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ICEF Welness Policy

 

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Pending Board Approval

 

POLICY STATEMENT

Several studies demonstrate a relationship between student’s health and school academic performance. These studies show that students who are healthy not only excel academically, but are more likely to be positively engaged in social, community, and extracurricular activities.  For these reasons, ICEF’s Wellness Policy seeks to ensure optimal learning conditions for its students and in this manner help advance student achievement. ICEF’s Wellness Policy consists of nutrition and physical education guidelines intended to teach students about healthy lifestyle choices and reduce unhealthy food consumption. The ultimate goal is to ensure that students’ nutritional, physical and mental competencies are developed in and can support their academic efforts and goals.

 

ICEF’s School Wellness Policy will ensure that:

  1. All foods available on school premises during school hours will provide for nutritional wellbeing of all students and adhere with local, state, and federal guidelines.
  2. School’s Physical Education Curriculum and Athletics Programs provide appropriate levels of physical activity in accordance with guidelines, and help foster health social skills and positive self-image.
  3. Schools increase student and parent’s awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and active lifestyles. 
  4. Assists students and families to obtain necessary support services that contribute to maximum educational benefit.

 

NUTRITION GUIDELINES:

 

  • School directors are responsible for all food and drinks sold on school campus, including outside of the cafeteria (“competitive foods”), e.g. in vending machines, and fundraisers (refer to Appendix B: “Smart Snacks in School”)
  • Food and beverages provided through federally funded reimbursable school meal program shall meet or exceed federal guidelines and regulations, as they apply to schools. These foods will be prepared in ways that ensure optimal student acceptance.
  • Foods available on school premises must provide for the nutritional well-being of children and serve as a model for healthy eating.
  • Food will be carefully selected so as to contribute to the student’s nutritional wellbeing and the prevention of disease
  • Schools will restrict sales of non-nutritious foods and drinks to ½ an hour after the end of the school day.
  • Food will be served in age-appropriate quantities (refer to Attachment B)
  • Elementary schools will be prohibited from selling food items which do not conform to nutrient standards required by the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (refer to Appendix B: “Smart Snacks in School”)

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION GUIDELINES:

 

  • Schools will develop and implement a comprehensive and standard-based physical education curriculum, which will prepare students to successful pass the FITNESSGRAM physical performance test.
  • All ICEF schools will provide adequate space and equipment (or make proper arrangements) for students to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through a variety of physical activity and athletics programs, during and after school.
  • Physical education instruction at the elementary level to include 200 minutes of instruction each 10 school days.
  • Physical education instruction at the secondary level to include 400 minutes of instruction each 10 school days for students Grades 6-12, including students with disabilities and special health-care needs and those in alternative education settings.
  • FITNESSGRAM physical performance test will be administered in Grades 5, 7, and 9 by staff during the month of February, March, April, or May with resulted reported to the CDE.
  • Ninth grade students, who fail to pass the FITNESSGRAM test, will lose the current two –year exemption from physical education and will be placed in subsequent physical education courses to prepare them to retake the FITNESSGRAM test.
  • A variety of athletic programs (including basketball, football, volleyball, rugby, soccer) will be available to ICEF students. Availability depends on student grades and school.

 

STUDENT

SUPPORT

SERVICES

 

  • ICEF Public Schools supports all students in areas of positive behavior support, counseling, and compensatory attendance. In addition, we support families in transitions (Students who are homeless and in foster care) with academic intervention, community resource referrals (health examinations, job preparation and housing) and school supplies. We also provide support to schools for early intervention and academic, behavior, and socio-emotional challenges.

 

PARENT EDUCATION

AND

INVOLVEMENT

  • School staff will encourage and educate parents/guardians to support the school’s nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks that they donate and by limiting foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards.
  • To ensure a consistent message between the school and home, the School Directors will disseminate health information to parents/guardians through school newsletters, the school website, Parent Information Meetings and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.
  • Classes/Workshops on healthy eating will be provided to parents and student which will include, but not be limited to the following subject: reading and understanding nutrition labels, food nutrition content, serving sizes, healthy cooking options, and disease prevention.
  • Parents will be given the opportunity to participate and support in school athletic programs and events.
  • Students and families will be provided with information regarding access to the following services: health insurance programs or Medi-Cal, emergency food banks and pantries, health and other social services and resources.

 

 

TIMELINE FOR

IMPLEMENTATION:

  • July 2014:
  • School directors, teachers, and school administrators, and parents will be involve in selecting food venders for National School Lunch and Breakfast program, and in the development of planning of menus to meet the needs of their school. 
  • All ICEF Public Schools will post this Wellness Policy on the school’s website, Parent-Student Handbook, and SchoolReach announcements.
  • August 2014:
  • Completely eliminated of the marketing and sale of all unhealthy foods and beverages in all ICEF school sites.
  • Policy will be reviewed with parents during parent orientation meetings, and monthly Parent Information Meetings (PIM).
  • January 2015:
  • School Directors will monitor and report the existence of any clubs, organizations, students, teachers or volunteers that were regularly engaged in selling unauthorized snack items. In addition, directors will periodically evaluate significance of the violations, and employ an appropriate action to correct the situation
  • May 2015:
  • The School-Site Council will designate a committee to complete an annual assessment of the implementation of School Wellness Policy. A report of their assessments and recommendation will be used to determine the effectiveness of the Wellness Policy and amend as necessary.

 

REFERENCES:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Association Between School Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, And Academic Performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
  2. The California Endowment, The Critical Connection Between Health and Academic Achievement: How Schools and Policymakers Can Achieve a Positive Impact.
  3. M .I . Jackson. Understanding Links Between Adolescent Health and Educational

Attainment, Demography, Vol . 46, No . 4 (2009): 671-694.   

 

RELATED SOURCES:

  • Child Nutrition and Women, Infant, and Children Reauthorization Act of 2004
  • The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
  • Public Law 111-296 authorizing the child nutrition programs and established federally required enhancement to LSWPs, adding Section 9A to the Richard B Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S. Code 1758b)
  • Education Code:
  • 33350-33354 CDE responsibility, Physical education
  • 49430-49436 Pupil Nutrition, Health and Achievement Act of 2001
  • 49490-49494 School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
  • 49500-49505 School Meals
  • 49510-49520 Nutrition
  • 4953-49536 Child Nutrition Act
  • 49547-49548.3 Comprehensive Nutrition Services
  • 49550-49561 Meals for Needy Students
  • 49570 National School Lunch Act
  • 51210 Course Study, grades 1-6
  • 51220 Course Study, Grades 7-12
  • 51222 Physical Education
  • 51223 Physical Education, Elementary schools
  • 51880-51921 Comprehensive Health Education

 

ATTACHMENTS:

  1. Local School Wellness Policies(LWP): Comparison Chart of 2004 vs. 2010 Requirements
  2. Smart Snack in School: USDA’s “All Foods Sold in School” Standard
  3. Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School-Summary Chart. (Food and Nutrition Service)
  4. Local Wellness Policy-CalEdFacts
  5. Youth & Cardiovascular Diseases-Statistical Sheet 2013 Update (American Heart Association)