Decatur County Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the School Board establishes the following wellness policy for the School Corporation 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 Corporation'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:

     
 

Nutrition education shall be included in the health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives.

     
 

B.

With regard to physical activity:

     
 

Physical Education

     
 

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.

     
 

C.

With regard to other school-based activities:

     
 

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.

     
 

D.

With regard to nutrition promotion, the Corporation shall:

     
 

1.

encourage students to increase their consumption of healthful foods during the school day;

     
 

2.

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

     
 

a.

a variety of fresh produce to include those prepared without added fats, sugars, refined sugars, and sodium

     
 

b.

a variety of vegetables daily to include specific subgroups as defined by dark green, red/orange, legumes, and starchy

     
 

c.

whole grain products - half of all grains need to be whole grain-rich upon initial implementation and all grains must be whole grain-rich within two (2) years of implementation

     
 

d.

fluid milk that is fat-free (unflavored and flavored) and low-fat (unflavored)

     
 

e.

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

     
 

3.

eliminate trans-fat from school meals

     
 

4.

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

     
 

5.

designate wellness champions at each school that will promote resources through the Corporation's website for wellness for students, families, and the community

     
 

6.

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:

 

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 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 à la carte in the dining area, as well as food items and beverages from vending machines, school stores, or fund-raisers by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters clubs.

     
 

F.

The school food service program may involve staff and school officials in the selection of competitive food items to be sold in the schools.

     
 

G.

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

     
 

H.

Any food items sold from thirty (30) minutes after the end of the last lunch period until thirty (30) minutes after the school day ends in a fund raiser by approved student clubs and organizations and Corporation support organizations shall meet the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

     
 

I.

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

The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual(s) charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the Corporation's implementation and progress under this policy.

The Superintendent shall appoint the Corporation wellness committee that includes parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, nutritionists or certified dieticians, educational staff (including physical education teachers), school health professionals, the School Board, school administrators, and members of the public to oversee the development, implementation, evaluation, and periodic update, if necessary, of the wellness policy.

The Superintendent shall be an ex officio member of the committee.

The wellness committee shall be an ad hoc committee of the Board with members recruited and appointed annually.

The wellness committee shall:

 

A.

assess the current environment in each of the Corporationís schools;

     
 

B.

measure the implementation of the Corporationís wellness policy in each of the Corporationís schools;

     
 

C.

review the Corporationís current wellness policy;

     
 

D.

recommend revision of the policy, as appropriate; and

     
 

E.

present the wellness policy, with any recommended revisions, to the Board for approval or re-adoption if revisions are recommended.

Before the end of each school year the wellness committee shall submit to the Superintendent and Board their report in which they describe the environment in each of the Corporationís schools and the implementation of the wellness policy in each school, and identify any revisions to the policy the committee deems necessary.

The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the work of the wellness committee, including their assessment of the environment in the Corporation, their evaluation of wellness policy implementation Corporation-wide, and the areas for improvement, if any, that the committee identified. The committee also shall report on the status of compliance by individual schools and progress made in attaining goals established in the policy.

The Superintendent also shall be 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 wellness policy on the Corporationís website, including the assessment of the implementation of the policy prepared by the Corporation.

I.C. 20-26-9-18
42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
42 U.S.C. 1758b
42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220

Revised 6/11/14
Revised 9/10/14
Revised 8/10/16

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