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Student Wellness Policy (PB5030)

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Student Wellness

 

The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The Superintendent or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.61 - Drug Testing)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5141.31 - Immunizations)

(cf. 5141.6 - Student Health and Social Services)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education)

 

To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, the Superintendent or designee may disseminate health information to parents/guardians through district or school newsletters, handouts, parent/guardian meetings, the district or school web site, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

 

School Health Task Force/Committee

 

The Superintendent or designee may appoint a school health task force or other committee consisting of parents/guardians, students, food service employees, district and school site administrators, Board representatives, health professionals, school nurses, health educators, physical education teachers, counselors, members of the public, and/or others interested in school health issues.

 

The school health task force or committee shall advise district administration on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs. At the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, the task force's charge(s) may include the planning and implementation of activities to promote health within the school or community.

 

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals

 

The following goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the district determines appropriate.

(42 USC 1751 Note)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

 

The district's nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research, consistent with the expectations established in the state's curriculum frameworks and content standards, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

 

Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program in elementary, middle and high school grades K-9 and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into other academic subjects in the regular educational program. Nutrition education also may be offered through before- and after-school programs.

 

All students in grades K-12 shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis. Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through physical education, recess, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and/or after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

 

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models.  He/she shall promote and may provide opportunities for regular physical activity among employees. Professional development may include instructional strategies that assess health knowledge and skills and promote healthy behaviors.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

 

The Board discourages the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages through signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school publications, coupon or incentive programs, or other means.

 

Nutritional Guidelines for Foods Available at School

 

The Board shall adopt nutritional guidelines for all foods available on each campus during the school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.(42 USC 1751 Note)

 

The Board believes that foods and beverages available to students at district schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health. Foods and beverages sold to students during the school day, including foods and beverages provided through the district's food service program, student stores, vending machines, fundraisers, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and federal nutritional standards.

(cf. 3550 - Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 3554 - Other Food Sales)

 

Food or beverages that do not meet the nutrition standards may be sold by students in any of the following circumstances:

  • the sale takes place off and away from the school campus; or
  • the sale takes place on school grounds 30 minutes after the end of the school day; or
  • the sale takes place during a school-sponsored student activity after the end of the school day.

(EC 49431.2)

 

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. He/she also shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as a reward for students' academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

 

School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district's nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties and by limiting foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards to no more than one such food or beverage per party. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period when possible.

 

Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals

 

Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidelines.  (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7)

 

In order to maximize the district's ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all district schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, to the extent possible.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

 

Implementation and Evaluation

 

The Superintendent or designee shall designate at least one person within the district and at each school who is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that each school site implements this policy.

 

To determine whether the policy is being effectively implemented districtwide and at each district school, the following indicators shall include but are not limited to:

 

  1. Descriptions of the district's nutrition education, physical education, and health education curricula
  2. Number of minutes of physical education instruction offered at each grade span
  3. Number and type of exemptions granted from physical education
  4. Results of the state's physical fitness test
  5. An analysis of the nutritional content of meals served based on a sample of menus
  6. Student participation rates in school meal programs
  7. Any sales of non-nutritious foods and beverages in fundraisers or other venues outside of the district's meal programs
  8. Feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, the school health council, parents/guardians, students, and other appropriate persons
  9. Any other indicators recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board

 

The Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board at least every two years on the implementation of this policy and any other Board policies related to nutrition and physical activity.

 

Posting Requirements

 

Each school shall post the district's policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas.(Education Code 49432)

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

33350-33354  CDE responsibilities re: physical education

49430-49436  Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001

49490-49494  School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505  School meals

49510-49520  Nutrition

49530-49536  Child Nutrition Act

49540-49546  Child care food program

49547-49548.3  Comprehensive nutrition services

49550-49561  Meals for needy students

49565-49565.8  California Fresh Start pilot program

49570  National School Lunch Act

51210  Course of study, grades 1-6

51220  Course of study, grades 7-12

51222 Physical education

51223  Physical education, elementary schools

51795-51796.5  School instructional gardens

51880-51921  Comprehensive health education

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

15500-15501  Food sales by student organizations

15510  Mandatory meals for needy students

15530-15535  Nutrition education

15550-15565  School lunch and breakfast programs

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

1751-1769  National School Lunch Program, especially:

1751  Note Local wellness policy

1771-1791  Child Nutrition Act, including:

1773  School Breakfast Program

1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 7

210.1-210.31  National School Lunch Program

220.1-220.21  National School Breakfast Program

COURT DECISIONS

Frazer v. Dixon Unified School District, (1993) 18 Cal.App.4th 781

 

Policy Adopted:  April 28, 2009

 

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Danville, CA