6:050 School Wellness
Student wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, shall be promoted in the District’s educational program, school activities, and meal programs. This policy shall be interpreted consistently with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The Superintendent or designee will ensure each school building complies with this policy, the policy is available to the community on an annual basis, and that the community is informed about the progress of this policy’s implementation.
Goals for Nutrition Education
The goals for addressing nutrition education and nutrition promotion include the following:
- Schools will support and promote good nutrition for students.
- Schools will foster the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn.
- Nutrition education will be part of the District’s comprehensive health education curriculum. See Board policy 6:060, Curriculum Content.
Goals for Physical Activity
The goals for addressing physical activity include the following:
- Schools will support and promote an active lifestyle for students.
- Physical education will be taught in all grades and shall include a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health-related fitness, increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle. See Board policy 6:060, Curriculum Content and Board policy 7:260, Exemption from Physical Education.
- Unless otherwise exempted, all students will be required to engage daily during the school day in a physical education course. See Board policy 6:060, Curriculum Content. Elementary teachers will engage students in physical activity on days students do not have physical education classes.
- The curriculum will be consistent with and incorporate relevant Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health as established by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available in Schools During the School Day
- Students will be offered and schools will promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Food Guidance System published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. In addition, in order to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity, the Superintendent or designee shall control food sales that compete with the District’s non-profit food service in compliance with the Child Nutrition Act. Food service rules shall restrict the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the food service areas during the meal periods and comply with all applicable rules of the Illinois Sate Board of Education.
- Exempted Fundraising Day (EFD) Requests: All food and beverages sold to students on the school campuses of participating schools during the school day must comply with the “general nutrition standards for competitive foods” specified in federal law, unless the Superintendent or designee in a participating school has granted an exempted fundraising day (EFD). To request and EFD and learn more about the District’s related procedure(s), contact the Superintendent or designee. The District’s procedures are subject to change. The number of EFDs is set by ISBE rule.
- Guidelines for Reimbursable School Meals: Reimbursable school meals served shall meet, at a minimum, the nutrition requirements and regulations for the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.
The Superintendent or designee shall annually provide implementation date and/or reports to the Board concerning implementation data and/or reports to the Board concerning this policy’s implementation sufficient to allow the Board to monitor and adjust the policy. This report must include without limitation, each of the following:
- An assessment of the district’s implementation of the policy
- The extent to which schools in the district are in compliance with the policy
- The extent to which the policy compares to model local school wellness policies
- A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the policy.
The Superintendent or designee will invite suggestions and comments concerning the development, implementation, and improvement of the school wellness policy from community members, including parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, school staff and administrators, and the public.
The Superintendent or designee shall retain records to document compliance with this policy.
School staff will be encouraged to use food or beverages that meet nutritional standards as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages as punishment.
Food and Beverage Items Brought From Home
The district will promote and encourage nutritious snack, lunch, and celebration options brought from home for student consumption. The district will disseminate list of healthy foods and beverages to parents and teachers.
Sharing Foods and Beverages
Schools should discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, PL 108-265, Sec. 204.
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. §1771 et seq.
National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1758.
ISBE’s “School Wellness Policy” Goal, adopted Oct. 2007.
Date Adopted: January 26, 2010
Date Amended: February 7, 2017