Wellness Policy

6142.101 (a) (12/3/15)
Instruction
STUDENT WELLNESS
It is the goal of the Kent Board of Education to strive to make a significant contribution to the
general well-being, mental and physical capacity and learning ability of each student and afford
them the opportunity to fully participate in the educational process. The Board of Education
promotes student health, wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the
total learning environment. Kent Center School supports a healthy environment where children
learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the
support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic
health and well-being of children. Improved health optimizes student performance potential.
Nutrition Education and Promotion
Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to a longer and healthier life. To promote the health and
well-being of all students, students will receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the
school. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with the school’s
health goals to positively influence a student’s understanding and habits as they relate to good
nutrition and regular physical activity.
Teachers will integrate nutrition education into core curricula. All students will be educated to
possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious and enjoyable food choices for a
Robert Sternberg, the present-day guru of intelligence writes that the major factor in whether
people achieve expertise “is not some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement.” Or, as his
forerunner, Binet, recognized, it’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end
up the smartest.
There’s another mindset in which these traits are not simply a hand you’re dealt and have to
live with, always trying to convince yourself and others that you have a royal flush when you’re
secretly worried it’s a pair of tens. In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting
point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are
things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way—
in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments – everyone can change and
grow through application and experience.
lifetime. Students will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills
students need to adopt healthy eating behaviors. The nutrition curriculum will encompass the
following:
· The promotion of adequate nutrient intake and healthy eating practices;
· Skill development, such as reading labels to evaluate nutrient quality of foods, meal
planning, and analysis of health information;
· Examination of the problems associated with food marketing to children;
· Nutrition themes such as the USDA’s My Plate, body image, and food safety. Nutrition
promotion will include participatory activities such as IGA visits, and experience working in
school gardens;
· Nutrition education will promote fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products and low-fat dairy
products;
· Students will have opportunities to taste foods that are low in saturated and trans-fats,
sodium, and added sugar;
· School staff involved in nutrition education and in supporting a healthy school
environment will be provided with adequate up-to-date nutrition information.
· Nutrition education will be provided to families via handouts, newsletters, postings on the
web-site, and presentations. The school menu will be posted online;
· All staff is encouraged to promote healthy lifestyles. In addition, staff is encouraged to
model healthy habits as a valuable part of student education;
· Healthy alternatives will be encouraged at food sales and parties related to school
activities;
· The practice of good nutrition during school will be encouraged by the sale and/or free
distribution of foods of maximum nutritional value, as defined in the federal regulations;
· Suggestions will be provided to families with regard to packing school lunches and
snacks that meet district nutrition standards;
· Staff will involve family members and the community in supporting and reinforcing
nutrition education and the promotion of healthy eating and lifestyles;
The effectiveness of this policy in promoting healthy eating will be evaluated regularly and the
program will be adapted as appropriate to increase its efficacy.
Nutrition Standards for All Food and Beverages Sold or Served on School Grounds
School meals will include a variety of healthy choices while accommodating special dietary
needs;
· All reimbursable meals will meet nutrition standards mandated by the USDA, as well as
any additional state nutrition standards that go beyond USDA requirements;
· The school meal programs will be administered by a team that includes a qualified chef
and a dietary consultant. All cafeteria staff will be provided training on USDA meal
plans/reimbursable meals so they can properly advise students as to the meal
components they may/must take, as well as cooking techniques, recipe implementation,
sanitation, and food safety;
· All menus will be reviewed by a dietician when possible. When this is not feasible,
sample USDA menus or USDA software for menu review may be used;
· Students will be provided at least 20 minutes to eat lunch after being seated;
· Meals will be served in a clean and pleasant setting and under appropriate supervision.
· Rules for safe behavior will be consistently enforced;
· Lunch may be followed by a recess period and will be scheduled between 11a.m. and
1p.m.;
· Tutoring, club, or organizational meetings will not be scheduled during meal time, unless
students may eat during such activities;
· Students will have access to hand washing/hand sanitizing facilities before meals and
snacks and staff will remind students to make use of them;
· Participation in school meal programs will be promoted. Parents will be notified of the
availability of the lunch food program and will be encouraged to determine eligibility for reduced
or free meals.
· Foods served as part of child care programs run by an outside organization (e.g., Park
and Rec) must meet the district’s nutrition standards for competitive foods. (see below)
Competitive Foods and Beverages
All foods and beverages sold on school grounds to students outside of reimbursable school
meals are considered “competitive foods.” Competitive foods include items sold a la carte in the
cafeteria, from vending machines, school stores and for in-school fundraisers. All competitive
foods must comply with the district’s nutrition standards.
Additional Foods Available to Students
Fundraising
Non-food fundraising is promoted. When in-school fundraising involves food, items must meet
the district’s nutrition standards for competitive foods and cannot be sold for immediate
consumption. Fundraising activities that promote physical activity are encouraged. Fundraising
activities will not promote branded products (for example, Domino’s Dough Raising Program,
branded candy sales, etc.)
Celebrations
Foods that meet district’s nutrition standards will be encouraged at school celebrations;
Parents will be made aware that they need to provide an ingredients list of food treats to the
school nurse 24 hours in advance of a celebration;
Access to Drinking Water
Students and school staff members will have access to free, safe, fresh drinking water at all
times throughout the school day. Water jugs and cups will be available in the cafeteria if water
fountains are not present, and water cups will be available elsewhere as necessary. Supervisory
staff will facilitate access to water in the cafeteria.
· Students will be allowed to bring drinking water from home into the classroom.
· Water will be encouraged as a substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages.
· School staff will be encouraged to model drinking water consumption.
· Maintenance will be performed on all water fountains regularly to ensure that hygiene
standards for drinking fountains and other methods for delivering drinking water are maintained.
Marketing
School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion.
Physical Education
A quality physical education program is an essential component for all students to learn about
and participate in physical activity. Physical activity should be included in the school’s education
program from kindergarten through grade eight.
· Physical Education will be standards- based, using national and state-developed
standards.
· Physical Education classes will be sequential, building from year to year, and content
will include motor skills, concepts and strategies, engagement in physical activity, physical
fitness, responsible behavior and benefits of physical activity.
· Physical education programs will meet the needs of all students, including those who are
not athletically gifted, and actively teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
· Students will be able to demonstrate competency through application of skills.
· Student involvement in other activities, including those involving physical activity (e.g.
interscholastic or intramural sports), will not be substituted for physical education.
- Physical education classes will count toward graduation and GPA;
- Teacher to student ratio will be no greater than 1:25;
- The school will provide adequate space/equipment and conform to all safety standards;
- The school will discourage the use of physical activity and withholding of physical
education class and other forms of physical activity as punishment;
- All Physical Education classes will be taught by a qualified physical education teacher
and at least 50% of class time will be spent in moderate to vigorous activity;
- Physical education staff will receive professional development on a yearly basis;
- The school will conduct the annual Connecticut State Fitness Test for grades 4, 6 and 8;
Physical Activity
All students will have opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class on a
daily basis. Classroom health education will reinforce the knowledge and skills needed to
maintain a physically active lifestyle. Students will be encouraged to reduce sedentary time, and
will not be required to engage in sedentary activities for more than two hours without an
opportunity to stretch and move around. Short (3-5 minute) “energy release” physical activity
breaks will be provided between classes in elementary school. Teachers will be expected to
incorporate opportunities for physical activity in the classroom whenever possible and will be
encouraged to serve as role models by being physically active alongside the students.
Recess
· It is recommended that students have recess each day.
· Outdoor recess will only be withheld in the event of extreme weather, as defined by the
school. In the event that recess must be held indoors, teachers and staff are encouraged to
provide adequate physical activity as possible.
Physical Activity Programs
Kent Center School will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity
clubs and intramural programs, as well as interscholastic sports programs to all students.
Responsibilities
The Principal, or his/her designee, shall be responsible for ensuring:
· Board policy is implemented as written;
· All building, grade-level nutrition education curricula and materials are assessed for
accuracy, completeness, balance and consistency with state and regional educational goals and
standards;
· Nutrition education is provided throughout the student’s school years as part of the
school’s age-appropriate, comprehensive nutrition program. Teachers deliver nutrition education
through age-appropriate, culturally relevant, participatory activities that include social learning
strategies activities;
· Families and community organizations are involved, to the extent practicable, in nutrition
education.
· The Board of Education shall establish a Wellness Advisory Committee to develop school
policies on nutrition and physical activity for recommendation to and approval by the Board.
· The members of the Committee may include board members, school administrators,
other staff, parents/guardians, students, physical and health education teachers, health care
professionals, and interested community members.
Evaluation and Enforcement
· The Wellness Advisory Committee and the principal shall monitor the implementation of
the wellness policy and its nutrition and physical activity components serve as a resource to the
school and recommend revisions of the policy through the Board of Education, as determined
necessary. The Wellness Advisory Committee shall evaluate policy progress, serve as a
resource to the school and recommend revision of the policy through the Board of Education as
determined necessary. The policy shall be reviewed, at least annually, to determine if it is
meeting current needs and is workable in promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
Adopted:
Kent Board of Education adopted :3/3/166142.101 (a) (12/3/15)
Instruction
STUDENT WELLNESS
It is the goal of the Kent Board of Education to strive to make a significant contribution to the
general well-being, mental and physical capacity and learning ability of each student and afford
them the opportunity to fully participate in the educational process. The Board of Education
promotes student health, wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the
total learning environment. Kent Center School supports a healthy environment where children
learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the
support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic
health and well-being of children. Improved health optimizes student performance potential.
Nutrition Education and Promotion
Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to a longer and healthier life. To promote the health and
well-being of all students, students will receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the
school. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with the school’s
health goals to positively influence a student’s understanding and habits as they relate to good
nutrition and regular physical activity.
Teachers will integrate nutrition education into core curricula. All students will be educated to
possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious and enjoyable food choices for a
Robert Sternberg, the present-day guru of intelligence writes that the major factor in whether
people achieve expertise “is not some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement.” Or, as his
forerunner, Binet, recognized, it’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end
up the smartest.
There’s another mindset in which these traits are not simply a hand you’re dealt and have to
live with, always trying to convince yourself and others that you have a royal flush when you’re
secretly worried it’s a pair of tens. In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting
point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are
things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way—
in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments – everyone can change and
grow through application and experience.
lifetime. Students will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills
students need to adopt healthy eating behaviors. The nutrition curriculum will encompass the
following:
· The promotion of adequate nutrient intake and healthy eating practices;
· Skill development, such as reading labels to evaluate nutrient quality of foods, meal
planning, and analysis of health information;
· Examination of the problems associated with food marketing to children;
· Nutrition themes such as the USDA’s My Plate, body image, and food safety. Nutrition
promotion will include participatory activities such as IGA visits, and experience working in
school gardens;
· Nutrition education will promote fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products and low-fat dairy
products;
· Students will have opportunities to taste foods that are low in saturated and trans-fats,
sodium, and added sugar;
· School staff involved in nutrition education and in supporting a healthy school
environment will be provided with adequate up-to-date nutrition information.
· Nutrition education will be provided to families via handouts, newsletters, postings on the
web-site, and presentations. The school menu will be posted online;
· All staff is encouraged to promote healthy lifestyles. In addition, staff is encouraged to
model healthy habits as a valuable part of student education;
· Healthy alternatives will be encouraged at food sales and parties related to school
activities;
· The practice of good nutrition during school will be encouraged by the sale and/or free
distribution of foods of maximum nutritional value, as defined in the federal regulations;
· Suggestions will be provided to families with regard to packing school lunches and
snacks that meet district nutrition standards;
· Staff will involve family members and the community in supporting and reinforcing
nutrition education and the promotion of healthy eating and lifestyles;
The effectiveness of this policy in promoting healthy eating will be evaluated regularly and the
program will be adapted as appropriate to increase its efficacy.
Nutrition Standards for All Food and Beverages Sold or Served on School Grounds
School meals will include a variety of healthy choices while accommodating special dietary
needs;
· All reimbursable meals will meet nutrition standards mandated by the USDA, as well as
any additional state nutrition standards that go beyond USDA requirements;
· The school meal programs will be administered by a team that includes a qualified chef
and a dietary consultant. All cafeteria staff will be provided training on USDA meal
plans/reimbursable meals so they can properly advise students as to the meal
components they may/must take, as well as cooking techniques, recipe implementation,
sanitation, and food safety;
· All menus will be reviewed by a dietician when possible. When this is not feasible,
sample USDA menus or USDA software for menu review may be used;
· Students will be provided at least 20 minutes to eat lunch after being seated;
· Meals will be served in a clean and pleasant setting and under appropriate supervision.
· Rules for safe behavior will be consistently enforced;
· Lunch may be followed by a recess period and will be scheduled between 11a.m. and
1p.m.;
· Tutoring, club, or organizational meetings will not be scheduled during meal time, unless
students may eat during such activities;
· Students will have access to hand washing/hand sanitizing facilities before meals and
snacks and staff will remind students to make use of them;
· Participation in school meal programs will be promoted. Parents will be notified of the
availability of the lunch food program and will be encouraged to determine eligibility for reduced
or free meals.
· Foods served as part of child care programs run by an outside organization (e.g., Park
and Rec) must meet the district’s nutrition standards for competitive foods. (see below)
Competitive Foods and Beverages
All foods and beverages sold on school grounds to students outside of reimbursable school
meals are considered “competitive foods.” Competitive foods include items sold a la carte in the
cafeteria, from vending machines, school stores and for in-school fundraisers. All competitive
foods must comply with the district’s nutrition standards.
Additional Foods Available to Students
Fundraising
Non-food fundraising is promoted. When in-school fundraising involves food, items must meet
the district’s nutrition standards for competitive foods and cannot be sold for immediate
consumption. Fundraising activities that promote physical activity are encouraged. Fundraising
activities will not promote branded products (for example, Domino’s Dough Raising Program,
branded candy sales, etc.)
Celebrations
Foods that meet district’s nutrition standards will be encouraged at school celebrations;
Parents will be made aware that they need to provide an ingredients list of food treats to the
school nurse 24 hours in advance of a celebration;
Access to Drinking Water
Students and school staff members will have access to free, safe, fresh drinking water at all
times throughout the school day. Water jugs and cups will be available in the cafeteria if water
fountains are not present, and water cups will be available elsewhere as necessary. Supervisory
staff will facilitate access to water in the cafeteria.
· Students will be allowed to bring drinking water from home into the classroom.
· Water will be encouraged as a substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages.
· School staff will be encouraged to model drinking water consumption.
· Maintenance will be performed on all water fountains regularly to ensure that hygiene
standards for drinking fountains and other methods for delivering drinking water are maintained.
Marketing
School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion.
Physical Education
A quality physical education program is an essential component for all students to learn about
and participate in physical activity. Physical activity should be included in the school’s education
program from kindergarten through grade eight.
· Physical Education will be standards- based, using national and state-developed
standards.
· Physical Education classes will be sequential, building from year to year, and content
will include motor skills, concepts and strategies, engagement in physical activity, physical
fitness, responsible behavior and benefits of physical activity.
· Physical education programs will meet the needs of all students, including those who are
not athletically gifted, and actively teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
· Students will be able to demonstrate competency through application of skills.
· Student involvement in other activities, including those involving physical activity (e.g.
interscholastic or intramural sports), will not be substituted for physical education.
- Physical education classes will count toward graduation and GPA;
- Teacher to student ratio will be no greater than 1:25;
- The school will provide adequate space/equipment and conform to all safety standards;
- The school will discourage the use of physical activity and withholding of physical
education class and other forms of physical activity as punishment;
- All Physical Education classes will be taught by a qualified physical education teacher
and at least 50% of class time will be spent in moderate to vigorous activity;
- Physical education staff will receive professional development on a yearly basis;
- The school will conduct the annual Connecticut State Fitness Test for grades 4, 6 and 8;
Physical Activity
All students will have opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class on a
daily basis. Classroom health education will reinforce the knowledge and skills needed to
maintain a physically active lifestyle. Students will be encouraged to reduce sedentary time, and
will not be required to engage in sedentary activities for more than two hours without an
opportunity to stretch and move around. Short (3-5 minute) “energy release” physical activity
breaks will be provided between classes in elementary school. Teachers will be expected to
incorporate opportunities for physical activity in the classroom whenever possible and will be
encouraged to serve as role models by being physically active alongside the students.
Recess
· It is recommended that students have recess each day.
· Outdoor recess will only be withheld in the event of extreme weather, as defined by the
school. In the event that recess must be held indoors, teachers and staff are encouraged to
provide adequate physical activity as possible.
Physical Activity Programs
Kent Center School will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity
clubs and intramural programs, as well as interscholastic sports programs to all students.
Responsibilities
The Principal, or his/her designee, shall be responsible for ensuring:
· Board policy is implemented as written;
· All building, grade-level nutrition education curricula and materials are assessed for
accuracy, completeness, balance and consistency with state and regional educational goals and
standards;
· Nutrition education is provided throughout the student’s school years as part of the
school’s age-appropriate, comprehensive nutrition program. Teachers deliver nutrition education
through age-appropriate, culturally relevant, participatory activities that include social learning
strategies activities;
· Families and community organizations are involved, to the extent practicable, in nutrition
education.
· The Board of Education shall establish a Wellness Advisory Committee to develop school
policies on nutrition and physical activity for recommendation to and approval by the Board.
· The members of the Committee may include board members, school administrators,
other staff, parents/guardians, students, physical and health education teachers, health care
professionals, and interested community members.
Evaluation and Enforcement
· The Wellness Advisory Committee and the principal shall monitor the implementation of
the wellness policy and its nutrition and physical activity components serve as a resource to the
school and recommend revisions of the policy through the Board of Education, as determined
necessary. The Wellness Advisory Committee shall evaluate policy progress, serve as a
resource to the school and recommend revision of the policy through the Board of Education as
determined necessary. The policy shall be reviewed, at least annually, to determine if it is
meeting current needs and is workable in promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
Adopted:
Kent Board of Education adopted :3/3/16