DISTRICT WELLNESS PROGRAM
The primary goals of the Winona R-III School District’s wellness program are to promote student health, reduce student overweight/obesity, facilitate student learning of lifelong healthy habits and increase student achievement. The following procedures will guide the implementation of the district wellness program.
The district designates the following nutrition guidelines, based on the Missouri Eat Smart Nutrition Guidelines, for foods and beverages served in schools during the school day:
(The Winona R-III District has moved from intermediate to advanced on the Missouri Eat Smart Nutrition Guidelines.)
A` La Carte Food Items
A` La Carte Beverage Items
Food Items Sold in Vending Machines and School Stores
Beverage Items Sold in Vending Machines and School Stores
Celebrations and Parties
The district’s nutrition education goal is to integrate sequential nutrition education with the comprehensive health education program and, to the extent possible, the core curriculum taught at every grade level in order to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to make healthy nutrition decisions. In order to achieve the nutrition education goal, the district will:
1. Provide students at all grade levels with adequate nutritional knowledge including, but not limited to:
· The benefits of healthy eating.
· Essential nutrients.
· Nutritional deficiencies
· Principles of healthy weight management.
· The use and misuse of dietary supplements.
· Safe food preparation, handling and storage.
2. Provide students with nutrition-related skills that minimally include the ability to:
· Plan healthy meals.
· Understand and use food labels.
· Apply the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and My Pyramid
· Critically evaluate nutrition information, misinformation and commercial food advertising.
· Assess personal eating habits, nutrition goal-setting and achievement.
3. Provide instructional activities that stress the appealing aspects of healthy eating and are hands-on, behavior based, culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and enjoyable. Examples of activities include, but are not limited to: food preparation, contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits and school gardens.
4. Encourage district staff to cooperate with local agencies and community groups to provide students with opportunities for volunteer work related to nutrition, such as in food banks, soup kitchens or after-school programs.
5. Ensure that school counselors and school health services staff consistently promote healthy eating to students and other staff and that these professionals are prepared to recognize conditions such as unhealthy weight, eating disorders and other nutrition-related health problems among students and staff as well as assure access to healthcare.
6. Coordinate the food service program with nutrition instruction. Food service staff should also work closely with those responsible for other components of the school health program to achieve common goals.
The district’s physical activity goal is to assist students in learning to value and enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle by ensuring that every student has the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, maintain physical fitness and regularly participate in physical activity. In order to achieve the physical activity goal the district will:
· Provide for at least 50 minutes of physical education for students in the elementary grades during the school; at least 100 minutes during each school week for students in middle school; and at least one unit for student in high school.
· Emphasize knowledge and skills for a lifetime of regular physical activity.
· Devote at least 50 percent of physical education class time to actual physical activity in each week, with as much time as possible spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
· Meet the needs of all students, especially those who are not athletically gifted or who have special needs.
· Provide a variety of activity choices, feature cooperative as well as competitive activities, and account for gender and cultural differences in students’ interests.
· Prohibit exemptions from physical education courses on the basis of participation in an athletic team, community recreation program, ROTC, marching band or other school or community activity.
· Be closely coordinated with the other components of the overall school health program.
2. Provide time in elementary schools for supervised recess. All students will have at least 30 minutes per day of supervised recess. Recess will be held outdoors when possible.
3. Provide opportunities and encouragement for students to voluntarily participate in before- and after-school physical activity programs, such as intramural activities, interscholastic athletics and clubs by:
· Providing a diverse selection of competitive and noncompetitive, as well as structured and unstructured, activities to the extent that staffing and district/community facilities permit.
· Offering intramural physical activity programs that feature a broad range of competitive and cooperative activities for all students.
· Encouraging partnerships between schools and businesses. Promotion of such partnerships must be appropriate and in accordance with Board policy and applicable procedures.
4. Strive to provide joint school and community recreational activities by:
· Actively engaging families as partners in their children’s education and collaborating with community agencies and organizations to provide ample opportunities for students to participate in physical activity beyond the school day.
· Encouraging schools to work with recreation agencies and other community organizations to coordinate and enhance opportunities available to students for physical activity during their out-of-school time.
· Encouraging schools to negotiate mutually acceptable, fiscally responsible arrangements with community agencies and organizations to keep district-owned facilities open for use by students, staff and community members during non-school hours and vacations.
· Encouraging district officials to work together with local public works, public safety, police departments and/or other appropriate state and federal authorities in efforts to make it safer and easier for students to walk and bike to school.
5. Prohibit the use of physical activity as a form of discipline or punishment and ensure that physical education and recess will not be withheld as punishment.
6. Discourage periods of inactivity that exceed two or more hours. When activities such as mandatory schoolwide testing make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, staff should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
7. Provide and encourage—verbally and through the provision of space, equipment and activities—daily periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity for all participants in onsite after-school child care and enrichment programs sponsored by the district.
8. Provide opportunities and encouragement for staff to be physically active by:
· Planning, establishing and implementing activities to promote physical activity among staff and providing opportunities for staff to conveniently engage in regular physical activity.
· Working with recreation agencies and other community organizations to coordinate and enhance opportunities available to staff for physical activity during their out-of-school time.
Other School-Based Activities
The district’s goal for other school-based activities is to ensure an integrated whole-school approach to the district’s wellness program. The district will achieve this goal by addressing the areas itemized below.
School instructional staff will collaborate with agencies and groups conducting nutrition education in the community to send consistent messages to students and their families. Guest speakers invited to address students will receive appropriate orientation to the relevant policies of the district.
The wellness program shall make effective use of district and community resources and equitably serve the needs and interests of all students and staff, taking into consideration differences of gender, cultural norms, physical and cognitive abilities and fitness level.
The district will strive to engage families as partners in their children’s education by supporting parental efforts to motivate and help their children with maintaining and improving their health, preventing disease and avoiding health-related risk behaviors. Strategies the district may implement to achieve family involvement may include, but are not limited to:
2. Providing nutrition information to parents/guardians in the forms of newsletters, handouts, presentations or other appropriate means.
3. Posting nutrition tips on district websites.
4. Providing nutrient analyses of district menus.
5. Providing parents/guardians a list of appropriate foods that meet the district’s nutrition standards for snacks.
6. Providing parents/guardians with ideas for healthy celebrations, parties, rewards and fundraising activities.
7. Encouraging parents/guardians to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the district’s nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages.
8. Providing opportunities for parents/guardians to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community.
9. Designing curricular nutrition education activities and promotions to involve parents/guardians and the community.
10. Supporting efforts of parents/guardians to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.
11. Providing information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities available to students before, during and after the school day.
12. Sharing information about physical activity and physical education via the district’s website, newsletters, other take-home materials, special events or physical education homework.
13. Working with families to provide consistent sun safety information that includes an overview of the district’s sun safety program, an explanation of how parents/guardians can reinforce the program at home and how they can become involved with and support the district’s program.
14. Encouraging parents/guardians to volunteer time in the classroom, cafeteria or at special events that promote student health.
15. Disseminating information about community programs that offer nutrition assistance to families.
If practical, the district will provide information in a language understandable to parents/guardians.
Marketing and Advertising
Marketing in district facilities will be consistent with the goals of the district’s wellness program and comply with Board policy. The district will strive to promote the wellness program and educate parents regarding the quality of district foods.
Tobacco advertising is not permitted on district property, at district-sponsored events or in district-sponsored publications. Food and beverage marketing will be limited to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards adopted by the Board. Other examples of marketing and advertising the district will scrutinize include, but are not limited to: pricing strategies that promote healthy food choices, audiovisual programming, educational incentive programs, scoreboards, book covers and vending machine displays.
Students are not permitted to leave school campus during the school day to purchase food or beverages. Meal times will comply with the following guidelines:
2. Activities such as tutoring or meetings will not be held during mealtimes unless students may eat during such activities.
3. Drinking water will be available to students during meals.
4. Students will have access to hand-washing facilities before they eat meals or snacks.
5. The district will take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students.
6. Students will be allowed to converse during meals.
7. The cafeteria will be clean, orderly and inviting.
8. Adequate seating and supervision will be provided during meal times.
Outdoor Air Quality
The principal of each school will be responsible for daily monitoring of Air Quality Index (AQI) information provided by local authorities based on the following guidelines:
2. When the AQI is “code red” (unhealthy), students with a history of reactions to ozone exposure will remain indoors and participate in indoor physical activities. Appropriately trained staff responsible for student supervision will monitor such students for symptoms of respiratory distress. All other students will be allowed to engage in no more than one hour of heavy exertion (i.e., activities that involve high-intensity exercise such as basketball, soccer and running) while outdoors.
3. When the AQI is “code purple” (very unhealthy) or “code maroon” (hazardous), all students will be kept indoors and participate in indoor physical activities. Appropriately trained staff responsible for student supervision will monitor all students for symptoms of respiratory distress.
Staff Development and Training
All staff will be provided with ongoing training and professional development related to all areas of student wellness. The pre-service and ongoing in-service training will include teaching strategies for behavior change and will focus on giving teachers the skills they need to use non-lecture, active learning methods. Staff responsible for nutrition education will be adequately prepared and regularly participate in professional development activities to effectively deliver the nutrition education program as planned. Staff responsible for implementing the physical education program will be properly certified and regularly participate in area-specific professional development activities.
Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the district meal programs and will receive ongoing, area-specific professional development. The district will provide continuing professional development for all district nutrition professionals. Staff development programs will include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors, school nutrition managers and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility
The Winona R-III 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 district will offer staff wellness programs that include education on nutrition, healthy eating behaviors and maintaining a healthy weight for optimal health. The district will establish and maintain a staff committee composed of at least one: staff member; wellness committee member; registered dietitian, school nurse or other health professional; employee benefits specialist; and other appropriate personnel. The staff wellness committee will serve as a subcommittee of the district wellness committee. The staff wellness committee will develop, promote and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote staff health and wellness. The plan will be based on input solicited from district staff and will outline ways to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, sun safety and other elements of a healthy lifestyle. The staff wellness committee will distribute its plan to the wellness program committee annually.
“Sun safety” describes a range of behaviors that include wearing appropriate clothing, applying sunscreen and limiting sun exposure. The sun safety program will focus on outdoor behavior and will be developmentally appropriate, active, engaging and taught in lessons that emphasize the positive benefits of sun safety. Sun safety education will be designed to assist students with:
2. Sun-safe skills, including the correct use of protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm as well as seeking shade and limiting sun exposure when possible and practical during the hours of peak sun intensity.
3. Knowledge about how to assess personal sun safety habits, set goals for improvement and achieve these goals.
Tobacco use prevention education will focus on all grades with particular emphasis on middle school and reinforcement in all later grades. Instructional activities will be participatory and developmentally appropriate. Tobacco use prevention education programs will be implemented in accordance with Board policy, relevant administrative procedures and law.
Oversight and Evaluation
The wellness program coordinators are responsible for monitoring implementation of the district wellness program by:
The food service director/authorized representative will monitor food service areas for compliance with the district’s nutrition guidelines and will report on this matter to the wellness program coordinators.
The program coordinators will develop an annual summary report based on input from schools within the district regarding districtwide compliance with the district’s wellness policies. The report will include a baseline of assessed indicators, impact of the policy change on those indicators, a report of progress, steps for moving to the next priority, work plans for the next year, and recommended policy revisions. The report will be provided to the Board of Education and made available on the district’s website or by other appropriate means.
During initial development of the district’s wellness-related policies and procedures, each school in the district will conduct a baseline assessment of the schools existing nutrition and physical activity programs and practices. The wellness committee will compile these results. In addition to the baseline information provided from each school, the committee will use no fewer than four of the following indicators to measure the impact of the district wellness program:
10. Number of staff who participated in training and development related to student wellness.
The wellness program coordinators will provide policy revision recommendations to the Board of Education based on the analysis of the compliance indicators as part of the annual report. The Board will revise the wellness policy as it deems necessary. Administrative procedures will be revised accordingly.
Note: The reader is encouraged to review policies and/or forms for related information in this administrative area.
Implemented: July 13, 2006
Revised: October 25, 2013, February 1, 2017 Board Approved February 9, 2017
Winona R-III School District, Winona, Missouri