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Kentfield ESD |  BP  6142.8  Instruction

Comprehensive Health Education   

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The Governing Board believes that health education should foster the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students need in order to lead healthy, productive lives. The district's health education program shall teach personal responsibility for one's own lifelong health, respect for and promotion of the health of others, the process of growth and development, and informed use of health-related information, products, and services.

Goals for the district's health education program shall be designed to promote student wellness and shall be developed in accordance with Board policy. Such goals shall include, but not be limited to, goals for nutrition education and physical activity.

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

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

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)

Policy for Nutrition and Physical Activity

An important goal of the district is to attend to the nutrition and physical activity needs of its students in order to contribute to their ability to learn, while promoting good health and preventing disease. Through these recommendations, our goal is to foster healthy eating habits, increased physical activity and continue to build awareness among children, parents and district staff of the importance of these habits on lifelong health and prevention of chronic diseases.

Any food/beverage sold or given to students on district campuses during school hours will be a healthy alternative. It is strongly recommended that application of guidelines to Marin Enrichment and Larkspur Recreation be implemented by these and other organizations providing programs before and after regular school hours. A healthy alternative shall be defined as a food/beverage that, at minimum, meets the district guidelines for snacks and beverages or main dish a la carte items.

Exceptions may include a limited number of classroom parties at the discretion of the classroom teacher, a limited number of school sponsored events at the discretion of the principal, and food used as an instructional aid (e.g., the gingerbread man.) When using food as an instructional aid, teachers are encouraged to select healthy alternatives. Candy will not be used as an instructional aid.

Full meals provided at Bacich School to its students as entire packages may include individual items (but not beverages) that do not strictly meet the district guidelines for snacks and beverages as long as the meal as a whole does meet the guidelines.

Food will not be given to students at school, either inside or outside the classroom, as a reward, incentive or prize.

Food may be given to students at school, either inside or outside the classroom, as part of a celebration or the culmination of an unusual and significant event. Examples are taking a class out to eat at the end of the year (8th grade breakfast) or celebrating the completion of a unit of study.

In keeping with the President's Health and Fitness Initiative recommendation of 60 minutes per day of moderately intense physical activity, students in all grades will receive or be offered at least 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per day through Physical Education or lunch/recess times.

Legal Reference:


8850.5 Family relationships and parenting education

35183.5 Sun protection

49413 First aid training

49430-49434 Pupil Nutrition, Health and Achievement Act of 2001

49490-49494 School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505 School meals

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51203 Instruction on alcohol, narcotics and dangerous drugs

51210 Areas of study

51210.8 State content standards for health education

51220.5 Parenting skills; areas of instruction

51260-51269 Drug education

51513 Personal beliefs

51880-51881.5 Health education, legislative findings and intent

51890-51891 Comprehensive health education programs

51913 District health education plan

51920 Inservice training, health education

51930-51939 Comprehensive sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education


11800-11801 District health education plan


1758b Local wellness policy

Management Resources:


Asthma Management in the Schools, Policy Brief, March 2008

Monitoring for Success: Student Wellness Policy Implementation Monitoring Report and Guide, 2007

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

Promoting Oral Health for California's Students: New Roles, New Opportunities for Schools, Policy Brief, March 2007

Sun Safety in Schools, Policy Brief, July 2006

Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. April 2006


National Health Education Standards: Achieving Excellence, 2007


Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2008

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



American Association for Health Education:

American School Health Association:

California Association of School Health Educators:

California Department of Education, Health Education:

California Department of Public Health:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:

California Subject Matter Project, Physical Education-Health Project:

Center for Injury Prevention Policy and Practice:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

National Center for Health Education:

National Hearing Conservation Association:


adopted: September 8, 2015 Kentfield, California