Manistee Area Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Manistee Area Public 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, 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, a component of comprehensive health education, shall be offered every year to all students of the District. The District may offer age-appropriate nutrition education classes. In addition, nutrition education topics shall be integrated into the entire curriculum when appropriate.

  2.Nutrition education shall include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and others.

  3.Nutrition education shall include opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition, involving, when possible, community agencies and organizations.

  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.The school cafeteria shall serve as a learning lab by allowing students to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills taught in the classroom when making choices at mealtime.

  7.Nutrition education shall reinforce lifelong balance by emphasizing the link between caloric intake (eating) and exercise in ways that are age-appropriate. A walking program will be strongly suggested in all buildings during recess and lunch periods.

  8.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. An in-service day may be assigned solely to wellness.

  9.Nutrition education should also be made available to parents/guardians and the community. This nutrition education may be provided in the form of handouts, wall or bulletin board posters or banners, postings on the District website, community and student oriented presentations or other communications focused on promoting proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

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

  1.Developmentally appropriate physical education shall be offered every year to all students of the District. In addition, physical education topics shall be integrated into the entire curriculum when appropriate.

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

  3.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.

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

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

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

  7.Planned instruction in physical education shall endeavor to meet the needs of all students.

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

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

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

  11.Schools should provide opportunities for some type of physical activity for students in grades seven through twelve apart from physical education and organized sports. Physical activity opportunities might include: before- and after-school extra-curricular physical activity programs or use of school facilities outside of school hours.

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

  1.The School District shall provide a clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students.

  2.The School District shall provide enough space and serving areas to ensure all students have access to school meals with minimum waiting time.

  3.The School District shall provide identity protection of students who eat free and reduced-price meals.

  4.The schools may provide the opportunities for staff, parents, and other community members to model healthy eating habits by dining with students in the school dining areas.

  5.The District will have all buildings complete the Michigan Healthy School Action Tool (HSAT) to ensure that school activities and the environment support healthy behaviors.

  6.The District will encourage using physical activity as a reward, such as a teacher or principal walking or playing with students at recess.

  7.The District will provide opportunities for on-going professional training and development for food service staff and teachers in the areas of nutrition and physical education.

 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;

  3.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 meet or exceed the regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 C.The District shall monitor food service distributors and snack vendors to ensure that they provide predominantly healthy food and beverage choices that comply with this policyís purpose in all venues.

 D.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 same of foods with minimal nutritious value.

 E.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.

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

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

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

 I.All food service staff shall be trained in a Certified Food Safety Program.

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. In order to inform the public, the Superintendent shall include information in the student handbook and post the policy on the Districtís website, including the Wellness Committee's assessment of the implementation of the policy.

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

Adopted 9/06
Revised 4/9/14

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