Student Wellness

Student Wellness 

(BP  5030  Students)

The Governing Board recognizes the important connection between a healthy diet and a student's ability to learn effectively. The Board also acknowledges that schools play a vital role in childhood nutrition and fitness, and as part of the larger community, schools have a responsibility to promote family health and provide a strong foundation for the future health and well-being of its students. It further recognizes that significant research indicates a positive relationship between adequate nutrition and learning, resulting in academic success.

The district has the opportunity to be a positive influence on its students by offering the healthiest foods, beverages, and physical opportunities possible, and by providing other health-supporting programs.

The Superintendent or designee shall permit parents/guardians, students, food service staff, teachers, school health professionals, Board members, school administrators, and members of the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the district's student wellness policy.

Therefore, the district will:

1. Designate at least one person that is charged with the operational responsibility for ensuring that the site implements and measures the implementation of the Wellness Policy

2. Establish and sustain a District Wellness Committee consisting of a group of individuals who represent the school and community, as listed above.

3. Convene the district Wellness Committee up to three times during the school year at hours convenient for public participation. The Committee will discuss implementation and monitoring of the Student Wellness policy. The Committee, Superintendent, and site administrators will ensure that the policy is implemented, and that reports are made to the Board at least once each year.

4. Provide whatever adequate resources are necessary (personnel, equipment, ongoing maintenance, technology) to implement this policy.

The district's nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research consistent with the expectations established State curriculum framework and content standards. All of these programs will be designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals

The Board shall adopt goals for nutrition, nutrition education and promotion, physical education, physical activity, and other school-based healthy initiatives.

The Superintendent shall develop strategies designed to support these Board goals, which will encourage the participation of students and families in the selection of foods of good nutritional quality, and to take full advantage of the many district offered physical activities

The district will provide health information to families and students about the nutritional content of its school lunches in order to encourage consistent health messages between the

home and school environments. Outreach to families will emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.

Implementation of the Student Wellness policy will be supported by all district employees. The Board will commit that all schools will participate in available child nutrition programs, including lunch and summer food service. The Superintendent shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models for healthy eating and physical fitness. Professional development may include instructional strategies that assess health knowledge and skills and promote healthy behaviors.

Guidelines for Foods Available at School

For all foods available on each campus during the school day, the district shall adopt nutritional guidelines which are consistent with 42 USC 1773 and 1779, and support the objectives promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. (42 USC 1758b)

The Board believes that foods and beverages available to students at district schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health, and take into account the needs of students with special dietary needs. Nutritional standards adopted by the district for all foods and beverages provided through the district lunch program, student stores, or other venues shall meet or exceed state and federal nutritional standards.

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

The district shall provide access to free, potable water during meal times in the food service area in accordance with Education Code 38086 and 42 USC 1758, and shall encourage students' consumption of water by educating them about the health benefits of water, and by serving water in an appealing manner.

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. When possible, class parties or celebrations should be held after the lunch period, and the nutritional quality of the food considered when selecting snacks for the event.

Program Implementation and Evaluation

The Superintendent shall designate one or more district and/or school employees, as appropriate, to ensure that each school site complies with this policy.

The Superintendent or designee shall inform and update the public, families, students, and others in the community about the contents and implementation of this policy. Periodically, the extent to which the district schools are compliant with this policy will be assessed, the comparison to model wellness policies available from the US Department of Agriculture established, and a description of the progress made towards attaining policy goals will be determined, and all results made available to the public.

Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program

Eligibility for free or reduced price meals shall be based on federal regulations as provided by the State Department of Education.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

The district and school sites will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma associated with, and prevent the overt identification of students eligible for, free and reduced price school meals. All applications and records related to eligibility for the free or reduced price meal program shall be confidential. Such records shall only be open to examination for those purposes specified in Education Code section 49558.

Meal Times and Scheduling

The schools shall require students to sit down and eat lunch for at least 20 minutes before being released for lunch recess activities.

Health Education

The district recognizes that health education should foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students need in order to lead healthy lives and avoid high-risk behaviors. The district shall provide a planned, sequential, research-based, and developmentally appropriate health education curriculum for students in grades K-8 which is aligned with state's content standard and curriculum framework.

The Superintendent shall involve school administrators, teachers, nurses, counselors and other community members in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the district's health education program.

Physical Education and Physical Activity

The Board recognizes the positive benefits of physical activity for student health and academic achievement and encourages each student to take advantage of the various opportunities for physical activity offered by the district.

Physical education is defined as instructional time with emphasis upon physical activities for students.

Each school shall provide all students the opportunity, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis through physical education and activity. Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through physical education and recess, and may also be provided through school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, afterschool programs, programs encouraging students to walk or bicycle to and from school, and other similar structured and unstructured activities.

The Board may enter into a joint use agreement to make district facilities and/or grounds available for recreational or sports activities outside the school day. This agreement may also allow for the use of community facilities to expand student access to opportunity for physical activity.

Physical Education

The Board desires to provide a physical education program which builds interest and proficiency in movement skills and encourages students' lifelong fitness through physical activity. Besides promoting high levels of personal achievement and a positive self-image, physical education activities should teach students how to cooperate in the achievement of common goals and be based on physical education content standards.

The district shall provide those teachers teaching physical education with continuing professional development, including classroom management and instructional strategies designed to keep students active and engaged.

All students in grades one through six will receive physical education for a minimum of 200 minutes for every 10 school days.

All students in grades seven and eight will receive physical education for a minimum of 400 minutes for every 10 school days.

Students will spend at least 50 percent of physical education instructional time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Physical education will not be used or withheld as punishment.

Students with disabilities shall be provided instruction in physical education in accordance with their individualized education program or Section 504 accommodation plan.

Physical education staff shall take special care to ensure that excessive physical exertion is not required of students who have informed staff of a heart or respiratory condition or other physical disability that may restrict such activity. An appropriate alternative shall be provided for these students. Physical education staff shall appropriately limit the amount or type of physical exercise required of students during air pollution episodes, hot weather, or other inclement conditions.

With the consent of the student, the Superintendent may grant temporary exemption from physical education under either of the following conditions:

1. A student is enrolled for one-half time or less.

2. A student is ill or injured and a modified program to meet his/her needs cannot be provided.

The Superintendent shall report to the Board regarding the number of instructional minutes offered in physical education for each grade level, and any other data agreed upon by the Board and the Superintendent in order to evaluate program quality as well as the effectiveness of the program in meeting the stated goals for physical education.

Physical Performance Testing

The Superintendent or designee shall annually administer the physical fitness test designated by the State Board of Education to students in grades 5 and 7. Students shall be provided with their individual fitness test results upon completion of the test. Test results may be communicated orally by the physical education teacher as the student completes the various sections of the test.

Superintendent or designee shall annually report to the Board the results of the state physical fitness testing for each school and applicable grade level.

Physical Activities Recess

Elementary students should receive at least 15-20 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage moderate to vigorous physical activities.

Students are encouraged to participate in teacher- led structured lunch time physical activities as available and appropriate.


Integrating Physical Activities Inside the Classroom

By integrating health education into classroom activities, students will be encouraged to maintain a physically active lifestyle. Classroom teachers are encouraged to take short physical activity breaks between activities, classes, and large blocks of teaching time as appropriate.

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