Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy

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The West Haven Board of Education recognizes the importance of a coordinated school health model and student achievement. The West Haven Board of Education is committed to a school environment that promotes the health, well being, and academic success of students. This commitment is evidenced by a school environment that enhances learning and encourages development of lifelong wellness practices.

Administrative Regulations Nutrition Education and Promotion:

  1.  Schools will provide sequential nutrition education to foster life long habits of healthy eating.
  2. Professional development and training opportunities will be available to staff.
  3. Nutrition information will be offered throughout the school.
  4. Students will receive positive messages about healthy eating from school personnel. Staff should model healthy eating habits.
  5. Staff is encouraged to integrate nutritional themes and the health benefits of good nutrition into daily lessons.
  6. The district nutrition policy shall reinforce this education and help students practice skills in a supportive school environment.

Physical Activity and Physical Education:

  1. The West Haven Board of Education shall provide physical activity and physical education aligned with the Connecticut Physical Education Framework that provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop a physically active lifestyle.
  2. Physical education classes and physical activity opportunities shall be available for all students.
  3. As recommended by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), school leaders of physical activity and physical education shall guide students through a process that will enable them to achieve and maintain a high level of personal fitness through the following:
    • Expose students to a wide variety of physical activities.
    • Teach physical skills to help maintain a lifetime of health and fitness.
    • Encourage students to self-assess their physical activity and set personal goals.
    • Focus student attention on personal best rather than product.
    • Physical education/health instructors shall serve as role models.
  4. It is recommended that students receive at least 100 minutes of physical activity each school week.
  5. Physical education shall not be taken away from students as a form of punishment.
  6. Students at the elementary level should have the opportunity to participate in daily recess and physical activity.
  7. Students shall not be denied recess period(s) as a form of punishment, unless there is no alternative consequence.
  8. During inclement weather, students may participate in a physical fitness recess period.
  9. The West Haven Board of Education shall provide co-curricular physical activity programs, including intramural and interscholastic athletic programs, Students shall be encouraged to participate in such programs.
  10. Some form of physical activity may be incorporated into classroom lessons.

Nutrition Standards for School Foods and Beverages:

  1. The West Haven Board of Education supports the philosophy of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and shall provide wholesome and nutritious meals for students.
  2. All competitive foods and beverages sold or served during the school instructional day will progressively meet the recommended nutrition standards published by the Connecticut State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Program.
  3. When foods or beverages are available for purchase by students during the instructional school day, foods or beverages sold or served shall include nutritious, low-fat foods and drinks, water, natural fruit juice, fresh or dried fruits. (PA 04-224, Section 10-221.)
  4. Based on Connecticut PA 04-224 Section 10-215, any group, such as the PTA, school store or clubs may not sell or distribute food or beverage anywhere on school premises from 30 minutes prior to the start of the National School Lunch Program up until 30 minutes after the end of the last lunch wave. Any income from the sale of such food or beverage distributed anywhere on the school premises during this timeframe must accrue to the food service account.

Other School - Based Activities to Promote Student Wellness:

  1. Vending sales of candy will not be permitted on school grounds at any time.
  2. Vending sales of soda or artificially sweetened drinks to students will not be permitted on school grounds when school lunch programs are operating.
  3. The non-vending sale of soda or artificially sweetened drinks to students will not be permitted on school grounds both prior to the start of the school day and throughout the instructional day.
  4. Healthy food choices or non-food items should be used for learning incentives.
  5. It is recommended that healthy food choices or non-food activities will be used for classroom celebrations.
  6. All food used by teachers/staff for parties and celebrations should be chosen in collaboration with the building principal and should support the wellness guidelines.
  7. The district should ensure the integrity of the school meals program by prohibiting food sales/parties for students held during school hours, which are in direct conflict with the National School Lunch Program.
  8. Organizations operating concessions at school functions should strive to include some healthy foods in their choices. It is recommended that these groups market healthy options at a lower profit margin to encourage student selection.

Lunchroom:

  1. Students should have access to hand washing before eating lunch.
  2. Schools will strive to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable.
  3. Schools will allow ample time (at least 20 minutes) and space for eating meals.
  4. Schools will implement rules for safe behavior that are consistently enforced.
  5. Appropriate supervision will be provided at lunch and recess.

Fundraising Activities:

  1. Any fund-raising activity requires administrative approval.
  2. Non-food items such as books, wrapping paper, candles, etc. should be considered instead of candy or unhealthy food items.

Family and Community Involvement:

  1. Materials related to nutrition and physical activities are made available to families.
  2. Families are encouraged to promote participation in the school meal program. If their children do not participate in the school meal program, families should provide their children with healthy snacks/meals.
  3. Students shall be encouraged to participate in daily physical activity outside of school.
  4. School staff should collaborate with outside agencies and community groups to provide opportunities for student projects related to nutrition and physical activity.

Communication and Promotion

  1. The Wellness Policy will be shared with school staff, families, and community agencies through the district website, the food service menu, school and PTA newsletters, programs and pamphlets.
  2. The Wellness Policy will be published using local media.

Program Evaluation
At the district level the following procedures shall be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the wellness policy:

  1. A district wellness committee shall be established for the purpose of implementing and monitoring a wellness policy, evaluating policy progress, serving as a resource, and for making recommendations for policy.
  2. The membership of the committee shall include the Supervisor of Health Services, Food Service Director, parent representative, administrative representative, physical education and/or health representative, Board of Education representative, and a student representative.
  3. The committee shall meet a minimum of once annually. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.
  4. The policy shall be reviewed, at least annually, to determine if it meets current district needs, state and federal requirements, and promotes healthy eating and physical activity.

Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
10-16b Health Education -Prescribed courses of study
10-221a Physical Education - High School graduation Requirements
10-221o Physical Activity - Lunch Periods and Recess
10-215 Foods & Beverages - Lunches, breakfast & other feeding programs for
public school children & employees.
10-215b-1 Food & Beverages - Competitive Foods.
10-215b-23 Food & Beverages - Income from the sale of food items.
10-221p Food & Beverages - Boards to make available for purchase nutritious, low-fat
foods an drinks.
10-266w Food & Beverages - School breakfast grant program.
Section 19-13-B42 of the Regulations for Connecticut State Agencies
Section 111 of Public Law 108-265 School Food Safety Program
USDA Regulations 7CFR 220.8 School Breakfast Program
7CFR 210.10 National School Lunch Program
210.11 (a) (2) Competitive Food Services

Policy Adopted: 5/15/06 WEST HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
West Haven, Connecticut