Monroe Central School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

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

Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise. 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:

   
 

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 included in the sequential, comprehensive health curriculum in accordance with the curriculum standards and benchmarks established by the State.

 

3.

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.

     
 

4.

Nutrition education standards and benchmarks shall be age-appropriate and culturally relevant.

   
 

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 families and the community.

   
 

7.

Nutrition education standards and benchmarks promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat and fat-free dairy products.

     
 

B.

With regard to physical activity:

   
 

1.

Physical Education

   
 

a.

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

   
 

b.

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

   
 

c.

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.

     
 

d.

All physical education classes shall have a student/teacher ratio comparable to the student/teacher ratio in other curricular areas.

   
 

e.

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

   
 

2.

Physical Activity

   
 

a.

In addition to planned physical education, the school shall provide age-appropriate physical activities (e.g., recess during the school day, intramurals and clubs before and after school, and interscholastic sports) that meet the needs of all students, including males, females, students with disabilities, and students with special health care needs.

     
 

b.

All students in grades 6-12 shall have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports programs.

     
 

C.

With regard to other school-based activities:

   
 

1.

The schools shall provide at least thirty (30) minutes daily for students to eat.

   
 

2.

The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.

   
 

3.

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

   
 

4.

Students at Monroe Central are permitted to have bottled water only in the classroom.

   
 

5.

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.

   
 

6.

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.

All foods that are provided, not sold, on the school campus during the school day, including foods and beverages provided for classroom parties or holiday celebrations shall comply with the food and beverage standards approved by the Superintendent.

     
 

E.

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.

   
 

F.

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

   
 

G.

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

   
 

H.

All foods available to students in Corporation programs, other than the food service program, shall be served with consideration for promoting student health and well-being.

   
 

I.

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

The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual(s) charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the Corporation's implementation and progress under this policy.

The Superintendent shall appoint a Corporation wellness committee that includes parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, nutritionists or certified dieticians, educational staff (including health and physical education teachers), mental health and social services staff, school health professionals, the School Board, school administrators, and members of the public to oversee the development, implementation, evaluation, and periodic update, if necessary, of the wellness policy.

The wellness committee shall be an ad hoc committee of the Board with members recruited and appointed annually.

The wellness committee shall:

 

A.

assess the current environment in each of the Corporationís schools;

   
 

B.

measure the implementation of the Corporationís wellness policy in each of the Corporationís schools;

   
 

C.

review the Corporationís current wellness policy;

   
 

D.

recommend revision of the policy, as appropriate; and

   
 

E.

present the wellness policy, with any recommended revisions, to the Board for approval or re-adoption if revisions are recommended.

Before the end of each school year the wellness committee shall submit to the Superintendent and Board their report in which they describe the environment in each of the Corporationís schools and the implementation of the wellness policy in each school, and identify any revisions to the policy the committee deems necessary. In its review, the Wellness Committee shall consider evidence-based strategies in determining its recommendations.

The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the work of the wellness committee, including their assessment of the environment in the Corporation, their evaluation of wellness policy implementation Corporation-wide, and the areas for improvement, if any, that the committee identified. The committee also shall report on the status of compliance by individual schools and progress made in attaining goals established in the policy.

The Superintendent also shall be 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 wellness policy on the Corporationís website, including the assessment of the implementation of the policy prepared by the Corporation.

The Corporation shall assess the Wellness Policy at least once every three (3) years on the extent to which schools in the Corporation are in compliance with the Corporation policy, the extent to which the Corporation policy compares to model wellness policies, and the progress made in attaining the goals of the Corporation Wellness Policy. To ensure continuing progress, the Corporation will evaluate implementation efforts and their impact on students and staff using the following tool https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/shi/index.htm.

The assessment shall be made available to the public on the School Corporationís website.

Food and beverage marketing that allow marketing and advertising on only those foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

I.C. 20-26-9-18
42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
42 U.S.C. 1758b
42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220

Adopted 5/13/14
Revised 10/14/14
Revised 10/11/16
Revised 11/14/17

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