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Nutrition Education

Bonita Unified School District's (BUSD) nutrition education shall be based on the latest scientific research and current government guidelines. Curriculum shall be designed to promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle for students, as well as align with the California Frameworks and Standards for health, home economics, physical education, and other appropriate curricular areas.

Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the K-12 health education, as appropriate, and shall be integrated into core academic subjects. Nutrition education may be included in before and after school programs.

Nutrition and physical education should emphasize the caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise).

Nutrition education will include information on how to analyze food labels, how to understand the recommended nutrition guidelines and the impact of food marketing.

The district will provide staff development or training activities for all teachers who have new nutrition curriculum.

All teachers are encouraged to promote healthy eating habits to their students. Students will learn to choose foods wisely and make healthy choices based on nutrition guidelines.

Activities for students to learn about food production include school gardens, taste testing, and visits to farm, and food preparation facilities.

Nutrition and Health Education and Physical Activity Goals

Physical activity is essential to a person's health. BUSD will emphasize the importance of physical activity for its students. Opportunities for students will be provided by a well-designed physical education curriculum, as well as athletic programs, extracurricular programs and recess.

Physical Education

The district's physical education curriculum shall be a K-12 program based on the expectations of The California Framework for Physical Education and California's state adopted standards for physical education.

Grades K-3 physical education curriculum is taught by the classroom teacher.

Grades 4-12 physical education classes will be taught by a highly-qualified teacher holding the appropriate credential for teaching physical education.

Students will receive at least the minimum amount of minutes of physical education as described in Education Code. Students must be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity during a majority of the minutes of physical education.

Physical education instruction should emphasize the five areas of health fitness (body composition, strength, muscular endurance, aerobic endurance, and flexibility) as well as teaching life-long physical skills and activities.

The class environment including facilities and equipment shall be safe, well maintained, and adequate for every student.

When appropriate, physical education can be used to reinforce concepts of other curricular areas.

Physical Activity

Every school shall provide a variety of opportunities for students to be physically active and encourage students to participate in these activities. Activities can include recess, athletics, intramurals, and other extracurricular activities.

Allowing a student to participate in recess or other physical activities shall be encouraged. Students should not be inactive for more than two hours.

District staff is encouraged to engage in regular physical activity. Active staff members can be positive role models for the students.

Health Services

The Health Services Department supports student and staff wellness by:

1. Facilitating collaboration between the district and community agencies and organizations that have an interest in the health and well- being of students, staff and their families.

2. Conducting health evaluation events to promote wellness.

3. Conducting school health screenings such as hearing, vision, dental and scoliosis detection and to provide follow up and referral to community resources, if needed

4. Preventing communicable diseases through immunization audits, providing immunization clinics for staff and students and investigating illness outbreaks in the school community.

5. Informing staff of students with health issues/food allergies or restrictions.

Parent and Community Involvement

The district recognizes that schools are a part of a larger community. It is vital that the communities and schools work together to support students as they develop into healthy, responsible, and productive members of society.

The district shall:

1. Provide information on free and low-cost health insurance to ensure students have the means to obtain periodic well-child examinations, appropriate immunizations, and other preventative healthcare services.

2. Provide information about the health and nutrition of children to parents/guardians.

3. Encourage families to participate in daily physical activity and make healthy food choices.

4. Partner with the cities/community agencies to promote healthy family activities and events.

5. Encourage parents/guardians to participate in meetings related to their child's health and well-being.

Parents are encouraged to:

1. Have students come to school regularly, complete homework consistently, engage in positive behaviors and make healthy lifestyle choices.

2. Follow the same nutritional standards as the National School Lunch Program when packing lunches and snacks from home.

3. Support students physically and academically by ensuring nutritional quality when selecting snacks to be donated for class or school events.

4. Limit the amount of time watching television or using recreational technology as it impacts the amount of time children have available for physical and academic activities.

5. Actively participate in communicating health messages between the school and home environment.

6. Be an active partner in implementing, at home, healthy concepts learned at school including the preparation of nutritious meals.

7. Participate in school meetings related to their child's health and well-being.

Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at Schools

School and Classroom Celebrations:

1. BUSD schools and school organizations encourage the use of nutritious foods as rewards or for consumption during school or classroom celebrations. If food is part of the celebration, planners should focus on healthy food choices such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat baked goods, and low-fat dairy products.

2. School staff under the direction of the school principal shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district's nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks or beverages for school and classroom celebrations.

3. Class parties or celebrations should be held after the lunch period whenever possible.

4. Because of the potential for food-related illness, staff and parents/guardians should not bring homemade foods to classrooms. Food prepared by "loving hands" at home may unintentionally pass on bacteria or a food-borne illness to students.

5. When part of a school or class celebration, food should be commercially prepared with nutrition information included. Nutritional information/ingredient information provided to the school is necessary due to the high incidence of food allergies and intolerances.

6. The district will make available a list of healthful snack and reward items to teachers, School Age Care program staff and parents/guardians.


1. Whenever possible, snacks served to students during the day should help children meet their recommended nutritional requirements by following nutritional guidelines related to fruits, vegetables and/or whole grains. All snack foods and beverages shall meet the nutritional guidelines set out previously for food sales.

2. Students will be discouraged from sharing their foods and beverages with others during celebrations, meals and snacks, given concerns about allergies and other dietary restrictions.

Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals

Food Service/Child Nutrition

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that food served to students meets the nutritional requirements and guidelines.

1. Ensure that fruits and vegetables are available and included with all student meals served at school

2. Cycle Menus have been developed for elementary student meals to meet nutritional requirements and to provide variety and planning options for students.

Overt identification of student meal status is prohibited.

All other food and beverages sold on a school campus during the school day shall follow state and federal guidelines or local policy.

1. Federal Guidelines - Items cannot compete with the National School Lunch Program

2. State Guidelines - Items must meet Senate Bills 12- Snack Items and 965 - Beverages

3. District Guidelines (Local Policy) created as a district under the Wellness Policy and approved by the Board of Education

The school day is defined as Midnight at the start of school to 30 minutes after the end of school. Effective July 1, 2014.

Increasing Student Access to Healthy Meals

1. Applications for free or reduced price meals are accessible on the district website, at school sites, at school cafeterias and at the Central Kitchen office.

2. All elementary school students will be fed. Students with large outstanding balances for unpaid meals will be given an alternative meal. A friendly reminder notice is handed out to students to alert parents of low and/or negative account balances. Parents/guardians will be contacted by the Central Kitchen staff about outstanding balances. Middle and high school students are permitted to charge up to three lunches on their accounts.

Program Implementation and Evaluation

The Director of Food Services, as designated by the Superintendent, is the staff member responsible for maintaining the Student Wellness Policy and Regulations. The Director will ensure that:

1. All nutritional requirements for student wellness are incorporated into student meals

2. Nutritional information is current and available to parents, students and staff

3. Appropriate school site staff is aware of nutritional guidelines and any food restrictions

4. The Policy and Regulations are updated and modified as necessary

5. The Policy is posted at each school cafeteria

6. Parents/guardians and students have access to the policy and regulations

7. An annual report on student wellness is prepared and presented to the Governing Board

School site principals and Food Services staff are responsible for implementing and enforcing the wellness policy and regulations.


approved: June 22, 2016 San Dimas, California