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Student Nutrition and Physical Activity (Student Wellness Policy)

The Monroe Public Schools promote healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and strategies to avoid the causes of life-threatening allergic reactions and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment.

The Monroe Public Schools support a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. Schools contribute to the basic health status of children by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. The Principal of each school will be responsible for the implementation of this policy.

It is the policy of the Monroe Public Schools to:

A.  Provide a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors.

B.  Support and promote proper dietary habits contributing to students' healthy status and academic performance.

C.  Provide more opportunities for students to engage in physical activity.

D.  Create a positive learning environment by promoting awareness of the causes of life-threatening allergic reactions.

NUTRITION EDUCATION AND PROMOTION

Nutrition Education

The Monroe Public Schools have a comprehensive curriculum approach to nutrition in Kindergarten through 12th grade. All Pre-K-l2 instructional staff will be encouraged to integrate nutritional themes from the Connecticut Department of Education Health Education Framework into daily lessons when appropriate. The health benefits of good nutrition should be emphasized. These nutritional themes include but are not limited to:

Teacher-to-Student Incentive

The use of food items as part of a student incentive program is strongly discouraged. A list of non-food incentives instead of snacks will be disseminated to all staff and will be encouraged by the Superintendent of Schools.

Nutrition Promotion

Nutrition promotion and education positively influence lifelong eating behaviors by using evidence-based techniques and nutrition messages, and by creating food environments that encourages healthy nutrition choices and encourages participation in school meal programs. Students and staff will receive consistent nutrition messages throughout schools, classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. Nutrition promotion also includes marketing and advertising nutritious foods and beverages to students and is most effective when implemented consistently through a comprehensive and multi-channel approach by school staff, teachers, parents, students and the community.

The Monroe Public Schools will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all students throughout the school campus, as well as encourage participation in school meal programs.

Nutrition promotion will occur through a variety of methods including:

•  Nutrition education

•  Menu promotions

•  Future Chef Program

•  Fresh Farmer's Market Program

Nutrition School Meals

The Monroe Public Schools are committed to serving healthy meals to children.

The school meal programs strive 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. While some schools within the District participate in USDA National School Lunch Program, all schools within the District are committed to offering meals that are:

•  Are accessible to all students;

•  Are appealing and attractive to children;

•  Are served in clean and pleasant settings;

•  Meet or exceed current nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations. (The District offers reimbursable school meals that meets USDA nutrition standards at those participating schools.)

•  Whole fruit options are displayed

•  Sliced or cut fruit is available daily.

•  Daily fruit options are displayed in a location in the line of sight and reach of students.

•  Daily vegetable options are bundled into all grab-and-go meals available to students.

•  All staff members, especially those serving, have been trained to politely prompt students to select and consume the daily vegetable options with their meal.

•  Student taste testing opportunities are used to inform menu development, dining space decor and promotional ideas.

•  Menus will be posted on the District website or individual school websites, and will include nutrient content.

•  Menus will be created and reviewed by a Registered Dietitian.

•  School meals are administered by a team of child nutrition professionals.

•  The District child nutrition program will accommodate students with special dietary needs.

•  Students are served lunch at a reasonable and appropriate time of day.

•  Food that is sold must meet the Public Health Department's standards in regard to storage, preparation, and serving.

•  Sharing of foods by children is discouraged.

Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

All school nutrition program directors, managers and staff will meet or exceed hiring and annual continuing education/training requirements in the USDA professional standards for child nutrition.  These school nutrition personnel will refer to USDA's Professional Standards for School Nutrition Standards website to search for training that meets their learning needs.

Water

To promote hydration, free, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all students throughout the school day. The Monroe Public Schools will make drinking water available where school meals are served during meal times.

Food and Beverage Regulations and Marketing in Schools

The Monroe Public Schools are committed to providing a school environment that ensures opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day. while minimizing commercial distractions.  The Monroe Public Schools strives to teach students how to make informed choices about nutrition, health and physical activity.

The Monroe Public Schools will ensure that the administration, faculty and staff follow guidelines to support a healthy school culture.

At schools within the district that participate in the NSLP, all food sold to students separately from reimbursable meals must meet the Smart Snack regulations at all times and from all sources, including but not limited to school stores, vending machines, a la carte sales in school cafeterias, concessions and any fundraising activities on school premises.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Activity Opportunities

Physical education classes and physical activity opportunities will be available for all students.

Supervised recess time should be provided within each school day for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school students (K-5). Active play and socialization should be encouraged. Staff members may remove a student from recess under any of the following conditions:

1.  Approval of the Building Principal

2.  A documented safety concern

3.  Mutual agreement of the parent/guardian and the teacher

4.  An infraction which has occurred during a recess period

Active Academics

Teachers will be encouraged to incorporate movement and kinesthetic learning approaches into "core" subject instruction whenever possible (e.g., science, math, language arts, social studies and others) and do their part to limit sedentary behavior during the school day.

School Wellness Committee

Leadership

The Superintendent or designee(s) will convene the DWC and facilitate development of and updates to the wellness policy, and ensure each school's compliance with the policy. The Principal of each school will be responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Committee Role and Membership

The Monroe Public School's District Wellness Committee will meet up two times per year to establish goals and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy. The DWC membership will represent all school levels (elementary and secondary schools) and include (to the extent possible), but not be limited to: parents and caregivers; students; representatives of the school nutrition program (e.g., school nutrition director); physical education teachers; health education teachers, school health professionals and mental health and social services staff, school administrator's school board members; health professionals, and the general public.

Wellness Policy Implementation, Monitoring, Accountability and Community Engagement and Implementation Plan

The District will develop and maintain a plan for implementation to manage and coordinate the execution of the wellness policy. The plan delineates roles, responsibilities, actions and timelines specific to the district schools and includes information about who will be responsible to make what change, by how much, where and when; as well as specific goals and objectives for nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available on the school campus, food and beverage marketing, nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, physical education and other school-based activities that promote student wellness. The Wellness Policy and progress reports can be found on the Monroe Public Schools website.

Recordkeeping

The District will retain records to document compliance with the requirements of the Wellness Policy. Documentation maintained will include but will not be limited to:

•  The written wellness policy;

•  Documentation demonstrating that the policy has been made available to the public;

•  Documentation of efforts to review and update the Local Schools Wellness Policy; including an indication of who is involved in the update and methods the Monroe Public Schools uses to make stakeholders aware of their ability to participate on the DWC;

•  Documentation to demonstrate compliance with the annual public notification requirements;

•  The most recent assessment on the implementation of the local school wellness policy;

•  Documentation demonstrating the most recent assessment on the implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy has been made available to the public.

Triennial Progress Assessments

At least once every three years, the Monroe Public Schools will evaluate compliance with the wellness policy to assess the implementation of the policy and include:

•  The extent to which schools under the jurisdiction of the District are in compliance with the wellness policy.

•  A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the District's wellness policy.

•  The DWC will be responsible for managing the triennial assessment.

•  The DWC, in collaboration with individual schools, will monitor schools' compliance with this wellness policy.

•  The District will actively notify households/families of the availability of the triennial progress report.

Revisions and Updating the Policy

The DWC will update or modify the wellness policy based on the results of the annual School Health Index and triennial assessments and/or as District priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; new health science information, and technology emerges; and new Federal or state guidance or standards are issued. The wellness policy will be assessed and updated as required at least every three years, following the triennial assessment.

Community Involvement, Outreach and Communications

The Monroe Public Schools are committed to being responsive to community input, which begins with awareness of the wellness policy. The District will actively communicate ways in which representatives of DWC and others can participate in the development, implementation and periodic review and update of the wellness policy through a variety of means appropriate for the school district.

The Monroe Public Schools will inform parents of the improvements that have been made to school meals and compliance with school meal standards, availability of child nutrition programs and how to apply, and a description of and compliance with Connecticut Nutrition Standards in School nutrition standards. The District will use electronic mechanisms, such as email or displaying notices on the district's website to ensure that all families are actively notified of the content of, implementation of, and updates to the wellness policy, as well as how to get involved and support the policy.

The Monroe Public Schools will ensure that communications are culturally and linguistically appropriate to the community, and accomplished through means similar to other ways that the district and individual schools are communicating important school information with parents. The Monroe Public Schools will actively notify the public about the content of or any updates to the wellness policy annually, at a minimum. The District will also use these mechanisms to inform the community about the availability of the annual and triennial reports.

DURING SCHOOL HOURS

School celebrations, that distribute food and beverage that follow the healthy snack list (http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322432) including whole fruits and vegetables 1 may occur at the discretion of the principal. Only foods in their original packaging are permitted. No home prepared foods will be allowed.  A list of many non-food alternatives will be available in each of the district's schools. Foods may be limited based upon allergen content.

1  prepared/cut on premises

Field Trips

The school is not responsible for monitoring food choices on field trips.

Fundraisers

Food based fundraisers may not be distributed during the school day.

Legal Reference:  Connecticut General Statutes

10-16b Prescribed courses of study.

10-215 Lunches, breakfasts and the feeding programs for public school children and employees.

10-221 Boards of education to prescribe rules, policies and procedures.

10-215a Non-public school participation in feeding program.

10-215b Duties of state board of education re: feeding programs.

10-216 Payment of expenses.

10-215b-1 State board of education regulation. Competitive foods

National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; Competitive Foods. (7 CFR Parts 210 and 220, Federal Register, Vol. 45, No. 20, Tuesday, January 29, 1980, pp. 6758-6772)

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Public Law 108-265

10-221o Lunch periods. Recess

10-221p Boards to make available for purchase nutritious low fat foods and drinks.

PA 06-63 An Act Concerning Healthy Food and Beverages in Schools

Policy adopted January 19, 2016

Policy revised March 6, 2017

Policy revised March 18, 2019



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