Grant Elementary School District
Board Policy on Student Wellness
BP 5030: Students
The Board of Trustees recognizes the link between student health and student learning ability and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The superintendent or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.
To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, the superintendent or designee may disseminate health information and/or the district’s student wellness policy to parents/guardians through district or school newsletters, handouts, parent/guardian meetings, district and school websites, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.
School Health Council/Committee: The superintendent or designee shall permit parents/guardians, students, food service employees, physical education teachers, school health professionals, board members, school administrators, and members of the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the district’s student wellness policy. To fulfill this requirement, the superintendent or designee may appoint a school health council or other district committee whose membership shall include representatives of these groups. He/she also may invite participation of other groups or individuals, such as health educators, curriculum directors, counselors, before- and after-school program staff, health practitioners, and/or others interested in school health issues.
The school health council/committee shall advise the district on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs. At the discretion of the superintendent or designee, the duties of the council/committee may also include the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities to promote health within the school or community.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals: The Board shall adopt goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness.
The district’s nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research, consistent with the expectations established in the state’s curriculum frameworks and content standards, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into other academic subjects in the regular educational program. Nutrition education also may be offered through before- and after-school programs.
The board prohibits the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages through signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school publications, coupon or incentive programs, free giveaways, or other means.
All students shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis. Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through physical education and recess and may also be provided through school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and after-school programs, programs encouraging students to walk or bicycle to and from school, in-class physical activity breaks, and other structured and unstructured activities.
The board may enter into a joint use agreement to make district facilities or grounds available for recreational or sports activities outside the school day and/or to use community facilities to expand students’ access to opportunity for physical activity.
Professional development shall be regularly offered to health education and physical education teachers, coaches, activity supervisors, food services staff, and other staff as appropriate to enhance their health knowledge and skills.
The board recognizes that a safe, positive school environment is also conducive to students’ physical and mental health and thus prohibits bullying and harassment of all students, including bullying on the basis of weight or health condition.
The superintendent or designee shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models for healthy eating and physical fitness. He/she shall promote work-site wellness and may provide opportunities for regular physical activity among employees. Professional development may include teaching strategies that assess health knowledge and skills and promote healthy behaviors.
Nutritional Guidelines for Foods Available at School: For all foods available on each campus during the school day, the district shall adopt nutritional guidelines which are consistent with 42 USC 1773 and 1779 and support the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.
The board believes that foods and beverages available to students at district schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health, taking into consideration the needs of students with special dietary needs. Nutritional standards adopted by the district for all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided through the district’s food service program, student stores, vending machines, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and federal nutritional standards. In order to maximize the district’s ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all district schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and after-school snack programs, to the extent possible.
The superintendent or designee shall provide access to free, potable water during mealtimes in the food service area in accordance with Education Code 38086 and 42 USC 1758, and shall encourage students’ consumption of water by educating them about the health benefits of water and by serving water in an appealing manner. The superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. He/she also shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as a reward for students’ academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior. School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district’s nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period when possible.
Program Implementation and Evaluation: The superintendent shall designate one or more district or school employees, as appropriate, to ensure that each school site complies with this policy. The superintendent or designee shall assess the implementation and effectiveness of this policy at least once every two years.
The superintendent or designee shall inform and update the public, including parents/guardians, students, and others in the community, about the contents and implementation of this policy. He/she shall periodically measure and make available to the public an assessment of the extent to which district schools are in compliance with this policy and the extent to which this policy compares to model wellness policies available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy.
To determine whether the policy is being effectively implemented district-wide and at each district school, the following indicators shall be used:
- Descriptions of the district’s nutrition education, physical education, and health education curricula by grade level.
- Number of minutes of physical education instruction offered at each grade span.
- Number and type of exemptions granted from physical education.
- Results of the state’s physical fitness test.
- An analysis of the nutritional content of meals served based on a sample of menus.
- Student participation rates in school meal programs, compared to the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
- Number of sales of non-nutritious foods and beverages in fundraisers or other venues outside of the district’s meal programs.
- Feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, the school health council, parents/guardians, students, teachers, before- and after-school program staff, and/or other appropriate persons.
- Any other indicators recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board.
- Each school shall post the district’s policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas (Education Code 49432).
- Each school shall post a summary of nutrition and physical activity laws and regulations prepared by the California Department of Education.
Policy for Grant Elementary School District
Adopted: October 20, 2011
Updated: October 17, 2013