Approved: September, 2015 JLCF
JLCF - WELLNESS POLICY
Chichester Central School
The Chichester School Board recognizes the importance of proper nutrition and developmentally appropriate physical activity as ways of promoting healthy lifestyles. The Board also recognizes that health and student success are inter-related. It is therefore the goal of the Board that the entire learning environment be aligned to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and physical activity.
The Chichester School District is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices.
School Wellness Committee
The school district and/or individual schools within the district will create, strengthen, or work within an existing school wellness committee to develop, implement, monitor, review and as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies. The committee also will serve as a resource to school sites for implementing those policies. (A school wellness committee consists of a group of individuals representing the school and community, and should include parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, members of the school board, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, and members of the public.)
The district shall teach, encourage, support and model healthy eating habits for students.
The district shall teach, encourage, support and model appropriate daily physical activity.
The district shall educate students, employees, school board and community members to the important benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
The district will meet guidelines established by the National School lunch and breakfast program.
NH Administrative rules Ed 306.02, Ed 306.04 and Ed 306.11 state all foods sold or distributed during the school day on the school campus must meet USDA Child Nutrition Program/Smart Snack standards.
A) School Meals:
To ensure that all children have the opportunity to have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, the school will utilize methods to serve school breakfast that encourages participation, including serving breakfast in the classroom, “grab-and-go” breakfast, or breakfast during morning snack time.
In addition, all meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:
Be appealing and attractive to children
Be served in clean and pleasant surroundings
Meet, at a minimum, nutritional requirements established by local, state and federal statutes and regulations
Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables
Ensure that half of the served grains are whole grains
B) Meal times and Scheduling
· will strive to provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch
· will schedule meal periods at appropriate time, e.g. lunch will be scheduled between 11 AM and 1 PM
· will not schedule tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes unless students may eat during such activities
· will schedule lunch periods to follow recess periods
· will provide students access to handwashing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks
NH RSA 189:11-a and Ed 306.11 state that students must be accorded adequate time to consume meals. The school day is defined as from midnight before school starts to 30 minutes after the end of the school day. These policies regarding food in school conform to the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act 2010, Public law 111-296, Dec. 13, 2010
C) Fundraising activities:
All foods that meet the Smart Snack Standards may be sold at fundraisers on the school campus during school hours. The Standards would not apply to foods sold during non-school hours or off campus. The school will encourage fundraising activities that promote physical activity. The school will make available a list of ideas for acceptable fundraising activities.
Snacks served during the school day or at before or after school clubs and activities conform to the Smart Snack Standards with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. The school will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of school meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages and other considerations. A list of healthful snack items will be available to teachers, extracurricular activity personnel and parents on request.
The school will not use foods, beverages or candy as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages as a punishment. Food that does not meet the standards will not be used as instructional tools.
School parties must meet the nutrition standards set by the Smart Snack Standards. Foods brought in that do not meet the standards will not be consumed during school hours during the school day and will be sent home with the students. Alternate celebrations involving physical activities are encouraged.
G) School-Sponsored Events (athletic events, dances or performances).
Every effort will be made to follow the Smart Snack Standards at school sponsored events after school hours.
H) Teacher’s Room Vending machine:
Available snacks and beverages will be restricted to low/no sugar juices, water and healthy snack items comparable to those offered to the students.
Chichester Central School aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students and staff. Chichester Central School will provide nutrition education that is offered in grades one through six that meets the New Hampshire health education standards.
Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting:
For students to receive the nationally-recommended amount of daily physical activity (at least 60 minutes per day) and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:
classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities such as screen time.
opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons
classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes as appropriate
Communication with parents:
The school will support parent efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school will post nutrition tips on the school website. The school will encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the National Nutrition Standards.
The School district highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The committee should develop, promote and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote staff health and wellness. The plan should be based on input solicited from school staff and should outline ways to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and other elements of a healthy lifestyle among school staff.
All Physical Education classes will be taught by a certified physical education teacher. The instruction will be aligned with the New National Physical Education Standards. Student involvement in other activities involving physical activity (e.g. interscholastic or intramural sports) will not be substituted for meeting the physical education requirement. Students will spend at least 50% of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
All elementary school students will have at least 20 minutes daily of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which the school will encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment. CCS will discourage periods of two or more hours of inactivity. When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools will give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School:
Chichester Central School will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs, intramural programs. and interscholastic sports programs. Chichester Central school will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities and students with special health-care needs.
Physical Activity and Punishment:
Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) as punishment or to continue or make-up work. Teachers and school administration may only withhold recess if an alternative physical activity is provided and with parent notification on the day the recess is withheld.
Monitoring and policy review:
The principal or designee will ensure compliance with established district wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies and report to the school board. To help with the initial implementation of the district wellness policies the school will conduct a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and policies. The results will be compiled and at the district level to identify and prioritize needs. Assessments will be repeated every three years to review policy compliance, assess progress and determine areas in need of improvement. CCS will review the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation as necessary.