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Student Wellness   

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The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity among district students.

1. The district encourages participation in the breakfast and lunch programs by providing information in the school newsletters, menus sent home to parents and published on the district web site.

2. Nutritional standards for the school breakfast and lunch programs meet or exceed state and federal standards and guidelines.

3. Students at all sites have adequate time to eat, minimum of 10 minutes, from the time they get their meal to dismissal from the eating area. Facilities are modern and well maintained.

4. During school hours, and from midnight to one-half hour after school, guidelines and standards for foods and beverages sold or served outside of the district's meal programs, such as through vending machines, school stores, school-sponsored events, school fundraisers, student organizations and other venues on campus must meet or exceed the USDA's Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards and cannot compete with the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program (Education Code 15501). All vending machine locations and food/beverage items must be first approved by the Nutrition Service Department. Staff and school-based organizations are encouraged to use non-food items for fundraising and rewards for academic performance and good behavior.

5. School staff will encourage the donation of non-food items for class parties, birthday parties, holiday parties or other school-wide celebrations. The Nutrition Services Department will make available to parents and teachers a list of healthy party ideas, including ideas for rewards and celebrations in the classroom. For the safety of all children, all foods supplied for celebrations must contain no added trans-fats (Education code 49430.7), be Smart Snack compliant (, and purchased from an establishment that holds a current and valid county health permit. Celebrations must occur after the last lunch period.

* Parents/guardians and teachers may arrange with the district Nutrition Services Department for catering pizza parties and celebrations. This will ensure food safety and include all nutritious components of a full lunch.

6. School-based marketing of commercial foods and beverages, such as through advertisements in school buildings, athletic fields and/or other areas accessible to students, must meet the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards (available at (7 CFR 210.31(c)(3)(iii)).

7. Age-appropriate, skill-building nutrition education at each grade level is focused on healthy eating habits and physical activity. Teachers are encouraged to integrate researched based nutrition information into core curriculum areas.

8. All K-12 students (including students with disabilities and/or special health-care needs and those in alternative educational settings) will receive physical education instruction as designated (Education Code 51210, 51222, and 51223):

* A minimum of 200 minutes for every 10 school days for students in grades 1-6

* A minimum of 400 minutes for every 10 school days for students in grades 7-12.

9. School staff are encouraged to participate in outreach strategies to families to reinforce and support healthy eating and physical activity through nutrition education and experiential learning opportunities (taste testing, cooking, school gardens and farmers markets). Recreational, lifelong, physical activity is encouraged.

10. Staff development or training will be provided as necessary to promote nutrition education, physical fitness and healthy behaviors.

11. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure district compliance for implementing the strategies in the Wellness Policy. The principal or designee should ensure individual school compliance for implementing the strategies in the wellness policy.

12. The Superintendent or designee shall provide an evaluation report every three years on Wellness Policy compliance to the school board, school health departments, parent/teacher organizations and school administrators. In addition, an annual physical fitness report is provided to the Board.

13. Each school shall post the district's policies and regulation on wellness in public view within all school cafeterias and other central eating areas. (Education Code 49432)


approved: June 13, 2018 Antelope, California