Green Local School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Green Local School District.

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.

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 District shall:

  1.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.

  2.Nutrition education shall be integrated into other subject areas of the curriculum, when appropriate, to complement, but not replace, the standards and benchmarks for health education.

  3.Nutrition education shall include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate activities.

  4.Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school’s food service staff.

  5.Nutrition education posters, such as the Food Pyramid Guide, will be displayed in the cafeteria.

  6.Nutrition education shall extend beyond the school by engaging and involving the families and the community.

 B.With regard to physical activity, the District shall:

  1.Physical Education

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

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

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

   d.The 7-12 program shall include instruction in physical education as well as opportunities to participate in competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage lifelong physical activity.

   e.Planned instruction in physical education shall require students to be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least fifty percent (50%) of scheduled class time.

   f.Properly certificated, highly qualified teachers shall provide all instruction in physical education.

   g.Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.

   h.Planned instruction in physical education shall meet the needs of all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.

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

   j.Planned instruction in physical education shall include cooperative as well as competitive games.

  2.Physical Activity

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

   b.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, or tennis.

   c.All students in grades 7-12 shall have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities and intramural programs that emphasize physical activity.

   d.All students in grades 7-12 shall have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports programs.

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

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

  2.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.

 D.With regard to nutrition promotion, the District 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.

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

 A.The food service program will strive to be financially self-supporting.

 B.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.

 C.All foods available to students in the dining area during school food service hours shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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

 E.The school shall prepare and distribute to staff, parents, and after-school program personnel a list of snack items that comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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

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

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

 I.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 with members recruited and appointed annually.

The Wellness Committee shall be responsible for:

 A.assessment of the current school environment;

 B.review of the District’s Wellness policy;

 C.presentation of the Wellness policy to the Board for approval;

 D.measurement of the implementation of the policy; and

 E.recommendation for the revision of the policy, is 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

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

Adopted 6/19/06
Revised 3/10/14

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