DeWitt Public Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

8510 - WELLNESS

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the DeWitt 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.

Include nutrition education 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.

Include nutrition education in the sequential, comprehensive Health curriculum in accordance with the curriculum standards and benchmarks established by the State.

 
 

3.

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

 

4.

Designate the school cafeteria as a learning lab by allowing students to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills taught in the classroom when making choices at mealtime.

 
 

5.

Display nutrition education posters, such as My Plate, in the cafeteria.

 
 

B.

With regard to physical activity, the District shall provide:

 
 

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.

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.

 
 

c.

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

 
 

d.

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

 
 

e.

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

 
 

2.

Physical Activity

 
 

a.

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

 
 

b.

Physical activity and movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curricula and throughout the school day.

 
 

c.

All students in grades K- 6 shall be provided with a daily recess period. Recess shall not be used as a reward or punishment.

 

d.

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.

 
 

e.

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.

Provide at least twenty (20) minutes daily for students to eat.

 
 

2.

Schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.

 
 

3.

Provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.

 
 

4.

Permit students to have bottled water in the classroom.

 
 

5.

Limit the number of celebrations involving serving food during the school day to no more than two (2) parties per class per month.

 
 

6.

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

 
 

7.

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

 
 

8.

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

 
 

9.

Discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.

 

10.

Schedule lunch periods between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

 
 

11.

Encourage schools to operate the School Breakfast Program to ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn:

 
 

a.

Schools will, to the extent possible, operate the School Breakfast Program.

 
 

b.

Schools will, to the extent possible, arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage participation, including serving breakfast in the classroom, "grab-and-go" breakfast, or breakfast during morning break or recess.

 
 

c.

Schools that serve breakfast to students will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program.

 
 

d.

Schools will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means.

 
 

12.

Ensure by the 2014-15 school year, that all foods and beverages sold as fund raisers outside of the school meals program during the regular school day shall meet the USDA Competitive Food regulations and the Alliance for A Healthier Generationís Competitive Foods and Beverages Guidelines.

 

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 - identified as "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;

 
 

f.

eliminate trans-fat from school meals;

 
 

g.

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

 
 

3.

designate wellness champions at each school that will promote resources through the District's website for wellness for students, families, and the community;

 
 

4.

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

 
 

E.

The District food service 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.

Beginning with 2014 - 2015 school year, all foods available to students on campus during the school day and outside school food service hours shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including foods available to students as classroom snacks, from vending machines for fund raisers, for classroom parties, or at holiday celebrations.

 
 

H.

The school food service program may involve students, parents, staff, and school officials in the selection of competitive food items to be sold in the schools.

 
 

I.

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

 
 

J.

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.

 

K.

Each classroom party held during the school day may include no more than one (1) food or beverage that does not meet the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

 
 

L.

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

 
 

M.

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

 
 

N.

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

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.

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 distribute information at the beginning of the school year to families of school children; include information in the student handbook; and 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 8/14/06
Revised 3/12/07
Revised 8/8/11
Revised 1/13/14
Revised 12/8/14

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