DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY:

File: ADF

The Blackstone-Millville Regional District School Committee recognizes the relationship between student well-being and student achievement as well as the importance of a comprehensive district wellness program. Therefore, the school district will provide developmentally appropriate and sequential nutrition and physical education as well as opportunities for physical activity.

All schools in the District will participate in available federal school meal programs including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program and the Special Milk Program. Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity. Principals and school staff will promote a school environment supportive of healthy eating and physical activity.

A Wellness Program will be implemented in a multidisciplinary fashion and will be evidence based.

Wellness Committee
The school district will establish a wellness committee that consists of at least one (1): parent, student, nurse, school food service representative, School Committee member, school administrator, and other staff and/or community members as appropriate. If available, a qualified, credentialed nutrition professional will be a member of the wellness committee. The Superintendent shall designate a staff person to serve as the Wellness Program Coordinator who, in consultation with the wellness committee, will be in charge of implementation and evaluation of this policy.

Nutrition Guidelines
It is the policy of the school district that all foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day are consistent with School Lunch Program nutrition guidelines. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals will not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to law. The district will create procedures that address all foods available to students throughout the school day in the following areas:

  1. guidelines for maximizing nutritional value by decreasing fat and added sugars, increasing nutrition density and moderating portion size of each individual food or beverage sold within the school environment;
  2. separate guidelines for foods and beverages in the following categories:
  1. foods and beverages included in a la carte sales in the food service program on school campuses;
  2. foods and beverages sold in vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and concession stands; and
  3. foods and beverages sold as part of school-sponsored fundraising activities.

Nutrition and Physical Education
Blackstone-Millville Regional School District Page 2of 3 The school district will provide nutrition education aligned with standards established by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program in all grades. The school district will provide physical education training aligned with the standards established by the Department of Education. The wellness program coordinators, in consultation with the wellness committee, will develop procedures that address nutrition and physical education.

Nutrition Education

Physical Education Activities

Other School-Based Activities
The wellness program coordinators, in consultation with the wellness committee, are charged with developing procedures addressing other school-based activities to promote wellness including, but not limited to:

Evaluation
The wellness committee will assess all education curricula and materials pertaining to wellness for accuracy, completeness, balance and consistency with the state and district's educational goals and standards. Wellness program coordinators shall be responsible for devising a plan for implementation and evaluation of the district wellness policy and are charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that schools meet the goals of the district wellness policy. Wellness program coordinators will report to the School Committee annually.

CROSS REFS.: EFC, Free and Reduced-Cost Food Services IHAMA, Teaching About Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs KHA, Public Solicitations in the Schools KHB, Advertising in the Schools

LEGAL REFS.: The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Section 204, P.L. 108 -265 The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 - 1769h The Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1771 - 1789

ADOPTED: September 28, 2006