The Governing Board strives to make a significant contribution to the general well being, mental and physical capacity and learning ability of each student while affording them the opportunity to fully participate in the educational process.
The Board is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk for mortality and redection in the development of many chronic diseases as adults.
To ensure the health and well being of all students, the Board shall promote and monitor student wellness in a manner that the Board determines is appropriate in the following areas:
● Nutrition Guidelines: All foods available in each school during the day will have as a primary goal the promotion of student health and the reduction of childhood obesity. All guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools.
● Nutrition Education: The goal is to influence students' eating behaviors by providing nutrition education that is appropriate for students' ages; reflects students' cultures; is integrated into health education or core curricula; and provides opportunities for students to practice skills and have fun.
● Physical Activity: The goals for physical activity are to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain students' physical fitness, to ensure students' regular participation in physical activity, and to teach students the short and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthful lifestyle.
● Other School-Based Activities: The goal is to create a total school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.
● Evaluation: A primary goal will be to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of this policy in promoting healthy eating and changing the program as appropriate to increase its effectiveness.
● Parent, Community and Staff Involvement: A primary goal will be to engage family members, students, representatives of food services, the Governing Board, school administrators, and the public in development and regular review of this school policy.
The Superintendent shall develop administrative regulations to implement this policy, including such provisions as may be necessary to address all food and beverages sold and/or served to students at school (i.e., competitive foods, snacks and beverages sold from vending machines, school stores, and fund-raising activities and refreshments that are made available at school parties, celebrations and meetings), including provisions for staff development, family and community involvement and program evaluation. Regulations and exhibits created for the purpose of implementing this policy shall be considered, in effect, to be an extension of this policy subject to Governing Board review.
Adopted: December 9, 2010
ABA - Community Involvement in Education
ABAA - Parental Involvement
BBA - Board Powers and Responsibilities
EF - Food Services
EFE - Competitive Food Sales/Vending Machines
IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives
Physical Activity Goals
The primary goal for the District's physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.
A comprehensive physical activity program encompasses a variety of opportunities for students to be physically active, including physical education, recess, walk-to-school programs, after-school physical activity programs, health education that includes physical activity as a main component, and physical activity breaks within regular classrooms.
Physical activity (time, frequency, and/or intensity): Schools will ensure that students are moderately to vigorously active at least fifty percent (50%) of the time while participating in physical education classes.
Physical activity outside of physical education: Schools may offer after-school intramural programs and/or physical activity clubs that meet the needs and interests of all students, including those who are not athletically involved or those with special health care needs.
Recess and classroom activity breaks to promote physical activity: Grades kindergarten (K) through eight (8) will have recess, classroom activity breaks or physical education classes daily. Recess and classroom activities may include structured recess zones, recess before lunch programs and classroom movement activities.
Walking or biking to school to promote physical activity: The District shall annually review safe routes for students who walk or bike to school.
Prohibition of use of punishment: The District will discourage the use of physical activity as punishment, the withholding of participation in physical education class as punishment, or the use of physical education class time to complete assignments from other classes.
After-school programs: The District shall encourage after-school programs to provide developmentally appropriate physical activity for participating children and reduce or eliminate the time spent in sedentary activities such as watching television or videos.
Community use: The District shall encourage community access to, and student and community use of, the school's physical activity facilities outside the normal school day.