Wellness Policy

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San Carlos School District

BP 5030

 

Student Wellness

The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and academic performance and therefore instructs District personnel to provide students a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating, physical activity, as well as provide opportunities for all students to further develop their social, emotional and psychological well-being. District staff will be responsible for implementing plans to eliminate or reduce high risk behaviors, bullying, and stress on the school sites, and will otherwise ensure the safety and well-being of students through a comprehensive plan that offers psychological and other counseling services, strategies to educate students, parents and staff about how living a healthy lifestyle.

There are three key principles that guide this Wellness Policy:

  1. It is the ultimate aim of the District that students learn and practice healthy habits.  The Superintendent or his/her designee, therefore, shall build a coordinated school health system through health, psychological, physical and nutrition education and services according to the goals set forth by Board Trustees.
    1. The District shall adopt goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote students’ physical and psychological wellness in a manner that the district determines appropriate and consistent with the expectations established in the state’s curriculum frameworks.
    2. We will educate our students, families, and staff about healthy lifestyles, to include nutritious foods, non-food alternatives for school events, celebrations and activities
    3. Food and beverages served through the school lunch program or by school staff and volunteers during the school day will comply with state and federal nutrition policies.
    4. The use of foods as a reward or the withholding of food and/or physical activity as a punishment for students’ academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior is prohibited
    5. The School Board and District staff are the custodians of children’s safety and well-being while students are attending our schools.  This means staff and school volunteers will support practices that promote whole-child education and wellness and will ensure children are learning in an intellectually challenging environment, is physically and emotionally safe, and in which students are engaged in their learning and are connected to the school and broader community.
  1. District parents are of many opinions as to what constitutes healthy habits, and they have the right to make explicit choices for their children, so long as those choices do not infringe upon other students’ or their families’ choices.

To encourage consistent health messages between the home, school and community, the Board will advise the Superintendent or designee to appoint a District Wellness Committee consisting of school and community stakeholders who are experts in their field to advise the district and Board on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs that promote the relationship between student health, academics and the community.

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

33350-33354 CDE responsibilities re: physical education 

49430-49436 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement

Act of 2001

49490-49494 School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505 School meals

49510-49520 Nutrition

49530-49536 Child Nutrition Act

49540-49546 Child care food program

49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services

49550-49561 Meals for needy students

49565-49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program

49570 National School Lunch Act

51210 Course of  study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of  study, grades 7-12

51222 Physical education

51223 Physical education, elementary schools

51795-51796.5 School instructional gardens

51880-51921 Comprehensive health education

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

15500-15501 Food sales by student organizations

15510 Mandatory meals for needy students

15530-15535 Nutrition education

15550-15565 School lunch and breakfast programs

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

1751-1769 National School Lunch Program, especially:

1751 Note Local wellness policy

1771-1791 Child Nutrition Act, including:

1773 School Breakfast Program

1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 7

210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program

220.1-220.21 National School Breakfast Program

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Nutrition Standard for Schools: Implications for Student Wellness

Policy Brief , rev. October 2007

 Food Safety Requirement, Fact Sheet, October, 2007

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

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

Promoting Oral Health for California students: New Roles, New Opportunities for Schools , Policy Brief, March 2007

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

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

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

PUBLICATIONS

Healthy Children Ready to Learn, January 2005

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

Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade 12, 1994

CALIFORNIA PROJECT LEAN PUBLICATIONS

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

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL PUBLICATIONS

School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide for Elementary and Middle/ High Schools, 2004

 Making it Happen: School Nutrition Success Stories, 2005 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION (NASBE) PUBLICATIONS

Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PUBLICATIONS

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

Team Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Services, Changing the Scene, Improving the School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action, 2000 

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

www.actionforhealthykids.org/

California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu

California Department of Health Services: http://www.dhs.ca.gov

California Healthy Kids Resource Center: http://www.californiahealthykids.org

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition): http://www.CaliforniaProjectLEAN.org

California School Nutrition Association: www.calsna.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov

Dairy Council of California: http://www.dairycouncilofca.org

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity: http://www. cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/nana.html

National Association of State Boards of Education: http://www.nasbe.org

National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org

School Nutrition Association: http://www.schoolnutrition.org

Society for Nutrition Education: http://www.sne.org

U.S. Department of Agriculture: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/ Healthy/wellnesspolicy_steps.html 

http://www.wholechildeducation.org/about/healthy/;jsessionid=NBA0D5CIAI41WCQQPAASFEQ

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