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School Coordinated Health Council

The school district will create, strengthen, or work within the Wellness Program to develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies. The Wellness Committee will serve as resource to school sites for implementing those policies. The Committee consists of a group of individuals representing the schools and community, and should include parents, students, and representatives of the Child Nutrition Services, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, and members of the public.

Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold and Served on Campus

School Meals

Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

* Be appealing and attractive to children;

* Be served in clean and pleasant settings. The floors need to be swept, mopped and sanitized daily.

* Meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;

* Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;

* Serve only low-fat (2 percent) and fat-free milk and nutritionally-equivalent nondairy alternatives (as defined by USDA);

* Ensure higher priority will be given to serving grains that are whole grain;

* Eliminate trans fats and have products that are labeled as such;

* Give preference to products grown, processed, and/or packaged in California and local farming communities;

* Provide nutrition information for products offered in snack bars, a la carte, vending and school stores upon request;

Schools are encouraged to pursue alternative funds to supplement current practices at their sites.

Child Nutrition Services should engage students and parents, through taste-tests of new entrees and surveys, in selecting foods, including culturally representative, foods sold through the school meal programs in order to identify new, healthful, and appealing food choices. In addition, Child Nutrition Services will share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students upon request.

Breakfast

To encourage all students to eat breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn:

* Schools will, to the extent possible, operate the School Breakfast Program.

* Schools will, to the extent possible, arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage participation.

* Schools that serve breakfast to students will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program.

* Schools will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, school menus, and the district webpage.

Free and Reduced-priced Meals

Schools will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Toward this end, schools may utilize electronic identification and payment systems; promote the availability of school meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving school meals.

Meal Times and Scheduling

Schools will, whenever possible:

* Provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after being served for breakfast and 15-20 minutes after being served for lunch;

* Avoid scheduling tutoring, club and other activities during mealtimes, unless students are provided an opportunity to eat during such activities;

* Schedule meal periods at appropriate times, and schedule lunch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

* Provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals and snacks; and

* Have drinking water available.

Qualifications of Child Nutrition Services Staff

Qualified food service professionals will administer the school meal programs. As part of the school district's responsibility to operate a food and nutrition services program, we will provide continuing professional development for all food service professionals in schools. Staff development programs should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors, school nutrition managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility. CNS staff will exhibit proper customer service techniques.

Sharing of Foods and Beverages

Schools should discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about the spread of disease, allergies and dietary restrictions.

Foods and Beverages Sold Individually*

*i.e., foods sold outside of reimbursable school meals, such as through vending machines, cafeteria ala carte [snack] lines, fundraisers, school stores, etc.

Elementary Schools

Child Nutrition Services will approve and provide all food and beverage sales to students in elementary schools should be sold as balanced meals. If available, foods and beverages sold individually should be limited to items such as low fat and nonfat milk, fruits non-fried vegetables, and water.

It is against the law to make others in the cafeteria aware of the eligibility status of children for free, reduced-price, or "paid" meals. CFR 210.10(g)

Individually sold dairy items and whole grain food items may be sold to students at an elementary school, except food sold as part of a USDA meal program, if it meets the following standards:

* Not more than 35 percent of its total calories from fat (excluding legumes, nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, vegetables that have not been deep-fried, and cheese packaged for individual sale).

* Not more than 10 percent of its total calories from saturated fat (excluding eggs and cheese packaged for individual sale).

* Not more than 35 percent of its total weight shall be composed of sugar (excluding fruits and vegetables).

* Not more than 175 calories per individual food item.

Regardless of the time of the school day, only the following beverages may be sold to a student at an elementary school:

* Fruit-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50 percent fruit juice and have no added sweetener.

* Vegetable-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50 percent vegetable juice and have no added sweetener.

* Drinking water with no added sweetener.

* 2 percent fat milk, 1 percent fat milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, and other similar nondairy milk.

An elementary school may permit the sale of food or beverage items that do not comply with the above regulations as part of a school fund raising event in any of the following circumstances:

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

* The items are sold by students of the school and the sale of those items takes place at least one-half hour before the start of the school day or one-half hour after the end of the school day.

Intermediate Schools

All foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable school meal programs (including those sold through a la carte (snack) lines, vending machines, student stores, or fundraising activities) during the school day, or through programs for students within 30 minutes before or after the school day, will need to meet the nutrition and portion size standards.

Snacks sold to students in intermediate schools, except food served as part of the USDA meal Program, shall meet all of the following standards:

* Not more than 35 percent of its total calories from fat (excluding legumes, nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, vegetables that have not been deep-fried, and cheese packaged for individual sale).

* Not more than 10 percent of its total calories from saturated fat (excluding eggs and cheese packaged for individual sale).

* Not more than 35 percent of its total weight shall be composed of sugar (excluding fruits and vegetables).

* Not more than 250 calories per individual food item.

Entree items sold to students in intermediate schools, except food served as part of the USDA meal Program, shall meet all of the following standards:

* Contain no more than 400 calories per entree

* Contain no more than 4 grams of fat per 100 calories contained in each entree, and shall be categorized as entree items in the SBP or NSLP

Beverages sold from one-half hour before the start of the school day to one-half hour after the end of the school day). Only the following beverages may be sold to pupils at an intermediate school:

* Fruit-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50 percent fruit juice and have no added sweetener

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

* Drinking water with no added sweetener

* 2 percent fat milk, 1 percent fat milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, and other similar nondairy milk.

* An electrolyte replacement beverage that contains no more than 42 grams of added sweetener per 20-ounce serving.

Intermediate schools may permit the sale of food or beverage items that do not comply with the above regulations as part of a school fund raising event in any of the following circumstances:

* The sale of those items takes place off of and away from school premises.

* The sale of those items takes place from one-half hour before the start of the school day until one-half hour after the end of the school day.

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

Fundraising Activities

To support children's health and school nutrition-education efforts, school fundraising activities are encouraged to explore healthy options. Schools will encourage fundraising activities that promote physical activity. The school district will make available a list of ideas for healthy fundraising activities.

During the School Day

Any foods and beverages sold on any school campus must meet the nutrition and portion size standards as required by SB12 and SB965 and listed on AR 5030(e). These food items may not be prepared on the premises. ("Prepared on the premises" refers to the heating or re-heating and service of hot food and/or beverage items such as instant soup, hot chocolate, microwave popcorn, or pizza), and must adhere to the following guidelines:

Elementary

The sale of food for fundraising is limited to no more than four food sales per school year and are limited to a single item on those four days.

Intermediate

The sale of food for fundraising is limited to one organization each school day selling no more than three categories of food per semester.

Student organizations may conduct no more than four food sales of any food items during a school year in each school, but such sales shall be held on the same four days for any or all organization, 30 minutes after school, evenings and weekends.

Elementary and Intermediate schools are encouraged to select fundraising activities that involve the sale of healthy food and/or focus on physical activity.

Snacks

Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to students' diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water or mild as the primary beverage. Schools will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of school meals, students' nutritional needs, children's ages, and other considerations. The district will make available a list of healthful snack items to teachers, on-site daycare providers and parents.

If eligible, schools that provide snacks through after-school programs will pursue receiving reimbursements through the National School Lunch Program.

Food Incentives on Campus

Staff should not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually (above), as rewards for academic performance or good behavior**, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing

Nutrition Education and Promotion

Oxnard School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools should provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:

1. Is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;

2. Is part of not only health education but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;

3. Includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, Certified Farmers' Markets visits, and school gardens;

4. Promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;

5. Emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);

6. Links with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;

7. Teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and

8. Includes training for teachers and other staff.

Physical Activity Opportunities

Schools should encourage student's participation in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity (which may include physical education instruction) in accordance with nationally recommended guidelines.

After-school programs should include supervised, age-appropriate physical activities that appeal to a variety of interests.

Schools should ensure that students have adequate space and equipment to participate in structured physical education.

Schools should provide information to parents to help them promote and incorporate physical activity and healthy eating into their children's lives.

Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., physical education) as punishment. (Education Code 49001)

Schools should provide daily recess that encourages physical activity and equipment accessible to students.

The school/district shall establish rules and procedures concerning safety during physical activity for students and staff and assign responsibility for these rules and procedures appropriately.

The school district should assess students' ability to safely walk and bike to school and should collaborate with local public works, public safety, and/or police departments in achieving safe routes for walking and biking to school.

Student Restrooms

Student restrooms will be maintained in a sanitary, healthy manner during the school week, as well as on the weekends when sporting and special events are held on campuses. In accordance with the Williams Settlement Act and Board policy, school restrooms will be cleaned or maintained regularly, be fully operational, be stocked at all times with toilet paper, soap, and paper towels or functional hand dryers. Schools will keep all restrooms open during school hours when pupils are in classes. This does not apply when closing of the restroom is necessary for student safety or to make repairs.

The district/school will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district/school will offer healthy eating seminars for parents, send home nutrition information, and provide nutrient analysis of school menus. Schools should encourage parents who pack lunches and snacks to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages. The district/school will make available to parents a list of foods that meet the district's snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards, and fundraising activities.

The district/school will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents; efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.

Food Marketing in Schools

School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. As such, schools will limit food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually (above). School-based marketing of brand promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages* is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods is encouraged according to the USDA's Food Pyramid.

Staff Wellness

Oxnard School District highly values the health and well being of every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The staff wellness committee will be a subcommittee of the School Coordinated Health Program. The committee should develop, promote, and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote staff health and wellness. The plan should be based on input solicited from staff and should outline ways to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and other elements of a healthy lifestyle among school staff. The staff wellness committee should distribute its plan to the School Coordinated Health Program annually.

Physical Education

Physical Education (P.E.) K-8

Oxnard School District aims to teach, encourage, and support physical education for students. Schools will provide physical education according to the following guidelines:

1. All children shall have access to a high-quality, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate physical education program on a regular basis. (Education Code 51210.1 (e) (2))

2. At the elementary school level, all students shall receive 200 minutes of quality physical education instruction every 10 school days. (Education Code 51210)

3. At the intermediate school level, students will receive 400 minutes of quality physical education instruction every 10 school days unless a waiver is approved by the California Department of Education. (Education Codes 51222, 51223)

4. All schools will report Fitnessgram results in the annual school accountability report. (Education Code 60800 (e))

5. Schools will ensure that physical education class size is consistent with the requirements of good instruction and safety. (Code of Regulations, Title 5, 10060 (1))

The Oxnard School District will offer, on-going, professional development activities for all teachers who instruct physical education.

The Oxnard School District will encourage schools to have their students meet the minimum fitness standards at all grade levels.

Monitoring and Policy Review

Monitoring

The Superintendent or designee will ensure compliance with established district-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. In each school, the principal or designee will ensure compliance with those policies in his/her school and will report on the school's compliance to the district wellness committees.

School food service staff, at the school or district level, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the superintendent (or if done at the school level, to the school principal). In addition, the school district will report on the most recent USDA School Meals Initiative (SMI) review findings and any resulting changes. If the district has not received a SMI review from the state agency within the past five years, the district will request from the state agency that a SMI review be scheduled as soon as possible.

Areas of interest for monitoring should include but are not limited to:

* Fitnessgram test results (grades 5 and 7)

* STAR test scores (grades 5 and 7)

* Random cafeteria audits, e.g. seat time/hand washing availability/nutrient content, etc.

* Number of physical education minutes (K-6: collect data from schools) (7-8: student minutes in courses)

* Attendance reports

* Sales results in student stores

* Wellness survey

* Number of teachers participating In professional development (physical education/nutrition classes)

Assessments to summarize compliance will be repeated every two years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the school district will review the nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements. The district, and individual schools within the district, will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.

** Unless this practice is allowed by a student's individual education plan (IEP).

Advertising of low-nutrition foods and beverages is permitted in supplementary classroom and library materials, such as newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and similar media, when such materials are used in a class lesson or activity, or as a research tool.

* Schools should not permit general brand marketing for food brands under which more than half of the foods or beverages do not meet the nutrition standards for foods sold individually or the meals are not consistent with the school meal nutrition standards.

Regulation OXNARD SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: November 2, 2011 Oxnard, California