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Student Wellness   

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The district recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The Superintendent or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement. To that end, the district will use the state adopted Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, and the Physical Education Framework as a reference to help guide the development of a planned and sequential curriculum that will address the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health.

School Health Council/Committee

The Board of Trustees' policy related to student wellness was developed and will continue to evolve with the involvement of parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, Board representatives, and community partners.

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 may include planning and implementing activities to promote health within the school or community.

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity

The district shall implement goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the district determines appropriate. 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.

* Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program in grades K-8. As appropriate, nutrition education shall be integrated into core academic subjects and offered through before- and after-school programs.

* Teachers will provide yearly nutrition education lessons to elementary and middle school students (for example: Jam-a-Minute, Dairy Council*, Harvest of the Month*, Power Play*) until a comprehensive health curriculum is adopted or grade level packets that are linked to health standards are developed.

All students in grades K-8 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, morning and noon recesses, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.

* All elementary school students will have a supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which school personnel should encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment.

* Schools will encourage safer walking and biking practices, such as encouraging students to walk or ride a bike to school and develop maps of safe routes.

* School facilities will be made available to students after school hours to promote physical activity using the district's Facilities Permit Application.

* Classroom teachers will be encouraged to lead short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

* Teachers and other staff will not use physical activity or withhold opportunities for physical activities as a punishment

* Elementary students will receive 200 minutes of Physical Education every 10 school days as stated in Education Code 51210.1.

* Middle school students will receive 400 minutes of Physical Education every 10 schools days as stated in the Education Code 51222.

* Parents will be encouraged to participate in physical activities and events at school that promote health and wellness

* Middle school staff are encouraged to offer healthy education activities.

* Professional development shall include instructional strategies that assess health knowledge and skills and promote healthy behaviors via multiple modalities.

* The district will provide professional development aligned with the Healthy Schools Framework.

* Parents will be encouraged to participate in physical activities and events at school that promote health and wellness.

Staff Wellness

The district recognizes the positive benefits that may be reaped from a healthy staff. The district shall encourage staff to live healthy lifestyles and afford opportunities to practice healthy behavior.

* The Superintendent or designee shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models. He/she shall promote and may provide opportunities for regular physical activity among employees.

* Staff may implement onsite walking programs.

* When food and beverages are offered, schools and the district will provide healthy food and beverage options for staff at meetings, celebrations, training sessions, conferences and in vending machines.

Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at School Sites

Lawndale Elementary School District's Food Service Department and school sites will meet or exceed all the state and federal regulations, Education Code sections, and district policies and procedures regarding reimbursable school meals, competitive food and beverage sales, fundraisers, and other school-sponsored events where food is provided.

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, to the extent possible.

The following are nutrition guidelines for all foods offered at the district schools. They are meant to support healthy curriculum and promote optimal health.

Beverage Guidelines for Middle and Elementary Schools

Education Code 49431.5 - SB677 and SB965

The only permissible beverages are:

* Water, with no added sweetener

* Milk, including, but not limited to, two-percent fat milk, one-percent fat milk, non-fat milk, flavored milk, rice milk, soy milk or other similar dairy or nondairy milk

* Fruit-based drinks with no less than 50 percent fruit juice with no added sweeteners

* Vegetable-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50 percent vegetable juices and have no added sweeteners

Schools may permit the sale of other beverages as part of a fundraising event if:

1. The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place off the premises of the school

2. The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place 1/2 hour or more after the end of the school day

Food Guidelines for Elementary Schools

Education Code 49431 - SB12

The only food that shall be sold during breakfast and lunch periods is food that is sold as a full meal through a federal reimbursable meal program, an exception are competitive foods sold at middle schools. In addition, an individual portion of nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, and cheese packaged for individual sale, fruit, vegetables that have not been deep fried, and legumes may be sold.

Individual dairy and whole grain food items may be sold, if they meet the following guidelines:

* Not more than 35 percent of its total calories shall be from fat.

* Not more than 10 percent of its total calories shall be from saturated fat

* Not more than 35 percent of its total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring and added sugar.

* Not more than 175 calories per individual food item for elementary schools and not more than 250 calories for middle schools.

Schools may permit the sale of food items that do not comply with the above regulations as part of a school fundraising event in any of the following circumstances:

1. The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place off of and away from the school premises

2. The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place at least 1/2 hour after the end of the school day.

Competitive Food Guidelines for Middle Schools

Education Code 49431.2 - SB12 (Effective July 1, 2007)

The only food that may be sold outside the federal reimbursable meal programs at middle schools must meet the following requirements:

* Not more than 35 percent of its total calories shall be from fat (excluding nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, and cheese)

* Not more than 10 percent of its total calories shall be from saturated fat and trans fat combined (excluding eggs and cheese)

* Not more than 35 percent of its total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring and added sugar (excluding fruits and vegetables)

* Calories shall not exceed 250 calories per food item

* Entr裠items (i.e., foods generally regarded as being the primary food in a meal, including but not limited to, sandwiches, burritos, pasta, and pizza) shall not exceed 400 calories per food item and four grams of fat per 100 calories

A middle school may permit the sale of food items that do not comply with the above regulations in any of the following circumstances:

1. The sale of those items takes place away from school premises

2. The sale of those items takes place on school premises at least 1/2 hour after the end of the school day

3. The sale of those items occurs during a school-sponsored pupil activity after the end of the school day

Elementary and Middle Schools

Guidelines for ASB School Stores and Fundraisers, Vending Machine Sales, Class Parties/Rewards and Food Sales by other entities

District personnel will consult with Food Services staff or utilize the district website resources for healthy choice options prior to purchasing food and beverage items for sale to students in ASB school stores, for fundraising events, in vending machines or as incentives/rewards for students.

School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district's nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they donate for occasional class parties and by avoiding foods or beverages that do not meet district guidelines.

Staff will adhere to the following guidelines:

1. All food purchased and sold must comply with Education Code 49431.2 and 49431.5 as listed above. Students may participate in the selection process for adding items to be sold.

2. Healthy snack or fruit and vegetable options will be provided to students if a teacher or parent is providing food as an incentive/reward for student achievement or during class parties or celebrations. However, staff will be encouraged to offer non-food items as incentives/rewards.

3. ASB, parent groups, or other entities conducting school sponsored fundraising events will make every effort to choose non-food sale fundraising options. If food or beverages are chosen, food and beverage guidelines will be followed.

Food Marketing in Schools

School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. Therefore, schools will limit food and beverage marketing to the promotion those items that meet the above guidelines. School-based marketing of brands promoting predominately low-nutrient foods and beverages is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy products is expected.

Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV)

Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV) may not be sold at any district site. FMNV items are foods that provide less than five percent of the Reference Daily Intakes (RDI) per 100 calories per serving of each of eight specified nutrients. The specified nutrients are protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, calcium, and iron. As defined by the California Department of Education, categories of FMNV are soda waters, water ices, chewing gum, and certain candies including hard candy, jellies and gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, spun candy, and candy coated popcorn.

Regulation LAWNDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: June 2, 2011 Lawndale, California