Wellness Policy

PURPOSE: The purpose of this policy is to meet the requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Florida School Code.

PREAMBLE: Promoting awareness of proper nutrition, regular physical activities, and practicing good health and hygiene habits are the important components of the school wide Wellness Policy.

POLICY: The School is to ensure that all programs participating in the School Lunch Program are in compliance with the Wellness policy.

Nutrition Education Goals

Nutrition – Understanding that academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choice and availability of good foods in our schools.  Healthy foods support student physical growth as well as emotional stability, and ability to learn.

We are committed to providing full breakfast and lunch program for all students in grades K through 12. The food served is carefully selected to be consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • Nutrition guidelines that provide a variety of fruit and vegetable choices; serve low-fat and fat-free dairy products; low sugar and sodium and ensure that whole grain products are served in appropriate portion sizes consistent with USDA standards shall be established for all food offered by the school’s Nutrition Services Department or contracted vendors.
  • School will put up posters in order to promote healthy food options and good eating habits.
  • School personnel will not withhold food from students as a punishment.

Physical Education and Activity Goals

Healthy living skills shall be taught as part of the regular instructional program and provides the opportunity for all students to understand and practice concepts and skills related to health promotion.

  • Students in earlier grades will be able to strengthen their coordination skills. A daily supervised recess period will be provided for elementary students.
  • Middle and High School students will be introduced to age appropriate physical activities including but not limited to guided cardio activities and solitary and team organized sports.
  • Students shall have the opportunity to practice behaviors that enhance health and/or reduce health risks during the school day and as part of before or after school care programs.
  • Participation in several physical activities throughout the school year for all students at different grade levels. Program activities include, but are not limited to: Jump Rope for Heart, Field day, School Sports Programs and Red Ribbon/Drug free activities.
  • Students shall be taught communication, goal setting, and decision making skills that enhance personal, family, and community health.
  • School personnel will not use physical activity as a punishment or withhold participation in recess and/or physical education as punishment.

Other School-based activities Goals

  • The school will support parents’ and staff efforts to provide healthy eating and physical activity for students.
  • School meals will be served in a clean and safe setting. Adequate time will be provided for students to eat their meals.
  • Students, parents and school staff bringing food and beverages to school for meetings and/or celebrations will be encouraged to provide healthy options.
  • All school based organizations and/or clubs will be encouraged to raise funds by selling items other than food.
  • School practices a closed campus lunch policy and therefore, the parents are not allowed to send/deliver any version of fast food to the student while in school.
  • For safety and security, access to any are involved in storage, preparation or service of food on the school campus will be limited to authorized personnel.

Guidelines for Reimbursable School Meals

  • School will make every effort to prevent the overt identification of students who received free and reduced price school meals.

Guidelines for nutrition standards for all food served and/or sold on school campus

School Meals

  • School meals must be appealing and attractive to students.
  • School meals will be served in a clean and safe setting. Adequate time will be provided for students to eat their meals.
  • Meet a minimum nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal statutes and regulations.
  • Serve low-fat or fat-free milk.
  • Serve 100 % fruit juices and water.

Food sold on school campus

  • All snacks sold shall be in compliance and offer a healthier option.
  • Beverages sold shall include:
    • Water
    • 100 % fruit juice
    • Non-carbonated drinks with less than 150 calories per container
    • No more than 1/3 of the choices will be carbonated drinks

 

Implementation

The Principal is the designated person assigned to oversee the implementation of the Wellness Policy. School food service staff, at the school, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies and report to the school principal. The plan for evaluating and measuring the Policy’s goals include meeting with the committee throughout the year if needed. The effectiveness of the Wellness Policy and any recommended revisions will be reported to the school’s governing board on an annual basis and assessments will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress and determine areas in need of improvement.
 
Wellness Committee Members:
Principal
Assistant Principal
Food Service
Office Manager in charge of NSLP
PTO President – Parent
2 Faculty Members