• District Wellness Policy.pdf

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    Preface

    The Williamston Community Schools (WCS) Board of Education recognizes and acknowledges that “schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students and staff are not physically, mentally and socially healthy.”1 The Board believes that schools should provide a campus-wide environment where students are taught healthy eating and physical activity knowledge, skills, and values. In addition, the campus-wide environment should provide ample opportunity to practice these skills on a daily basis.

    A local school wellness policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) efforts to establish a school building environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The wellness policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). It is specific to LEAs (local school districts, public school academies, and intermediate school districts), as opposed to School Food Authorities,2 that participate in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. The responsibility for developing, implementing, and evaluating a wellness policy is placed at the local level so the unique needs of each school under the LEA’s jurisdiction can be addressed.3

    Wellness Committee and Policy Leadership
    Committee Role and Membership

    The LEA will convene a representative district wellness committee to establish goals for and oversee school health policies and programs, including development, implementation, and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy.

    The committee will represent all school building levels (elementary and secondary schools) and include to the extent possible, but not be limited to: parents and caregivers, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, health education teachers, school health professionals (e.g. Nurses, physicians, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel who provide school health services), mental health and social services staff (e.g., school counselors, psychologists, social workers, or psychiatrists), school administrators, school board members, health professionals (e.g., dietitians, doctors, nurses, dentists), and the general public. When possible, membership will also include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) coordinators.

    To the extent possible, the committee will include representatives from each school building and reflect the diversity of the community.4


    1 Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Coordinated School Health Programs to Support Academic Achievement and Healthy Schools

    2 The governing body which is responsible for the administration of one or more schools and which has the legal authority to operate a nonprofit school food service program therein or otherwise approved by the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture to operate the National School Lunch Program.

    3 Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the HHFKA: Summary of Final Rule

    4 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Model Local Wellness Policy 2016

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    Wellness Policy Leadership


    The LEA will establish wellness policy leadership of one or more district and/or school building official(s) (e.g., superintendent, building principal) who have the authority and responsibility to ensure each school building complies with this policy.5

    The designated official(s) for oversight are:

    Dr. Adam Spina, WCS Superintendent
    418 Highland Street
    Williamston, MI 48895
    (517) 655-4361

    Ms. Lynna Hassenger, WCS Food Service Director
    418 Highland Street
    Williamston, MI 48895
    (517) 655-4361

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Education

    Students shall receive nutrition education that is aligned with the Michigan Health Education Grade Level Content Expectations and the Michigan Merit Curriculum Guidelines for Health Education.6 Nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skills, and values needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors shall be integrated into the curriculum. Nutrition education information shall be offered throughout the school campus including, but not limited to, school dining areas and classrooms. Staff members who provide nutrition education shall have the appropriate training.7

    SMART Goal(s) for Nutrition Education:

    1. Nutrition education shall be included in the Health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives.

    2. Nutrition education posters will be displayed in the cafeteria.

    Nutrition Promotion

    Nutrition promotion and education positively influence lifelong eating behaviors by using evidence-based techniques and nutrition messages, and by creating food environments that encourage healthy nutrition choices and participation in school meal programs. Students and staff will receive consistent


    5 Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the HHFKA: Summary of Final Rule

    6 Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Merit Curriculum Guidelines for Health Education, V.1.07

    7 Michigan State Board of Education Model Local Wellness Policy 2005

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    nutrition messages throughout school buildings, classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. Nutrition promotion also includes marketing and advertising nutritious foods and beverages to students and is most
    effective when implemented consistently through a comprehensive and multi-channel approach by school building staff, teachers, parents, students, and the community. The District will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all students throughout the school campus, as well as encourage participation in school meal programs.8

    SMART Goal(s) for Nutrition Promotion:

    1. Encourage students to increase their consumption of healthful foods during the school day;

    2. Create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits, including offering the following healthy foods that comply with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards:

    a. a variety of fresh produce to include those prepared without added fats, sugars, refined sugars, and sodium

    b. a variety of vegetables daily to include specific subgroups as defined by dark green, red/orange, legumes, and starchy

    c. whole grain products - half of all grains need to be whole grain-rich upon initial implementation and all grains must be whole grain-rich within two (2) years of implementation

    d. fluid milk that is fat-free (unflavored and flavored) and low-fat (unflavored)

    e. meals designed to meet specific calorie ranges for age/grade groups

    3. Eliminate trans-fat from school meals

    4. Require students to select a fruit or vegetable as part of a complete reimbursable meal

    Standards and Nutrition Guidelines for all Foods and Beverages

    The District shall encourage students to make nutritious food choices and ensure that all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus9 during the school day10 are consistent with federal and state regulations.


    8 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Model Local Wellness Policy 2016

    9 All areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.

    10 The period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.

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    Reimbursable school meals must meet requirements found in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Nutrition Standards for School Meals.11 All foods and beverages sold to students outside the federally regulated child nutrition programs (referred to as “competitive” foods and beverages) must be consistent with USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards12 and Michigan Department of Education Administrative Policy No. 21 regarding Non-Compliant Food Fundraiser Guidance.13 These standards apply in all areas where foods and beverages are sold which may include, but are not limited to, à la carte lines, fundraising events, school stores, snack carts, and vending machines.

    The District will establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages provided, but not sold, to students during the school day (e.g., classroom parties, classroom snacks provided by parents, or other foods used as incentives).14

    Nutrition standards for all foods and beverages provided, but not sold, to students during the school day:


    1. The sale of foods and beverages to students that do not meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards to be consumed on the school campus during the school day is prohibited.

    2. All food items and beverages available for sale to students for consumption on the school campus (any area of property under the jurisdiction of the school that is accessible to students during the school day) between midnight and thirty (30) minutes after the close of the regular school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, including, but not limited to, competitive foods that are available to students a la carte or as entrees in the dining area (except entree items that were offered on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) menu on the day of and the day after they are offered on the NSLP or SBP menu), as well as food items and beverages from vending machines, from school stores, or as fund-raisers, including those operated by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters clubs.

    Food and Beverage Marketing


    Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in schools. Food and beverage marketing often includes oral, written, or graphic statements made for the purpose of promoting the sale of a food or beverage product made by the producer, manufacturer, seller, or any other entity with a commercial interest in the product.15



    11 USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals

    12 USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards

    13 Administrative Policy No. 21 clarifies that up to two exempt fundraisers per week are allowed per school building that do not meet the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards

    14 Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the HHFKA: Summary of Final Rule

    15 Change Lab Solutions. (2014). District Policy Restricting the Advertising of Food and Beverages Not Permitted to be Sold on School Grounds

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    It is the intent of the District to protect and promote student’s health and to provide consistent health-related messaging. Any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus during the school day will meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

    As the LEA reviews existing contracts and considers new contracts, equipment and/or product purchasing and replacement, decisions will reflect these marketing guidelines.16

    Physical Activity and Physical Education

    The District shall offer physical education opportunities that include the components of a quality physical education program. Physical education shall equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for lifelong physical activity. Physical education instruction shall be aligned with the Michigan Physical Education Grade Level Content Expectations17 and the Michigan Merit Curriculum Guidelines for Physical Education. 18

    SMART Goal(s) for Physical Education:

    1. A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by the State.

    2. Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
    Students, Pre-K-12, shall have the opportunity to participate regularly in supervised physical activities, either organized or unstructured, intended to maintain physical fitness and to understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.19

    SMART goal(s) for Physical Activity:

    1. Physical activity shall not be employed as a form of discipline or punishment.

    2. Physical activity and movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curricula and throughout the school day.

    3. All students in grades K - 5 shall be provided with a daily recess period at least twenty (20) minutes in duration.

    4. The school shall provide information to families to encourage and assist them in their efforts to incorporate physical activity into their children's daily lives.

    5. All students in grades 6 - 12 shall have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports programs.


    16 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Model Local Wellness Policy 2016

    17 Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Physical Education Grade Level Content Expectations

    18 Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Merit Curriculum Guidelines for Physical Education

    19 Michigan State Board of Education Model Local Wellness Policy 2005

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    Other School-based Activities that Promote Student Wellness

    The District will implement other evidence-based programs across the school setting to create environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity and convey consistent health messages.

    SMART goal(s) for other school-based activities that promote student wellness:

    1. The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.

    2. The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.

    3. Students are permitted to have water in the classroom.

    4. Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.

    5. Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.

    Implementation, Assessment, Documentation, and Updates
    Implementation

    The District will develop and maintain a plan to manage and coordinate the implementation of this wellness policy. The plan will delineate roles, responsibilities, actions, and timelines specific to each school building.20 It is recommended that school buildings use the Healthy School Action Tool (HSAT)21
    to complete a school-level assessment and create an evidence-based action plan that fosters implementation.

    Triennial Assessment

    The LEA will conduct an assessment of the wellness policy every three years, at a minimum. The assessment will determine: building level compliance with the wellness policy, how the wellness policy compares to model wellness policies, and progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy.22


    20 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Model Local Wellness Policy 2016

    21 Healthy School Action Tool

    22 Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the HHFKA: Summary of Final Rule

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    The responsible official(s) for the Triennial Assessment are:

    Mr. Patrick VanRemmen, Principal
    Discovery Elementary
    350 Highland Street
    Williamston, MI 48895
    (517) 655-2855

    Ms. Lynna Hassenger, WCS Food Service Director
    418 Highland Street
    Williamston, MI 48895
    (517) 655-4361

    Documentation

    WCS will retain records to document compliance with the wellness policy requirements. Documentation maintained will include: a copy or web address of the current wellness policy, documentation on how the policy and assessments are made available to the public, the most recent assessment of implementation of the policy, and documentation of efforts to review and update the policy, including who was involved in the process, their relationship to WCS, and how stakeholders were made aware of their ability to participate.23

    This wellness policy can be found at: www.gowcs.net

    Required documentation will be maintained at:
    Williamston Community Schools Administrative Office
    418 Highland Street
    Williamston, MI 48895
    (517) 655-4361

    Updates to the Policy

    WCS will update or modify the wellness policy as appropriate based on the results of the HSAT and Triennial Assessments; as District priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; new health science, information, and technology emerges; and new federal or state guidance or standards are issued. The wellness policy will be updated at least every three years, following the Triennial Assessment.24


    23 Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the HHFKA: Summary of Final Rule

    24 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Model Local Wellness Policy 2016

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    Public Updates

    WCS will inform the public annually about the local wellness policy, including its content and any updates to and about the policy. The Triennial Assessment, including progress toward meeting the goals of the policy, will also be made available to the public. The District will provide information on how the public can participate on the wellness committee and assist with the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy. All communication will be culturally and linguistically appropriate and will be available via the district website and/or district-wide communications (email, newsletters, and mailings).25

    Williamston Board of Education

    Adopted: May 21, 2018


    25 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Model Local Wellness Policy 2016