Grosse Ile Township Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Grosse Ile Township Schools.

The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research concludes 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 standards and benchmarks shall be age-appropriate and culturally relevant.

 
 

4.

The standards and benchmarks for nutrition education shall be behavior focused.

 
 

5.

Nutrition education may extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's food service staff.

 
 

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 the standards and benchmarks established by the State.

 
 

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.

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

 
 

2.

Physical Activity

 
 

Recess shall not be used as a reward or punishment.

 

C.

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

 
 

1.

The schools shall provide a reasonable time for students to eat.

 
 

2.

Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.

 
 

3.

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.

 
 

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, 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.

all grain products are whole grain-rich with the exception of pizza crust, pepperoni rolls and rice

 
 

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

 
 

E.

All foods and beverages sold as fund raisers outside of the school meals program during the regular school day and thirty (30) minutes after school, shall meet the USDA Smart Snacks rule, with the exception of four (4) fundraisers per month per building.

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 foods sold to students on campus during the school day and for thirty (30) minutes after school shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including foods available to students as from vending machines and fund raisers, except for four (4) fundraisers per month per building.

 

F.

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

 
 

G.

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

 
 

H.

All food service personnel shall receive pre-service training in food service operations, and yearly training as required by the USDA.

The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual charged with operational responsibility for verifying that the District meets the goals established in this policy.

The Superintendent shall appoint a District 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 the wellness policy. The Wellness Committee shall be an ad hoc committee with members recruited and chosen annually.

The Wellness Committee shall be responsible for:

 

A.

assessment of the current school environment;

 
 

B.

review of the Districtís wellness policy;

 
 

C.

presentation of the wellness policy to the school board for approval;

 
 

D.

measurement of the implementation of the policy;

 
 

E.

recommendation for the revision of the policy, as necessary.

Before the end of each school year the Wellness Committee shall recommend to the Superintendent any revisions to the policy it deems necessary.

The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the progress of the Wellness Committee and on its evaluation of policy implementation and areas for improvement, including status of compliance by individual schools and progress made in attaining goals of policy.

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
7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220

Adopted 8/28/07
Revised 1/28/14
Revised 4/26/16

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