Wellness Policy

I. Wellness Policy Goals

Goal for Nutrition Promotion: The Round Valley School District strives to make a significant contribution to the general well-being, mental and physical capacity, and learning ability of each student while affording them the opportunity to fully participate in the education process.

Goal for Nutrition Education: The goal is to influence students’ eating behaviors by providing nutrition education that is appropriate for students’ ages; reflects students’ cultures; is integrated into health education of core curricula; and provides opportunities for students to practice skills and have fun.

Goal for Physical Activity: The goals for physical activity are to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain students’ physical fitness, to ensure students’ regular participation in physical activity, and to teach students the short- and long-term benefits of a physical active and healthful lifestyle.

Goal for Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness: The goal is to create a total school environment that is conductive to healthy eating and physical activity.

II. Nutrition Standards

School Meals
The school meal programs aim to improve the diet and health of school children, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs.

  1. All schools in the district will participate in the National School Lunch Program.
  2. All meals will, at a minimum, meet the New Meal Pattern requirements.
  3. Free, potable water will be available to all students during meal periods.
  4. Additional standards include:
    1.  Child Nutrition Programs are accessible to all children.
    2.  Children will be encouraged to start each day with a healthy nutritious breakfast.
    3.  Meals served throughout the Child Nutrition Program will be appealing and attractive to children of various ages and diverse backgrounds. They will be served in a clean, safe and pleasant environment.
    4.  Students will be allowed adequate time to consume meals, with at least 10 minutes for breakfast each day, and 20 minutes for lunch from the time students are seated.

 

Competitive Foods and Beverages

  1. Nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages must, at a minimum, meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines. These guidelines apply to all foods sold in the following locations:
    1.  Round Valley Middle School, Snack Bar
    2.  Round Valley High School, Snack Bar
  1. List any additional criteria the district has established for competitive foods here:
    1.  Foods low in sodium: Snacks have <- 480mg per entrée portion as served for ala carte items.
    2.  Caffeine- free foods and beverages: an exception is naturally occurring trace amounts of caffeine

 

Celebrations and Rewards
Arizona Law (ARS 15-242) states that all food and beverages served to students in grades K-8 must meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines.

  1. Describe your standards for all foods and beverages provided, but not sold, to students during the school day:

All foods and beverages made available on a school campus serving any configuration of prekindergarten through eighth grade during the normal school day are to be consistent with the Arizona Nutrition Standards. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to law. No more than 35% of the total calories from fat, exceptions to the standard are nuts and seeds: fat content will not count against the total fat content of the product. Zero trans-fat (<- 0.5g per serving). 100% fruit juice or low sodium 100% vegetable juice. Unflavored nonfat and low-fat milk.

  1. These guidelines apply to (check all that apply):

☒School-sponsored events
☐Celebrations and parties
☐Classroom snacks provided by parents
☐Classroom rewards and Incentives

Fundraising

  1. Describe your policy on food and beverage related fundraisers sold to students on school campus during the school day, including the frequency and duration of exempt fundraisers as appropriate: School fundraising activities that include sale of healthy foods, beverages and non-food items is a public demonstration of the school’s commitment to promoting a healthy environment and healthy behaviors among students and classrooms, families and the community, while helping groups and organizations meet their financial needs. All fundraising sponsored by the Round Valley School District will be supportive of healthy eating.

Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools

Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in schools. Food and beverage marketing often includes an oral, written, or graphic statements made for the purpose of promoting the sale of a food or beverage product made by the producer, manufacturer, seller or any other entity with a commercial interest in the product. All products marketed on the school campus must, at a minimum, meet the Smart Snacks guidelines.

  1. Describe your policies for food and beverage marketing: Nutrition marketing shall focus on students’ eating behaviors, be based on theories and methods proven effective by research and be consistent with state and local District Health Education Standard. Nutrition education at all levels of the curriculum shall include, but not be limited to, the following essential components: Cooperation with agencies and community organizations is encouraged to provide opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition. Consistent nutrition messages are disseminated from the District throughout the schools, communities, homes and media. Nutrition education is extended beyond the school environment by engaging and involving families and community. Nutrition instruction provides sequential, comprehensive health education in accordance with the Arizona Department of Education curriculum regulations and academic standards.

 

III. School Wellness Committee

Committee Role and Membership
The District will convene a representative district wellness committee that meets to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy.

  1. Describe frequency of meetings: Once a month.
  2. Description of who the LEA permits to participate in the wellness policy process. (e.g. parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, and school administrators):
  3. Description of how the public is notified that their participation is permitted: Will be posted on the school web-site www.elks.net or available on Facebook.

Leadership
The district has designated one or more LEA and/or school official(s) who have the authority and responsibility to ensure each school complies with the local wellness policy.

  1. The designated official for oversight of implementation at each school is: School principal.
  2. The designated official for convening the wellness committee is: District Superintendent.
  3. The person designated for informing the public about the wellness policy is: Superintendent assistant.

IV. Wellness Policy Implementation, Monitoring, Accountability and Community Engagement

Implementation of the Wellness Policy

  1. Describe the District’s plan for implementation to manage and coordinate the execution of this wellness policy.

An evaluation of the District’s Wellness policy will be completed annually to help review policy compliance, access progress and determine if changes are needed to make improvements throughout our District. As a part of that review Nutrition and Physical activity policies; provision of the environment that supports healthy eating and physical education policies and program elements. The District will develop and seek recommendations based on: new techniques, proven strategies and new guidelines introduced throughout the school year which will be relevant to our students and staffs well-being and health.
Triennial Progress Assessments
At least once every three years, the LEA must conduct an assessment of their wellness policy. To accomplish this, the District will evaluate compliance with their wellness policy and assess progress toward meeting the goals of the District Wellness policy. Additionally, USDA requires that the District will compare their policy to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s model wellness policy.

Round Valley Schools is an equal opportunity provider.