Wellness Policy

  • White Pigeon Community School District
    Bylaws & Policies
     

    8510 - WELLNESS

    As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the White Pigeon Community School District.

    The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well being of the District's students. Furthermore, research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks, supporting the development of good eating habits, and promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.

    The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.

    The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:

     A.
    With regard to nutrition education, the District may provide nutrition education posters, such as the Food Pyramid Guide to be displayed in the cafeteria at Central elementary and the High/Middle schools
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     B.With regard to physical activity, the District shall:
      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
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      2.
    The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity
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      3.
    Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills and social skills, as well as knowledge
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      4.
    The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.
     
      5.
    Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
     
      6.
    Planned instruction in physical education shall be presented in an environment free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting, or harassment of any kind.
     
      7.
    Planned instruction in physical education shall promote participation in physical activity outside the regular school day.
     
          PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
      1.
    Schools may encourage families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by community agencies or organizations, and in lifelong physical activities like bowling, swimming, or tennis.
      
      2.
    The school may provide information to families to encourage and assist them in their efforts to incorporate physical activity into their children's daily lives.
     
      3.
    The school may encourage families and community organizations to institute programs that support physical activity of all sorts.
     
      4.
    In addition to planned physical education, the school may provide age-appropriate physical activities (e.g., recess during the school day, intramurals and clubs before and after school, and interscholastic sports) that meet the needs of all students, including males, females, students with disabilities, and students with special healthcare needs.
     
     C.
    With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:
     
      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.
    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.
     
      4.Students are discouraged from sharing their food or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.

    Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:

     A.
    The food service program will strive to be financially self-supporting; however, if it is necessary to subsidize the operation, it will not be through the sale of foods with minimal nutritious value.
     
     B.
    The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.
     
     C.Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.

     

    42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
    42 U.S.C. 1771

     
    The official board policy may be found by clicking here