School Board of Charlotte County
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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 educating and encouraging wellness for their students 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.

The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. We must all work together to ensure that healthy foods and physical activity are available throughout the school environment. Therefore, it is 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 healthy behaviors and habits.

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

 A.Goals for Nutrition Education

  1.Nutrition education shall stress the importance of healthy eating and regular physical activity;

  2.When appropriate, nutrition education shall be integrated into all subject areas of the curriculum to complement, but not replace, the standards and benchmarks for that subject area;

  3.Staff responsible for providing instruction in nutrition education shall have appropriate training;

  4.Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by involving the staff, families, and the community;

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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.

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

 B.Goals for Physical Activity

  1.Physical Education

   a.A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by the state;

   b.All students in grades K-12, including those with disabilities, special health care needs, and in alternative educational settings (to the extent consistent with the students' IEPs), shall have the opportunity to receive physical education during each school year (to the extent the student's academic program allows);

   c.Physical education teachers are encouraged to implement technology into daily physical education classes to individualize student exercise programs to promote lifelong fitness;

   d.Physical education teachers shall assess students on individual gains rather than from a baseline;

  2.Physical Activity

   a.Physical activity and movement are encouraged across the curricula and throughout the school day;

   b.Physical activity shall not be used as a form of discipline or punishment during the school day including physical education settings. Extra-curricular and co-curricular physical activity is not subject to this restriction;

   c.All students in grades K-5 shall be provided with a daily recess period. Elimination of recess shall not be used as a form of discipline or punishment, unless the misbehavior necessitating discipline or punishment occurred during recess;

   d.Schools shall encourage families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by community agencies or organizations, and in lifelong physical activities like bowling, swimming, tennis, and golf;

 C.Goals for Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student and Staff Wellness

  1.Staff and community members who choose to eat at school with students are encouraged to model healthy eating habits;

  2.Students are not permitted to leave school grounds to obtain food unless they have permission from the principal (see Policy 5130);

  3.Students are not permitted to order food for delivery to the school unless they have specific permission from the principal (see the Code of Student Conduct);

  4.Food or beverages sold as a fund-raiser, with the exception of concession stand* sales (see Policy 8540 C.4.), are encouraged to be nutritious and healthy** (see Policy 8500 C.4.a.b.c.);

  5.To maintain a healthy school environment, all concession stand sales for the first hour after the close of the last lunch period are encouraged to be nutritious and healthy**;

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*Concession stand: any stand used to sell food, beverages, or other items that operates no sooner than one (1) hour after the close of the last lunch period or on weekends.

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

  6.Advertising and marketing of food and beverages in school shall be in alignment with promoting student health and well-being;

  7.Students, parents, and other community members shall have access to school outdoor physical activity facilities (excluding swimming pools and other areas requiring trained supervision) outside the normal school day;

  8.An organized wellness program shall be available to all staff.

 D.Nutrition Guidelines for all Foods Available on Campus During the School Day

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

  2.The schools shall provide adequate time for students to eat by appropriately scheduling students for breakfast and lunch service (see Policy 8500 B.2.c.);

  3.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 (see Policy 8500 A.-F.);

  4.The procedures for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than the procedures issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (see Policy 8500 E.1.2.3.4.);

  5.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;

  6.A school Wellness Committee, including students, teachers, parents, and cafeteria managers shall be formed in order to set and monitor wellness goals for each school;

  7.When recognizing student success or special events, schools are encouraged to celebrate with non-food rewards, including physical activities and group or individual projects;

  8.School staff are encouraged to provide or request only classroom snacks that are healthy and nutritious;

  9.Staff are encouraged to avoid the use of food for reward or punishment (see Policy 8500 B.2.e.);

  10.Any food or beverages in student accessed vending machines shall be nutritious and healthy (see Policy 8540 C.4.a.b.c.).

The Board designates the wellness coordinators and the principals as the individuals charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the District's implementation and progress under this policy. The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures necessary to implement this policy.

The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the District's compliance with this policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein.

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

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