School Board of Alachua County
Bylaws & Policies


The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District'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 District shall:

  1.include nutrition education in the health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students in all grades with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives;

  2.include nutrition education in enjoyable and developmentally appropriate activities integrated throughout the school year at least once year;

  3.extend nutrition education beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's food service staff and by using the school cafeteria as a "learning lab" allowing students to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills taught in the classroom when making choices at mealtime by providing nutrition information such as nutrition facts via nutrition posters and/or TV monitors in and around the school cafeterias and/or classrooms;

  4.extend nutrition education beyond the school by engaging and involving families and the community;

  5.promote nutrition education standards and benchmarks through a variety of media throughout the school year at least once a year at each school; as well as ensuring that in-school marketing meets Smart Snack standards;

  6.inform all staff and provide appropriate training to selected staff in the best practices of nutrition education by posting on the Districtís Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) website and/or providing nutrition webinar, nutrition presentations, nutrition education resource information by e-mails to selected staff at schools.

 B.With regard to physical activity, the District shall:

  1.provide a physical education curriculum that is aligned with the State and National standards (NASPE), inclusive, and sequentially planned in order to teach the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to live an active, healthy life; the term "physical education" is defined in Florida statutes;

  2.provide 150 minutes of physical education per week for kindergarten through grade 5 and encourage 225 minutes each week for grades 6 through 8;

  3.provide physical activity in elementary schools for fifteen (15) - thirty (30) minutes on the days when physical education is not scheduled;

  4.offer opportunities in grades 6 - 12 for extra-curricular activities and intramural programs that emphasize physical activities;

  5.encourage moderate to vigorous daily physical activity in grades K-12 beyond the school day;

  6.provide families with information to encourage and assist them in their efforts to incorporate physical activity into their children's daily lives;

  7.encourage the establishment of community and business partnerships to institute programs that support physical activity programs.

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

  1.establish a healthy school team, at each school, that will help coordinate physical activity, nutrition, and other aspects of student/staff wellness with suggested members to include, but not be limited to: parents; students; teachers; school food service representatives; school administrators; school health professionals; physical education teachers; and a support staff representative (F.A.C. 5P-1.003);
   Each health school team shall be responsible for:

   a.ensuring compliance with F.A.C. 5P-1.003 and 7 C.F.R. 210.11 as it relates to competitive food and beverage items sold on the school campus;

   b.maintaining a school calendar which identifies the dates when exempted competitive food fund-raisers will occur in accordance with F.A.C. 5P-1.003 and 7 C.F.R. 210.11;

   c.reporting the school's compliance with F.A.C. 5P-1.003 to the Superintendent; and

   d.reviewing and considering evidence-based strategies in establishing goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and other school-based activities that promote student wellness to include a review of the smarter lunchroom tools and techniques at least annually.

  2.encourage staff to improve their own personal health and wellness and to help them to promote student wellness;

  3.communicate information to parents on nutrition education and the benefits of physical activity by posting the information on the FNS website, in the parent section, which will be linked to each schoolís website throughout the year and updated at least annually;
   Specific information on children's health including Body Mass Index (BMI) will be sent home to the parents.

  4.offer healthy options for food or beverages meeting the USDA Smart Snack Guidelines at school fund raisers, school sponsored events, and field trips;

  5.encourage parents and students to use food or beverages that meet the recommended nutrition standards per USDA Smart Snack Guidelines for snacks, celebrations, and rewards by sharing the information by FNS website as well as the District PTA president who will be requested to share with all school PTA presidents;

  6.encourage teachers to use non-food incentives as rewards;
   When food is used, candy should not be included in the food choices.

  7.encourage schools to look for alternatives to discipline practices that deny student participation in recess or other physical activities or for classroom make-up time;

  8.provide and encourage daily periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity for all participants in the after-school enrichment program;

  9.achieve the school goal of at least ten (10) minutes for breakfast and at least twenty (20) minutes for lunch from the time the students receive their food.

 D.With regard to nutrition promotion, the District shall for 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.
  Additionally, 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 Nutrition Standards for School Meals 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 at least half of all grains need to be whole grain-rich upon initial implementation;

   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;

   f.eliminate trans-fat from school meals;

   g.require students to select a fruit or vegetable as part of a complete reimbursable meal;

   h.designate healthy school teams at each school that will promote resources through the Districtís website for wellness for students, families and the community;

   i.provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills for consuming healthful foods.

  3.The District Food and Nutrition Services department will promote and encourage Farm to School efforts in order to provide part of the healthy foods identified above.

  4.All foods and beverages sold to students as fundraisers 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 and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. (See Policy 8500 Ė Competitive Food Sales)

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

 E.With regard to nutrition guidelines for all foods available on campus during the school day, the District shall:

  1.provide through the food service program an affordable access for all students to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well;

  2.sell or serve food and beverages to students that will meet the nutritional recommendation of 7 C.F.R. 210.11;

  3.serve to students all available foods that take into consideration the promotion of student health and well-being;

  4.prepare and distribute through the food service division to staff, parents, and after-school program personnel a list of snack items that comply with the requirements in 7 C.F.R. 210.11;

  5.follow the USDA Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards for "All Foods Sold in Schools" in 7 C.F.R. 210.11.

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

All food items and beverages available for sale to students for consumption on campus between midnight and thirty (30) minutes after the close of the regular school day shall comply with the current USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals and USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Nutrition Standards regulations and applicable State law and Florida Administrative Code rule, including, but not limited to, competitive foods that are available to students a la carte in the dining area, as well as food items and beverages from vending machines, from school stores, or as fund-raisers by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters clubs.

Any food items sold for consumption on campus from thirty (30) minutes after the end of the last lunch period until thirty (30) minutes after the school day ends as a fund-raiser by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or booster clubs shall meet the current USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals and USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Nutrition Standards regulations and applicable State law and Florida Administrative Code rule. (See Policy 8500 - Competitive Food Sales)

The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the District's implementation and progress under this policy. The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures necessary to implement this policy. The Superintendent shall ensure that the triennial progress assessments and appropriate updates or modifications to the policy are based on the following, which will be conducted at least annually:

 A.The extent to which each school under the jurisdiction on the school district is in compliance with the local school wellness policy.

 B.The extent to which the sponsorís local wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies.

 C.A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the local school wellness policy.

Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the USDA. The Superintendent will report to the Board the effectiveness of the wellness policy upon the completion and compilation of the results of the annual ACPS Evaluation and Measurement Tool, triennial assessments by each healthy school team of the School District and/or as local priorities change, community needs change , wellness goals are met, new health information and technology emerges and new federal or state guidance or standards are issued and the recommended revisions if necessary and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Board.

The Superintendent will report to the Board the effectiveness of the wellness policy and the recommended revisions if necessary and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Board.

All stakeholders (i.e. parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the Board, school administrators and the general public) are provided an opportunity to participate in the development, implementation, periodic review and update of the Districtís wellness policy when the policy is annually reviewed by the Board.

The annual and triennial assessment results will be made available to the public on the Districtís Food and Nutrition website.

The Board shall review this policy every year.

42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
F.S. 595.405
F.S. 595.406
F.S. 595.407
F.S. 1001.41
F.S. 1001.42
F.S. 1001.43
F.S. 1003.453
F.A.C. 5P-1.003

Adopted 7/17/07
Revised 6/15/10
Revised 5/3/11
Revised 1/17/12
Revised 7/29/14
Revised 8/4/15
Revised 8/1/17

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