Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation.

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 play an important role in the developmental process helping students to establish personal health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks, supporting the development of good eating habits, and 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 shall:

     
 

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.

The standards and benchmarks for nutrition education shall be behavior focused.

     
 

6.

Nutrition education shall include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and others.

     
 

7.

Nutrition education shall include opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition, involving, when possible, community agencies and organizations.

     
 

8.

Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's nutrition services staff.

     
 

9.

Posters promoting healthy nutrition will be displayed in the cafeterias. Nutrition education poster/information such as My Plate must be displayed in the cafeteria.

     
 

10.

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.

     
 

11.

Nutrition education shall extend beyond the school by engaging and involving families and the community.

     
 

12.

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.

     
 

13.

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

     
 

14.

Nutrition education benchmarks and standards include a focus on media literacy as it relates to food marketing strategies.

     
 

15.

Staff responsible for providing instruction in nutrition education shall regularly participate in professional development activities designed to better enable them to teach the benchmarks and standards.

 

16.

Instruction related to the standards and benchmarks for nutrition education shall be provided by highly qualified teachers.

     
 

17.

The Corporation shall provide information to parents that is designed to encourage them to reinforce at home the standards and benchmarks being taught in the classroom.

     
 

18.

The school nutrition service shall provide Students with nutritional facts of individual items offered in the cafeteria. Nutrition facts will also be made available to the community on our website.

     
 

19.

Provide all students with monthly nutrition newsletters via District CSH page website. Hard copies to be available in cafeterias.

     
 

20.

Nutrition education shall be reinforced by staff through newsletters and daily announcements.

     
 

21.

Schools shall teach moderation in terms of non-nutritional type of foods.

     
 

22.

Schools shall integrate more hands-on nutrition education such as school gardens, student ran health fairs, etc….when possible.

     
 

B.

With regard to physical activity, the Corporation 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 motor skills, as well as knowledge.

     
 

d.

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

     
 

e.

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.

     
 

f.

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.

     
 

g.

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

     
 

h.

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

     
 

i.

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

     
 

j.

Planned instruction in physical education shall meet the needs of all students, including those who are permanently and temporarily disabled.

     
 

k.

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

     
 

l.

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

 

m.

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

     
 

n.

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

     
 

2.

Physical Activity

     
 

a.

Physical activity should not be employed as a form of discipline; rather give student an alternative (a choice of modified activity).

     
 

b.

Movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curriculum and throughout the school day. (i.e., Brain Breaks)

     
 

c.

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

     
 

d.

All students in grades K- 5 shall be provided with a daily recess period at least twenty (20) minutes in duration. Recess shall not be taken away as a punishment.

     
 

e.

The school shall provide information to families to encourage and assist them in their efforts to incorporate physical activity into their children's daily lives.

     
 

f.

The school shall encourage families and community organizations to institute programs that support physical activity of all sorts.

     
 

g.

All students in grades 12 shall have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities and intramural programs that emphasize physical activity.

 

h.

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

     
 

i.

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 healthcare needs.

     
 

j.

All after-school programs shall provide developmentally appropriate physical activity for the students who participate.

     
 

k.

Discourage extended periods of student inactivity, defined as two (2) hours or more without some physical activity.

     
 

l.

The School Corporation shall provide the use of facilities to all staff members.

     
 

m.

The School Corporation shall provide the use of outdoor facilities to all students, parents, staff and community, as available.

     
 

n.

The School Corporation shall be proactive in involving parents in student physical activities such as Marathon Walks.

     
 

o.

The Coordinated School Health Council in cooperation with the Administration shall participate in and promote healthy lifestyles through school and community health fairs, as well as parent and community events.

     
 

p.

Schools shall consider goals in physical education as a student's personal best.

     
 

q.

Schools should stay updated with Physical Education trends and incorporate these into their curriculum, with consideration of funding.

 

C.

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

     
 

1.

The schools shall provide at least a thirty (30) minute lunch hour with a minimum of twenty (20) minutes 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.

All students, Corporation-wide, shall be permitted to have bottled water only in the classroom per teacher’s approval.

     
 

5.

Activities, such as tutoring or club meetings, shall not be scheduled during mealtimes, unless students may eat during those meetings or unless approved by an administrator.

     
 

6.

Students, parents, and other community members shall have access to, and be encouraged to use, the school's outdoor physical activity facilities outside the normal school day, as available.

     
 

7.

The schools may provide opportunities for staff, parents, and other community members to model physical activity habits and healthy eating habits by dining with students in the school dining areas.

     
 

8.

The schools may demonstrate support for the health of all students by hosting health clinics and screenings and encouraging parents to enroll their eligible children in Medicaid or in other children's health insurance programs for which they may qualify.

     
 

9.

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.

     
 

10.

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.

Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:

     
 

1.

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.

     
 

2.

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).

     
 

3.

The nutrition 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.

     
 

4.

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

     
 

5.

All foods available on campus during the school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive foods and beverages 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.

     
 

6.

Calorically dense energy drinks are prohibited throughout the School District. They will not be made available for sale or permitted to be brought in.

     
 

7.

All foods available to students in the dining area during school nutrition service hours shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive foods available to student a la carte or from vending machines.

 

8.

All foods available to students participating in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs shall be served with consideration for promoting student health and well-being.

     
 

9.

Nutrition services shall continue to control canned fruit purchases so that all fruit is in light syrup or natural juices.

     
 

10.

Nutrition services shall provide all bread type items as fifty-one percent (51%) whole grain rich.

     
 

11.

Nutrition service shall continue to eliminate fried foods from the lunch or breakfast menus.

     
 

12.

Nutrition service shall provide a Dairy Vending machine with milk and low fat dairy products available for student or adult purchase before, during, and after school.

     
 

13.

Nutrition services shall continue to control portion sizes in vending and cafeteria as outlined by the State.

     
 

14.

Entrée Salads will be offered daily District wide. Fresh Bar (i.e., Salad bar, fresh toppings bar) will be offered bi-monthly at Secondary Schools during peak season.

     
 

15.

Nutrition services shall add more pastas and more Ethnic foods to the menu.

     
 

16.

Nutrition services shall offer an affordable Breakfast Program available to all students within the school district.

     
 

17.

Nutrition services shall offer the sale of Bottled Water in all Cafeterias providing A la Carte Sales.

     
 

18.

Outside restaurant vendor use will be restricted to special events only and only at Secondary schools (no more than four (4) times per school year).

     
 

19.

Nutrition services shall eliminate the sale of unhealthy snacks and extra entrée type items at all schools providing Al a Carte Sales. These items will be replaced with low-fat yogurt, granola bars, string cheese, nutri-grain bars, carrot packs, celery packs, seasonal fresh fruits like Pears, Kiwi, Strawberries, etc.

 

20.

Nutrition services shall continue to offer a variety of fresh fruits (seasonal) and fresh vegetables (seasonal) daily.

     
 

21.

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

     
 

22.

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

     
 

23.

All food service personnel shall receive pre-service training in food service operations. Food Service Safety and Sanitation workshop and certification is required for all food service staff (certification is optional for food service substitutes.

     
 

24.

Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.

     
 

25.

Competitive foods available during the school day dispensed through vending machines shall be of nutritional value and adhere to these specifications.

     
 

a.

all snacks/foods shall at least follow State Guidelines

     
 

b.

all chips are to be baked

     
 

c.

all single serve items only

     
 

d.

all candy bars shall be replaced with Cereal Bars or nutri-grain type bars

     
 

e.

a variety of trail mix/chex mix/nuts

     
 

f.

suggested fresh vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy items

     
 

26.

All vending machines in the Elementary and Junior High Schools are to be non-students accessible during school hours. Water, flavored water and limited 100% fruit juice machines may be permitted in the gym for adult/student use at after school events. Only meal, milk, water, and limited 100% juice machines may be accessible to Junior High students to make healthy purchases.

     
 

27.

Edgewood High School students are to only have access to beverage vending machines that contain non-caloric carbonated drinks, water, low-calorie flavored water and sport drinks and limited amounts of caloric sport drinks. These beverages will be reviewed annually by our local registered dietician.

     
 

28.

District Wide: Vending Machines accessible to adults at least fifty percent (50%) healthy type of options.

     
 

29.

District Wide: All athletics and concessions shall offer a variety of items including healthier options such as string cheese, granola bars, whole seasonal fruits, nuts, baked chips, etc.

     
 

30.

The wellness committee shall provide recommended lists of healthier items for after school activities, school parties, and special events.

     
 

31.

The wellness committee shall provide recommended recipes for after school activities, school parties, and special events.

     
 

32.

The wellness committee will incorporate healthier snacks with students for after school activities (Beginning of the year, ask students what healthy snack they would prefer for school parties, and after school activities).

     
 

33.

The schools shall regulate offering and limit sale of "unhealthy" food products throughout the District in all student and staff parties, gatherings, fund raising programs, etc….where candy and/or sweets are not the sole product. (Fifty percent (50%) or more shall be considered healthy. Also, no fried items).

     
 

34.

Schools shall eliminate candy and "non-nutritional" type food based items as common student rewards.

     
 

35.

All foods available to students participating in the National School Lunch program shall meet required nutritionally enhanced menu items of the Healthier U.S. School Challenge including more orange and dark green vegetables, more whole grains, and more beans and legumes.

 

E.

With regard to availability of Tools and Information to Parents and Students.

     
 

1.

Schools shall promote helpful websites and telephone numbers regarding wellness to parents and students.

     
 

2.

Food Service shall promote programs throughout the school year promoting the balance of healthy eating and physical education.

     
 

3.

Schools shall communicate the tools and information to parents and students in at least six (6) different facets of communication.

     
 

4.

Schools shall work with community health experts to provide opportunities to have annual student BMI screenings completed.

     
 

F.

With regard to Marketing Nutrition and Physical Activities:

     
 

1.

Schools shall attempt to have more Nutritionists, Dieticians, Physical Trainers, Athletes, etc., to talk to students and parents of the importance of Nutrition Education and Physical Education.

     
 

2.

Schools shall attempt to contact celebrities to visit us concerning Nutrition and Physical Activities.

     
 

3.

Individual school wellness committees must set and achieve one (1) goal annually as part of the school improvement plan that focuses on healthy nutrition and/or physical activity.

The Board designates the Superintendent, the building principals, and Nutrition Services Director as the individual(s) charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the Corporation's implementation and progress under this policy. The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy.

The Superintendent shall report on the Corporation's compliance with this policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Board.

Review of this policy shall occur every year by a committee appointed by the Board, consisting of a representative of the Board, the administration, the food service director, the parents, the students, and the public. The committee shall provide the Board with any recommended changes to this policy.

42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
42 U.S.C. 1771

Adopted 5/15/06
Revised 4/16/07
Revised 12/17/07
Revised 7/19/10
Revised 11/21/11
Revised 1/22/13

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