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The Board of Trustees recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity, and sustainability for district students. The Superintendent or designee shall coordinate and align district efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and a safe and healthy school environment. In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies for promoting staff wellness and for involving parents/guardians and the community in reinforcing students' understanding and appreciation of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.61 - Drug Testing)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 5141.23 - Infectious Disease Prevention)

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5141.31 - Immunizations)

(cf. 5141.32 - Health Screening for School Entry)

(cf. 5141.6 - Student Health and Social Services)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

School Health Council

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage parents/guardians, students, food service employees, physical education teachers, school health professionals, Board members, school administrators, and members of the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the district's student wellness policy.

To fulfill this requirement, the Superintendent or designee will create a school health council or other committee that should include parents/guardians, students, food service employees, physical education teachers, school health professionals, Board members, school administrators, and members of the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the district's student wellness policy. The Health Council shall meet three times each year.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 9140 - Board Representatives)

The school health council or committee shall assist with policy development and advise the district on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs. At the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, the council's charges shall include planning and implementing activities to promote health within the school or community.

Goals for Nutrition Education, Physical Education, and Physical Activity

The Board shall adopt specific goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness. In developing such goals, the Board shall review and consider evidence-based strategies and techniques. (42 USC 1758b; 7 CFR 210.30)

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

The district's nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research, consistent with the expectations established in the state's curriculum frameworks, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The nutrition education program shall include, but is not limited to, information about the benefits of healthy eating for learning, disease prevention, weight management, and oral health. Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into core academic subjects in the regular educational program. Nutrition education may be offered through before- and after-school programs, summer learning programs, and school garden programs.

The District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students and others while on the school site. Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that may include, but is not limited to, the following:

Offering each grade span a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.

As appropriate, integration into other classroom subject area instruction such as Language Arts, Math, Physical Education, Science, and Social Sciences.

Developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities such as taste testing, working in school gardens, field trips to farms, community gardens, and/or other community locations promoting healthy lifestyles.

Promoting the consumption of water, fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, and healthy dairy products, and reducing the consumption of added sugar to foods, healthy food preparation methods emphasizing calorie balance between food intake and energy expenditure through physical activity and exercise.

Linking educational and promotional activities with Child Nutrition Services and nutrition-related organizations and community services.

(cf. 3550 Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

All students shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis. Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through physical education and recess and may also be provided through school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and after-school programs, summer learning programs, programs encouraging students to walk or bicycle to and from school, in-class physical activity breaks, and other structured and unstructured activities.

Nutritional lessons have been established for all students in each grade span.

(cf. 5142.2 - Safe Routes to School Program)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

The Board may enter into a joint use agreement or memorandum of understanding to make district facilities or grounds available for recreational or sports activities outside the school day and/or to use community facilities to expand students' access to opportunity for physical activity.

(cf. 1330.1 - Joint Use Agreements)

Professional development may be regularly offered to the nutrition program director, managers, and staff, as well as health education teachers, physical education teachers, coaches, activity supervisors, and other staff as appropriate to enhance their knowledge and skills related to student health and wellness.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

In order to ensure that students have access to comprehensive health services, the district may provide access to health services at or near district schools and/or may provide referrals to community resources.

The Board recognizes that a safe, positive school environment is also conducive to students' physical and mental health and thus prohibits bullying and harassment of all students, including bullying on the basis of weight or health condition. Counseling staff shall be available to meet with students to discuss academic, social, or personal difficulties, as well as other issues that may impact student learning.

The Superintendent or designee shall promote green school practices that conserve natural resources, reduce the impact of District operations on the environment, and protect the health of students, staff, and community.

(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

Nutritional Guidelines for All Foods Available at School

For all foods and beverages available on each campus during the school day, the district shall adopt nutrition guidelines which are consistent with 42 USC 1758, 1766, 1773, and 1779 and federal regulations and which support the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. (42 USC 1758b)

The Board shall adopt nutrition guidelines for all foods available on each campus during the school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. In keeping with federal guidelines, the school day is defined as from midnight to thirty minutes after the instructional day ends. (42 USC 1751 Note)

The Board believes that foods and beverages available to students at district schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health. Nutrition standards adopted by the district for all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided through the district's food service program, student stores, vending machines, fundraisers, class parties or celebrations, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and federal nutrition standards.

The District's food service program shall give priority to serving unprocessed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables.

District schools are encouraged to establish school gardens and/or farm-to-school projects to increase the availability of safe, fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables for school meals and to support the district's nutrition education program.

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

In order to maximize the district's ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all district schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, After School Snack Programs, and sponsoring a Summer Meal Program, to the extent possible. When approved by the California Department of Education, the district may sponsor a summer meal program.

Nutrient analysis of all meals shall be available for parents and students to see.

The Board supports the use of health-promoting marketing strategies for our meal programs. To the extent possible, school food service shall commit to incorporating Smarter Lunchrooms Movement tools and strategies, which are evidence-based, simple, low-cost changes that are shown to improve student participation in the school meal program while encouraging consumption of whole grains, milk, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and decreasing plate waste.

(cf. 3550 - Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 3552 - Summer Meal Program)

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

(cf. 5141.27 - Food Allergies/Special Dietary Needs)

(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)

(cf. 5148.3 - Preschool/Early Childhood Education)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide access to free, potable water in the food service area during meal times in accordance with Education Code 38086 and 42 USC 1758, and shall encourage students' consumption of water by educating them about the health benefits of water and by serving water in an appealing manner.

All food items used for fundraising purposes during the school day shall meet or exceed federal guidelines.

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

The Board makes it a practice not to use food to reward students for good behavior or for the completion of an assignment.

Nutrition services shall monitor and implement food safety procedures for all foods sold, served, or consumed on school premises with the exception of food brought from home for individual consumption or staff only functions.

All food items and/or donations of food items by outside parties are strongly encouraged to meet or exceed California Nutrition Standards and guidelines set forth by the District. School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the District's nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any food or beverages they may donate for an occasional class party. All food items brought on campus by parents/guardians or other volunteers or school staff for celebrations should be store bought, prepackaged, and prewrapped items with a label listing ingredients so students with food allergies are protected from accidental exposure. No home-cooked meals should be served to students in order to minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses.

To reinforce the district's nutrition education program, the Board encourages the marketing of nutritious food and beverages through signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, and other marketing materials. The Board prohibits the marketing and advertising of foods and beverages that do not meet Smart Snack in Schools standards for the sale of foods and beverages on campus during the school day. (7 CFR 210.30)

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

The Board of Trustees intends that, insofar as possible, school food services shall be a self-supporting, nonprofit program. To increase cost effectiveness, the Superintendent or designee shall centralize and direct the purchasing of foods and supplies, the planning of menus, and the auditing of all food service accounts for the district in consultation with the school health council.

(cf. 3551-Food Service Operations/Cafeteria Fund)

Program Implementation and Evaluation-

The Superintendent designates the individual(s) identified below as the individual(s) responsible for ensuring that each school site complies with the district's wellness policy. (42 USC 1758b; 7 CFR 210.30)

Robert Nye, Assistant Superintendent


(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 3555 - Nutrition Program Compliance)

The Superintendent or designee shall assess the implementation and effectiveness of this policy at least once every three years. (42 USC 1758b; 7 CFR 210.30)

The assessment shall include the extent to which district schools are in compliance with this policy, the extent to which this policy compares to model wellness policies available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy. (42 USC 1758b)

The Superintendent or designee shall invite feedback on district and school wellness activities from food service personnel, school administrators, the wellness council, parents/guardians, students, teachers, before- and after-school program staff, and/or other appropriate persons

The Board and the Superintendent or designee shall establish indicators that will be used to measure and implement the effectiveness of the district's activities related to student wellness. Such indicators may include, but are not limited to:

Descriptions of the district's nutrition education, physical education, and health education curricula and the extent to which they align with state academic content standards and legal requirements

An analysis of the nutritional content of school meals and snacks served in all district programs, based on a sample of menus and production records

Student participation rates in all school meal and/or snack programs, including the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced-price meals program compared to the number of students eligible for that program

Extent to which foods and beverages sold on campus outside the food services program, such as through vending machines, student stores, or fundraisers, comply with nutrition standards

Extent to which other foods and beverages that are available on campus during the school day, such as foods and beverages for classroom parties, school celebrations, and rewards/incentives, comply with nutrition standards

Results of the state's physical fitness test at applicable grade levels

Number of minutes of physical education offered at each grade span, and the estimated percentage of class time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity

A description of district efforts to provide additional opportunities for physical education and activity


The Superintendent or designee shall inform the public annually about the content and implementation of the district's wellness policy and shall make the policy, and any updates to the policy, available the public on an annual basis. He/she shall also inform the public of the district's progress towards meeting the goals of the wellness policy, including the availability of the triennial district assessment. (Education Code 49432; 42 USC 1758b; 7 CFR 210.30)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The Superintendent or designee shall distribute this information through the most effective methods of communication, including district or school newsletters, handouts, parent/guardian meetings, district and school web sites, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and wellness and academic performance.

(cf. 1100 - Communication with the Public)

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 1114 - District-Sponsored Social Media)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)


The Superintendent or designee shall retain records that document compliance with 7 CFR 210.30, including, but not limited to, the written student wellness policy, documentation of the triennial assessment of the wellness policy for each school site, and documentation demonstrating compliance with the community involvement requirements, including requirements to make the policy and assessment results available to the public. (7 CFR 210.30)

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Legal Reference:


33354 CDE responsibilities re: physical education

Free fresh drinking water

49434 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001

49494 School breakfast and lunch programs

49505 School meals

49520 Nutrition

49536 Child Nutrition Act

49546 Child care food program

49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services

49562 Meals for needy students

49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program

National School Lunch Act

Course of study, grades 1-6

51210.2 Physical education, grades 1-6

Nutrition education

Course of study, grades 7-12

Physical education

Physical education, elementary schools

51798 School instructional gardens

51921 Comprehensive health education


15501 Food sales by student organizations

Mandatory meals for needy students

15535 Nutrition education

15565 School lunch and breakfast programs


1769j National School Lunch Program, especially:

b Local wellness policy

1793 Child Nutrition Act, especially:

School Breakfast Program

Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act


210.33 National School Lunch Program, especially:

Wellness policy

220.22 National School Breakfast Program


Frazer v. Dixon Unified School District, (1993) 18 Cal.App.4th 781

Management Resources:


Integrating Physical Activity into the School Day, Governance Brief, April 2016

Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools, Policy Brief, April 2013

Monitoring for Success: A Guide for Assessing and Strengthening Student Wellness Policies, rev. 2012

Nutrition Standards for Schools: Implications for Student Wellness, Policy Brief, rev. April 2012

Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. 2012

Physical Activity and Physical Education in California Schools, Research Brief, April 2010

Building Healthy Communities: A School Leader's Guide to Collaboration and Community Engagement, 2009

Safe Routes to School: Program and Policy Strategies for School Districts, Policy Brief, 2009

Physical Education and California Schools, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

School-Based Marketing of Foods and Beverages: Policy Implications for School Boards, Policy Brief, March 2006


Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2009

Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003


Policy in Action: A Guide to Implementing Your Local School Wellness Policy, October 2006


Changing Lives, Saving Lives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs, January 2015


School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide, rev. 2012


Rules and Regulations, July 29, 2016, Vol. 81, Number 146, pages 50151-50170


Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, rev. 2012


Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2016



Action for Healthy Kids:

Alliance for a Healthier Generation:

California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division:

California Department of Public Health:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition):

California School Nutrition Association:

Center for Collaborative Solutions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Dairy Council of California:

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity:

National Association of State Boards of Education:

School Nutrition Association:

Society for Nutrition Education:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Nutrition Service, wellness policy:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Healthy Meals Resource System:


adopted: July 26, 2006 Carlsbad, California

revised: May 14, 2008

revised: August 13, 2014

revised: June 7, 2017