Onekama Consolidated Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Onekama School District.

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

   
 

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 posters, such as the USDA Meal Patterns, will be displayed in the cafeteria.

   
 

5.

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.

     
 

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.

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.

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

   
 

e.

The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum 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.

   
 

f.

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.

   
 

g.

The K-12 program shall include instruction in physical education as well as opportunities to participate in competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage lifelong physical activity.

   
 

h.

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.

   
 

i.

Properly certificated, highly qualified teachers shall provide all instruction in physical education.

   
 

j.

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

     
 

k.

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

   
 

l.

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

   
 

m.

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

   
 

n.

Planned instruction in physical education shall take into account gender and cultural differences.

   
 

o.

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

   
 

2.

Physical Activity

   
 

a.

Physical activity shall not be employed as a form of discipline or punishment.

   
 

b.

Schools shall offer a wide range of physical activities outside the regular school day that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including males, females, students with disabilities, and students with special healthcare needs.

     
 

C.

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

   
 

1.

The schools may use environmentally friendly practices, such as the use of locally grown foods and non-disposable tableware and dishes.

   
 

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.

   
 

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 that comply with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards:

   
 

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.

whole grain products Ė All grains need to be whole grain-rich

   
 

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.

The District nutrition department will promote and encourage Farm to School efforts in order to provide the healthy foods identified above.

     
 

F.

All foods and beverages sold to students as fund raisers outside of the school meals program during the regular and extended school day for consumption on the school campus shall meet the USDA Competitive Food regulations, the Alliance for A Healthier Generationís Competitive Foods and Beverages Guidelines, and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

   
 

G.

Rewarding children in the classroom should not involve candy and other foods that can undermine childrenís diets and health and reinforce unhealthy eating habits. A wide variety of alternative rewards can be used to provide positive reinforcement for childrenís behavior and academic performance.

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, including but not limited to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, 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).

   
 

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

   
 

C.

The sale of foods and beverages to students 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.

   
 

D.

All food items and beverages available for sale to students for consumption on the school campus (any area of property under the jurisdiction of the school that is accessible to students during the school day) between midnight and thirty (30) minutes after the close of the regular school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, including, but not limited to, competitive foods that are available to students a la carte or as entrees in the dining area (except entree items that were offered on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) menu on the day of and the day after they are offered on the NSLP or SBP menu), as well as food items and beverages from vending machines, from school stores, or as fund-raisers, including those operated by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters clubs.

     
 

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 food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.

   
 

G.

All foods available on campus during the school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive foods that are available to students a la carte in the dining area, as classroom snacks, from vending machines, for classroom parties, or at holiday celebrations.

   
 

H.

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

   
 

I.

The school shall prepare and distribute to staff, parents, and after-school program personnel a list of snack items that comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

   
 

J.

The food service program shall be administered by a qualified nutrition professional.

     
 

K.

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

   
 

L.

All food service personnel shall receive pre-service training in food service operations.

   
 

M.

All school nutrition program directors, managers and staff will meet or exceed hiring and annual continuing education/training requirements in the USDA Professional Standards for Child Nutrition Professionals.

   
 

N.

other: WATER Ė To promote hydration, free, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all students throughout the school day. The district will make drinking water available where school meals are served during mealtimes.

The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual(s) 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.

     

Triennial Progress Assessments

At least once every three (3) years, the District will evaluate compliance with the wellness policy to assess the implementation of the policy and include:

 

A.

the extent to which schools under the jurisdiction of the District are in compliance with the wellness policy;

     
 

B.

the extent to which the Districtís wellness policy compares to the Alliance for a Healthier Generationís model wellness policy;

     
 

C.

a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the Districtís wellness policy; and

     
 

D.

the DWC will update or modify the wellness policy based on the results of the annual School Health Index and triennial assessments and/or as District priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; new health science, information, and technology emerges; and new Federal or state guidance or standards are issued.

     
   

The wellness policy will be assessed and updated as indicated at least every three (3) years, following the triennial assessment.

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 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
7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220

Adopted 3/12/07
Revised 11/11/13
Revised 12/8/14
Revised 8/14/17
Revised 2/12/18

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