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Wellness Policy


SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS PROGRAM

 

The North Andover Public School District recognizes that good nutrition and physical activity are essential for students to maximize their full academic potential, reach their physical and mental potentials, and achieve lifelong health and well-being.  A responsible approach to nutrition and physical activity promotes healthy weight maintenance and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, including, hypertension, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. The School district acknowledges the national epidemic of childhood obesity and recognizes the critical role schools can play in reducing the problem.  The School district is also committed to providing a safe environment for those students diagnosed with life threatening food allergies.

 

The North Andover School district supports a Wellness Policy to provide an opportunity to create an environment that educates its school community in healthy behaviors that reinforce lifelong healthy lifestyles. 

 

  1. Nutrition Goals:
    1. Students will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors.
    2. The food service will provide wholesome, well-balanced meals of high nutritional value.
    3. A healthy school environment will be supported.
    4. Schools will provide an eating environment that is safe, clean and relaxed.

 

2.Physical Activity Goals:

  1. Students will receive physical education that promotes a healthy active lifestyle and the life-long incorporation of physical activities in daily living.
  2. Physical activity will be promoted in all grade levels.
  3. Students will be given opportunities for physical activities through a range of after school programs.
  4. Rewarding students with a physical outlet will be encouraged.

 

Nutrition

 

  1. Students in grades pre-K through 12 will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors.

 

  • The nutrition education program will be consistent with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks and will be designed to help students learn age-appropriate nutritional knowledge and skills, how to assess their own eating habits, and how to be educated consumers with respect to advertising and the media.
  • Students will gain the knowledge and skills to select a diet that supports health and reduces the risk of illness and chronic disease.
  • Positive nutritional messages will be presented at all grade levels.
  • The food service will provide wholesome, well-balanced meals of high nutritional value that are consistent with the federal government’s current Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act 2010.
    • The food service will provide 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance, using wholesome, well-balanced meals of high nutritional value that are analyzed utilizing state approved nutrition software. 

 

  • Foods will be of high quality meeting USDA guidelines set for school aged children and the North Andover Public Schools Life Threatening Food Allergy Policy and Guidelines. 
  • Fruits and vegetables will be purchased, when available or appropriate, from local farmers helping to ensure that only the freshest ingredients are offered to our students.
  • Vending machines available during school hours will include water, naturally flavored water and 100% fruit juices, or products approved by director of food service.
  • Lunch room snacks will include only healthy options that meet the standards for competitive foods & beverages in public schools.

 

  1. A healthy school environment will be supported.

 

  • Use of food as part of a curriculum activity may be considered if it is essential to the curriculum and safe for all students involved including those with life threatening food allergies. The wellness policy lesson exemption form (ADF-E) must be completed. (Preschool Curriculum, High School Food Preparation Course and Middle School Consumer Science will use food in curriculum).
  • The use of food as a manipulative should be limited to uncooked items, such as dry pasta, rice, beans, etc., provided that the food does not endanger or exclude a student with a life threatening food allergy or other health concerns.  Manipulatives should not be consumed or sent home for consumption.   Food such as candy, cereal, cookies, crackers etc. should not be used as a manipulative.

 

  • Food will not be used as an incentive, reward or gift for a student(s) in response to individual or group achievements. 

 

  1. The use of foods as part of an Individual Education Program or 504 will be determined on an individual basis
  2. No food items will be used as part of school celebrations held during the school day.  At the Principal’s discretion, certain school activities may be exempt.  Healthy food choices will be encouraged and all food items must be safe for all students involved including those with life threatening food allergies.
  3. Fundraising activities shall not sell or provide food to students for consumption on school premises during school hours.

 

  1. Students’ eating environment will be safe, clean and relaxed.

 

  • Space that is adequate to accommodate all students and pleasant surroundings that reflect the value of social aspects will be provided.
  • Enough serving areas will be provided to ensure student access to school meals with a minimum of wait time.
  • Recess for elementary grades will be scheduled before lunch when feasible.
  • Access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before students eat meals or snacks will be provided.
  • Adequate time will be provided to enjoy healthy eating with friends.
  • To reduce the risk of disease and allergen transmission, all schools will support a no sharing/no trading food policy.
  • School staff will be educated to be aware of signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.   The life threatening medical emergency instructionswill be reviewed annually in each school and prominently displayed.

Adequate supervision will be provided in all cafeteria dining areas.

 

Physical Activity

 

  1. Physical education instruction will be consistent with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

 

  1. Students will be provided opportunities for physical activity during the school day.
    • Daily recess periods will be planned for all elementary grade levels.
    • Middle school and high school physical education classes will focus on lifelong incorporation of physical activity into one’s lifestyle.
    • Adequate equipment will be available for students to participate in physical education.

 

  1.  Students will be given opportunities for physical activities through a range of after school programs.
  • After hours activities will be offered to elementary students through Community Programs.
  • Middle school after hours programming will include physical activity offerings to all middle school grade levels.
  • Participation in high school athletics and clubs will be encouraged for all high school students.
  • Schools will encourage parents and guardians to support their children’s participation in physical activity, to be physically active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.

 

  1. Rewarding students with a physical outlet will be encouraged.
  • Field days and Fun Runs will be encouraged to promote physical activity.
  • Teachers will be encouraged to utilize physical activity as a reward.
  • The withholding of physical activity as a punishment or in lieu of completing other academic work is strongly discouraged. 

 

Monitoring and Policy Review

 

The Health Advisory Council comprised of members of administration, nursing, school physician, parents, food service, and teachers will review this policy on a yearly basis and report to the Superintendent and the School Committee.  This group, which represents a diverse cross-section of the school community, will meet quarterly and will gather information as to the effectiveness of this policy, and will make revisions to it, as needed.

 

LEGAL REFS.:          The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Section 204,

                                          P.L. 108 -265

                                    The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 - 1769h

                                    The Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1771 - 1789

 

CROSS REFS.:          EFC, Free and Reduced-Cost Food Services

                                    IHAMA, Teaching About Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

                                    KI, Public Solicitations/Advertising in District Facilities