SAD #4 believes that healthy lifestyles and proper nutrition for all students is a high priority. This Wellness Policy will consist of guidelines, procedures and goals for nutrition education, physical activity, nutritional standards and the development of a district wellness team. This policy will also provide a mechanism for measurement and evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs involved.

Nutrition Education Goals

The primary goal of nutrition education, which may be defined as “any set of learning experiences designed to facilitate the voluntary adoption of eating and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to health and well-being,” (ADA 1996) is to influence student’s eating behaviors.

a) Nutrition education shall be taught in accordance with the SAD#4 curriculum guide utilizing the approved Comprehensive School Health Education Model.

b) Principals should, when appropriate, consider healthy lifestyles and nutrition when planning and evaluating school programs.

c) The district should provide for professional development activities regarding the teaching of proper nutrition.

Physical Activity Goals

The primary goal for a school’s physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short-and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

a) Physical Education is a required course for graduation (see IKF)

b) Physical Education classes will be required for students K-12. It is recommended that students in grades K-6 will receive a minimum of 60 minutes per week, grades 7-8 a minimum of 60 minutes per week and High School students will receive 1.5 credits of Physical Education/Wellness/Health.

c) All Physical Education teachers will meet state certification requirements.

d) SAD #4 will provide for ongoing staff development for all PE/Health/Wellness teachers.

e) SAD #4 will require that all schools K-8 maintain a recess time for outdoor (when appropriate) activities daily for a minimum of 20 minutes per day.

f) When planning activities outside of the school day, SAD #4 personnel will promote programming that enhances the opportunities for students to receive additional physical activity. Nutrition and physical activity should always be considered when student’s schedules and programs are planned.

g) Removal from Physical Education class will not be used as a disciplinary consequence.

Nutritional Standards

SAD #4 Board of Directors wants to ensure that nutritional standards are being met at all times for students while on the SAD #4 campus.

a) The Policies (EFBA) Menu Development/Options, (EFC) Free and Reduced Price Food Services, (EFCA) Food Program Milk Options, (EFE) Competitive Food Sales-Sales of Foods in Competition with the School-Food Service Program & Restriction of Sale of Competitive Foods & Funds from Sales of Competitive Foods, which address areas of nutritional value of food sold on school grounds, options of food availability, booster clubs, vending machines, and fundraisers are in place.

b) The SAD #4 Board requires that all parties, celebrations and or meetings where food is served and students are involved, offer but not be limited to, healthy foods as prescribed by Ch. 51. It is recommended that offerings be reviewed by the principal in advance of the activity.

c) SAD #4 will provide for staff development for all food service staff in regards to sanitation, preparation, nutritional requirements and menu offerings.

School Based Activities

The SAD #4 Board of Directors wishes to maintain a school environment that provides consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and being physically active. The SAD#4 Board will require that:

a) The food service department will provide food in a non-stigmatizing manner.

b) Principals will annually review schedules to provide a minimum of 20 minutes for student mealtime.

c) The principals will review with food service personnel on a yearly basis the physical setting and atmosphere to develop and maintain an appropriate & sanitary area for nutrition programs.

d) Whenever feasible and appropriate, food service will utilize environmentally friendly practices such as locally grown and seasonal foods, school gardens & non disposable tableware.

e) That a Wellness Committee will conduct an annual review of the eight comprehensive school program components;

1) Youth, Family, Community Involvement;

2) Comprehensive School Health Education;

3) Physical Education & Physical Activity;

4) School Counseling, Physical & Behavioral Health Services;

5) Nutrition Services;

6) Health Promotion and Wellness;

7) Physical Environment and

8) School Climate.

f) Principals/schools review after school programs and develop a healthy snack program component.

g) SAD #4 in accordance with facilities use policy (KF) promotes the full utilization of facilities for physical activities of local students during after school hours.

h) Community/family information regarding health and nutrition topics is made available to parents on a regular basis. If body mass index data is collected it will be made available to parents.

Measurement and Evaluation

The Board of Directors supports the activities of the District Wellness Team. The Superintendent of Schools will annually review each component and make recommendations to the board regarding programs and funding.

Adopted: May 9, 2006

Revised:    May 10, 2011
December 13, 2011
May 11, 2015

M.S.A.D. #4