6140 - Student Wellness ## Student Wellness
The Avery County Board of Education recognizes the importance of students maintaining physical health and proper nutrition in order to take advantage of educational opportunities. The board further recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to a student’s physical well being, growth, development and readiness to learn. The board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. As part of that commitment, the board directs the superintendent to oversee the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of this policy and other school system efforts to encourage students to be healthy and active, including compliance with the State Board of Education’s Healthy Active Children Policy, SHLT-000, as further described in Section F, below. The superintendent may designate a school system official to carry out this responsibility (“lead wellness official”).
The superintendent or designee shall make the most current version of this policy available to members of the school community and the public by posting it on the school system website and/or by distributing it annually through other means reasonably intended to reach the school community and public. In addition, the superintendent or designee shall provide a copy of this policy to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) when requested to do so.
A. School Health Advisory Council
The School Health Advisory Council will help plan, update, implement, promote, and monitor this policy as well as to address other health and nutrition issues within the school system. The council serves as an advisory committee regarding student health issues and works in conjunction with the lead wellness official charged with oversight of this policy and the school system’s efforts to promote student and employee health and wellness in compliance with the state and federal requirements. The council is authorized to examine related research and laws, assess student needs and the current school environment, review existing board policies and administrative regulations, collaborate with appropriate community agencies and organizations, and help raise awareness about student health issues. The council also may make policy recommendations to the board related to this policy and other policies concerning student wellness and, in conjunction with the lead wellness official, shall periodically review and suggest revisions to this policy. In addition, the council may assist in the development of a plan for measuring and assessing implementation of this policy and in developing methods to inform and update the public about the content and implementation of this policy as described in Sections F and G, below.
The council will be composed of representatives from the school system, the local health department, and the community. The council must include members of each of the following groups: the school board, school system administrators,
school system food service representatives, physical education teachers, school health professionals, students, parents or guardians, and the public. The council will provide information in the following areas or concerns: (1) physical activity, (2) health education, (3) employee wellness, (4) health services, (5) social and emotional climate, (6) nutrition environment and services, (7) counseling, psychological, and social services, (8) physical environment, (9) family engagement, and (10) community involvement.
The council will provide periodic reports to the board and public regarding the status of its work. In addition, the council will assist the lead wellness official in creating an annual report which includes the minutes of physical activity and the minutes of physical education and/or healthful living education received by students in the district each school year, and any other information required by the State Board of Education or NCDPI.
B. Nutrition Promotion And Nutrition Education
The board believes that promoting student health and nutrition enhances readiness for learning and increases student achievement. The general goals of nutrition promotion and nutrition education are (1) to provide appropriate instruction for the acquisition of behaviors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle for students and (2) to teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. The ACS Annual Report shall show measureable goals for nutrition promotion and nutrition education.
The board will provide nutrition education within the Healthful Living Standard Course of Study and the grade level expectations outlined in the Healthful Living Essential Standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Nutrition education should be designed to provide all students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy lives. Students should learn to address nutrition-related health concerns through age-appropriate nutrition education lessons and activities.
Nutrition education should extend beyond the school environment by engaging and involving families and communities. School district personnel may coordinate with agencies and community organizations to provide opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition. School district personnel will work to disseminate consistent nutrition messages throughout the school district, schools, classrooms, school dining areas, homes, community and media.
In conjunction with the school health advisory council, the board establishes the following additional specific evidence-based goals and strategies for nutrition promotion and education. The board will periodically measure and report progress toward meeting these goals.
- Nutrition education that aligns with national dietary guidelines and adheres to state academic standards will be incorporated into health education classes and/or stand-alone courses for all grade levels. The nutrition curriculum will encompass: o promotion of adequate nutrient intake and healthy eating practices;
o skill development, such as meal planning, recognizing food groups within a meal, and understanding health information and food labels to evaluate the nutrient content and contribution of foods; o study of the problems associated with food marketing to children;
o food safety. * Employees will use only approved nutrition curriculum in the classroom. Curriculum developed by corporate interests will not be used unless it meets curricular standards. * Teachers will integrate nutrition education into core curriculum areas such as math, science, social studies, and language arts, as well as in non-core and elective subjects. * Nutrition promotion will include participatory activities such as contests, surveys, promotions, voting for school meal recipe names, cafeteria design or décor challenges, farm visits, and experience working in school gardens. * The nutrition education program will be linked to school meal programs, school gardens, cafeteria nutrition promotions, and farm-to-school programs. * Nutrition education will be provided to families via handouts, newsletters, website posts, presentations, and workshops. The school menu will be posted online. * Nutrition education will be offered in the cafeteria as well as the classroom, with coordination between the foodservice staff and teachers. * Nutrition education will promote fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, healthy food preparation methods, and accurate portion sizes. * School nutrition program staff at each school will employ at least three tools or strategies suggested in the USDA “Smarter Lunchrooms” publication (available at http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/healthierus- school-challenge-resources/smarter-lunchrooms) to increase student participation in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs and to encourage students to make healthy food choices. * Nutrition and health posters, signage, and/or displays will be exhibited in the cafeteria food service and dining areas, classrooms, hallways, gymnasium, and/or bulletin boards and will be frequently rotated, updated, or changed. * Students will have opportunities to taste foods that are low in saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugar. * Families will be requested to pack lunches and snacks that meet school system nutrition standards and will be provided with written guidance on how to accomplish this. * School personnel will strive to provide a pleasant eating experience for students and adults by adopting the following practices: o Student input is solicited for meal choices. o Nutrient analysis is available to teachers, parents, students, and health professionals when possible. o Adequate time to eat is provided. The recommended eating time for each child after being served is 15 minutes for breakfast and 20
minutes lunch. School personnel will schedule enough time, lunch periods, and serving lines so students do not have to spend excessive time waiting in line. o Adult supervision and role modeling are available during the meal service times to encourage students to eat meals. o Drinking fountains will be available for students to get water at meals and throughout the day. * As marketing/advertising tools (kiosks, vending machines, signage, etc.) are replaced within the LEA, new tools will promote foods and/or beverages that are consistent with the Smart Snacks nutrition standards and the school nutrition meal pattern requirements. * In negotiating vendor contracts, preference will be given to vendors whose marketing and advertising tools reflect the Smart Snacks nutrition standards and the school nutrition meal pattern requirements. * The LEA will collaborate with vendors to gradually replace or modify vending machines to ensure all signage for the machine promotes products that are consistent with the Smart Snacks nutrition standards and the school nutrition meal pattern.
C. Physical Education And Physical Activity
Goals of the Physical Education Program The goal of the physical education program is to promote lifelong physical activity and provide instruction in the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong participation in physical activity. To address issues such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type II diabetes, students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grades must have the opportunity to participate in physical activity as part of the district’s physical education curriculum.
The Physical Education Course The physical education course should be designed to foster support and guidance for being physically active, help students know and understand the value of being physically fit, and teach students the types of activities that contribute to total fitness. The course is to be taught in an environment where students can learn, practice and receive assessment on developmentally appropriate skills and knowledge as defined in the North Carolina Healthful Living Standard Course of Study. Students should be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity for fifty percent or more of class time. The goal is for physical education classes to be equivalent in size to those of other academic classes.
Physical Activity Requirements and Goals School personnel should strive to provide opportunities for age- and developmentally-appropriate physical activity during the day for all students so that students can learn to exhibit a physically active lifestyle. A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity will be provided daily by schools for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Such activity may be achieved through a regular daily physical education class, recess, dance, classroom energizers and/or other curriculum-based physical activity programs of at least 10 minutes duration, that, when combined, total 30 minutes of daily
physical activity. Principals shall work with teachers to ensure that students meet the minimum physical activity requirement. The board will periodically measure and report progress toward meeting these goals.
To ensure that students have ongoing opportunities for physical activity and maintain a positive attitude towards physical activity, structured/unstructured recess and other physical activity shall not be taken away from students as a form of punishment. In addition, severe and inappropriate exercise may not be used as a form of punishment for students.
In conjunction with the school health advisory council, the board establishes the following additional specific evidence-based goals and strategies for physical activity:
- Middle and high schools will provide extra-curricular activities that enable students to select from a variety of sports and other active endeavors. * Elementary students will be provided the opportunity to participate in daily recess. * Classroom health education will reinforce the knowledge and skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle. * Students will be encouraged to reduce sedentary time and will not be required to engage in sedentary activities for more than two hours without an opportunity to stretch and move around. * Short (3-5 minute) physical activity breaks will be provided between classes in elementary schools. * Teachers will incorporate opportunities for physical activity in the classroom whenever possible. * Schools will provide annual fitness testing for all students and provide confidential reports directly to parents.
D. Nutrition Standards And Guidelines For All Food And Beverages ## Available At School
Consistent with policy 6200, Goals of School Nutrition Services, all foods available in the district’s schools during the school day that are offered to students should help promote student health, reduce childhood obesity, provide a variety of nutritional meals, and promote lifelong healthy eating habits. All foods and beverages sold at school must meet the nutrition standards established in policy 6230, School Meal and Competitive Foods Standards, including the following:
- School Lunch, Breakfast, and Snack Programs
Foods provided through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, or After School Snack Programs must comply with federal and state nutrition standards. The director of child nutrition shall ensure that school system guidelines issued for reimbursable meals are not less restrictive than regulations and guidelines issued for schools in accordance with federal law.
- Competitive Foods
All foods sold on school campuses in areas that are accessible to students during the school day (defined as the period from midnight through 30 minutes after the dismissal bell rings) in competition with the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs (“competitive foods”) must comply with the federal Smart Snacks in Schools standards. Vending machine sales also must comply with the requirements of G.S. 115C-264.2 and Eat Smart: North Carolina’s Recommended Standards for All Foods in Schools. Competitive foods include food, snacks and beverages from a la carte menus, vending machines and outside suppliers, as well as foods or beverages sold in school stores and at fund-raisers.
- Other Foods Available on the School Campus During the School Day and After the School Day
School principals shall establish rules for foods and beverages brought from home for classroom events or parties during the school day or for extracurricular activities after the school day. The board encourages principals to establish rules that are consistent with the Smart Snacks in Schools standards.
Fundraising activities that involve the sale of foods and/or beverages to students during the school day (from midnight until 30 minutes after the dismissal bell rings) must comply with the Smart Snack Rules and may not be conducted until after the end of the last lunch period. (See policy 6230, School Meal and Competitive Foods Standards.)
School principals may establish standards for fundraising activities conducted after the school day (beginning 31 minutes after the dismissal bell rings) that involve the sale of food and/or beverages. The board encourages alternative fundraising activities such as non-food items or physical activity.
- Food and Beverage Marketing
Food and beverage marketing on school campuses during the school day must meet federal and state standards. In accordance with these standards, only foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snack standards (as described in subsection C.2. above) may be marketed or advertised on school campuses during the school day. To comply with this requirement, existing supplies, materials, or equipment that depict noncompliant products or logos will be replaced or removed in accordance with normal lifecycles or as otherwise would occur in the normal course of business.
E. Other School-Based Activities To Promote Wellness
In addition to the standards discussed above, the board adopts the following goals for school-based activities designed to promote wellness:
Schools will provide a clean and safe meal environment.
Students will be provided adequate time to eat meals.
Drinking water will be available at all meal periods and throughout the school
Professional development will be provided for district nutrition staff.
To the extent possible, the district will utilize available funding and outside programs to enhance student wellness.
Food will not be used in the schools as a reward or punishment.
As appropriate, the goals of this wellness policy will be considered in planning all school-based activities.
Administrators, teachers, school nutrition personnel, students, parents/guardians and community members will be encouraged to serve as positive role models to promote student wellness.
F. Implementation And Review Of Policy
- Oversight and Monitoring of Implementation and Progress
The lead wellness official, in conjunction with the school health advisory council, shall oversee the implementation of this policy and monitor district schools, programs and curricula to ensure compliance with and to assess progress under this policy, related policies, and established guidelines or administrative regulations. Each principal shall be responsible for and shall report to the lead wellness official regarding compliance and measurements of progress in his/her school. Staff members responsible for programs related to student wellness also shall report to the lead wellness official regarding the status of such programs.
- Review of Policy
The lead wellness official shall work with members of the school health advisory council to periodically review and update this policy based on the triennial assessment of the school system’s compliance with the policy (see subsection F.4. below), progress toward meeting the policy goals, and other relevant factors. The lead wellness official shall document the review process and participants, and the method used to notify the school health advisory council and/or other stakeholders of their ability to participate.
- Annual Reporting
The lead wellness official shall prepare annual written reports to the superintendent and NCDPI/State Board of Education that provide all
information required by the superintendent and/or the state pertaining to the school system’s efforts to comply with this policy and SBE policy SHLT-000.
- Triennial Assessment
a. Beginning with school year 2017-18, and at least once every three years thereafter, The superintendent or designee shall report to the board and public on the district’s compliance with laws and policies related to student wellness, the implementation of this policy, and progress toward meeting the goals of the policy. At a minimum, the superintendent or designee shall measure and report the following:
1) the extent to which the individual schools are in compliance with this policy;
2) the extent to which the board’s wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies and meets state and federal requirements; and
3) a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of this policy.
The report may also include the following items:
4) a summary of each school’s activities undertaken in support of the policy goals;
5 an assessment of the school environment regarding student wellness issues;
6) an evaluation of the school nutrition services programs;
7) a review of all foods and beverages sold in schools for compliance with established nutrition guidelines;
8) a review of guidelines for foods and beverages available, but not sold, during the school day, as described in subsection C.3, above;
9) information provided in the report from the school health advisory council, as described in Section A, above; and
10) suggestions for improvement to this policy or other policies or programs.
G. Public Notification
The school system will publish contact information for the lead wellness official on the school system website.
The lead wellness official shall assist the school health advisory council with annually informing and updating the public about this policy and its implementation and State Board policy SHLT-000.
The superintendent or designee shall make public the results of the triennial assessment described in subsection F.4 of this policy.
All information required to be reported under this section and any additional information required by the state to be reported publicly shall be widely disseminated to students, parents, and the community in an accessible and easily understood manner, which may include on the school system website.
The superintendent shall maintain records to document compliance with this policy and all federal and state requirements. These records, at a minimum, must include:
a written copy of this policy and any updates;
the most recent triennial assessment for each school;
a. the efforts to review and update this policy, as described in subsection F.2 of this policy;
b. how this policy and information about the most recent triennial assessments have been made available to the public, as described in Section G;
c. compliance with the annual reporting requirements of subsection F.3; and
d. other efforts to involve the school health advisory council and/or other community members in the implementation of or assessment of compliance with this policy.
Legal References: The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, 42 U.S.C. 1751; Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, P.L. 111-296; National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1751 et seq.; 7 C.F.R. 210.11, 210.12a, and 210.31; G.S. 115C-264.2, -264.3; State Board of Education Policies SHLT-000, CHNU-000, Eat Smart: North Carolina’s Recommended Standards for All Foods in Schools, NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Division of Public Health, (2004)
Cross References: Goals of Student Health Services (policy 6100), Goals of Student Food Services (policy 6200), School Meal and Competitive Foods Standards (policy 6230)
Revised: 2008-03-03 2009-09-14 2014-04-08 2015-06-30 2017-06-28