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The West Delaware School Board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. The District supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students. Improved health optimizes student performance potential.
The District provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with the District’s Wellness Policy to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity.
The District supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students’ health status and academic performance. All foods available for sale on school grounds and at school sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the school district nutrition standards and in compliance with state and federal law. Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high-quality meals.
The 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 priced meals. The District utilizes an electronic identification system; promotes the availability of meals to all students; and/or uses non-traditional methods for serving additional meals, such as “ala carte” and breakfast.
The Wellness Committee is comprised at a minimum of the following: PE teacher, school health official, parent, student, food and nutrition staff, Board member, school administration, and community member. Additional committee members may added as needed. The Committee has developed a plan to implement the local wellness policies set forth by the federal government. The school health officials (school nurses) will monitor implementation of the plan, review and monitor the plan and report progress to the Board.
The Wellness Committee will review the Wellness Policy annually to develop goals for the following year. The nutrition guidelines for all foods available will focus on promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity in the West Delaware County Community School District.
To help with the initial development of the school district’s wellness policies, each school in the district will conduct a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and practices. The results of those school-by-school assessments will be compiled at the school district level to identify and prioritize needs.
The Board will monitor and evaluate this policy by having the Wellness Committee repeat this process every five years to help review policy compliance, assess progress and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the school district will review the nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and the provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity. The school district, and individual schools within the school district, will revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.
NUTRITION EDUCATION AND PROMOTION
The school district will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:
The School district will provide physical education that:
Elementary schools should provide recess for students that:
When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
OTHER SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE STUDENT WELLNESS
Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings
Marketing in Schools
NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR ALL FOODS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS
Schools should share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students. (The information could be available on menus, a web site, on cafeteria menu boards, placards or other point-of-purchase materials).
and Reduced-Priced Meals
Times and Scheduling
of Food Service Staff
Sold Outside the Meal (e.g. vending, a la carte, sales)
Date adopted: June 12, 2006
Date reviewed: May 12, 2008; September 13, 2010; October 11, 2010; July 16, 2012
Date revised: September 13, 2010; October 11, 2010; June 18, 2012
Legal Reference: Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (2005)
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
Iowa Code 256.7(29), 256.11(6)
281 I.A.C. 12.5(19), 12.5(20), 58.11