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Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy

SCHOOL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

 

The Bossier Parish School Board recognizes that schools should play a vital role in promoting student health, preventing childhood obesity, and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity. The School Board shall promote a healthy school environment by supporting and emphasizing student wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity and making these an integral part of the total learning environment.


Schools have a responsibility to help students learn, establish, and maintain patterns of nutrition and physical activity that facilitate a healthy environment. Well-planned and effectively implemented school nutrition and fitness programs serve to enhance a student’s overall health, as well as their behavior and academic achievement. The School Board shall require that all foods made available on school campuses should offer children nutritious choices, and physical activity should be incorporated into the school day as often as possible.


The Bossier Parish School Board shall develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive plan to encourage healthy eating and physical activity in all public schools of Bossier Parish. The plan shall make effective use of school and community resources and equitably serve the needs and interests of all schools and staff.


The Bossier Parish School System will appoint a CNP Supervisor and a Coordinator K-12 PE/Health/Drug Education to serve as the coordinators of the Wellness Policy. The Wellness Policy Committee will be a standing subcommittee of the School Health Advisory Council. The subcommittee will include members that represent students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district-wide nutrition and physical activity policies. Each school in the local educational agency shall have a contact who will participate on the Wellness Policy Subcommittee.


Nutrition Services


Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition requirements as outlined in Bulletin 1196, Louisiana Food and Nutrition Programs, Policies of Operations. Qualified Child Nutrition Program professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.

 

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School Meals
The Bossier Parish School System will:


1. Offer a school lunch program with menus that meet the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by the USDA Child Nutrition Program and the Louisiana Department of Education, Office of School and Community Support.


2. Provide school breakfast and snack programs (where approved and applicable) with menus that meet the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by USDA and the Louisiana Department of Education, Office of School and Community Support.


3. Encourage students, school staff, and families to participate in school meal programs.


4. Operate all Child Nutrition Programs with school foodservice staff who are qualified according to current professional standards.


5. Provide professional development opportunities for food service staff.


6. Ensure that food safety and sanitation are followed throughout the school, including providing facilities to wash hands before preparing and eating food.


7. Ensure that the food service permit is current for the Food Service school site.


8. Offer whole and enriched grain products that are high in fiber, low in added fats and sugars, and served in appropriate portion sizes that are consistent with the current USDA standards.


9. Offer fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruits and vegetables using healthy food preparation techniques and 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice.


10. Offer nonfat, reduced-fat, low-fat, plain and/or flavored dairy products.


11. Offer whole-grain breads and cereals..


12. Use healthy food preparation techniques for lean meat, poultry, and fish, such as baking.


13. Ensure that all foods brought into the cafeteria meet the USDA Child Nutrition Guidelines.


14. Ensure that school meals are accessible to all students with a variety of delivery strategies, grab-and-go meals, or alternate eating sites.


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15. Ensure that students receive adequate time to eat breakfast and the recommended 30 minutes for lunch.


16. Provide a cafeteria environment that is conducive to a positive dining experience, with socializing among students and between students and adults; with supervision of eating areas by adults who model proper conduct and voice level; and with adults who model healthy habits by eating with the students.


Foods and Beverages Offered Outside of the Child Nutrition Programs


An effective Wellness Program addresses foods and beverages sold and served on campus outside of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs. Nutrition education is more effective if the foods and beverages sold and offered are healthful and consistent with what is taught in the classroom. Foods and beverages sold outside the USDA Child Nutrition Programs includes vending machines, concession stores, school parties, fundraising events, and rewarding/bribing students with food.


Vending Machine and Concession Store Laws


Foods and beverages must meet specific nutritional criteria if on the grounds at any time during a period beginning one-half hour before the start of the school day and ending one-half hour after the end of the school day.
Foods and Beverages Sold Outside of the School Cafeteria


The Bossier Parish School System will:


1. Follow the nutrition guidelines set by state law for vending machines and concession stands and stores.


2. Eliminate use of foods and beverages as rewards for student accomplishment.


3. Provide healthful food and beverage choices at school parties. A list of healthy foods and beverages and non-food rewards and activities will be provided annually to administrators, students, teachers, and parents. (See attachment A)


4. Promote fundraisers that sell items other than food and beverages or only foods and beverages that are nutrient dense (low in calories and high in nutrients). (See attachment B)


5. Provide nutritious and appealing food and beverage options (such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, reduced-fat milk, reduced fat-yogurt, reduced-fat cheese, 100% juice and water) whenever foods/beverages are sold or otherwise offered after school at sporting and academic events, celebrations, social events, after school care, and other school functions.
Nutrition Education


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The Bossier Parish School System will:


1. Strive to integrate nutrition education into the core curriculum in the classroom by using sequential lessons that are correlated with standards, benchmarks, and grade level expectations, that are age and developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant.


2. Implement research-based nutrition education programs that promote lifelong healthful eating practices.


3. Strive to provide hands-on activities that are fun and engaging.


4. Provide repeated opportunities for students to taste foods that are low in fat, sodium and added sugars and high in vitamins, minerals and fiber.


5. Promote positive aspects of healthful eating behaviors.


6. Promote social learning techniques such as role modeling, providing incentives, developing social resistance skills, overcoming barriers to behavioral changes and goal-setting.


7. Strive to hire qualified, certified health education teachers.


8. Provide nutrition education related staff development opportunities for teachers on an annual basis.


9. Encourage parent involvement in lessons taught and school activities.


Physical Education and Activity


The Bossier Parish School System will:


1. Implement quality physical education programs that emphasize and promote participation in lifelong physical activities and reaching a health enhancing level of physical fitness among all students.


2. Provide physical education lessons that are aligned with standards, benchmarks, and grade-level expectations that keep students active for at least half of the class time and develop students’ self-confidence and eliminate practices that humiliate students.


3. Provide students in grades K-8 with a minimum of 150 minutes per week (30 minutes each day) of planned, organized, moderate to vigorous physical education.


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4. Ensure that enough age-appropriate and safe equipment is in place to enable students to be active for physical education and physical activity.


5. Strive to have qualified, certified physical education teachers guide physical activity instruction in all elementary grades as well as in middle and high school physical education classes.


6. Provide staff development opportunities for physical education instructors.


7. Provide a variety of fitness training, motor skills, and team work modules in physical education required at the high school level for graduation.


8. Ensure that all high school students take one and a half units of physical education.


9. Encourage the use of FITNESSGRAM standards to evaluate students’ physical fitness.


10. Strive to provide daily recess for all children in K-8th grade.


11. Encourage physical activity during recess for elementary students, intramurals programs, and clubs, as well as in physical education programs.


12. Integrate physical activity in the academic curriculum when appropriate.


13. Work with the community to create opportunities for students to walk, bike, skate board, roller-skate, play basketball, play softball, play baseball, or participate in other physical activities in a safe location at times other than the school day.


14. Provide opportunities for parents and guardians to support students’ participation in physical activities, such as a Safe Routes to School Program, to be physically active role-models, and to include physical activities in family plans.


15. Encourage school staff to participate in physical activities to serve as role models.


Communication


At the beginning of each school year, no later than one month after the first day of class, the Wellness Committee will share a summary of the Wellness Policy with school staff and faculty, students, and parents. Updates to the Policy may be highlighted and discussed. Any special events that the Wellness Policy Committee plans to achieve should be shared with everyone affected and the School Health Advisory Council.


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Monitoring and Policy Review


The Wellness Policy Committee will develop a plan of action for implementation. The Wellness Policy Committee shall use the Louisiana Department of Education’s Wellness Policy Evaluation tool annually and be prepared to report results to the district/school Health Advisory Council and the Department of Education by October 31. To accurately report the status of the Wellness Policy in the district, the Wellness Committee shall develop a plan for monitoring adherence to the Wellness Policy Guidelines, monitor, and establish a means for corrective action. The Wellness Policy Committee shall evaluate the effectiveness of the Policy and amend it based on the results of the evaluation and the needs of the community.