MISD Wellness Policy Report Card (Responses)
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Please identify your building:Information about good nutrition will be offered in each grade level in a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide student with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.Nutrition education is part of health and education classes and classroom instruction in subjects such as the core areas and elective areas.Nutrition education includes enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, field trips and school gardens.Nutrition education promotes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods and health-enhancing nutrition practices.Nutrition education emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise).Nutrition education links with school meal programs, other school foods and nutrition-related community services.Nutrition education teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing.Nutrition education includes training for teachers and other staff.Marion Independent School District will provide a physical education program that: is available for all students in grades K-12; is taught by a certified physical education teacher.Marion Independent School District will provide a physical education program that: includes students with disabilities, special health-care needs and in alternative education settings.Marion Independent School District will provide a physical education program that: will not allow substitution for meeting the physical education requirement by student involvement in other activities involving physical activity (e.g., interscholastic or intramural sports).Marion Independent School District will provide a physical education program that: engages students in moderate to vigorous activity during at least 50 percent of physical education class time.Elementary schools should provide recess for students that: is at least 20 minutes a day; is preferably outdoors; encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment; and discourages extended periods (i.e., periods of two or more hours) of inactivity.Elementary, middle and high schools should offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or programs. All high schools and middle schools as appropriate, will offer interscholastic sports programs. Schools will offer a range of after school physical activity opportunities that: meet the needs, interests and abilities of all students; and include males, females, students with disabilities and students with special health-care needs Teachers and other school and community personnel should not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, push-ups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) as punishment.Safe Routes to Schools-Marion Independent School District will: assess and, if necessary and to the extent possible, make needed improvements to make it safer and easier for students to walk and bike to school; when appropriate, work together with local public works, public safety or police departments in those efforts; Explore the availability of federal "safe routes to school" funds, administered by the State Department of Transportation, to finance improvements.Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings-For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity (Grades K-5: 30 minutes daily, MS & HS: 120 minutes per week) and for students fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings-Our schools will: offer classroom health education that compliments physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities.Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings-Our schools will: discourage sedentary activities, such as watching television, playing computer games; etc.Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings-Our schools will: encourage a balance between physical and mental activities.Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings-Our schools will: provide opportunities for physical activity to be incorporated into other subject lessons.Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings-Our schools will: encourage classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes as appropriate.The Marion Independent School District will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district will: make nutrition information available to families.The Marion Independent School District will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district will: encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages.The Marion Independent School District will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district will: provide parents a list of foods that meet the district's snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards and fundraising activities.The Marion Independent School District will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district will: provide opportunities for parents to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community.The Marion Independent School District will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district will: provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day.The Marion Independent School District will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district will: support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. Schools will: limit food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standard for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually.School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. Schools will: prohibit school-based marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages.School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. Schools will: promote healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. Schools will: market activities that promote healthy behaviors including vending machine covers promoting water, pricing structures that promote healthy options in a la carte lines or vending machines, sales of fruit for fundraisers, and coupons for discount gym memberships.Schools will value 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. Meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will: be appealing and attractive to children.Meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will: be served in clean and pleasant settings.Meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will: meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations.Meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will: offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.Meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will: serve only low-fat (1%) and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives.Meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will: ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.Schools should: engage students and parents through taste-tests of new entrees and surveys, in selecting foods sold through the school meal programs in order to identify new, healthful and appealing food choices; and share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students.To encourage that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will: operate the School Breakfast Program, to the extent possible.To encourage that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will: arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage participation.To encourage that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will: notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program.To encourage that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will: encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials and other means.Schools: will provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch.Schools: should schedule meal periods at appropriate times; e.g. lunch should be scheduled between 11 A.M. and 1 P.M.Schools: should not schedule tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities.Schools: will schedule lunch periods to follow recess periods in elementary schools.Schools: will provide students access to hand washing/sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.Schools: should take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs.Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal programs. As part of the district's responsibility to operate a food service program, school will: provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals in schools.Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal programs. As part of the district's responsibility to operate a food service program, school will: provide staff development programs that include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors and staff according to their levels of responsibility.Schools should discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children's diets.Given that extracurricular activities are an extension of the curriculum, customers should be given healthy choices at a school-sponsored event. As new contracts are negotiated with food and beverage vendors, the Board encourages that each contractor offer healthy alternatives at school sites. The district will work with extracurricular clubs and organizations to provide research on healthy alternatives as part of the ongoing wellness initiative.Schools will not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not met the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior and will not withhold food or beverages as a punishment.Schools should limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to no more than one party per class per month. Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually. The district will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.All foods made available in the district will adhere to food safety and security guidelines. All foods will comply with state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACAP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food illness in schools. Access to the food service operation is limited to nutrition staff and authorized personnel, following USDA food security guidelines.
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