Board Policy 6130
Student wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, shall be promoted in the District’s educational program, school activities, and meal programs. This policy shall be interpreted consistently with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The Superintendent or designee will ensure each school building complies with this policy, the policy is available to the community on an annual basis on the District website and distributed to students and parents through the student handbook, and that the community is informed about the progress of this policy’s implementation.
Goals for Nutrition Education
The goals for addressing nutrition education include the following:
- Schools will support and promote good nutrition for students.
- Schools will foster the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn.
- Nutrition education will be part of the District’s comprehensive health education curriculum.
Goals for Physical Activity
The goals for addressing physical activity include the following
- Schools will support and promote an active lifestyle for students.
- Physical education will be taught in all grades and shall include a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health-related fitness, increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages health habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle.
- Unless otherwise exempted, all students will be required to engage in a physical education course a minimum of 3 days per 5-day week.
- The curriculum will be consistent with and incorporate relevant Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and health as established by the Illinois Board of Education.
Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available in Schools During the School Day
Students will be offered and schools will promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Food Guidance System published jointly by the U.S. Department of health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
In addition, in order to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity, the Superintendent or designee shall restrict the sale of competitive foods, as defined by the USDA, in the food service areas during meal periods, comply with all ISBE rules, and prohibit marketing during the school day of foods and beverages that do not meet the standards listed in Board policy 3700 Food Services, i.e. in-school marketing of food and beverage items must meet competitive foods standards.
Competitive foods standards do not apply to foods and beverages available, but not sold in school during the school day; e.g., brown bag lunches.
Exempted Fundraising Day (EFD) Requests
All food and beverages sold to students on the school campuses of participating schools during the school day must comply with the “general nutrition standards for competitive foods” specified in federal law.
ISBE rules prohibit EFDs for grades 8 and below in participating schools.
Guidelines for Reimbursable School Meals
Reimbursable school meals served shall meet, at a minimum, the nutrition requirements and regulations for the National School Lunch Program.
Guidelines for Food Items at Birthday Celebrations, Holidays and Other Student Recognition
To promote overall wellness and the safety of students with health issues, only non-edible items will be used for birthday celebrations and other student recognition. In addition, only non-edible items may be used for rewards and incentives in the classroom. Options beyond food items are encouraged for holiday celebrations, or to support curricular purposes, and any food or beverage used for this purpose shall follow the intent of this wellness policy.
The Superintendent or designee shall provide periodic implementation data and/or reports to the Board concerning this policy’s implementation sufficient to allow the Board to monitor and adjust the policy. This report must include without limitation each of the following:
- An assessment of the District’s implementation of the policy
- The extent to which schools in the District are in compliance with the policy
- The extent to which the policy compares to model local school wellness policies
- A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the policy
The Superintendent or designee will invite suggestions and comments concerning the development, implementation, and improvement of the school wellness policy from community members, including parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the public.
The Superintendent, or designee, shall retain records to document compliance with this policy, the District’s records retention protocols, and the Local Records Act.