The primary goals of the Crane R-III School District's wellness program are to promote student health, reduce student overweight/obesity, facilitate student learning of lifelong healthy habits and increase student achievement. The following procedures will guide the implementation of the district wellness program.
School Breakfasts –
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À La Carte Food Items –
À La Carte Beverage Items –
Food Items Sold in Vending Machines and School Stores –
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After-School Programs –
Celebrations and Parties –
Intramural Activities –
1. Provide students at all grade levels with adequate nutrition knowledge including, but not limited to:
2. Provide students with nutrition-related skills that minimally include the ability to:
3. Provide instructional activities that stress the appealing aspects of healthy eating and are hands-on, behavior based, culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and enjoyable. Examples of activities include, but are not limited to: food preparation, contests, promotions, taste testings, farm visits and school gardens.
4. Encourage district staff to cooperate with local agencies and community groups to provide students with opportunities for volunteer work related to nutrition, such as in food banks, soup kitchens or after-school programs.
5. Ensure that school counselors and school health services staff consistently promote healthy eating to students and other staff and that these professionals are prepared to recognize conditions such as unhealthy weight, eating disorders and other nutrition-related health problems among students and staff as well as assure access to healthcare.
6. Coordinate the food service program with nutrition instruction. Food service staff should also work closely with those responsible for other components of the school health program to achieve common goals.
1. Offering healthy eating seminars for parents/guardians.
2. Providing nutrition information to parents/guardians via newsletters, handouts, presentations or other appropriate means.
3. Posting nutrition tips on district websites.
4. Providing opportunities for parents/guardians to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community.
5. Disseminating information about community programs that offer nutrition assistance to families.
6. Posting links to research and articles explaining the connections between good nutrition and academic performance.
If practical, the district will provide information in a language understandable to the parents/guardians.
Recess – A structured play environment outside of regular classroom instructional activities that allows students to engage in safe and active free play.
The district's physical activity goal is to assist students in learning to value and enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle by ensuring that every student has the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, maintain physical fitness and regularly participate in physical activity. In order to achieve the physical activity goal, the district will:
1. Develop a sequential program of appropriate physical education for every student. The elementary program will provide for:
The middle school program will provide for _____ (recommended: 225) minutes of moderate physical activity during each school week and _____ (required: 3,000) minutes of physical education per year.
The high school program will provide for _____ (recommended: 2; required: 1) unit(s) of physical education prior to graduation.
All activity will:
2. Provide opportunities and encouragement for students to voluntarily participate in before- and after-school physical activity programs such as intramural activities, interscholastic athletics and clubs by:
3. Strive to provide joint school and community recreational activities by:
4. Prohibit the use of physical activity as a form of discipline or punishment and ensure that physical education and recess will not be withheld as punishment.
5. Discourage periods of inactivity that exceed two or more hours. When activities such as mandatory schoolwide testing make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, staff should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
6. Provide and encourage—verbally and through the provision of space, equipment and activities—daily periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity for all participants in onsite after-school child care and enrichment programs sponsored by the district.
7. Provide opportunities and encouragement for staff to be physically active by:
The wellness program shall make effective use of district and community resources and equitably serve the needs and interests of all students and staff, taking into consideration differences of gender, cultural norms, physical and cognitive abilities and fitness level.
1. Providing nutrient analyses of district menus.
2. Providing parents/guardians a list of appropriate foods that meet the district's nutrition standards for snacks.
3. Providing parents/guardians with ideas for healthy celebrations, parties, rewards and fundraising activities.
4. Encouraging parents/guardians to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the district’s nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages.
5. Designing curricular nutrition education activities and promotions to involve parents/guardians and the community.
6. Supporting efforts of parents/guardians to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.
7. Providing information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities available to students before, during and after the school day.
8. Sharing information about physical activity and physical education via the district's website, newsletter, other take-home materials, special events or physical education homework.
9. Working with families to provide consistent sun safety information that includes an overview of the district's sun safety program, an explanation of how parents/guardians can reinforce the program at home and how they can become involved with and support the district’s program.
10. Encouraging parents/guardians to volunteer time in the classroom, cafeteria or at special events that promote student health.
If practical, the district will provide information in a language understandable to parents/guardians.
Tobacco advertising is not permitted on district property, at district-sponsored events or in district-sponsored publications. Food and beverage marketing will be limited to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards adopted by the Board. Other examples of marketing and advertising the district will scrutinize include, but are not limited to: pricing strategies that promote healthy food choices, audiovisual programming, educational incentive programs, scoreboards, book covers and vending machine displays.
1. Meal times will provide students with at least _____ (recommended: 10) minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and _____ (recommended: 20) minutes after sitting down for lunch.
2. Activities such as tutoring or meetings will not be held during mealtimes unless students may eat during such activities.
3. At the elementary level, lunch periods will follow recess periods.
4. Drinking water will be available to students during meals.
5. Students will have access to hand-washing facilities before they eat meals or snacks.
6. The district will take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students.
7. Students will be allowed to converse during meals.
8. The cafeteria will be clean, orderly and inviting.
9. Adequate seating and supervision will be provided during meal times.
1. When the AQI is "code orange" (unhealthy for sensitive groups of people), students with a history of reactions to ozone exposure will be permitted to reduce their outdoor exertion level or time spent outdoors, and the staff will arrange alternative indoor physical activities. Appropriately trained staff responsible for student supervision will monitor such students for symptoms of respiratory distress.
2. When the AQI is "code red" (unhealthy), students with a history of reactions to ozone exposure will remain indoors and participate in indoor physical activities. Appropriately trained staff responsible for student supervision will monitor such students for symptoms of respiratory distress. All other students will be allowed to engage in no more than one hour of heavy exertion (i.e., activities that involve high-intensity exercise such as basketball, soccer and running) while outdoors.
3. When the AQI is "code purple" (very unhealthy) or "code maroon" (hazardous), all students will be kept indoors and participate in indoor physical activities. Appropriately trained staff responsible for student supervision will monitor all students for symptoms of respiratory distress.
Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the district meal programs and will receive ongoing, area-specific professional development. The district will provide continuing professional development for all district nutrition professionals. Staff development programs will include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors, school nutrition managers and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility.
1. Knowledge about the harmful effects of the sun and ways to protect skin.
2. Sun-safe skills, including the correct use of protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm as well as seeking shade and limiting sun exposure when possible and practical during the hours of peak sun intensity.
3. Knowledge about how to assess personal sun safety habits, set goals for improvement and achieve these goals.
1. Assuming responsibility for the assessment of existing policies and procedures.
2. Prioritizing wellness goals and writing work plans for each goal.
3. Measuring implementation of the district wellness policy and procedure.
4. Ensuring that the district meets the goals of the wellness policy and procedure.
5. Reporting to the Board on compliance and progress annually.
The program coordinators will develop an annual summary report based on input from schools within the district regarding districtwide compliance with the district's wellness-related policies and procedures. The report will include a baseline of assessed indicators, impact of policy and procedure changes on those indicators, a report of progress, the extent to which each school is in compliance with the district's wellness policy and this procedure, steps for moving to the next priority, work plans for the next year, and recommended policy revisions. The report will be provided to the Board of Education and made available to the public on the district's website or by other appropriate means.
1. School Health Index.
2. Physical fitness reports.
3. Physical activity levels of staff.
4. Weight status or body mass index (BMI) of students and staff.
5. Fruit and vegetable intake of students and staff.
6. Number of healthy food items available in vending machines.
7. Number of discipline problems.
8. Achievement levels of students.
9. Student absenteeism.
10. Number of staff who participated in training and development related to student wellness.