5156 - Student Nutrition and Wellness

Policy 5156 Student Nutrition and Wellness title box

It is the policy of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District boards (hereinafter “District”) to establish guidelines which support all students with nutrition education, physical activity, and other school based activities that are designed to promote student wellness. Food service contracts will comply with all federal & state guidelines regarding the special dietary needs of all students.

I. Nutrition education

A. The school districts shall provide a comprehensive health education program in accordance with the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities.
B. Nutrition education programs shall be conducted by appropriately licensed staff members.
C. To the extent practicable, nutrition education shall be integrated into core curricula in areas, such as science and family consumer science courses.

II. Goals for physical activity

A. The District shall provide physical education classes for all students as required by Vermont School Quality Standards.
B. The District shall provide other physical activity opportunities for students through recess periods in appropriate grades and before or after school activities such as interscholastic athletics, intramural sports, or physical activity clubs.

III. Food service guidelines

A. The District shall ensure that guidelines for reimbursable school meals comply with regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to sections (a) and (b) of section 10 of the Child Nutrition Act and section 9(f)(1) and 17a of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act as those regulations apply to schools.
B. The District shall provide clean, safe, adequate spaces for eating and serving school meals in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
C. The District shall establish breakfast periods appropriate to provide time to eat a nutritious breakfast. Breakfast in the classroom is encouraged. The District shall establish lunch periods appropriate to meet individual school needs preferably between the hours of 10:30 am-1:00 pm that provide adequate time to focus on healthy eating. Whenever possible, lunch periods will be scheduled after recess.
D. Food shall not be used in district schools as a reward or punishment for academic performance.
E. The District shall provide training opportunities as appropriate for food service and other staff members in areas of nutrition and wellness.
F. The District shall ensure that foodservice timeliness and efficiency is continuously monitored.
G. School personnel shall encourage hand washing for all students.

IV. Nutritional guidelines

A. Foods of minimal nutritional value, as listed in 7 CFR 210, Appendix B and 7 CFR 220, Appendix B shall not be sold on campus during breakfast and lunch periods (7CFR 210.11(a)(4))

V. Policy implementation

A. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall monitor district programs and curriculum to ensure compliance with policy and administrative procedures.
B. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall report at least annually to Boards on compliance with policy and student wellness.
C. The Superintendent or his/her designee will ensure districts follow best practices suggested in the Vermont Nutrition and Fitness Policy Guidelines.
D. The Superintendent or designee will ensure all federal and state guidelines for dietary restrictions.

Legal references:

16 VSA §131 and 906(b) (3)
Richard B. Russell School Lunch Act 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 section 204 of public Law 108-265
Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR Part 210, Part 220 and Part 15(B).
FNS Instruction 783-2, Revision 2, Meal Substitutions for Medical or Other Special Dietary Reasons
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B
Americans with Disabilities Act, July 26, 1990, 28 CFR Part 35, Title II, Subtitle A

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