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Wellness Policy

 

 

 

 

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Bark River-Harris School District.

 

The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well being of the District’s students. Furthermore, research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student’s health and well being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools’ meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school. 

 

The board, however, believes this effort to support the student’s development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot by accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.

 

The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:

  1. With regard to nutrition education the District shall:
    1. Nutrition education shall extend beyond the school by engaging and involving families and the community.
    2.  Nutrition education standards and benchmarks promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat and fat-free dairy products.
  2. With regard to physical activity the District shall:
    1. A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be               

      provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and  

      benchmarks established by the State.

    1. All students in grades K-6 shall be provided with a daily recess period.
    2. The school shall encourage families and community organizations to institute programs that support physical activity of all sorts. 
  1.  With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:
    1. The school shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by

       bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.

    1. The school shall utilize electronic identification and payment systems,

                        therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to

                        receive free and/or reduced meals.

BOARD OF EDUCATION

BARK RIVER-HARRIS SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:

1.      The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied

and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and learn well.

2.      All foods available to students in the dining area during school food service hours shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive food available to student a la carte or from vending machines.

3.      The school shall prepare and distribute to staff, parents, and after school program personnel a list of snack items that comply with the current USDA dietary Guidelines for Americans.

4.      All foods available to students in District programs, other than the food service program, shall be served with consideration for promoting student health and well-being.

5.      Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.

 

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy, including, but not limited to, the manner in which the implementation of this policy shall be regularly evaluated by the principal of each school. The Board designates the Superintendent, Jason Lockwood, as the individual charged with operational responsibility for verifying that the District meets the goals established in this policy.

 

The Superintendent shall report on the District’s compliance with this policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Board.





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