District Wellness Policy
JGCA Local Wellness Policy JGCA
The board shall promote and monitor a local wellness program. The program shall:
- Include goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the board determines is appropriate;
- Include nutrition guidelines for all foods available in each school during the school day; the objectives of the guidelines shall be to promote student health and to reduce childhood obesity ;
- Assure that guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools;
- Establish a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy, including designation of one or mor e d i s t r i c t e mployees who shall be charged with operational responsibility for ensuring the wellness policy is effectively enforced; and
- Involve parents, students, representatives of the school food authority , the school board, administrators and the public in the development of the school wellness policy.
District Wellness Policy
USD 343 is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, wellbeing and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating, wellness education, and physical activity. District wellness guidelines are based upon recommendations from the Kansas State Department of Education’s Wellness Policy Guidelines (Board of Education Policy JGCA).
The school board approved the district wellness policy in August of 2009 and revised the district's vending/a la carte policy at the same time to regulate food or drink sold to students in vending machines, school stores and a la carte (all other food and beverage items sold by the school food service program in the school cafeteria or other locations where school meals are served or eaten).
The Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) adopted a policy in May 2010 requiring all accredited K-12 schools in Kansas to implement the exemplary level of the Kansas Wellness Policy Model Guidelines for foods and beverages sold in vending machines by August 1, 2011.
Wellness Policy Guidelines - Nutrition
- All school breakfasts and lunches comply with USDA regulations and state policies.
- General atmosphere: dining area is clean, orderly, and has adequate seating and adult supervision. Atmosphere is inviting and has reasonable noise level.
- Lunch period is closed. Students must have permission to leave the school campus.
- Low-fat and/or skim milk is offered exclusively.
- BREAKFAST: All cereals contain 35% or less of weight from total sugar and 1 gram or more fiber per serving. Foods containing whole grains are offered daily.
- LUNCH: An entrée choice with total fat of 16 g or less per serving is offered on a regular basis. Fresh fruits or vegetables are offered weekly. A food containing whole grain is offered at least 3 days per week. Desserts with more than 5 grams of fat per serving are offered no more than 2 times per week. All salad dressings contain 6 grams or less of fat per ounce.
- DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:
- All foods and beverages are offered in compliance with USDA regulations prohibiting sale of “foods of minimal nutritional value” where school meals are served or eaten during the meal period.
- Students are allowed to have individual water bottles in the classroom
- Foods and beverages for classroom rewards, parties, celebrations, and school events held during the school day are encouraged to meet the Vending and A La Carte Policies.
- FUNDRAISING: School fundraising activities should NOT exclusively involve the sale of food and/or beverages; fundraising activities involving the sale of food/beverages will not take place during the school day.
Wellness Policy Guidelines – Nutrition Education
- All students in grades K-12, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs and in alternative education settings, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences that support development of healthy eating habits.
- The nutrition education curriculum is sequential and consistent with the current KSBE approved health education teaching standards for pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
- Classroom nutrition education will be offered each year for all students.
- K-9 nutrition education instruction will include of hands-on activities that engage students in enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally relevant, participatory learning.
- Each year, some individual classrooms will participate in one or more events that are either centered on nutrition or include nutrition as a main component.
- The school will encourage each member of the staff (certified and non-certified) to serve as a healthy role model for students.
- Parents are invited to join students for school meals, and family members are encouraged to become actively involved in programs that provide nutrition education.
- Families are provided with information that encourages them to teach their children about health and nutrition, and to provide nutritious meals for their families
- (Publications such as listed below will be utilized where available.)
- Nutrition Nuggets distributed monthly to elementary families
- Teen Food and Fitness distributed to middle and high school students and their families
Wellness Policy Guidelines – Physical Activity
- All students in grades K-12, including students with disabilities, special healthcare needs and in alternative education settings have the opportunity to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity on a regularly scheduled basis each school week during the entire school year.
- The physical education curriculum will be sequential and consistent with KSBE approved physical education teaching standards for K through grade 12.
- The school will provide a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable physical activity for all students, including those who are not athletically gifted. Students will have the opportunity to participate in lifetime physical activities (e.g. walking, Pilates, swimming, golf, tennis, etc.).
- During K-8 physical education classes, students will engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 20 minutes per day and/or 100 minutes per week.
Approved: August 2013