As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Kenowa Hills 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. Nutrition education standards and benchmarks shall be age‑appropriate and culturally relevant.
2. 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.
3. 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.
B. With regard to physical activity, the District shall:
1. Physical Education
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.
2. Physical Activity
Physical activity should not be employed as a form of discipline or punishment.
C. With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:
1. The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.
2. The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.
D. With regard to nutrition promotion, the District shall:
1. create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits, including offering the following healthy foods:
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 - half of all grains need to be whole grain-rich upon initial implementation and all grains must be whole grain-rich within two (2) years of 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;
2. require students to select a fruit or vegetable as part of a complete reimbursable meal.
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 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).
C. 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.
D. 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.
The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual 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 District’s 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 through the District newsletter and post the policy on the District’s 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
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