Wellness Policy

Policy Code: IGA

Adoption Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015


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.

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 in lunchroom eating areas. 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.

Food and drink vending machines will not be made available to elementary students. 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.

Money from vending can be used for but is not limited to the following examples: incentive items and rewards, mascot suits, classroom signs, caps and gowns for faculty to wear at graduation, flowers for funerals, refreshments for staff meetings, school equipment and supplies, and sterling scholar account. Other uses will be based upon the discretion of building administration.

The vending machine proceeds report will be included with the annual fiscal year audit submitted to the district at the conclusion of each fiscal year. Additional vending reports can be provided upon request thru the school’s office manager.