School Town of Munster
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.

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 Corporation will implement t programs:

 
 

1.

Which will 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.

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

 
 

3.

Which will be age-appropriate and culturally relevant with participatory activities such as contests, promotions, taste tests, and others.

 
 

4.

Which will extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's food service staff, families and the community.

 
 

5.

In the school cafeteria which will serve as a learning lab, shall display nutrition education posters and allow students to apply the knowledge and skills taught in the classroom when making choices at mealtime.

 
 

6.

Which will reinforce lifelong balance by emphasizing the link between caloric intake (eating) and exercise in ways that are age-appropriate.

 
 

7.

Which will include a focus on media literacy as it related to food marketing strategies.

 
 

8.

Which will promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health enhancing nutrition practices.

 
 

9.

In professional development which will enable staff to better teach benchmarks and standards.

 
 

10.

In public information to parents to encourage them to reinforce a healthy lifestyle at home and the standards taught in the classroom.

 
 

B.

With regard to physical activity, the Corporation will develop programs in:

 
 

1.

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.

 
 

2.

Physical education classes which will provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate motor and social skills and which stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.

 
 

3.

Planned instruction in physical education that will meet the needs of all students, including those who are not athletically gifted and shall encourage cooperation, fair play and responsible participation.

 
 

4.

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.

 
 

5.

Regular physical activity as a personal behavior; in which classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities.

 
 

6

Physical activity and movement which will be incorporated into other subject lessons when possible.

 
 

7.

Schools which encourage families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by community agencies and in lifelong physical activities like bowling, swimming or tennis.

 
 

8.

Grades K-5 in which all students will be provided with a daily recess period at least fifteen (15) minutes in duration.

 
 

C.

With regard to other school-based activities the Corporation will develop guidelines in which:

 
 

1.

The schools will provide at least thirty (30) minutes daily for students to eat in a clean, attractive environment.

 
 

2.

The schools which have club or organizational meetings or activities during meal times will make arrangements for students to eat during such activities.

 
 

3.

The schools will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat.

 
 

4.

The schools utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced price meals.

 
 

D.

With regard to nutrition promotion, any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus, during the school day, will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. The Corporation shall encourage students to increase their consumption of healthful foods during the school day.

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.

The sale of foods of minimal nutritional value in the food service area during the lunch period is prohibited.

 
 

C.

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).

 
 

D.

The sale to students of foods and beverages that do not meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards to be consumed on the school campus during the school day is prohibited. Competitive foods available for purchase by students à la carte in the dining area, foods or beverages sold from vending machines, and foods and beverages provided by the school or school staff for classroom parties or holiday celebrations are subject to this prohibition.

     
 

E.

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.

     
 

F.

The Food Service Department shall comply with State Law and Indiana Department of Education/Food and Nutrition guidelines.

   
 

G.

In addition the food service program:

   
 

1.

Shall serve, through the National School Lunch Program, attractive, nutritious and appealing meals.

   
 

2.

Shall 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 nutritional value.

   
 

3

Will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.

   
 

4.

Will require all food items and beverages available for sale to students for consumption on campus between 12:01 am and thirty (30) minutes after the close of the regular school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDAís Smart Snacks in Schools regulations, including, but not limited to, competitive foods that are available to students à la carte in the dining area, as well as food items and beverages from vending machines, school stores, or fund-raisers by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters clubs.

     
 

5.

Shall be administered by a director who is properly qualified, certified, licensed, or credentialed, according to current professional standards.

     
 

6.

Shall provide continuing professional development for all food service staff.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement 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 may:

 

A.

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

 
 

B.

review the Corporationís current wellness policy;

 
 

C.

recommend revision of the policy, as appropriate; and

 
 

D.

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 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 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. The wellness policy will be posted on the Corporation's website.

The Corporation shall assess the Wellness Policy at least once every three (3) years on the extent to which schools in the Corporation comply with the Corporation policy 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 tools provided by the State and Federal government.

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 7/10/06
Revised 5/12/14
Revised 10/13/14
Revised 12/12/16
Revised 2/12/18

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