• Adopted:

    MSBA/MASA Model Policy 533

    Revised:

    533 WELLNESS

    I. 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.

    II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

    A. The school board recognizes that nutrition education and physical education are

    essential components of the educational process and that good health fosters

    student attendance and education.

    B. The school environment should promote and protect students’ health, well-being,

    and ability to learn by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

    C. The school district encourages the involvement of students, parents, teachers,

    food service staff, and other interested persons in implementing, monitoring, and

    reviewing school district nutrition and physical activity policies.

    D. Children need access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in

    order to grow, learn, and thrive.

    E. All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement

    to be physically active on a regular basis.

    F. Qualified food service personnel will provide students with access to a variety of

    affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition

    needs of students; try to accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity

    of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant

    settings and adequate time for students to eat.

    III. GUIDELINES

    A. Foods and Beverages

    1. All foods and beverages made available on campus (including concessions

    and a la carte cafeteria items) will be consistent with the current USDA

    Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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    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. Food service personnel shall adhere to all federal, state, and local food

    safety and security guidelines.

    4. The school district 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.

    5. The school district will provide students access to hand washing or hand

    sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.

    6. The school district 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.

    7. The school district will discourage tutoring, club, or organizational

    meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during

    such activities.

    B. School Food Service Program/Personnel

    1. The school district will provide healthy and safe school meal programs

    that strictly comply with all federal, state, and local statutes and

    regulations.

    2. The school district shall designate an appropriate person to

    be responsible for the school district’s food service program, whose 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 the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service

    program, the school district will provide continuing professional

    development for all food service personnel in schools.

    C. Nutrition Education and Promotion

    1. The school district will encourage and support healthy eating by students

    and engage in nutrition promotion that is:

    a. offered as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide

    students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and

    protect their health;

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    b. part of health education classes as well as classroom instruction in

    subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and

    elective subjects, where appropriate; and

    c. enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and

    includes participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste

    testing, and field trips.

    2. The school district will encourage all students to make age appropriate,

    healthy selections of foods and beverages, including those sold

    individually outside the reimbursable school meal programs, such as

    through a la carte [snack] lines, vending machines, fundraising events,

    concession stands, and student stores.

    3. Schools will not use foods or beverages as rewards for academic

    performance or good behavior (unless this practice is allowed by a

    student’s individual education plan or behavior intervention plan) and will

    not withhold food or beverages as punishment.

    D. 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 the knowledge and self-management skills needed

    to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce sedentary activities such as

    watching television;

    2. Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject

    lessons, where appropriate; and

    3. Classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between

    lessons or classes, as appropriate.

    E. Communications with Parents

    1. The school district recognizes that parents and guardians have a primary

    and fundamental role in promoting and protecting their children’s health

    and well-being.

    2. The school district will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet

    and daily physical activity for their children.

    3. The school district encourages parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks

    and refrain from including beverages and foods without nutritional value.

    4. The school district will provide information about physical education and

    other school-based physical activity opportunities and will support

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    parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be

    physically active outside of school.

    IV. IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING

    A. After approval by the school board, the wellness policy will be implemented

    throughout the school district.

    B. School food service staff, at the school or district level, will ensure compliance

    within the school’s food service areas and will report to the food service program

    administrator, the building principal, or the superintendent’s designee, as

    appropriate.

    C. The school district’s food service program administrator will provide an annual

    report to the superintendent setting forth the nutrition guidelines and procedures

    for selection of all foods made available on campus.

    D. The superintendent or designee will ensure compliance with the wellness policy

    and will provide an annual report of the school district’s compliance with the

    policy to the school board.

    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. § 220.8 (School Breakfast Program Regulations)

    Local Resources:

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

    Minnesota Department of Health,

    www.health.state.mn.us

    County Health Departments

    Action for Healthy Kids Minnesota,

    www.actionforhealthykids.org