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School Wellness

Date of adoption:
November 15, 2012

School Wellness

Pursuant to federal law and supporting the Board's belief that the entire school environment influences the health habits of students, the following parties jointly developed the original school wellness policy: District-level leadership with authority over areas that directly influence student and staff health (Curriculum and Instruction, Physical Education, Nutrition Services, Health Services, Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, Support Services, and the Departments of Human Resources and Finance), parents, students, representatives of the Board, school administrators, and the public.

The Board promotes healthy schools by supporting student and staff wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. Schools contribute to the basic health status of students by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Improved health optimizes student performance potential, as children who eat well-balanced meals and are physically active are more likely to learn in the classroom.

The District will maintain a district-level School Health Team, the District Wellness Council (DWC). The purpose of the team shall be to monitor the implementation of this policy, evaluate the District's progress on this policy's goals, serve as a resource to schools and departments (i.e., provide guidelines for nutrition education, nutrition activities, physical education, and physical activity) and recommend revisions to this policy as the team deems necessary and/or appropriate. Individual schools will create, strengthen or work within existing school health teams to develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies.

Membership on the District Wellness Council and school health teams should be representative of the District or school and community. Suggested representation includes parents, students, nutrition services, administration, teachers, health professionals, and community members. Community resources may assist in the assessment of policy compliance.

The Superintendent will ensure compliance with nutrition and physical activity policies. The principals will ensure compliance with these policies in each school. The District Wellness Council will prepare a summary report every two years on district-wide compliance beginning in 2013-2014. Assistance in preparing this report may be requested from the Collaborative Decision Making Team (CDMT) with approval of the Board. Findings will be reported to the superintendent and school board and made available to all stakeholders including the District Accountability Committee (DAC).

To further the Board's beliefs stated above, the District adopts the following goals:

1) The District will model positive wellness behaviors within a comprehensive learning environment to foster and develop lifelong wellness practices.

The entire school environment, shall be aligned with healthy school goals providing positive, motivating messages, both verbal and non-verbal, to influence a student's understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. This learning environment will teach students to use appropriate resources and tools to make informed and educated decisions about lifelong healthy eating habits and beneficial physical activity. With that end in mind, the District encourages identifying rewards and punishments that do not negatively impact wellness habits.

The District/school will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children through activities and education opportunities.

2) The District will support and promote proper dietary habits contributing to the students' health status and academic performance.

All foods and beverages available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities shall meet or exceed the District's nutrition standards, which shall not be less restrictive than the regulations and guidance that apply to schools issued by the Secretary of Agriculture. All schools participating in the School Breakfast and/or National Lunch Program shall comply with any state and federal rules or regulations regarding competitive food service and the service of Foods of Minimal Nutrition Value.

Best practice for meals includes allowing students at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch. Students should have access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat. It is recommended that elementary schools schedule lunch periods to follow recess.

3) The District will provide opportunities for all students to engage in physical activity as required by law. A quality physical education program is an essential component for all students to learn about, and participate in, physical activity. Physical activity should be included in a school's daily education program from grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Physical activity should include regular instructional physical education, in accordance with the District's content standards as well as co-curricular activities, recess and movement within the classroom.

4) The District supports and encourages activities to support staff wellness. Healthy individuals are less stressed and perform more effectively. Tips for staff wellness can be found under "Health Promotion for Employees" on the District website.

 

LEGAL REFS.:

CN 12 G-015 Child Nutrition Program Directors and Main Nutrition Contacts

C.R.S. 22-32-124 (nutritious choices in vending machines)

C.R.S. 22-32-136 (policies to improve children's nutrition and wellness)

 

CROSS REFS:

EF (Food Services)

EFC (Free and Reduced-Price Food Services)

EFEA (Nutritious Food Choices)

IHAM (Health Education)

IHAM-R (Health Education) Exemption Procedure

IHAMA (Teaching About Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco)

IHAMB (Family Life/Sec Education)

IHAMB-R (Family Life/Sex Education) Exemption Procedure

JLJ (Physical Activity)