SBDM Management Policy 13

Last Updated: 9/29/2020 6:58 PM

School Wellness Policy

1. Nutrition Education

All students will be provided nutrition education that will encourage and support healthy eating.  The curriculum 

  • Is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
  • Is integrated, to the extent practicable, into other classroom instruction through subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences and elective subjects
  • May include enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant and participatory activities, such as cooking demonstrations or lessons, promotions, taste-testing, farm visits and school gardens;
  • Promotes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and healthy food preparation methods;
  • Emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (promotes physical activity/exercise);
  • Links with school meal programs, cafeteria nutrition promotion activities, school gardens, Farm to School programs, other school foods and nutrition-related community services;
  • Teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food and beverage marketing;
  • Assesses social influences on healthy eating, including media, family, peers and culture
  • Encourages looking for valid information or services related to nutrition and dietary behavior
  • Emphasizes tracking progress toward achieving a personal goal to eat healthfully
  • Encourages resisting peer pressure related to unhealthy dietary behavior
  • Influences supporting or advocating for others’ healthy dietary behavior 

2. School Meals

We will encourage healthy meal choices among students by using the following methods:

  • The school shall make every effort to encourage students to participate in the school breakfast and lunch programs by working with district staff to appeal to the students’ taste preferences (i.e. food promotions, grab-and-go options, smoothies, student input on menu items, etc.) 
  • After obtaining food, students will have at least 20 minutes to eat lunch in a clean, pleasant environment with appropriate supervision. 
  • All school meals will meet current USDA nutrition standards which can be found at the USDA website:  https://www.fns.usda.gov
  • Nutrition information for meals will be made available in the cafeteria.
  • The healthiest choices at each meal, such as salads and fruit, will be prominently displayed in the cafeteria.
  • Competitive foods will not be sold from the time the first student arrives at school till 30 minutes after the last lunch period.
  • Students will be made aware that free, safe, unflavored drinking water is available throughout the school day, including mealtimes.
  • Parents are encouraged not bring food in during the lunch period. 
  • Information regarding applications for free/reduced priced meals will be sent home to all families during registration. The application is also available on the school website.
  • Student privacy will be protected by providing all students, regardless of the type of payment they make for school meals, or the food being purchased (meal or a la carte) a payment code to enter at the cash register.

Competitive Foods and Beverages

To support children’s health and school nutrition-education efforts, only Smart Snacks and beverages are served or sold during the official school day (including class parties) or during after-school activities (including after-school care).  View Smart Snacks Standards here:  https://www.fns.usda.gov

Only foods/beverages that meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks standards may be sold through fundraisers on the school campus during the school day.  School fundraising groups are encouraged to choose non-food items.

3. Physical Education and Physical Activity

We will encourage physical activity among students using the following methods:

  • The physical education curriculum will be aligned with established state and national physical education standards
  • The physical education curriculum will promote the benefits of a physically-active and healthy-eating lifestyle and will help students develop skills to engage in lifelong healthy habits
  • All students must take at least one physical education class during the high school years. 
  • All students will be provided equal opportunity to participate in physical education classes. Appropriate accommodations will be made to allow for equitable participation for all students and we will adapt physical education classes and equipment as necessary.   
  • Physical education will be taught by a certified teacher who is endorsed to teach physical education.
  • The physical education teacher will participate in annual professional development opportunities that are focused on physical education topics and competencies specifically for physical education teachers.  
  • All students will be offered periodic opportunities to be active or to stretch throughout the day.
  • The physical education program will promote student physical fitness through individualized fitness and activity assessment and will use criterion based reporting for each student.
  • All students will be provided optional physical activity opportunities during after-school hours.
  • Facility Rental agreements with YMCA and/or Oldham Little League teams will be developed to provide expanded physical activity opportunities for all students and community members

4. Wellness Promotion and Marketing

The School Wellness Committee and the School Wellness Coordinator will develop, promote and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote health and wellness and ensure the following: 

  • Food rewards or incentives shall not be used in classrooms to encourage student achievement or desirable behaviors. 
  • Physical activity shall be used as a reward when feasible. Physical activity shall not be used as punishment (i.e. Running laps for being late) or shall not be withheld as punishment (ie. Not being allowed to go to recess because of talking during class).
  • Any foods/beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks standards.
  • All advertising in school publications and school media outlets must be approved by the principal.

5. Implementation, Evaluation and Communication

The School Wellness Committee (SWC) will ensure compliance with the OCBE Wellness Policy, will annually evaluate the SBDM Wellness Policy and will communicate progress.

  • The SWC will meet three times throughout the school year. The principal, or a designee, will serve as the school wellness policy coordinator and will ensure compliance with this policy and the OCBE policy.
  • Membership of the SWC will include physical education teachers, health teachers, other teachers, parents, administrators, classified staff, school nurse and members of the pubic, as appropriate.
  • The SWC will assess the school health environment using Healthy Schools Program online tools and will create an action plan by Sept 30.  Each year thereafter, the SWC will assess the environment and will generate an annual progress report and adjust the plan as needed.  
  • The principal will provide the annual progress report to the SBDM, including the Wellness Policy implementation and any outcomes that may be influenced by the policy (e.g.  student fitness tests, meal participation rates, etc.).  A written progress report will be sent to the Chief Operations Officer and will be shared with the public via the school website.
  • Every three years, the wellness committee will review the latest national recommendations pertaining to school health and will update the wellness policy accordingly.

Adopted:  December 17, 2012
Revised: March 20, 2017