8510 - WELLNESS
As required by law, the Board establishes the following wellness policy for the Kewaskum School District as a part of a comprehensive wellness initiative.
The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research suggests 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.
Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students 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 choices to:
promote nutrition education with the objective of improving students’ health and reducing childhood obesity;
improve the health and well-being of our children, increase consumption of healthful foods during the school day, and create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits;
promote nutrition guidelines, a healthy eating environment, child nutrition programs, and food safety and security on each school campus with the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity;
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 lifestyle;
promote the health and wellness of students and staff through other school based activities.
The District Administrator will oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of the wellness procedures.
Required Public Involvement
The District Administrator shall obtain the input of District stakeholders, to include parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, educational staff (including physical education teachers), school health professionals, School Board members, members of the public, and other school administrators in the development, implementation, evaluation, and periodic review and update, if necessary, of the wellness policy.
The District shall invite a diverse group of stakeholders to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the Wellness Policy.
Stakeholders may include:
- Board member(s)
- classroom teacher(s)
- physical education teacher(s)
- school food service representative(s)
- school nurse(s)
- community member/parent(s)
- medical/health care professional(s)
- nutrition and/or health education teacher(s)
- school counselor(s)
Nutrition Standard for All Foods/School Meal Programs/Standards and Guidelines for School Meal Programs
- All meals meet or exceed current nutrition requirements established under the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. (https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/resource-files/SP38-2019os.pdf#page=2)
- Drinking water is available for students during mealtimes.
- All schools in the District participate in USDA child nutrition programs, includingNSLP/SBP.
- All meals are accessible to all students.
- Withholding food as a punishment shall be strictly prohibited.
- All meals are appealing and attractive and served in clean and pleasant settings.
- When drinking fountains are not present in the cafeteria, water cups/jugs are available.
- Students are provided at leastten (10)minutes to eat breakfast and at leasttwenty (20)to eat lunch after being seated.
- Lunch shall be served between10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- All school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff shall meet or exceed hiring and annual continuing education/training requirements in the USDA professional standards for child nutrition professionals.
School Meal Program Participation
- Shall notify parents of the availability of the breakfast, lunch, and summer food programs and shall be encouraged to determine eligibility for reduced or free meals;
- Shall restrict the scheduling of club/organizational meetings during the lunch period unless students are allowed to purchase lunch to be consumed during the meetings;
- Shall explore the use of nontraditional breakfast service models (such as breakfast in the classroom) to increase breakfast participation.
Foods and Beverages Sold Outside of School Meals
Foods Offered/Provided but Not Sold
The District encourages foods offered on the school campus meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards including those provided at celebrations and parties and classroom snacks brought by staff or family members.
Schools will restrict food and beverage marketing to only those foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards set forth by USDA’s Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools (Smart Snacks) rule. Marketing includes brand names, trademarks, logos, or tags except when placed on a food or beverage product/container; displays, such as vending machine exteriors; corporate/brand names, logos, trademarks on cups, posters, school supplies, education materials, food service equipment, and school equipment (e.g. message boards, scoreboards, uniforms); advertisements in school publications/mailings; sponsorship of school activities, fundraisers, or sports teams; educational incentive programs such as contests or programs; and free samples or coupons displaying advertising of a product.
- The primary goal of nutrition education is to influence students’ lifelong eating behaviors. Nutrition education, a component of comprehensive health education, shall be offered every year to all students of the District. The District aims to teach, model, encourage, and support healthy eating by providing nutrition education.
Nutrition education shall be included 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.
Nutrition education shall be included in the sequential, comprehensive health curriculum in accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Model Academic Standards for Nutrition.
Nutrition education shall be integrated into other subject areas of the curriculum, when appropriate, to complement, but not replace, the standards and benchmarks for health education.
Schools will provide nutrition education lessons that cover topics such as reading a Nutrition Facts label.
Nutrition education will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health.
Nutrition education shall include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and others.
Nutrition education shall include opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition, involving, when possible, community agencies and organizations.
Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's food service staff.
Nutrition education posters, such as MyPlate, will be displayed in the cafeteria.
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.
Nutrition education shall extend beyond the school by engaging and involving families and the community.
Nutrition education shall emphasize lifelong balance by emphasizing the link between caloric intake (eating) and physical activity.
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.
The District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes students to practice healthy eating and physical activity. Students shall receive consistent nutrition messages that promote health throughout schools, classrooms, cafeterias, and school media.
The District shall provide students with age and grade-appropriate opportunities to engage in physical activity.
- A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the physical education academic content standards and benchmarks adopted by the State.
- The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to engage in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
- Planned instruction in physical education shall be sufficient for students to achieve a proficient level with regard to the standards and benchmarks adopted by the State.
- All District middle school students are required to take the equivalent of one (1) academic year of physical education.
- All-District high school students are required to receiveat least1.5 credits of physical education prior to graduation.
- The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
- Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate knowledge and attitudes necessary to engage in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
- The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.
- The K-12 program shall include instruction in physical education as well as opportunities to participate in competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage lifelong physical activity.
- 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.
- Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
- Planned instruction in physical education shall meet the needs of all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.
- Planned instruction in physical education shall be presented in an environment free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting, bullying, or harassment of any kind.
Other School-Based Strategies for Wellness:
- The District supports the implementation of other programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages in an effort to promote student well-being.
- As appropriate, schools shall support students, staff, and parents’ efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
TheDistrict will implement the following activities below to promote healthy eating and physical activity among school staff.
An organized wellness program shall be available to all staff. Additional Strategies for Consideration
Additional Strategies for Consideration
- Students, parents, and other community members may have access to, and be encouraged to use, the school's outdoor physical activity facilities outside the normal school day, following district policy and availability.
- The schoolmayprovide opportunities for staff, parents, and other community members to model healthy eating habits by dining with students in the school dining areas.
- Nutrition information for competitive foods available during the school day may be readily available near the pointof purchase.
The schools shall provide at least thirty (30) minutes daily for students to eat.
The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.
The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.
Activities, such as tutoring or club meetings, shall not be scheduled during mealtimes, unless students may eat during those meetings.
Schools may limit the number of celebrations involving serving food during the school day to no more than one (1) party per class per month.
The schools may use environmentally friendly practices, such as the use of locally grown foods and non-disposable tableware and dishes.
Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.
Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.
Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:
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.
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).
All foods available on campus during the school day shall comply with the current USDA nutrition guidelines, including competitive foods that are available to students a la carte in the dining area and from vending machines.
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, regardless of unpaid meal balances without stigma.
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.
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 nutrition guidelines, including foods available to students as classroom snacks, from vending machines for fund raisers, for classroom parties, or at holiday celebrations.
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.
Any food items sold on campus as a fund raiser shall meet the current USDA nutrition guidelines.
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 nutrition guidelines.
The food service program shall be administered by a director who isproperly qualified, certificated, licensed, or credentialed, according to current professional standards.
Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.
Monitoring and Evaluation
A review of this policy shall occur no less than once every three (3)years using a procedure developed and implemented by the District Administrator.The District shall notify school staff, students, and households/families of the availability of the wellness report via newsletters and website postings.
The District Administrator shall be 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 wellness policy on the District’s website, including the assessment of the implementation of the policy prepared by the District.
The District Administrator shall require that the District retains documentation pertaining to the development, review, evaluation, and update of the policy, including:
- copy of the current policy;
- documentation pertaining to the most recent assessment of implementation of wellness initiatives identified in the policy;
- documentation of efforts to publicize the policy;
- documentation of efforts to review and update the policy, including identification of the participating and invited stakeholders.
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