School City of East Chicago
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the School Board establishes the following wellness policy for the School City of East Chicago.

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.

The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. 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 Corporation shall:

     
   

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

     
 

B.

With regard to physical activity, the Corporation shall:

     
 

1.

Physical Education

     
   

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.

     
 

2.

Physical Activity

     
 

a.

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

     
 

b.

The school shall encourage families and community organizations to institute programs that support physical activity of all sorts.

     
 

C.

With regard to other school-based activities the School shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.

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.

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

     
 

F.

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

     
 

G.

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

     
 

H.

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

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

The Superintendent shall report on the Corporation's compliance with this policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Board.

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

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