1006.0605
F.S. 1006.0606
F.A.C. 6A-7.0411

Adopted 6/20/06
Revised 1/07
Revised 9/11/07
Revised 5/9/17

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