The Board of Education (hereinafter referred to as “Board”) recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to student’s well being, growth, development, and readiness to learn.  The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience.  In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.


Development of Wellness Policy:
In accordance with federal law, the District has involved parents, students, representatives of school nutrition, the Board, school administrators and the public in developing a district-wide wellness policy.  After considering input from various stakeholders interested in the promotion of overall student health and well-being, the Board establishes in the policy goals to promote student wellness.

Nutrition Guidelines:
All schools shall participate in available federal school meal programs.  All foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day shall be consistent with the federal requirements and state law.  Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the U.S. Secretary pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools.  The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for operation of school nutrition at each school during the day with the objectives of promoting school health and reducing childhood obesity.  Each school shall provide meals that are consistent with the dietary guidelines and the USDA Standards for school meals.

Nutrition Education:
It is the intent of the Board that the district shall teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students.  Schools shall provide nutrition education consistent with federal and state requirements that teach skills needed to encourage healthy eating habits by providing nutrition education opportunities.

Physical Education:
All students in grades PK-12 shall have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.  The district will provide physical education consistent with federal and state requirements and encourage physical activity on a regular basis by providing structured opportunities. 

Other School-based Activities:
The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures that support and encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity in school-based activities and in the home.

Each school will annually develop and implement the board adopted wellness goals in their school improvement plans’ goals and activities.

The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for overseeing the implementation of this wellness policy and shall develop procedures for evaluation, including indicators that may be used to measure the schools’ success in meeting the goals set forth herein.  In each school, the principal or designee shall be charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school works toward meeting the goals set within the wellness policy and shall report on the school’s compliance to the Superintendent or designee.

School nutrition staff at the school or district level shall monitor compliance with nutrition guidelines within school nutrition areas and will report on this matter to the Superintendent at the district level, or to the school principal at the school level.  The Superintendent or designee shall develop an annual summary report on district-wide compliance with the wellness policy, based on input from schools within the district.  That report shall be provided to the Board and, upon request, to interest parties.

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