ADOPTED: June 5, 2006
242. Local Wellness Policy
The School District of Hatboro-Horsham is committed to providing a school
environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices.
To accomplish these goals:
- Child Nutrition Programs comply with federal, state and local requirements. Child Nutrition Programs are accessible to all children.
- Sequential and interdisciplinary nutrition education is provided and promoted.
- All school-based activities during the school day are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
- All foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, parties, and fundraising) during the school day are consistent with the current Nutritional Standards for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools.
- All foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
- The school environment is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allows ample time and space for eating meals.
$ The staff responsible for nutrition education will be adequately prepared and participate regularly in professional development activities to effectively deliver an accurate nutrition education program as planned. Preparation and professional development activities will provide basic knowledge of nutrition, combined with skill practice in program-specific activities and instructional techniques and strategies designed to promote healthy eating habits.
$ The school cafeteria provides an environment that promotes the students positive decision making skills taught in the nutrition classroom.
$ Nutrition education will involve sharing information with families and the broader community to positively impact students and the health of the community.
$ School district(s) will provide information to families that encourage them to teach their children about health and nutrition and to provide nutritious meals for their families.
$ Students will be encouraged to start each day with a healthy breakfast.
$ Physical education courses will be the environment where students learn, practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills and knowledge.
$ Policies ensure that state-certified physical education instructors teach all physical education classes.
$ Time allotted for physical activity will be guided by recommended practices from research, national and state standards.
$ Physical education includes the instruction of individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage life-long physical activity.
$ Adequate equipment is available for all students to participate in physical education. Physical activity facilities on school grounds will be safe.
$ The school provides a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.
$ Information will be made available to families to help them incorporate physical activity into their students lives.
$ Schools are encouraged to provide community access to and encourage students and community organizations to use the schools physical activity facilities outside of the normal school day.
Other School Based Activities
$ After-school programs will encourage physical activity and healthy habit formation.
$ Wellness policy goals have guiding impact when planning school-based activities.
$ Support for the health of all students is demonstrated by hosting health clinics, health screenings, and assistance with other health-related needs.
Nutrition Guidelines for All Foods on Campus
All foods made available on campus during the school day will comply with the current Nutritional Standards for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools:
· Vending machines
· A la carte
· Beverage contracts
· Student stores
· School parties/celebrations
$ Food providers will take every measure to ensure that student access to foods and beverages meets federal, state and local laws and guidelines. Food providers will offer a variety of age appropriate healthy food and beverage selections for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.
$ Nutrition information for products offered in snack bars, a la carte, vending and school stores is recorded on the attached label.
$ School officials are engaged in choosing the competitive food selections for their local schools.
$ Promotional activities will be limited to programs that are requested by school officials to support teaching and learning. All promotional activities in schools will be connected to activities that encourage physical activity, academic achievement or positive youth development and are in compliance with local guidelines.
$ Food providers will be sensitive to the school environment in displaying their logos and trademarks on school grounds.
$ Classroom snacks feature healthy choices.
$ Advertising messages are consistent with and reinforce the objectives of the education and nutrition environment goals of the school.
$ Advertising of foods or beverages in the areas accessible to students during meal times must be consistent with established nutrition environment standards.
$ The National Association of State Boards of Education recommends that students should be provided adequate time to eat lunch, at least 10 minutes for breakfast and 20 minutes for lunch, from the time the student is seated.
$ Cafeterias include enough serving areas so that students do not have to spend too much time waiting in line.
$ Dining areas are attractive and have enough space for seating all students.
$ Drinking water is available for students at meals.
Child Nutrition Operations
$ The child nutrition program will ensure that all students have affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to stay healthy and learn well.
$ The school will strive to increase participation in the available federal Child Nutrition programs (e.g. school lunch).
$ Employ a food service director, who is properly qualified, certified and/or credentialed according to current professional standards, to administer the school food service program and satisfy reporting requirements.
$ All food service personnel shall have adequate training in food service operations.
$ Students are encouraged to start each day with a healthy breakfast.
Food Safety/Food Security
$ All foods made available on campus comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food illness in schools.
$ For the safety and security of the food and facility access to the food service operations are limited to Child Nutrition staff and authorized personnel. For further guidance see the US Department of Agriculture food security guidelines.
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