533 - Local Wellness Policy

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POLICY #533

LOCAL WELLNESS POLICY

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

Cambridge-Isanti Schools is committed to providing a healthy school environment.

A. The school board recognizes that nutrition education and physical education are essential components of the educational process and that good health fosters student attendance and education.

B. The school environment should promote and protect students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

C. The school district encourages the involvement of students, parents, teachers, food service staff, and other interested persons in implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school district nutrition and physical activity policies. A Wellness Committee shall be formed to plan, implement and improve the school district’s nutrition and physical activity in the school environment.

D. Children need access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive.

E. All students in grades Pre K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.

F. Qualified food service personnel will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; try to accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.

III. GUIDELINES

A. Foods and Beverages Served/Sold During the School Day

1. All foods and beverages made available on campus (including concessions and a la carte cafeteria items) will be consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 2

2. Food Services personnel will take every measure to ensure that student access to foods and beverages meet or exceed all federal, state, and local laws and guidelines.

3. Food service personnel shall adhere to all federal, state, and local food safety and security guidelines.

4. The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.

5. The availability of school meals to all students.

6. The school district will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.

7. The school district will make every effort to provide students with sufficient time to eat after sitting down for school meals and will schedule meal periods at appropriate times during the school day.

8. The school district will discourage tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities.

B. School Food Service Program/Personnel

1. The school district will provide healthy and safe school meal programs that strictly comply with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.

2. The school district shall designate an appropriate person to be responsible for the school district’s food service program, whose duties shall include the creation of nutrition guidelines and procedures for the selection of foods and beverages made available on campus to ensure food and beverage choices are consistent with current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

3. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school district will provide continuing professional development for all food service personnel in schools. Staff development programs will include appropriate certification and/or training programs for the Director, and Food Services staff, according to their level of responsibility.

C. Nutrition Education and Promotion

1. The school district will encourage and support healthy eating by students and engage in nutrition promotion that is: 3

a. Offered as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;

b. Part of health education classes as well as classroom instruction;

c. Enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and includes participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and field trips.

2. The Director of Food Services or a Registered Dietition (R.D.) will provide nutrition education to the classroom and will be available to review nutrition education information, upon request.

3. Staff Wellness: The Cambridge-Isanti Schools highly values the health and wellbeing of every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The school staff should act as role models for good nutrition and physical activity behaviors. The district will establish and maintain a Staff Wellness Committee. The committee will develop, promote and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote staff health and wellness.

4. Farm to School: As part of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Farm to School Programs will connect schools with local farms. The school district, to the extent possible, will buy and feature farm fresh foods, incorporate nutrition education curriculum, and provide students experiential learning opportunities.

D. Physical Activity

1. Students need opportunities for physical activity and to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior. Toward that end, health education will reinforce the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce sedentary activities such as watching television;

Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons, where appropriate; and

Classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

2. The school district will encourage all students to make age appropriate, healthy selections of foods and beverages, including those sold individually outside the reimbursable school meal programs, such as through a la carte 4 [snack] lines, vending machines, fundraising events, concession stands, and student stores.

Schools are discouraged from using foods or beverages as rewards for academic performance or good behavior (unless this practice is allowed by a student’s individual education plan or behavior intervention plan) and will not withhold food or beverages as punishment. Teachers shall use physical activity as a reward for academic performance or good behavior, as appropriate.

E. Communications with Parents

The school district recognizes that parents and guardians have a primary and fundamental role in promoting and protecting their children’s health and well-being.

The school district will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children.

1. The school district encourages parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and refrain from including beverages and foods without nutritional value.

2. The school district will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities and will support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.

IV. IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING

A. The CDC’s School Health Index may be used to access the nutrition and physical activity needs of students. Assessments will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement.

B. To satisfy the requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, the Wellness Committee will monitor and evaluate the school district’s implementation of the Wellness Policy. Once the policy is approved, the Wellness Committee will meet once or twice a year to review and update the policy.

C. After approval by the school board, the wellness policy will be implemented throughout the school district.

D. School food service staff, at the school or district level, will ensure compliance within the school’s food service areas and will report to the food service program administrator, the building principal, or the superintendent’s designee, as appropriate. 5

E. The school district’s food service program administrator will provide an annual report to the superintendent setting forth the nutrition guidelines and procedures for selection of all foods made available on campus.

F. The superintendent or designee will ensure compliance with the wellness policy and will provide an annual report of the school district’s compliance with the policy to the school board.

G. The school district will post this wellness policy on its website, to the extent it maintains a website.

Source: Cambridge-Isanti Schools

Legal References:

     Minn. Stat. § 121A.215 (Local School District Wellness Policy)

     42 U.S.C. § 1751 et seq. (Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act)

     42 U.S.C. § 1758b (Local School Wellness Policy)

     42 U.S.C. § 1771 et seq. (Child Nutrition Act of 1966)

     7 U.S.C. § 5341 (Establishment of Dietary Guidelines)

     7 C.F.R. § 210.10 (School Lunch Program Regulations)

     7 C.F.R. § 220.8 (School Breakfast Program Regulations)

Local Resources:

     Minnesota Department of Education, www.education.state.mn.us

     Minnesota Department of Health, www.health.state.mn.us

     County Health Departments

     Action for Healthy Kids Minnesota, www.actionforhealthykids.org

Reviewed: 5-18-06, 11-20-08, 01-21-16

Approved: 06-22-06, 11-20-08, 02-18-16

Additional References and Associations involved:

     American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)

     American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

     National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Association of

     Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

     National PTA

     National School Boards Association (NSBA)

     School Nutrition Association (SNA)

     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

     National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) – Eating at School Summary

     United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

     United States Department of Health and Human Services