WELLNESS POLICY

PURPOSE

 The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. St. Wenceslaus School encourages and promotes lifelong healthy eating and physical activity.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

GUIDELINES

A. Food and Beverages

1.        All foods and beverages made available will be consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

2.        Food service personnel will take every measure to ensure that student access to foods and beverages meet or exceed all federal, state, and local laws and guidelines.

3.          All competitive foods (foods and beverages sold on school grounds to students, outside of reimbursable meals)  will meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School (Smart Snacks) nutrition standards and any applicable state nutrition standards.

4.        Before and Aftercare (child care) programs must also comply with the school district’s nutrition standards unless they are reimbursable under USDA school meals program, in which case they must comply with all applicable USDA standards.

5.        Food service personnel shall adhere to all federal, state, and local food safety and security guidelines.

6.        St. Wenceslaus School 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.

7.        The school will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.

8.        St. Wenceslaus School will make every effort to provide students with sufficient time to eat after sitting down for school meals and will schedule meal periods at appropriate times during the school day.

9.        The school will discourage tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities.

B.  Food and Beverage Marketing

1.          School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion.

2.        St. Wenceslaus will restrict food and beverages marketing to the promotion of only those foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

C.  School Food Service Program/Personnel

1.        St. Wenceslaus School will provide healthy and safe school meal programs that strictly comply with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.

2.        The Director of Food Services will be responsible for the food service program. Duties shall include the creation of nutrition guidelines and procedures for the selection of foods and beverages made available on campus to ensure food and beverage choices are consistent with current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

3.        As part of St. Wenceslaus School’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school will provide continuing professional development for all food service personnel.

D. Nutrition Education and Promotion

1.        St. Wenceslaus School will encourage and support healthy eating by students and engage in nutrition promotion that is:

         

  1. St. Wenceslaus School will encourage all students to make age appropriate, healthy selections of food and beverages, including those sold at fundraising and special events, concession stands, and in student stores.
  2. St. Wenceslaus School will encourage healthy selections of food and beverages

distributed during classroom parties.

4. Students will have the opportunity to participate in serving lunch as volunteers under the supervision of qualified food service personnel.                    

5.        The school will use a variety of rewards for academic performance and/or good behavior that may include healthy food choices.

6.  Food or beverage will not be withheld as a punishment.

E. Physical Activity

   

  1. Students need opportunities for physical activity and to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior. Toward that end, health education will reinforce that knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce sedentary activities including watching television or videos and excessive screen time;
  2. Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons, where appropriate; and
  3. St. Wenceslaus School will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

F. Communications with Parents

  1. St. Wenceslaus School recognizes that parents and guardians have a primary and fundamental responsibility in promoting and protecting their children’s health and well-being.
  2. St. Wenceslaus School will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children.
  3. St. Wenceslaus School encourages parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and refrain from including beverages and foods without nutritional value.
  4. St. Wenceslaus School will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities and will support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

1.         The Wellness Committee Coordinator will permit parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy.

2.        The Wellness Committee Coordinator will hold meetings, from time to time, for the purpose of discussing the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy. All meeting dates and times will be posted on the school’s website and will be open to the school’s staff, advisory board, parents and students.

IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING

Triennial Assessment

 

 

1.         At least once every three years, St. Wenceslaus School will evaluate compliance with the wellness policy to assess the implementation of the policy and create a report that includes the following information:

 

a.     the extent to which the school is in compliance with the wellness policy;

 

b.     the extent to which the school’s wellness policy compares to model local wellness policies; and

 

c.     a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the school’s wellness policy.

 

2.         The Wellness Committee Coordinator will be responsible for conducting the triennial assessment.

 

3.               The triennial assessment report shall be posted on the school’s website or otherwise made available to the public.

Recordkeeping

St. Wenceslaus School will retain records to document compliance with the requirements of the wellness policy. The records to be retained include, but are not limited to:

 

1.          The school’s written wellness policy.

 

2.            Documentation demonstrating compliance with community involvement requirements, including requirements to make the school’s wellness policy and triennial assessments available to all stakeholders.

 

3.           Documentation of the triennial assessment of the school’s wellness policy and update the wellness policy (including an indication of who is involved in the update and methods the school uses to make stakeholders aware of their ability to participate on the Wellness Committee).

Legal References:           

42 U.S.C. – 1751 et seq. (Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act)

42 U.S.C. – 1771 et seq. (Child Nutrition Act of 1966)

P.L. 108-265 (2004) – 204 (Local Wellness Policy

7 U.S.C. – 5341 (Establishment of Dietary Guidelines)

7 C.F.R. – 210.10 (School Lunch Program Regulations)

7 C.F.R. – (School Breakfast Program Regulations)

Resources:  

Minnesota Department of Education, www.education.state.mn.us

Minnesota Department of Health, www.health.state.mn.us

Action for Healthy Kids, Minnesota, www.actionforhealthykids.org and

www.actionforhealthykids.org/filelib/toolsforteams/recom/MN-Healthy%20Foods%20for%20Kids%208-2004.pdf

SWS Wellness Policy