Wellness and Nutrition
Regulation Info: 5405-R |
The Board of Education recognizes that healthy eating patterns, physical activity, and respect for differences in body-size are essential for the well-being and lifelong health of students. Additionally, these standards assist in the physical and mental growth of students, while helping them to reach their full academic potential. In order to promote student well-being and academic achievement and provide for quality nutrition and physical activity as part of the learning environment, the Board of Education hereby adopts rules and regulations for the guidance of students, teachers, and parents.
Beekmantown Central School District shall promote student well-being and academic achievement by supporting quality nutrition and physical activity as part of the learning environment. Schools are more effective in preventing long-term health problems when they work together with students, parents, school personnel, community leaders, and health professionals to facilitate communication, efficiently use resources, and provide consistency in decision making.
The Federal Government has issued a mandate, through the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, to establish standards for diet, health, and physical activity in our nation’s schools. This process calls for each school district to form a Wellness Committee and establish procedures to address the quality of all food served at school, regularity of physical education, and instruction connected to diet and health.
The administrator at each school shall ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to the Wellness Policy. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than those issued by the Secretary of Agriculture. A District Wellness Committee will be established to assess the implementation and review of the Wellness Policy. The school fitness center coordinator will be responsible for initiating and coordinating community meetings.
Membership includes at a minimum: school lunch manager, school nurse, parent and student representative, teacher, school board member, PE/health teacher, family and consumer science teacher, and various community members. The committee shall report annually to the school board on the progress toward meeting policy goals. The committee shall meet a minimum of once a year to assess the policy implementation progress and adjust goals as needed. New committee members will be transitioned in each academic year.
Students in grades K-12 will receive behavior-focused nutrition education that meets or exceeds State and Federal standards. The curriculum will be interactive and teach the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors needed to adopt healthy and enjoyable eating habits. In addition, nutrition education will be integrated into the core curriculum. Staff will be adequately prepared and trained to effectively deliver an accurate nutrition education program. The school cafeteria will serve as a learning resource and link to lessons learned in the classroom. The school district will build awareness through consistent nutrition messages underlining the importance of nutrition, physical activity and body-size acceptance to obtain academic success and lifelong wellness.
Students in grades K-12 will receive behavior-focused physical education that meets or exceeds State standards. The curriculum will actively engage all youth, regardless of skill level. Students will learn to adopt behaviors and attitude that is needed to enjoy a physically active lifestyle. Staff will be adequately prepared and trained to effectively deliver an effective physical activity program. All physical education classes will meet appropriate student/teacher ratios.
The school district shall use the USDA School Meal Program requirements to assure that school meals meet State and Federal guidelines to promote healthy living and are economically, developmentally and culturally appropriate choices.
Vending/School Store/Concession/A la Carte
Foods offered during contractual school hours (until 30 minutes after the school day) shall meet USDA Smart Snack Standards as stated in E.1 - Exhibit A.
While foods are not prohibited from fundraising, organizations engaged in fundraising are encouraged to seek non-food based fundraising opportunities and to include fundraisers that involve physical activity (E.2 - Exhibit B). Exclusive sales of candy are prohibited, foods are not prohibited.
Celebrations and Classroom Snacks
Healthy snack choices are recommended for classroom snack and celebrations. Information will be provided to teachers and parents to assist in choosing food options (E.3 Exhibit - C).
Use of School Grounds and Facilities
All district meetings held on school grounds will adhere to the NYSDOH Meeting Healthy Guidelines. School facilities are available to community agencies and organizations offering physical education programs. School safety policies will apply at all times.