Cuyahoga Heights Local School District
Bylaws & Policies


As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Cuyahoga Heights 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 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:



With regard to nutrition education, the District shall:



Engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, and health professionals in the implementation of nutrition and physical activity policies.



Maintain guidelines that mandate food and beverages sold or served at schools will meet the nutrition recommendations of the USDA National School Lunch Program.



Ensure qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, pleasant settings with adequate time for students to eat.



Establish guidelines that will be implemented regarding nutritional quality of food and beverages sold and served on campus along with nutritional content and portion sizes of such items. These areas include but are not limited to: school meals, meal times and scheduling, food, beverages, snacks, vending machines, and other areas that affect student wellness.



Establish and implement guidelines that aim to teach and encourage healthy eating by students and staff. Schools should provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotions that support nutrition education standards and benchmarks that are age appropriate and culturally relevant.



Include nutrition education in the sequential, comprehensive Health curriculum in accordance with the curriculum standards and benchmarks established by the State.



Display nutrition education posters, such as My Plate, in the cafeteria.



Integrate nutrition education into other subject areas of the curriculum when appropriate, to complement, but not replace, the standards and benchmarks for health education.



Ensure that nutrition education standards and benchmarks are age-appropriate and culturally relevant.



Extend nutrition education beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school’s food service staff.



Extend nutrition education beyond the school by engaging and involving families and the community.



Promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat and fat-free dairy products in nutrition education standards and benchmarks.



Staff responsible for providing instruction in nutrition education shall regularly participate in professional development activities designed to better enable them to teach the benchmarks and standards.



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



The District shall provide information to parents that is designed to encourage them to reinforce at home the standards and benchmarks being taught in the classroom.



With regard to physical activity, the District shall:



Physical Education



The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum 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.



Planned instruction in physical education shall be sufficient for students to achieve a proficient level with regard to the standards and benchmarks adopted by the State.



Planned instruction in physical education shall promote participation in physical activity outside the regular school day.



The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.



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.



The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.



Planned instruction in physical education shall be presented in an environment free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting, bullying or harassment of any kind.



On an annual basis, physical education teachers shall review and affirm receipt of the Ohio Department of Health’s concussion information sheet.



Physical Education teachers shall remove from class participation any student who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury. The Principal and/or teacher shall notify parents or guardians about the possible concussion or head injury.



Any student who has been removed from physical education class participation because s/he has exhibited signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury shall not be permitted to return to physical education class until the student’s condition is assessed by a physician, and the physician gives the student written clearance that it is safe to return to class.



Require all students, including those with disabilities, special health care needs and in alternative educational settings (to the extent consistent with the students’ IEPs) to participate in physical education as determined by the curriculum unless excused through participation in appropriate plan (IEP or 504), a waiver as outlined in Policy 5460, or through an approved credit flexibility program.



Physical Activity



Physical activity shall not be employed as a form of discipline or punishment. All students in grades K-5 shall be provided with a daily recess period at least fifteen (15) minutes in duration. Recess shall not be used as a reward or punishment.



The school shall provide information to families to encourage and assist them in their efforts to incorporate physical activity into their children's daily lives.



In addition to planned physical education, the school shall provide age-appropriate physical activities (e.g., recess during the school day, intramurals and clubs before and after school, and interscholastic sports) that meet the needs of all students, including males, females, students with disabilities, and students with special health care needs.



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



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



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



Students, parents, and other community members shall have access to, and be encouraged to use, the school's outdoor physical activity facilities outside the normal school day.



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.



With regard to nutrition promotion, the District shall:



create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits, including offering the following healthy foods:



meals designed to meet specific calorie ranges for age/grade groups;



require students to select a fruit or vegetable as part of a complete reimbursable meal;



provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills for consuming healthful foods.

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



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.



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).



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.



All foods available on campus during the school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive foods that are available to students a la carte in the dining area, as classroom snacks, from vending machines, for classroom parties, or at holiday celebrations.



Nutrition information for competitive foods available during the school day shall be readily available near the point of purchase.



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.



The food service program shall be administered by a qualified nutrition professional.



The food service program shall be administered by a director who is properly qualified, certificated, licensed, or credentialed, according to current professional standards.



All food service personnel shall receive pre-service training in food service operations.



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

The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual 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, coordinated with the BEST steering committee under School Culture and Student Services on the BEST plan, with members recruited and appointed annually.

The Wellness Committee shall be responsible for:



assessment of the current school environment;



review of the District’s Wellness policy;



presentation of the Wellness policy to the Board for approval;



measurement of the implementation of the policy; and



recommendation for the revision of the policy, if 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 include information on the website and 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

Revised 5/10/15

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