Ravia School District Wellness Policy
The Ravia School District Recognizes The important role that schools play in the development of children's lifelong health habits, their ability to learn, and their overall well-being. Schools can improve the health of students not only by educating them about the importance of healthy behaviors but also by implementing policies that promote those behaviors.
Therefore, the District establishes the following policy to promote the health and wellness of students and staff and to ensure its schools comply with those standards established by federal and state law. Specifically, this policy requires all schools in the District To do the following:
- Allow parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, physical education teachers, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, review, and update of the school wellness policy.
- Establish nutrition guidelines that meet or exceed the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) school meal requirements and the nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages.
- Create goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and physical education, and other activities that promote student health.
- Adopt a plan to ensure the policy is properly implemented, regularly assessed, and periodically updated.
- School campus All areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.
- School day The period of time from midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day. •Competitive foods and beverages Foods and beverages that are sold on campus outside of the federally reimbursable school meals program during the school day (e.g., vending machines, school stores).
- Smart Snack Standards Nutrition standards, issued by the USDA, that set limits on the number of calories, salt, sugar, and fat in competitive foods and beverages.
School Meal Requirements
The District will make nutritious foods available on campus during the school day to promote student and staff health. At a minimum, the District Child Nutrition Program will serve reimbursable meals that meet the United States Department of Agriculture's(USDA) requirements and follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans(DGA).
Specifically, the District will ensure that all meals are the following:
- Accessible, appealing, and attractive to all children
- Served in a clean, pleasant, and supervised setting
- High in fiber, free of added trans fats, and low in added fats, sugar, and sodium
- Respectful of cultural diversity (e.g., students will be encouraged to suggest local, cultural, and favorite ethnic foods) and religious preferences
- Reviewed by a registered dietitian or other certified nutrition professional OR based on a meal plan provided by a professional resource (such as the State Department of Education, the USDA, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, or The Lunch Box)
The District will also ensure that schools do the following:
Encourage students to start the day with a healthy breakfast.
Provide breakfast through the USDA School Breakfast Program.
Water: Schools will make clean drinking water available and accessible without restriction and at no charge at every district facility (including cafeteria and eating areas, classrooms, hallways, playgrounds, and faculty lounges) throughout the entire school day. Schools will also ensure the following:
Students will be provided drinking cups, glasses, or reusable water bottles in places where meals are served. •Students will be allowed to bring drinking water from home and take water into the classroom, provided that the water is in a capped container, such as a bottle, to prevent spills.
All water sources and containers will be maintained on a regular basis to ensure good hygiene standards(including drinking fountains, water jugs, hydration stations, and other methods for delivering drinking water).
Information and Promotion: As Required under the National School Lunch Program (7 CFR210.12), the District will promote activities to involve students and parents in the School Lunch Program. In addition, the District will do the following:
- Inform families about the availability of breakfast for students.
- Distribute materials to inform families of the availability and location of free Summer Food Service Program meals for students when school is not in session.
- Post information on the nutritional content and ingredients of school meals on menus in the cafeteria, on the District Website and/or websites of individual schools, and/or in school newsletters.
- Send applications reimbursable meal programs to families at the beginning of the school year and make applications available on the District Website.
- Adequate Time to Eat: The District Will allow students at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast and 20 minutes to eat lunch from the time they are seated.
Competitive Foods and Beverages
- All competitive foods and beverages sold to students during the school day must meet or exceed the USDA's Smart Snacks standards.
- Classroom Parties and Celebrations
- Only foods and beverages that meet the USDA's Smart Snacks standards will be allowed to be served during classroom parties and celebrations.
Fundraising on Campus During the School Day: Only fundraisers that feature non-food items or foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snack Standards will be permitted.
The following will also occur:
- Fundraising activities will not promote any particular food brands(e.g., fundraisers by fast-food chains).
- The District will encourage fundraisers that don't sell food and/or that promote physical activity.
- After-School Concessions and Fundraisers(e.g., during after-school programming, events, clubs, and evening concessions): Food and beverages sold at after-school concessions or as part of fundraisers held outside of school hours must also comply with the USDA's Smart Snacks standards.
Schools will offer—and integrate into the core curriculum—nutrition education to all grades(K-12), providing students the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong healthy eating behaviors, including the following:
- What it means to eat healthfully, consume the proper nutrients, and maintain a wholesome and balanced diet.
- How to read labels and understand the problems associated with unhealthy food marketing to children.
In addition, schools will ensure that nutrition education accomplishes the following:
- Complies with state and federal learning objectives and standards.
- Provides opportunities for students to practice and apply the skills and knowledge taught in the classroom (e.g., by using the cafeteria as a learning lab, visiting local farms, etc.).
- Is made available for staff.
- Is promoted to families and the community.
Rewards and Punishment
Food, beverages, and candy will not be used to reward or punish the academic performance of student behavior.
Nutrition and Healthy Food Promotion
The District will promote healthy food and beverage choices and appropriate portion sizes by doing the following:
- Exhibiting posters, signs, or other displays on the school campus that promote healthy nutrition choices. •Providing age-appropriate activities, such as contests, food demonstrations, and taste-testing, that promote healthy eating habits.
- Offering information to families(via communications with parents, educational workshops, screening services, and health-related exhibitions and fairs) and encouraging them to teach their children about nutrition and healthy eating behaviors.
- Encouraging school staff to display healthy eating habits and physical activity choices to students(e.g., by consuming only healthy snacks, meals, and beverages in front of their students, sharing positive experiences about physical activity with their students, etc.).
Food and Beverage Marketing
Only foods and beverages that meet the USDA's Smart Snacks standards may be marketed in schools. The marketing of any brand, without reference to a specific product, is prohibited unless every food and beverage product manufactured, sold, or distributed under the corporate brand name meets the Smart Snack Standards.
Marketing includes the following:
- Advertising on any property or facility owned or leased by the school district or school and used at any time for school-related activities("including^ school buildings, athletic fields, parking lots, school buses, vending machines.
- Coupons, discounts, and corporate incentive programs that reward students(e.g., when they reach certain academic goals) with free or discounted items. Such rewards may not include foods or beverages that fail to satisfy the USDA's Smart Snacks standards.
- Corporate-sponsored programs that provide funds to schools in exchange for consumer purchases of certain items. Programs Involving the purchase of foods and beverages that do not meet the USDA's Smart Snacks standards are not permitted.
- If non-compliant advertising is a permanent feature of a permanent fixture (e.g., a Scoreboard), such advertising can remain until the permanent fixture is removed or replaced.
Staff Qualifications and Training
The District will follow the USDA's Professional Standards for State and Local Nutrition Programs in selecting local school nutrition program directors. Also, the District will require all personnel in the school nutrition programs to complete annual continuing education and training.
In addition, Child Nutrition Staff will do the following:
- Receive training in basic nutrition, nutrition education, safe food preparation, and nutrition standards for healthy meals.
- Organize and participate in educational activities that support healthy eating behaviors and food safety.
Farm-to-School Programs and School Gardens
The District will allow school gardens on District property.
The following will also occur:
- The District will dedicate resources(e.g., tools, materials, volunteer hours, etc.)to build a school garden on District property and/or actively participate in community gardens by dedicating the same resources as would be required for gardens on District property.
- The District will incorporate local and/regional products into the school meal program. •Schools will take field trips to local farms.
- As part of their education, students will learn about agriculture and nutrition.
Physical Education and Physical Activity
The District will ensure that all students(K-12) participate in a minimum of60 minutes of physical activity each day, whether through physical education, exercise programs, after-school athletics, fitness breaks, recess, classroom activities, or wellness and nutrition education.
Recess and Physical Activity Breaks
Recess: The District will require schools to provide elementary school students(K-5) at least 20 minutes of recess each day (in addition to the physical education requirements). Additionally, the District will do the following:
- Develop indoor recess guidelines to ensure students can have adequate physical activity on days when recess must be held indoors.
- Require schools to hold recess before lunch, in order to increase food consumption, reduce waste, and improve classroom attentiveness when students return from lunch.
Physical Activity Breaks: The District Will Require schools to provide all students(K-12)short breaks(three to five minutes) throughout the day to let them stretch, move around, and break up their time spent sitting. These physical activity breaks may take place during and/or between classroom time.
Physical Education (PE)
The District will require all schools to establish a comprehensive, standards-based PE curriculum for each grade (K-12). Schools will ensure that PE classes and equipment afford all students(K-12) an equal opportunity to participate in PE.
Elementary school students(K-5) will participate in at least 150 minutes of PE per week throughout the entire school year. In addition, the following requirements apply to all students(K-12):
- During PE, students will be given the opportunity to participate in many types of physical activity, including both cooperative and competitive games.
- Students will engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for more than 50 percent of the PE class time.
- PE classes will have a teacher/student ratio comparable to core subject classroom size.
Teacher Qualifications, Training, and Involvement
- Teachers will receive training on how to integrate physical activity into the curriculum. Some portion of this training will be incorporated into annual professional development.
- Schools will allow teachers the opportunity to participate in or lead physical activities throughout the school day.
- PE classes will be taught by licensed teachers who are certified or endorsed to teach PE.
Punishment and Rewards
- Physical activity will not be used or withheld as punishment. (This does not apply to participation on sports teams that have specific academic requirements.)
- The District Will provide a list of alternative ways for teachers and staff to discipline students.
- The District Will Strongly encourage teachers to use physical activity (e.g., extra recess) as a reward.
- The District will ensure the availability of proper equipment and facilities that meet safety standards and will conduct necessary inspections and repairs.
Community Use of Recreational Facilities
The District will encourage school staff, students, and their families to participate in physical activity outside of the school day. Allowing staff, students, and their families to use school recreational facilities during non-school hours is one way to increase opportunities to engage in physical activity. Consistent with state law and District policies and procedures[ cross-reference any School Board or District policies]regarding use of school facilities during non-school hours, the District will work with the [local government- city/county/recreation district] and community-based organizations to coordinate and enhance opportunities for staff, students, and their families to engage in physical activity using school facilities before and after the school day, during weekends, and during school vacations.
The District will do the following:
- Encourage children and their families to walk and bike to and from school.
- Work with local officials to designate safe or preferred routes to school.
- Promote National and International Walk and Bike to School Week/Day.
- Provide bike racks.
- Encourage parents to supervise groups of children who walk or bike together to and from school.
Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee (HF AQ)
All Oklahoma public schools must establish AHFSAC comprising at least six individuals who represent different segments of the community, including teachers, parents, school counselors, health care professionals, and business community representatives. The HFSC is responsible for making recommendations and providing advice to the school principal regarding health education, nutrition, and health services, and will meet at least four times a year.
The school principal will give consideration to the HFSAC's recommendations.
The District Will implement an employee wellness program that promotes the physical, mental, and emotional health of its staff.
The program will include the following:
- Health education
- Voluntary annual health screenings
- Stress management programs
- Breastfeeding policy
- Physical activity opportunities, available before and/or after school
- Nutrition education and weight management programs
- Promotion of the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1 -800-QUIT-NOW)
- Oklahoma State Employee Assistance Programs For Substance abuse
The District will provide staff with educational resources and annual training in health and health-related topics.
Where applicable, schools' health education curriculums will follow the National Health Education Standards or the state-approved Priority Academic Student Skills(PASS)requirements.
The District will designate one or more official(s)to facilitate the development of the local school wellness policy, oversee appropriate updates to the policy, and ensure each school's compliance with the policy. The District will ensure that the designated official(s)fully understand(s) the federal and state laws related to wellness policies.
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The District Well permits parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, physical education teachers, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, review, and update of the local school wellness policy. To encourage broad public participation in the process, the District will do the following:
- Actively notify parents and the broader community about the content and implementation of as well as any changes to the wellness policy, whether through electronic communications(e.g., email, District Website, etc.), non-electronic means(e.g., mailings, presentations, etc.), or both.
- Ensure that all outreach and communication is culturally appropriate and translated as needed.
- Educate community stakeholders on how they can participate in the development, implementation, review, and update of the wellness policy and let them know why their participation is important to the health and wellness of students and the broader community.
Assessments, Revisions, and Policy Updates
Every two years, the District will measure the extent to which schools are in compliance with the local wellness policy, as well as progress made in attaining the policy's goals. Additionally:
- Parents, students, physical education teachers, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public will be allowed to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the local wellness policy.
- The District Will inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the local wellness policy (via the District's website, handouts, newsletters sent directly to families' homes, etc.).
Ravia School District understands the concern of parents, educators, students, and community members regarding the adverse effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke. We want to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and community and set the proper example for our students. This policy is intended to improve the health and safety of all individuals using the schools.
For The purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
School Property is defined as any property that is owned, leased, managed or otherwise controlled by the school district, including vehicles and any outdoor property, such as sporting facilities and parking lots.
- Tobacco Product is defined as a product that contains or is derived from tobacco and is intended for human consumption, excluding drugs or devices approved for cessation by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This includes e-cigarettes and vapor products with or without nicotine.
- 24/7 Tobacco-Free Campus is defined as a campus where tobacco use is prohibited anywhere, at any time, and by any person. This extends to school vehicles and school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events, including those held off-campus.
- Tobacco Product use is prohibited anywhere on School Property, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by any person. This policy extends to school vehicles and school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events, including those held off-campus.
- This policy applies to employees of the school district, students, visitors, and any other person present on School Property.
- This policy also applies to all public school functions(sporting events, concerts, etc.) and any outside agency using the district's facilities, including stadiums.
- This policy is in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
- The district will not accept donations of gifts, money, or materials from the tobacco industry. This district will not participate in any type of services, events, or programs that are funded by the tobacco industry.
- Students are prohibited from possessing Tobacco Products on School Property and at any off-site, school-sponsored meeting or event, including, but not limited to, field trips and athletic events.
- Ash receptacles, such as ashtrays or ashcans, are not permitted on School Property.
users and nonusers. All individuals on school premises share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this regulation. All students will receive instruction on avoiding tobacco use. Ultimately, each site administrator will take appropriate steps to enforce the regulation.
- Students Found in violation of the policy will have their parents contacted for a first violation. A second offense could include disciplinary action. The school administrator will confiscate the prohibited Tobacco Product. Information about the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline Will is provided to students in violation of this policy in order to provide a resource for tobacco cessation.
- Employees who violate the regulation shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the employee bargaining agreements and/other districts' faculty handbook. Information about the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline will be provided to staff members in violation of this policy in order to provide a resource for tobacco cessation.
- Visitors who violate the policy shall be subject to a verbal request to the individual to stop. If The person refuses to stop, the individual will be requested to leave. If The person refuses to leave, they will be referred to local authorities.