Orig. Code(s): EFA
The Fossil School District Wellness Committee is always looking for new members and welcomes all interested persons. The committee meets Quarterly or sooner if needed. If you are interested in being a member or visiting the committee, please contact Brad Sperry, Superintendent/Wellness Committee Chairman, at 541-763-4384.
Local Wellness Program
The Board recognizes that childhood obesity has become an epidemic in Oregon as well as throughout the nation. Research indicates that obesity and many diseases associated with obesity are largely preventable through diet and regular physical activity. Additional research indicated that healthy eating patterns and increased physical activity are essential for students to achieve their academic potential, full physical and mental growth and lifelong health and well-being.
To help ensure students possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices for a lifetime, the superintendent shall prepare and implement a comprehensive district nutrition program consistent with state and federal requirements for districts sponsoring the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The program shall reflect the Boardís commitment to providing adequate time for instruction that promotes healthy eating through nutrition education, serving healthy and appealing foods at district schools, developing food-use guidelines for staff and establishing liaisons with nutrition service providers, as appropriate.
The input of staff (including but not limited to, physical education and school health professionals), students, parents, the public, representatives of the school food authority and public health professionals will be encouraged. The superintendent will develop administrative regulations as necessary to implement the goals of this policy throughout the district.
Nutrition Promotion and Nutrition Education
Nutrition promotion supports the integration of nutrition education throughout the school environment. Nutrition education topics shall be integrated within the sequential, comprehensive health education program taught at every grade level, prekindergarten through grade 12, and coordinated with the districtís nutrition and food services operation.
It is the intent of the Board that district schools be proactive in encouraging students to make nutritious food choices. All food and beverage items sold to students in a K-12 public school as part of the regular or extended school day shall meet the minimum state and federal standards. Exceptions to this requirement include items that are part of the USDA National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program. Other exceptions are foods and beverages provided in the following instances:
1. When the school is the site of school-related events or events for which parents and other adults are a significant part of an audience; or
2. The sale of food or beverage items before, during or after a sporting event, interscholastic activity, a play, band or choir concert.
Although the Board believes that the districtís nutrition and food services operation should be financially self-supporting, it recognizes that the nutrition program is an essential educational and support activity. Therefore, budget neutrality or profit generation must not take precedence over the nutrition needs of its students. In compliance with federal law, the districtís NSLP and SBP shall be nonprofit.
The superintendent is directed to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy that address all food and beverage items sold and/or served to students in district schools, including provisions for staff development, family and community involvement and program evaluation. These food and beverage items include competitive foods, snacks and beverages sold from vending machines and school stores, and similar food and beverage items from fund-raising activities and refreshments that are made available at school parties, celebrations and meetings.
The Board realizes that a quality physical education program is an essential component for all students to learn about and participate in physical activity.
Physical activity should be included in a schoolís daily education program for grades pre-K through 12. Physical activity should include regular instructional physical education as well as co-curricular activities and recess. The district will develop and assess student performance standards in order to meet the Oregon Department of Educationís physical education content standards.
Reimbursable School Meals
The district may enter into an agreement with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to operate reimbursable school meal programs. The superintendent will develop administrative regulations as necessary to implement this policy and meet the requirements of state and federal law. These guidelines shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of section 10 of the Child Nutrition Act (42 U.S.C. 1779) and section 9(f)(1) and 17(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(f)(1), 1766(a)(0).
Other School-Based Activities
The district will promote district and community-based activities that foster healthy eating and create environments that promote physical activity. Families and the community will be encouraged to provide healthy food choices in all situations where food is served. Educational workshops, screenings and literature related to healthy food choices and physical activity may be offered to families.
Evaluation of the Local Wellness Policy
The Board will involve staff (including but not limited to, physical education and school health professionals), parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, public health professionals, school administrators and the public in the development, implementation and periodic review and yearly update of this policy. In an effort to measure the implementation of this policy the Board designates the superintendent as the person who will be responsible for ensuring each school meets the goals outlined in this policy. The district will make available to the public, annually, an assessment of the implementation, including the extent to which the schools are in compliance with policy, how the policy compares to model policy and a description of the progress being made in attaining the goals of this policy.
END OF POLICY
National School Lunch Program, 7 C.F.R. Part 210 (2006).
School Breakfast Program, 7 C.F.R. Part 220 (2006).
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296 Section 204.
EFAA - District Nutrition and Food Services