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.
Nutrition Education and Promotion:
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.
Physical education classes and physical activity opportunities shall be available for all students.
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.
It is recommended that students receive at least 100 minutes of physical activity each school week.
Physical education shall not be taken away from students as a form of punishment.
Students at the elementary level should have the opportunity to participate in daily recess and physical activity.
Students shall not be denied recess period(s) as a form of punishment unless there is no alternative consequence.
During inclement weather, students may participate in a physical fitness recess period
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.
Some form of physical activity may be incorporated into classroom lessons.
Nutrition Standards for School Foods and Beverages:
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.
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.
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.)
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:
Students should have access to hand washing before eating lunch.
Schools will strive to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable.
Schools will allow ample time (at least 20 minutes) and space for eating meals.
Schools will implement rules for safe behavior that are consistently enforced.
Appropriate supervision will be provided at lunch and recess.
Any fund-raising activity requires administrative approval.
Non-food items such as books, wrapping paper, candles, etc. should be considered instead of candy or unhealthy food items.
Family and Community Involvement:
Materials related to nutrition and physical activities are made available to 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.
Students shall be encouraged to participate in daily physical activity outside of school.
staff should collaborate with outside agencies and community groups to
provide opportunities for student projects related to nutrition and
Communication and Promotion
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.
The Wellness Policy will be published using local media.
At the district level the following procedures shall be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the wellness policy:
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
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
The committee shall meet a minimum of once annually. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.
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