The School Board of Pasco County
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8510 - STUDENT AND STAFF WELLNESS POLICY

Student Wellness

The Board is committed to provide a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. The District shall promote school environments that encourage and protect children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthful nutrition and physical activity.

The Board establishes the following goals in an effort to enable students to adopt good health and nutrition habits:

 A.With regard to nutrition education, healthful living skills shall be taught through interdisciplinary programs in all grade levels based upon State standards and goals identified in the Student Wellness Policy Procedures.

 B.With regard to physical education and physical activity, physical education and physical activity shall be an essential element of all schools' curriculum. The instructional program will instill patterns of meaningful physical activity which foster a healthy lifestyle and meet the goals identified in the Student Wellness Policy Procedures.

 C.With regard to other school-based activities, school-based activities shall support and value the social and emotional well-being of students, families, and staff to build a healthy school environment and meet the goals identified in the Student Wellness Policy Procedures.

 D.With regard to nutrition standards, the District will provide nutrition guidelines/standards, consistent with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snack Standards, for all food served and/or sold on each school campus during the school day and meet the goals identified in the Student Wellness Policy Procedures.

 E.With regard to nutrition promotion, the District and school culture should consistently project positive nutrition and lifestyle messages throughout the entire campus and at all school activities and meet the goals identified in the Student Wellness Policy Procedures.

 F.The District assures that the guidelines for the reimbursable meals are not less restrictive than the guidance and regulations issued by the USDA.

The Superintendent will establish and support a Student Wellness Policy Council to oversee development, implementation, and evaluation of the Student Wellness Policy and Procedures. All stakeholders may participate in the activities of the Student Wellness Policy Council.

The Student Wellness Policy Council shall conduct periodic reviews of the progress toward implementation of the Student Wellness Policy Procedures, identify areas for improvement, revise procedures as necessary, and make recommendations to the Board for changes in the Student Wellness Policy as needed.

The Superintendent will designate one or more District or school officials, as appropriate, to ensure that each school complies with the Student Wellness Policy. Principals shall ensure that the Student Wellness Policy Procedures are implemented.

The Student Wellness Policy Council shall prepare and submit an annual report to the Board regarding the progress toward implementation of the Student Wellness Policy and Procedures.

Staff Wellness

Goal: To support employee health promotion and wellness through the District’s Pasco Go Healthy Wellness Program.

Pasco Go Healthy Wellness Program supports improved staff physical and mental health by providing health promotion, resources, and initiatives for employees to attain/maintain healthy lifestyles. Schools with a healthy staff will have better attendance, thereby decreasing disruption in students’ education.

 A.The District Employee Health and Wellness Committee (EHAWC) will establish staff wellness initiatives and create a culture of wellness throughout the District.

 B.The District will provide an Employee Assistance Program to promote a healthy work environment and support employee emotional well-being.

 C.Employees’ efforts to achieve the District’s wellness initiatives will be supported.

 D.Employees shall be encouraged to engage in daily physical activity before or after work hours.

 E.The District will support employee efforts to follow a healthy, balanced diet by making more than fifty percent (50%) of the food and beverage choices available in vending machines, cafeterias, snack bars, or other purchase points be healthier food items.

 F.Schools will be encouraged to include an employee wellness goal in their School Improvement Plans.

The District will provide information to all employees regarding health promotion, resources, and initiatives through the Pasco Go Healthy Wellness Program.

42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
F.S. 1001.41(2), 1001.42, 1001.43, 1006.06, 1006.0605, 1006.0606
F.A.C. 6A-7.0411
P.L. 108-265, Section 204

Revised 12/16/14
Revised 9/16/16

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