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District Wellness Policy

Policy No. 105 - WELLNESS POLICY

 

Statement of Purpose:

The Scott County CUSD #1 Board of Education establishes this Wellness Policy to demonstrate the district’s commitment to a coordinated school health program developed to inspire students and staff to establish life-long patterns of healthy eating habits and regular physical exercise.

Intent:

It is the intent of this policy to ensure a school environment that promotes and supports health and wellness for all students and staff and meets the requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Illinois School Code, including goals for nutritional education, physical activity and other school-based activities designed to promote student and staff wellness; nutrition guidelines for all foods available during the school day; a plan for measuring implementation including a designee(s) charged with operational responsibility; and involving students, staff, parents, school administrators, the school board, and the public in developing this policy. 

 

  1. Nutrition

A.   Nutritious Food Choices

Nutritious food choices will be available when food is offered or sold in the District.

  1. Food Choices at School

Food and beverages available at schools shall be appealing and nutritious.

  1. All foods and beverages sold individually in district schools during the school day should strive to meet nutrition standards.
  2. All food and beverages that are not part of the school meals are designed to supplement, not replace, school meals.
  3. Commercial advertising that promotes foods other than nutritious foods shall be discouraged in the District. 
  4. Foods sold through vending machines shall conform to state and federal guidelines.

C.  Promoting Healthy Eating Habits

  1. Nutrition education will be included in the District curriculum where appropriate.
  2. The District will provide education to staff, parents and students regarding nutritional food choices and eating habits.
  3. The District will encourage the use of promotional materials for healthy nutrition.

 

  1. Physical Education Instruction

A.  The District shall implement a health and physical education curriculum that will provide appropriate instruction for all students at all grade levels.

B.  The District will utilize teachers with Physical Education endorsements to teach physical education classes. 

C.  Physical activity will be conducted in a safe environment with use of appropriate protective equipment.

D.  Special needs students shall have suitable physical education.

 

  1. Physical Activity

A.  Promotion of Physical Activity

  1. Physical activity education will be integrated into the District curriculum where appropriate.
  2. The District will provide education to students, staff and parents regarding healthy physical activity.
  3. The District will promote physical activities appropriate for life-long participation.

B.  In addition to required physical education class, students at the elementary level should participate in daily recess and physical activity. 

  1. Whenever possible, students shall be provided opportunities for physical activity through school programs including interscholastic athletics, intramurals and physical activity clubs.
  2. When appropriate, the District will provide facilities for community groups or activities that promote physical activity.

 

Evaluation, Implementation and Enforcement

The District shall evaluate the school district nutrition, physical education, physical activity and wellness policy at least annually to monitor implementation and effectiveness.

The District will establish a committee whose charge will be to annually review the implementation of this policy and make a formal report to the administration, who in turn will disseminate the information to the Board and public.

The committee shall be comprised of an administrator, a community member, a teacher, a health educator, a physical educator, the school health aide, the head cook, a high school student and a junior high student. 

 

Adopted by CUSD #1 Board of Education 6/13/06