Wellness Policy

  Wellness Policy  

                          St. Paul’s Lutheran School

School Board Policies & Procedures Manual

 
WELLNESS
 
 
I.          PURPOSE
 
The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects student and staff health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
 
II.        GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
 
A.        The School Board recognizes that nutrition education and physical education are essential components of the educational process and that good health fosters student attendance and education.
 
B.        The St. Paul’s School Board encourages the involvement of students, parents, staff, and other interested persons in implementing, monitoring, and reviewing the school’s nutrition and physical activity policies.
 
C.        Students need access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive.
 
D.        Students will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
 
E.         Staff members are encouraged to model healthy eating and active lifestyles as an example to students.
 
F.         Qualified Student Nutrition Services personnel will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; try to accommodate the diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
 
III.       GUIDELINES
 
   A.        Foods and Beverages
 
       1. Foods and beverages made available during lunch will be consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
 
        2.  Student Nutrition Services personnel will take measures to ensure that student access to foods and beverages meet or exceed all federal, state, and local laws and guidelines.
 
       3.  Student Nutrition Services personnel shall adhere to all federal, state, and local food safety and security guidelines.
 
       4.  The School Board in conjunction with Student Nutrition Services 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 school meals.
 
       5.   The School Board in conjunction with the school faculty will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.
 
       6.   The School Board will make every effort to provide students with sufficient time to eat after sitting down for school meals and will schedule meal periods at appropriate times during the school day.
 
         7.  The School Board will discourage tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities.
 
  B.        School Student Nutrition Services Program/Personnel
 
        1.    The School Board will provide healthy and safe school meal programs that strictly comply with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.
 
         2.    The cook will be responsible for the school’s food service program, whose duties shall include the creation of nutrition guidelines and procedures for the selection of foods and beverages made available to ensure food and beverage choices are consistent with current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
 
         3.   As part of school’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the School Board will provide continuing professional development for all food service personnel in schools. This could be financial support or time off for professional development. 
 
 C.        Nutrition Education
 
         1.   The School Board will encourage and support healthy eating by students and engage in nutrition education that is:
 
              a.  offered as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
 
              b.  part of elementary health and physical education classes, as well as classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social studies, and religion, where appropriate; and
 
              c.  enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and includes participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and field trips.
 
        2.  The School Board will support staff in developing healthy eating by
 
               a. offering information and/or training about nutrition and healthy eating;
 
                b. encouraging the modeling of healthy eating habits;
 
                c. encouraging healthy food in all school settings, encouraging participation in worksite wellness programs, and providing offerings that are enjoyable, and culturally, and site appropriate.
                                               
D. School-Based Activities Involving Food
 
       1. The School Board will encourage all students to make healthy selections of foods and beverages.
 
             a.Snacks:  Snacks during the school day will make a positive contribution toward student nutrition. Emphasis will be placed on recommending whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy as the primary snack items.
 
             b. Field Trips: Teachers will collaborate with the School Nutrition Service’s Certified Food Manager, when planning field trips that extend over the lunch periods. To the extent possible, students will be offered the option of receiving a meal from the school lunch program, being mindful of the number of students on free and reduced priced meals who may not be able to provide a lunch from home.
                                                           
              c. Celebrations: Classroom celebrations will encourage healthy choices and portion control.
                                                           
              d. Advertising: Advertising messages shall be consistent with and reinforce the objectives of the education and nutrition goals of the school. 
                                                             
        2. Non-food rewards and nutritious incentives are encouraged to be used to encourage good behavior.
 
E.  Physical Activity
 
       1.  Health education and physical education classes will reinforce the importance of physical activity and the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce sedentary activities such as watching television.
                      
       2. Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons, where appropriate.
 
       3. Classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.
 
F. Communications with Parents
 
       1. The School Board recognizes that parents and guardians have a primary and fundamental role in promoting and protecting their children’s health and well-being.
 
       2. The School Board will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. 
 
       3.  The School Board will encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and refrain from including beverages and foods without nutritional value.
 
       4. The School Board will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities and will support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.
 
IV.       IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING
 
      A.   A School Wellness Advisory Committee will be appointed by the School Board to establish procedures for monitoring school wellness, help promote implementation of the policy and suggest ways to improve the wellness environment of St. Paul’s Lutheran School.  It will meet twice yearly and submit an annual report to the School Board President on its activities and recommendations.
 
      B.   The Wellness Committee will be established to help implement the wellness policy.  The committees will use a self-assessment tool, selected by the Wellness Advisory Committee, to report yearly progress on building wellness to the School Board President beginning each school year.
      C.   The Certified Food Service Manager of Student Nutrition Services will provide an annual report to the Coordinator of Student Nutrition Services setting forth the nutrition guidelines and procedures for selection of all foods made available during lunch. 
      D.   The Coordinator of Student Nutrition Services will ensure compliance with the wellness policy and will provide an annual report of the school’s compliance with the policy to the School Board. 
 
V.  ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
 
Changes in administrative procedures may be made at any time during the year but must be reviewed by the School Board within the fiscal year.
 
 
Legal References:      
            42 U.S.C. § 1751 et seq. (Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act)
                                                42 U.S.C. § 1771 et seq. (Child Nutrition Act of 1966)
                                                P.L. 108-265 (2004) § 204 (Local Wellness Policy)
                                                7 U.S.C. § 5341 (Establishment of Dietary Guidelines)
                                                7 C.F.R. § 210.10 (School Lunch Program Regulations)
                                                7 C.F.R. § 220.8 (School Breakfast Program Regulations)
 
Cross References:     
 
Local Resources:    
             Minnesota Department of Education, www.education.state.mn.us
             Minnesota Department of Health, www.health.state.mn.us
            County Health Departments
            Action for Healthy Kids Minnesota, www.actionforhealthykids.org and www.actionforhealthykids.org/filelib/toolsforteams/recom/MN-Healthy%20Foods%20for%20Kids%208-2004.pdf         
 
 
Approved 11/02/2015