District

WELLNESS POLICY

Introduction:
    
The Board of Education of the Afton School District recognizes that the health and well being of our students plays a crucial role in their ability to learn.  Our employees have a unique opportunity and responsibility to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to establish healthy behaviors that may serve them well for the rest of their lives.  The Board has recognized the importance of developing, implementing, and monitoring a district-wide wellness plan.  Afton School District will promote strategies to encourage wellness and healthy lifestyle decisions.
    
Wellness encompasses a broad range of program areas; nutrition and hydration, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education, psychosocial health, medical care and health education, among others.
    
The Federal “Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004”, Section 204 of Public Law 108-265, requires the district to establish a district wide wellness policy.  Afton School District created a wellness committee, consisting of students, community members, nutrition staff member, regular education teachers, and physical education staff.

Propose:
Purpose
TheAfton PublicSchool District recognizes the important role that schools play in the development of children’s lifelong health habits, their ability to learn, and their overall well-being. Schools can improve the health of students not only by educating them about the importance of healthy behaviors, but also by implementing policies that promote those behaviors.
Therefore, the District establishes the following policy to promote the health and wellness of students and staff and to ensure its schools comply with those standards established by federal and state law. Specifically, this policy requires all schools in the District to:
Allow parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, physical education teachers, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, review, and update of the school wellness policy.
Establish nutrition guidelines that meet or exceed the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) school meal requirements and the nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages.
Create goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and physical education, and other activities that promote student as well as staff health.
Adopt a plan to ensure the policy is properly implemented, regularly assessed, and periodically updated.
Definitions
School campus -All areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.
School day-The period of time from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day.
Competitive foods and beverages-Foods and beverages that are sold on campus outside of the federal reimbursable school meals program during the school day (e.g., in vending machines or school stores).

Smart Snacks standards- Nutrition standards, issued by the USDA that set limits on the amount of calories, salt, sugar, and fat in competitive foods and beverages

Goal:
All students in the Afton Public School District shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices and enjoyable physical activity choices for a lifetime. All staff in the Afton Public School District are encouraged to model healthful eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.
    
To meet this goal, the Afton Public School District adopts this school wellness policy with the following commitments to nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity, and other-based activities that support student and staff wellness.

The Afton School District will have healthy food and beverage options for:  parties; events; celebrations; fundraising and concessions during school hours.

Afton School District will comply with Nutrition Standards for Foods in School and USDA’s All Foods Sold in Schools Standards.

NUTRITION GUIDELINES/STANDARDS
School Meals
•  Per USDA Regulations §210.10 and §220.8, school lunches and breakfasts will meet menu-
planning system guidelines as required by USDA.
•  Per USDA Regulation §210.10, school lunches will provide 1/3 of the recommended dietary
allowances (RDA) for calories, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C as required by
   USDA.
•  Per USDA Regulation §220.8 school breakfasts will provide ¼ of the RDA for calories, protein,
calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C as required by USDA.
•  Per USDA Regulations §210.10 and §220.8, the total calories from fat in school meals will be
limited to 30 percent when averaged over one week.
•  Per USDA Regulations §210.10 and §220.8 the total calories from saturated fat in school
meals will be limited to less than 10 percent when averaged over one week.
•  Per USDA Regulations §210.10 and §220.8, school meals will meet the Dietary Guidelines for
   Americans.
•  Students will be allowed adequate time to consume meals, at least 10 minutes for breakfast and 20
minutes for lunch from the time they are seated.

Other Food Items Sold on School Campuses:
•  Per USDA Regulation §210, Appendix B, foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) are
prohibited from being sold or served during student meal services in the food service area
where USDA reimbursable meals are served or eaten.
•  Per the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, beverage contracts will not
restrict the sale of fluid milk products at any time during the school day or at any place on the
school premises.
•  Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 265 (effective school year 2007-08), students in elementary schools
will not have access to FMNV except on special occasions.
•  Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 265 (effective school year 2007-08), diet soda, an FMNV, will be
available for sale at the junior high only in vending areas outside of the cafeteria.
•  Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 265 (effective school year 2007-08), healthy food options will be
provided at each school site and priced lower than FMNV in order to encourage students and
staff to make healthier food choices.
•  Fundraisers that occur on campus during the school day will be supportive of healthy eating.  District will
not allow foods of minimal nutritional value to be sold.  Fundraising activities outside the school day
(excluding concessions) should support children’s heath and reinforce nutrition.
•  District has approved Health Education Curriculum for grade levels that follow National Health Education
Standards.  District has adopted the Coordinated School Health Framework Health Education, Physical
Education, health Services Nutrition Services, Counseling, Psychological and Social Services.
•  Safe unflavored cool drinking water is provided throughout the school day at no cost to students.
School Meal Requirements
The Afton School District will make nutritious foods available on campus during the school day to promote student and staff health. At a minimum, the Afton School District Child Nutrition Program will serve reimbursable meals that meet the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) requirements andfollow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).
Specifically, the Afton School District will ensure that all meals are the following:
Accessible, appealing, and attractive to all children
Served in a clean, pleasant, and supervised setting
High in fiber, free of added trans fats, and low in added fats, sugar, and sodium
Respectful of cultural diversity (e.g., students will be encouraged to suggest local, cultural, and favorite ethnic foods) and religious preferences
[Reviewed by a registered dietitian or other certified nutrition professional / Based on a meal plan provided by a professional resource (such as the State Department of Education, the USDA, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, or The Lunch Box)]
The Afton School District will also ensure that schools do the following:
Encourage students to start the day with a healthy breakfast.
Provide breakfast through the USDA School Breakfast Program.
Water: Schools will make clean drinking water available and accessible without restriction and at no charge at every district facility (including cafeterias and eating areas, classrooms, hallways, playgrounds, and faculty lounges) before, during, and after school.  Afton Schools will also ensure the following:
Students will be provided drinking cups, glasses, or reusable water bottles in places where meals and snacks are served.
Students will be allowed to bring drinking water from home and take water into the classroom, provided that the water is in a capped container, such as a bottle, to prevent spills.
All water sources and containers will be maintained on a regular basis to ensure good hygiene standards (including drinking fountains, water jugs, hydration stations, and other methods for delivering drinking water).

NUTRITION EDUCATION

•  Per USDA Regulations §210.12 and §227, nutrition education is offered in the school cafeteria
as well as the classroom.

•  Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 1627, the Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee at each school
site will study and make recommendations regarding health education, nutrition, and health
services.
•  Healthy eating behaviors are promoted through the use of multiple channels including: classroom,
cafeteria and communications with parents.  District participates in the Farm to School Program
District allows school gardens and dedicates resources for school gardens and/or district schools
actively participate in community gardens.

Information and Promotion: As required under the National School Lunch Program (7 CFR 210.12), the Afton School District will promote activities to involve students and parents in the School Lunch Program. In addition, the Afton School District will do the following:
Inform families about the availability of breakfasts for students.
Distribute materials to inform families of the availability and location of free Summer Food Service Program meals for students when school is not in session.
Post information on the nutritional content and ingredients of school meals on menus in the cafeteria, on the District website and/or websites of individual schools, and/or in school newsletters.
Send applications for reimbursable meal programs to families at the beginning of the school year and make applications available on the District website.
Adequate Time to Eat: The Afton School District willprovide sufficient lunch periods that are long enough to give all students (K-12) adequate time to be served and eat their lunches].
Competitive Foods and Beverages
All competitive foods and beverages sold to students during the school day must meet or exceed the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards.
Other Foods Provided at School
Other foods and beverages provided (not sold) on campus (e.g., for classroom parties, celebrations, and afterschool-programming) must meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards. [The Afton School District, however, may allow exemptions for up to [two] celebrations during the school year, during which the foods and beverages served are not required to meet the Smart Snack standards.]
The Afton School District will provide parents and teachers with a list of ideas for healthy food as well as non-food alternatives for classroom parties (e.g., the USDA’s resources on “Healthy Celebrations”) and after-school programming (including celebrations).
Fundraising
Fundraising on Campus During the School Day: Only fundraisers that feature non-food items or foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks standards will be permitted.The Afton School District, however, may allow exemptions for up to [two] fundraisers during the school year, during which the foods and beverages sold are not required to meet the Smart Snack standards. Importantly, these exempted fundraisers cannot be held during normal meal service times.
Comment on Fundraising
State law allows Oklahoma schools to hold up to 30 exempted fundraisers (provided that they are not held during normal meal service times); however, districts may choose to allow fewer, or zero, exempted fundraisers.
The following will also occur:
Fundraising activities will not promote any particular food brands (e.g., fundraisers by fast food chains).
The District will encourage fundraisers that do not sell food and/or that promote physical activity.
After-School Concessions and Fundraisers: At least [50 percent] of foods and beverages offered during  after-school ncessions or as part of fundraisers held outside of school hours must comply with the USDA’s Smart Snack standards.
Nutrition Education
Afton Schools will offer—and integrate into the core curriculum—nutrition education to all grades (K-12), providing students the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong healthy eating behaviors, including the following:
What it means to eat healthfully, consume the proper nutrients, and maintain a wholesome and balanced diet.
How to read labels and understand the problems associated with unhealthy food marketing to children.
In addition, schools will ensure that nutrition education:
Complies with state learning objectives and standards.
Provides opportunities for students to practice and apply the skills and knowledge taught in the classroom (e.g., by using the cafeteria as a learning lab, visiting local farms, etc.).
Is made available for staff.
Is promoted to families and the community.
Rewards and Punishment
Food, beverages, and candy will not be used toreward orpunish academic performanceor student behavior.
Nutrition and Healthy Food Promotion
The Afton School District will promote healthy food and beverage choices and appropriate portion sizes by doing the following:
Exhibiting posters, signs, or other displays on the school campus that promote healthy nutrition choices.
Providing age-appropriate activities, such as contests, food demonstrations, and taste-testing that promote healthy eating habits.
Offering information to families (via communications with parents, educational workshops, screening services, and health-related exhibitions and fairs) and encouraging them to teach their children about nutrition and healthy eating behaviors.
Encouraging school staff to display healthy eating habits and physical activity choices to students (e.g., by eating with students during meal times, consuming only healthy snacks, meals, and beverages in front of students, sharing positive experiences with physical activity with students, etc.).

Food and Beverage Marketing
Only foods and beverages that meet the USDA's Smart Snacks standards may be marketed in schools. The marketing of any brand, without reference to a specific product, is prohibited unless every food and beverage product manufactured, sold, or distributed under the corporate brand name meets the Smart Snacks standards.
Marketing includes the following:
Advertising on any property or facility owned or leased by the school district or school and used at any time for school-related activities (including school buildings, athletic fields, parking lots, school buses, vending machines, scoreboards, uniforms, educational materials, and supplies).
Coupons, discounts, and corporate incentive programs that reward students (e.g., when they reach certain academic goals) with free or discounted items. Such rewards may not include foods or beverages that fail to satisfy the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards.
Corporate-sponsored programs that provide funds to schools in exchange for consumer purchases of certain items. Programs involving purchase of foods and beverages that do not meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards are not permitted.

If the non-compliant advertising is a permanent feature of a permanent fixture (e.g., a scoreboard), such advertising can remain until the permanent fixture is removed or replaced.
Staff Qualifications and Training
The Afton School District will follow the USDA’s Professional Standards for State and Local Nutrition Programs in selecting local school nutrition program directors. Also, the District will require all personnel in the school nutrition programs to complete annual continuing education and training.
In addition, Child Nutrition Staff will do the following:
Receive training in basic nutrition, nutrition education, safe food preparation, and nutrition standards for healthy meals and snacks.
Organize and participate in educational activities that support healthy eating behaviors and food safety.
Farm-to-School Programs and School Gardens
The District will allow school gardens on District property.
The following will also occur:
The District will dedicate resources (e.g., tools, materials, volunteer hours, etc.) to build a school garden on District property and/or actively participate in community gardens by dedicating the same resources as would be required for gardens on District property.
The District will incorporate local and/or regional products into the school meal program.
Schools will take field trips to local farms.
As part of their education, students will learn about agriculture and nutrition.





PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

•  Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 1627, the Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee at each school
site will study and make recommendations regarding physical education and physical activity.
•  Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 312 (effective school year 2006-07), students in Grades K through 5
will participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each week.
•  District policy supports Quality Physical Activities during the school day inclusive of:  Integration of
physical activity into academic curriculum through classroom movement breaks and other activities that
promote movement breaks and other activities that promote movement.
•  Physical activity will not be withheld as a punishment or used as a punishment during the school day (this does not pertain to athletic programs).
•Physical activity opportunities are accessible for students of all abilities to a broad range of competitive
and noncompetitive physical activities that help to develop the skills needed to participate in lifetime
physical activities.  
•The Afton School District has a shared or joint use policy that allows school grounds and/or buildings to be open to students, their families and the community for access to physical activity outside the school day.

SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES

•  Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 1627, each site will establish a Healthy and Fit School Advisory
Committee that meets and makes recommendations to the school principal.  The school
principal shall give consideration to recommendations made by the Healthy and Fit Advisory
   Committee.
•  Per the school district’s Child Nutrition Programs Agreement, school meals may not be used as
a reward or punishment.
•  Per USDA Regulations §210.12 and §227, students and parents will be involved in the NSLP.  
   Parent and student involvement will include menu-planning suggestions, cafeteria enhancement,
program promotion, and other related student-community support activities.
•District policy bans the use of food, beverages or candy as a reward or punishment for academic
performance or student behavior.  
•District policy allows only healthy food and beverage options for snacks, classroom birthdays, classroom
parties and celebrations.  (Two parties per school year may be exempted if healthy options are available)