School District of McFarland
Bylaws & Policies


As required by law, the School Board establishes the following wellness policy for the McFarland School District 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 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.

Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students 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:



Goals for Physical Activity


Rationale: To provide opportunities for student's to develop knowledge and skills for specific physical activities to maintain regular participation in physical fitness, and understand the benefits of a physically active lifestyle.



Classroom Education:


Health and physical education lessons will reinforce the knowledge and self-management skills necessary to maintain a physically active lifestyle.


Healthy living skills will be taught as part of regular instructional program for all students to understand and practice concepts and skills related to health promotion and disease prevention.


Curriculum is derived and directed through the McFarland School District Curriculum Department.



Physical Education:


All physical education classes will be taught by certified physical education teachers.


The program is designed to encourage equality of participation and promote the student's sense of responsibility for lifelong physical fitness and wellness.


The physical education curriculum provides age appropriate activities that contribute to the overall physical, social, and emotional growth of each individual.


Curriculum is derived and directed through the McFarland School District Curriculum Department.



Physical Activity:


School grounds where physical activity occurs shall have adequate space, equipment, and be kept safe and well-maintained.


Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other curriculum lessons.


During prolonged periods of inactivity (greater than two (2) hours) teachers should provide periodic breaks to students to stand or be moderately active.





Elementary (K-8) students should be provided at least twenty (20) minutes a day of recess in a safe and satisfying environment.



Extracurricular Programs:


The District will provide opportunities for physical activity before and after school such as intramural or interscholastic sports, or other activity clubs.



After School Programs:


These should include opportunities for age appropriate supervised activities that appeal to a wide variety of student interests including students with disabilities/special needs.


Students are given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through regular physical education classes, daily recess periods for K-8 students, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum.



Goals for Other School Based Activities


Rationale: To create a total school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and being physically active.



Dining Environment


A clean, safe, and enjoyable dining environment shall be provided with enough space and serving areas to ensure access to meals with a minimum wait time.


Drinking fountains are available to students at all times during the day.


Participation in school meals in encouraged and the identity of students who eat free and reduced meals is protected.


Parents, teachers, and administrators serve as role models for healthy eating in the lunchroom, and at staff meetings before, during, and after the school day.



Time to Eat


Lunch is scheduled as near to the middle of the day as possible with a minimum of twenty (20) minutes to eat.


Morning recess for elementary schools is scheduled before lunch so that students come to lunch less distracted and ready to eat.


Classroom mid-morning breaks will be scheduled two (2) hours prior to lunch serving time if possible.


Provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before and after they eat meals or snacks.


Sharing of food or beverages between students at snack or meal time should be discouraged to avoid concern about food allergies and other student diet restrictions.



Food Sales/Parties/Rewards


These activities should be held during hours that will not conflict with the school breakfast or lunch program.


Staff shall be aware of the impact that additional food offerings throughout the day have on their students diets when combined with other snacks and the District operated lunch program.


The use of food for rewards should be evaluated by staff to identify other options for praise.





As an alternative, offer non-food items to raise funds such as books, gift wrap, candles, flowers, or school promotional items.


Food and beverages sold at fundraisers should reinforce the importance of healthy eating choices.


Items being sold that do not meet standards should be offered in limited quantity or on an intermittent basis.



Vending Machines


Sales of candy will not be permitted on school grounds through the use at vending machines or outlets such as a school store.


Non vending sales will be permitted at the conclusion of the instructional day, such as for a concession stand.





Individuals operating concessions should offer healthy food choices and market these at a lower profit margin to encourage selection by students and adults.



Goals for Staff Wellness


Rationale: To provide wellness opportunities to school personnel that encourage healthy lifestyles.


Each school site shall provide an accessible and productive work environment consistent with applicable occupational health laws, policies, and rules.


Each school site shall comply with drug, alcohol, and tobacco free policies.


Establish a staff committee to develop a program about wellness resources and services.


Staff members shall be encouraged to engage in daily physical activity during the workday as part of work breaks and/or lunch breaks before or after work hours at site sponsored programs or as part of a discounted membership at local fitness facilities.



Goals for Nutrition Education


Rationale: To provide students with knowledge and skills to foster lifelong health and wellness.


Nutrition is integrated into the health or core curricula at each grade level as part of a comprehensive program designed to emphasize the benefits of healthy eating. Themes provided include: Diet and disease, knowledge of food guide pyramid, food labels, serving sizes, major nutrients, caloric balance, food marketing, and healthy snack choices.


Involve family and community members in the reinforcement of nutrition education. Parents will be provided nutrition education in the form of handouts, postings on the District website, and public forum.


Coordinate school food service offerings with the school wellness policy guidelines to promote good nutrition and contribute to development of healthy eating habits.



Goals for Nutrition Guidelines


Rationale: To provide student with food choices that promote healthy eating and reduce the incidence of childhood obesity.


The McFarland School District Food service program operates in accordance with the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) guidelines as administered by the USDA, and with applicable laws and regulations of the State of Wisconsin.


The District continually expands and explores menu offerings based on nutritional content and student choices. The food service program strives to exceed the minimum nutritional guidelines required by the NSLP.


Schools in the District will offer varied and nutritious food choices that are consistent with healthy eating habits. Menu and a la carte offerings are evaluated frequently for nutritional value. (Value is defined as foods with calories rich in nutrients.) New items are looked at to provide healthy options for students and staff in areas including fresh fruits and vegetables, when seasonally available, reduced/low fat foods, and whole grains (provides fiber).


Beverage machines are available to high school students after school. Machines contain several health options such as water and juice.



Plan for Implementation of Policy


Assess the nutrition and physical activity needs of students using a survey targeting input from community, staff, parent and student populations.


Conduct a review of the progress toward policy goals annually by designated staff and have staff serve as role models for healthy behaviors for their students.


Assessment of policy goals will be ongoing and may be amended as needed.


In-service staff yearly on key components of the Wellness Policy.

The Board designates the District Administrator and the building principals as the individuals charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the District's implementation and progress under this policy. The District Administrator shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy.

The District Administrator shall report on the District'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

Revised 8/17/15

© Neola 2014