Our Wellness PolicyWellnessPolicy.pdf
Why a Wellness Policy?Childhood Obesity
& Diet Related Illness
- Our School Nutrition Program complies with federal, state and local requirements.
- Our School Nutrition Program is accessible to all children.
- We provide and promote nutrition education.
- We encourage meaningful physical fitness activities for all children.
- All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
- Recommend that 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 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Insure that all foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
- Provide a school environment that is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allows ample time and space for eating meals.
- Insure that food and/or physical activity is not used as a reward or punishment.
- School Nutrition Association
- USDA Food & Nutrition Services
- Centers for Disease Control
- National School Boards Association
- National PTA
- Action for Healthy Kids
- American Dietetic Association
- Food Research and Action Center
- Elementary/Secondary School Principals
- National Association of School Nurses
- USDA Cooperative Extension
- National Dairy Council
- Society for Nutrition Education
- The National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- Council of Chief State School Officers
At the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 1, 2016, the Board approved a new Administrative Procedure (AP) related to our School Wellness Policy. The AP supports the health and safety of all students during the school day. Our Food & Nutrition website resources for parents including a school meals calendar and a healthy snack calculator. More resources will be added to this website throughout the year.
- Schools will support and promote sound nutrition for students. Nutrition education will be part of the District's comprehensive health education curriculum in alignment with the Illinois Learning Standards.
- Classroom parties must be celebrated at school without food. Alternative non-food classroom celebrations are allowable such as fall parties, Valentine's and winter celebrations.
- Birthdays are to be celebrated at school without student-provided food. Alternative non-food birthday celebrations may be used.
- All teachers and staff are encouraged to promote healthy eating behaviors. Any curricular activities involving food within the school buildings shall require an exemption procedure form which must be submitted and approved by the building principals prior to the planned activity.
- Prohibit the use of food as a classroom reward.
- In an effort to promote healthy eating behaviors, it is recommended snacks provided from home and consumed in the classroom meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School School Wellness Policy (6:50) Food Allergy Guidelines. Any food containing a nutrition label can be entered into the Smart Snacks Calculator to determine compliance. The school district suggests:
- Fruit (Fresh, Dried, Frozen, Canned in natural juice)
- Vegetables (any variety)