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Wellness Policy

Newark Unified School District

Board Policy  

BP 5030


The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The Governing Board shall delegate to the Superintendent or his/her designee the development of a Wellness Committee that will include the involvement of parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, Board representatives, and members of the public. (42 USC 1751 Note)    


Wellness Committee  

The Superintendent or designee may appoint a Wellness Committee consisting of representatives of the above groups and district administrators, health professionals, school nurses, health educators, physical education teachers, child care staff, counselors, and/or others interested in school health issues.  

The Wellness Committee shall assist with policy development and advise the district on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs. At the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, the Committee’s charges may include planning and implementing activities to promote health within the school or community.    


Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals  

The Board shall adopt goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the district determines appropriate. (42 USC 1751 Note)  

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 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 in grades K-12 and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into core academic subjects and offered through before-school and after-school programs.  

All students in grades K-12 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, recess, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before-school and after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.    

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models. He/she shall promote and may provide opportunities for regular physical activity among employees.  

Professional development shall include instructional strategies that assess health knowledge and skills and promote healthy behaviors.  

To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, the Superintendent or designee may disseminate health information to parents/guardians through district or school newsletters, handouts, parent/guardian meetings, the district or school web site, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.  

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, or other means.    


Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at School  

The Board shall adopt nutrition guidelines selected by the district for all foods available on each campus during the school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. (42 USC 1751 Note)  

The Board believes that foods and beverages available to students at district schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health. Nutrition 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, fundraisers, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and federal nutrition standards.  

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 and by limiting foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards to no more than one food or beverage per party. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period.    


Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals  

Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and 1779(a) and (b), as they apply to schools. (42 USC 1751 Note)  

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, to the extent possible.    


Program Implementation and Evaluation  

The Superintendent or designee shall establish a plan for measuring implementation of the policy. The Superintendent shall designate at least one person within the district who is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school sites implement the district’s wellness policy. (42 USC 1751 Note)  

The Superintendent or designee measure the implementation of the policy district-wide. These measures shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the nutritional content of meals served; student participation rates in school meal programs and feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, parents/guardians, students, and other appropriate persons.  

The Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board annually on the implementation of this policy and any other Board policies related to nutrition and physical activity.  


Posting Requirements  

Each school shall post the district’s policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity in public view within all school cafeterias, child care facilities or in other central eating areas. (Education Code 49432)    


Legal Reference:  

EDUCATION CODE 49430-49436 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001 49490-49493 School breakfast and lunch programs 49500-49505 School meals 49510-49520 Nutrition 49530-49536 Child Nutrition Act 49540-49546 Child care food program 49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services 49550-49560 Meals for needy students 49565-49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program 49570 National School Lunch Act 51222 Physical education 51223 Physical education, elementary schools  

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5 15500-15501 Food sales by student organizations 15510 Mandatory meals for needy students 15530-15535 Nutrition education 15550-15565 School lunch and breakfast programs  

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42 1751-1769 National School Lunch Program, especially: 1751 Note Local wellness policy 1771-1791 Child Nutrition Act, including: 1773 School Breakfast Program 1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act  

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 7 210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program 220.1-220.21 National School Breakfast Program  

Management Resources:  

CSBA POLICY BRIEFS The New Nutrition Standards: Implications for Student Wellness Policies, November 2005 CSBA PUBLICATIONS Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. 2005CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS Healthy Children Ready to Learn, January 2005 Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003 Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade 12, 1994  CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL PUBLICATIONS School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide for Elementary and Middle/High Schools, 2004  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION (NASBE) PUBLICATIONS Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PUBLICATIONS Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005 Team Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Services, Changing the Scene, Improving the  School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action, 2000    WEB SITES  CSBA: http://www.csba.org California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu California Department of Health Services: http://www.dhs.ca.gov California Healthy Kids Resource Center: http://www.californiahealthykids.org California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition): http://www.californiaprojectlean.org Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov Dairy Council of California: http://www.dairycouncilofca.org National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity:             http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/nana.html National Association of State Boards of Education: http://www.nasbe.org National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org School Nutrition Association: http://www.schoolnutrition.org Society for Nutrition Education: http://www.sne.org U.S. Department of Agriculture:             http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Healthy/wellnesspolicy_steps.html                                                      


adopted by the Board of Education on December 12, 2006