Policy Code: IGA

Adoption Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

WELLNESS POLICY

The Iron County School District promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment in accordance with Section 204 of Public Law 108-265. Students need adequate, nourishing food and physical activity in order to grow, learn, maintain good health and achieve academic success.

The ICSD Wellness Committee will meet annually to evaluate and recommend revisions consistent with healthful choices in both nutrition and physical activity to the Board. The school principal or designees will monitor and implement the wellness policy.

USOE CORE Curriculum standards and the “Healthy Hunger- Free Kids Act” (HHFKA) regulations for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) will be used district wide to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity.

The “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act provided USDA authority to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold outside of the Federal child nutrition programs in schools. The law “Smart Snacks” specifies that the nutrition standards shall apply to all foods sold: outside the school meal programs; on the school campus; and at any time during the school day.

The school campus is defined as “All areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.”

The school day is defined as “The period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.”

To be allowable for sale, a food item must meet all of the competitive food nutrition standards. The food must be a whole grain rich product; or have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein food or be a combination food with at least ¼ cup fruit and/or vegetable or contain 10% of the Daily Value of one nutrient of public health concern namely calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and dietary fiber. The food item must also meet the nutrient standards for total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, calories and total sugar.

All foods that meet the regulatory standards may be sold at fundraisers on the school campus during school hours. The standards would not apply to items sold during non-school hours, weekends, or off-campus fundraising events.

Beverages are also affected. No caffeinated (unless naturally occurring trace amounts) drinks will be sold to students for grades K-8th. The allowed serving sizes, calories, and sodium levels for beverages sold will be followed for all age groups. There will be no restriction on the sale of any allowable beverage at any grade level, during the school day anywhere on the school campus.

Marketing of all food or beverage products depicted on items/equipment on the school campus during the school day must meet the "Smart Snacks" nutrition standards.

Marketing standards apply in the marketing on non-compliant food and beverages. The following are not permitted during the defined school day.

Marketing of food includes oral, written, or graphic statements made for the purpose of promoting the sale of a food or beverage product. Therefore the marketing standards apply to items such as posters, flyers, and other printed materials advertising products. It also applies to prizes or other premium items given to students to promote a product, cups used for beverage dispensing, and various equipment, such as the exterior of vending machines, menu boards, coolers, trashcans, and other food service equipment. Also included are school buses, beverage cases, food display racks and water coolers.

Marketing restrictions do not apply to materials used for educational purposes in the classroom, such as teachers use of advertisements as an educational tool or when implementing a health or nutrition education curriculum that favors the consumption of some foods over others. Also exempt from the marketing provision is clothing, and the packaging of products brought from home for personal consumption.

The local wellness policy marketing standards are not intended to restrict incentive programs like a restaurant or brand that gives free pizza or coupons when students read a certain number of books. Promotion of label redemption programs on school property is permitted.

Due to the increase of students with food allergies and to insure their safety; no classified employees or non-school personnel will be allowed to pass out food items to students.

Non-school entities such as PTA, PTO, and Community Organizations must have the prior permission (on each occasion), of the School Administrator before handing out any food items.

Teachers will be allowed to have a monthly classroom activity that involves food given to students. Activities such as Greek Day, PI Day, Valentines parties, etc. are allowable. Teachers are encouraged to reduce the use of food-based rewards and explore other incentive options.

Celebration and recognition of student birthdays are not included in the monthly classroom activity. However parents are encouraged to send food items that have been purchased from the store and have a food nutrition facts label that includes a carb count for diabetic students. Birthday food items will be offered after the students have had the opportunity to eat lunch.

The following items will be monitored by the Child Nutrition Program:

The School Nutrition Services will follow all the HHFKA requirements for NSLP & SBP meals. School meals will follow the meal pattern as directed by USDA. Nutrition Services will follow nutrition standards when selling a la carte items from the serving lines.

Schools will comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Each school will have in place a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan and guideline to prevent illness and promote food safety.

Competitive foods may not be sold or given out in lunchroom eating areas during any meal service. Competitive foods are defined as all food and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day, other than those meals reimbursable under programs authorized by the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) and the Child Nutrition Act (CNA).

Each school cafeteria will have a peanut free table or zone for the protection of students with severe peanut allergies. This table is available for all students to sit at as long as they do not have an food item containing peanuts .

The following items will be monitored by school building principals:

Educators will follow the USOE CORE Curriculum physical education program. Physical activity should be included in a regularly scheduled physical education program from grades K through 12.

All food and beverage items sold at schools will meet the “Smart Snacks” nutrition standards.

Record keeping is required for any food or beverage item sold in schools. Records will include receipts, nutrition labels and product specifications.

Due to USDA MArketing regulations food and drink vending machines will not be made available. The sale of energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine and other natural stimulants is prohibited.

Each school will be allowed to have three fundraisers per school year with foods which do not meet the “Smart Snacks” requirements. Each individual fundraiser cannot exceed 5 days in length.