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Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy

Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District Bylaws & Policies  
As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District.
The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well being of the District's students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:

 A.With regard to nutrition education, the District shall:

  1.Nutrition education shall be included in the Health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives.
  2.Nutrition education standards and benchmarks shall be age-appropriate and culturally relevant.
  3.Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's food service staff.
  4.Nutrition education posters, such as the Food Pyramid Guide, will be displayed in the cafeteria.
  5.Nutrition education standards and benchmarks promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat and fat-free dairy products.

 B.With regard to physical activity, the District shall:

  Physical Education

  1.A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by the State.
  2.The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
  3.Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills and social skills, as well as knowledge.
  4.The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.
  5.Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
  6.Planned instruction in physical education shall be presented in an environment free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting, or harassment of any kind.

 Physical Activity

  1.Physical activity and movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curricula and throughout the school day.
  2.All students in grades K-3 shall be provided with a daily recess period at least fifteen (15) minutes in duration. Recess shall not be used as a reward or punishment.
  3.In addition to planned physical education, the school shall provide age-appropriate physical activities (e.g., recess during the school day, intramurals and clubs before and after school, and interscholastic sports) that meet the needs of all students, including males, females, students with disabilities, and students with special healthcare needs.
  4.All after-school programs shall provide developmentally appropriate physical activity for the students who participate.

 C.With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:

  1.The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.
  2.The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.
  3.Activities, such as tutoring or club meetings, shall not be scheduled during mealtimes, unless students may eat during those meetings.
  4.The schools may provide opportunities for staff, parents, and other community members to model healthy eating habits by dining with students in the school dining areas.
  5.Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.
  6.Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.

Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:

 A.In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages as well as to the fiscal management of the program.
 B.As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
 C.The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.
 D.The school food service program shall involve students, parents, staff, and school officials in the selection of competitive food items to be sold in the schools.
 E.All foods available to students in District programs, other than the food service program, shall be served with consideration for promoting student health and well-being.
 F.Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.

The Board designates the building principals as the individual(s) charged with operational responsibility for measuring and evaluating the District's implementation and progress under this policy. The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy. 
The Superintendent shall report on the District's compliance with this policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Board.
Review of this policy shall occur every three (3) years, by a committee appointed by the Board, consisting of a representative(s) of the Board, the administration, the food service provider, the parents, the students, and the public. The committee shall provide the Board with any recommended changes to this policy.
42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
42 U.S.C. 1771
Adopted 7/17/06