6:50 School Wellness
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 will promote student wellness, including good nutrition, physical activity, and emotional wellness in its educational program, school activities, and meal programs consistent with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and 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, and that the community is informed about the progress of this policy’s implementation.
District 65 Goals for Nutrition Education and Nutrition Promotion
The goals for addressing nutrition education and nutrition promotion include the following:
- Support and promote sound nutrition for students.
- Foster the positive relationship between sound nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn, as well as for teachers to teach the importance of good health
- Develop and provide appropriate health and nutrition education as part of the District’s education curriculum in grades K-8 and promote engagement with local school gardens
- Develop Parent nutrition education initiative in coordination with PTAs.
- Include annual professional development on effective practices in health education for physical education teachers.
District 65 Goals for Physical Activity
The goals for addressing physical activity include the following:
- Support and promote an active lifestyle for students
- Provide physical education instruction in grades K-8 that incorporates relevant Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health as established by the Illinois State Board of Education that:
- Fosters the development of movement skills
- Enhances the five components of health-related fitness
- Body composition
- Muscular strength
- Muscular endurance
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting
- Encourages healthy habits for a healthy lifestyle
- Unless otherwise exempted, all students, during the school day, will participate daily in a physical education course.
- Promote community partnerships with other organizations such as park districts and YMCA’s to provide students with opportunities to be active.
- Promote safe walking and biking routes for all children to travel to and from school.
- Include annual professional development on effective practices in physical education for physical education for teachers.
District 65 Goals for Emotional Wellness
The goals for addressing emotional wellness include the following:
- Provide a school environment that enables its community to practice mutual- and self-respect, independent thought, and self-discipline, and competent decision-making.
- Employ programs and strategies that establish and maintain a positive school climate that is most conducive to student achievement.
- Include annual professional development on effective practices in teaching social emotional learning for SEEL teachers.
Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available During the School Day
- District 65 will offer and promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans published jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services as outlined in Attachment A.
- District 65 will provide nutritional information for foods and beverages provided by District 65 Nutrition Services.
- District 65 Nutrition Services’ competitive food and beverage choices will meet the competitive food standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks rules as outlined in Attachment B.
- Parents and District 65 staff are required to use the competitive food standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Smart Snacks rules for all food and beverages sold in school, during the school day, including fundraisers and choice offered in student vending machines as outlined in Attachment B. A list of non-food fundraising ideas is outlined in Attachment B.
- Parents and District 65 staff members are required to use the competitive food standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Smart Snacks rules for all foods and beverages offered in school, during the school day, including classroom snacks and school/classroom rewards, and recommended for school-sponsored events that occur outside the school day. A list of food and beverage choices are outlined in Attachment A.
- Parents and District 65 staff are recommended to use the competitive food standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks rules for all foods and beverages sold at school school-sponsored events that occur outside the school day, including fundraisers. A list of non-food fundraising ideas is outlined in Attachment A.
- District 65 staff members are encouraged to be role models of healthy behaviors by only consuming foods that meet the Smart Snack rules in front of students and encouraging physical activity throughout the school day.
- District 65 staff members are required to use non-food items as incentives.
- An exception will be made for students who have documented edible reinforcement as an accommodation or in their Behavior Intervention Plan as determined by the IEP team. This team includes, but is not limited to, the special and general education teachers, school administration, related service professionals, nurses and the parent. IEP teams should consider if healthier alternatives to edible reinforcement would be effective and strive to fade this type of reinforcement over time.
Food Safety for Foods and Beverages Available on School Campuses
In an effort to ensure that all food and beverages in District 65 schools are safe for consumption by all children, and in order to comply with all City of Evanston and Village of Skokie food ordinances, the following policies apply:
- All foods and beverages provided to students during the school day or at school sponsored events that occur outside the school day, including classroom parties, fundraising activities or other events must be:
- commercially prepared;
- ready to eat;
- wrapped in the original packaging; and
- with list of ingredients provided.
- Any fruits or vegetables provided to students during the school day or at school sponsored events that occur outside the school day, including classroom parties, fundraising activities or other events must be either:
- whole and intact and, as necessary, washed/cleaned at a designated Food and Nutrition Services-approved prep sink at the school; or
- commercially prepared.
- Any fruits or vegetables provided to students from a District 65 school garden during the school day or at school sponsored events outside of the school day, must either:
- be whole and intact and, as necessary, washed/cleaned at a designated District 65-approved prep sink at the school; or
- use District 65 approved school garden tasting procedures.
- Teachers and staff will follow food safety procedures including being aware of all of their students’ food allergies, restricting allergens in the classroom, and ensuring table/desks are wiped down after the food is eaten.
All food and beverages served or sold at a public event in a school facility must comply with the above policies, the policy and associated procedures in section 8:20 of the Board of Education Policy Manual, and any other applicable health code requirements (including, without limitation, any requirements for the organizer of the public event to obtain a temporary permit from the applicable city Health Department). Public events is defined as, an event that is advertised or open to the general public, regardless of whether or not a fee is charged. This provision does not apply to a private event (defined as an exclusive group including family, friends, neighbors, or committee members meeting over a shared meal); e.g., a PTA-sponsored event at school for school families and staff.
None of the above policies are intended to apply to food or beverages prepared for a specific student by his/her parent/legal guardian or other responsible adult.
Guidelines for Reimbursable School Meals
Reimbursable school meals served shall meet, at a minimum, will meet the nutrition requirements and regulations for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
Implementation and Monitoring
- In order to promote health and reduce childhood obesity, the Superintendent or designee will establish administrative procedures to control food sales that compete with the District’s non-profit food service in compliance with the Child Nutrition Act.
- The Superintendent, in collaboration with the District Wellness Council and school principals, will provide periodic reports to the Board of Education to enable the Board to monitor and ensure the implementation of the District Wellness Policy.
- The Superintendent or designee(s) will provide periodic implementation data and/or reports to the Board of Education concerning this policy’s implementation sufficient to allow the Board to monitor and adjust the policy. The 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(s) in collaboration with the District’s Wellness Council, will annually review data concerning the District’s Wellness Policy implementation in order to further promote student health and wellness.
- Data will include the results of every school’s Wellness Council approved evaluation tool completed annually by each school and submitted to the District’s Wellness Council
The Superintendent or designee(s) in collaboration with the District’s Wellness Council, will actively invite suggestions and comments concerning the implementation and improvement of the school wellness policy from parents, teachers, school administrators, students, representatives of the school food authority, school health professionals, the school board, and community.
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