Implementation of Policy
The Superintendent shall appoint a School Wellness Advisory Council consisting of at least one representative of:
Food service supervisor and staff;
Nutritionists or certified dietitians;
School health care professionals (e.g., school nurses);
A school administrator;
Interested community organizations;
Teachers of Physical Education and Health;
The School Wellness Advisory Council shall meet at the call of the Wellness Coordinator designated by the Superintendent from among the members serving on the School Wellness Advisory Council; and shall oversee the Corporation’s efforts to improve student wellness through curriculum, policies, and practices. The School Wellness Advisory Council shall meet at least once a school year. Proposals for policies and practices shall be made in writing and shall be reported to the Board through the Superintendent. No votes shall be taken and where there are diverging views on a matter to be reported to the Board, all points of view shall be included in the written report to the Superintendent.
The School Wellness Advisory Council shall hold at least one (1) public meeting annually at which public input about the development, implementation, evaluation, and update of Corporation’s wellness policies and practices is solicited.
The School Wellness Advisory Council shall work with the:
- School Attorney to ensure that the Corporation’s policies and practices are consistent with Indiana and federal law and regulations, and the
- Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Department of Health, and other public and private agencies offering information and support for student wellness initiatives.
Each administrator/supervisor assigned to manage a Corporation school (“Wellness Coordinator(s)”) has the authority and duty to oversee the successful implementation of this Policy.
Nutrition Education and Nutrition Promotion
The Corporation will teach, model, encourage, and support healthy eating by all students. The Corporation will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote their health. Nutrition topics shall be integrated within the comprehensive health education curriculum and other curricular offerings such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and electives according to standards of the Indiana Department of Education and federal law. Schools will link nutrition education activities with existing coordinated school health programs or other comparable comprehensive school health promotion frameworks.
Standards of U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Programs and School Meals
The Board will provide and promote the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs to ensure that all students have access to healthy foods and beverages to support healthier choices and promote optimal learning. All meals served by the Corporation will meet the federal nutritional guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and follow principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Guidelines promulgated by the Superintendent will establish nutrition guidelines for all foods available on school campus during the school day that are consistent with federal nutritional guidelines and promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.
Sold and Non-Sold Foods and Beverages
The Corporation is committed to ensuring that all foods and beverages available to students support healthy eating.
The foods and beverages sold and served outside of the school meal programs (e.g., “sold” foods and beverages) will meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, at a minimum. By meeting the Smart Snacks standards, the Corporation aims to improve student health and well-being, increase consumption of healthful foods during the school day and create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits.
To support healthy food choices and improve student health and well-being, all foods and beverages outside the reimbursable school meal programs that are sold or served to students on the school campus during the school day will meet the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards. These standards will apply in all locations and through all services where foods and beverages are sold, which may include, but are not limited to, à la carte options in cafeterias, vending machines, school stores and snack or food carts.
Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools
It is the intent of the Corporation to protect and promote health by permitting advertising and marketing for only those foods and beverages that meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards during the school day.
Physical Activity and Other Activities
The Board supports the health and well-being of students by promoting physical activity through physical education, recess and other physical activity breaks; before-and after-school activities; and walking and bicycling to school. Additionally, the Board supports physical activity among elementary students by providing them with at least 30 of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
Parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the Board, Corporation administrators, and the general public are permitted to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of this Policy and procedures.
Epidemic/Pandemic Best Practices
As the Board supports the health and well-being of students, staff, parents, and other stakeholders, fundamental principles regarding appropriate and healthy human behavior amid pandemic conditions shall be integrated into the curriculum, at a level of detail appropriate for each age level. Such curriculum shall include a basic overview regarding how contagious disease spreads and how that spread can be contained through social distancing and appropriate sanitization and hygiene.
See policy A325 Communicable Disease.
Annual Notification of Policy
The Corporation will actively inform families and the public each year of basic information about this policy, including its content, any updates to the policy, and implementation status. This annual notification will include information on how the public can get involved in the Student Wellness Advisory Council or the implementation of the wellness policy in general. This information will be made available via the Corporation website and/or Corporation-wide communications.
At least once every three (3) years, the Corporation will evaluate compliance with the wellness policy through [an evaluation tool] to assess the implementation of the policy and include:
The extent to which schools in the Corporation are in compliance with the wellness policy;
The extent to which the Corporation’s wellness policy compares to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s model wellness policy; and
The progress made in attaining the goals of the Corporation’s wellness policy.
The Corporation will post the results of the triennial evaluation on the Corporation website when available.
The Superintendent or his or her designee shall ensure that this Policy and procedures are duly implemented, complied with, and evaluated. The content and implementation of this Policy and procedures shall be made available to the public. On an annual basis, the Superintendent or his or her designee shall assess this Policy and procedures, including the extent to which the Corporation is in compliance with the Policy, the extent to which the Policy compares to a model policy, and a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the Policy. The Superintendent or his or her designee shall report to the board on an annual basis an assessment of this Policy and corresponding procedures. This assessment shall be made available to the public.
The Superintendent or his designee shall develop and administer guidelines to:
Coordinate the work of the School Wellness Advisory Council and staff members working in Food Services, Curriculum Development, and extra-curricular activities;
Promote student wellness in all curricular and extra-curricular activities of the Corporation;
Establish goals and procedures for the implementation of this Policy, including regular assessment of progress on established wellness goals.
I.C. 20-26-9-18 et. seq. 42 U.S.C § 1758b
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation