Wellness Policy

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.

Policy Review

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:

  • is offered as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
  • promotes and encourages consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods and health-enhancing nutrition practices;

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical Activity
The School district will provide physical education that:
  • includes students with disabilities, students with special health-care needs may be provided in alternative educational settings; and,
  • engages students in moderate to vigorous activity during at least 50 percent of physical education class time.
  • is for students in grades K-8 for the entire school year; grades 9-12 will take a required PE class for one term and will complete a Physical Activity Contract stating planned physical activities for the terms the student is not enrolled in PE.
Daily Recess
Elementary schools should provide recess for students that:
  • is at least 15 minutes a day;
  • is preferably outdoors;
  • encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity

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
For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond the physical education class. Toward that end, the school district will: 

  • discourage sedentary activities, such as watching television, playing computer games, etc.;
  • provide opportunities for physical activity to be incorporated into other subject lessons; and,
  • encourage classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

Communication with Parents
The school district will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children.  The school district will:

  • post nutrition tips on school web sites and newsletters.
  • encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the established nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages;
  • provide parents a list of foods that meet the school district’s snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards and fundraising activities;
  • provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day;
  • support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school, and;
  • include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a web site, newsletter, other take-home materials, special events or physical education homework.

Food Marketing in Schools
School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion.  The school district will:

  • promote healthy foods and water, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products; and

NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR ALL FOODS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

School Meals
Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

  • be appealing and attractive to children;
  • be served in clean and pleasant settings;
  • meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by state and federal law;
  • offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;
  • serve only low-fat (1%) and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives (as defined by the USDA); and,
  • ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.

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).

Breakfast
To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will:

  • operate the breakfast program, to the extent possible;
  • arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve breakfasts that encourage participation, including serving breakfast in the classroom, “grab-and-go” breakfasts or breakfast during morning break or recess, to the extent possible;
  • notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program through the school website and handbooks.
  • encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials or other means.

Free and Reduced-Priced Meals
The school 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-price meals.  Toward this end, the school district will:

  • utilize electronic identification and payment systems;
  • provide alternate meals at no charge to all children, regardless of income; and,
  • promote the availability of meals to all students.

Meal Times and Scheduling
The school district:

  • will provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch;
  • should schedule meal periods at appropriate times;
  • will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks; and,
  • will take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).

Qualification of Food Service Staff
Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the meal programs.  As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school district will:

  • provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals; and,
  • provide staff development programs that include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors, nutrition managers and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility.

Sharing of Foods
The school district discourages students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.

Foods Sold Outside the Meal (e.g. vending, a la carte, sales)
All foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable meal programs (including those sold through a la carte (snack) lines, vending machines, student stores or fundraising activities) during the school day, or through programs for students after the school day will meet nutrition standards as required by state or federal law. 

Fundraising Activities
There are two types of fundraising – regulated and other.  Regulated fundraisers are those that offer the sale of foods or beverages on school property and that are targeted primarily to PK-12 students by or through other PK-12 students, student groups, school organizations, or through on-campus school stores.  Regulated fundraising activities must comply with the state nutrition guidelines.  All other fundraising activities are encouraged, but not required, to comply with the state nutrition guidelines if the activities involve foods and beverages.

Snacks/Celebrations
Staff will be encouraged to serve snacks during the school day or in-after school care or enrichment programs that will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage.  Schools will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages and other considerations.  The school district will disseminate a list of healthful snack items to teachers, after-school program personnel and parents.  Schools should evaluate their celebration practices that involve food during the school day.  The school district will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.

School-Sponsored Events
Foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day are encouraged to meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually.

Food Safety
All foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.

  • All foods made available on campus comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations.  Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food illness in schools.  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/serving safe_chapter6.pdf
  • For the safety and security of the food and facility, access to the food service operations are limited to child nutrition staff and authorized personnel.

 

Summer Meals
Schools in which more than 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for at least six weeks between the last day of the academic school year and the first day of the following school year, and, preferably, throughout the entire summer vacation.

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