Wellness Policy

The Board of School Trustees of Elwood Community School Corporation supports increased emphasis on nutrition as well as physical activity at all grade levels to enhance the well-being of the school corporation's students. Therefore, it is the policy of the Board to:

  • Provide students access to nutritious food and beverages
  • Provide opportunities for physical activity and developmentally appropriate exercise; and
  • Require that all meals served by the school corporation meet the federal and state nutritional guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

(Policy Area 1)

Nutrition, health, and fitness topics shall be integrated into the health education curriculum taught at every grade level, K-12. The food service department has access to various classroom materials that can be made available with advance notice. Faculty is encouraged to integrate wellness and nutrition information with other curriculum areas as deemed appropriate.

(Policy Area 2)

Each school shall incorporated several minutes of physical activity or exercise as determined at each building level in addition to the physical education curriculum. School district will not deny student participation in recess or other physical activity as a form of discipline or for classroom make up time. Special exceptions to this policy must be approved by the building principal.

(Policy Area 3)

Vending machines dispensing healthy snacks and drinks such as bottled water, fruit juice, milk, dried fruit, nuts, may be made available throughout the school day, after school, and at all extra curricular activities.

Vending machines that dispense minimally nutritious items as define by the United States Department of Agriculture such as gum, candy, some chips and cookies shall not be available during the school day. Nutrient infused carbonated beverages are permitted in vending machines during the school day. Other carbonated beverages cannot be sold during the school day. Chips and cookies sold in vending machines and ala carte areas must meet USDA minimum standards to be included as selections in vending machines.

Minimally nutritious snacks and drinks will not be sold on lunch lines as ala carte items.

All school-sponsored events and celebrations of special occasions shall include healthy beverages and/or food among the choices available to participants. This includes holiday parties, birthday parties, and any other celebrations held during the school day. It is encouraged that classroom celebrations be limited to one event per month.

Snacks provided or made available to students by school faculty or staff must meet current USDA minimally nutritious snack standards.

No outside drinks or commercially prepared/vendor-prepared foods should be brought on to school property for student consumption during the school day without prior approval by the building principal.

Fundraising projects are encouraged to include healthy options. Fundraising items for consumption cannot be sold or consumed during the school day on school property.

(Policy Area 4)

All students will be offered the opportunity to participate in the National School Lunch (and Breakfast) Program with the knowledge that all information with reference to participation in the program will be kept confidential.

All food and beverage marketing within the school district will promote wellness and or nutrition.

(Policy Area 5)

The superintendent and each building principal or designee shall jointly share the operational responsibility for ensuring that the provisions of this policy and its regulations are met. The superintendent will be responsible for reporting to the board at the end of each semester the progress of the school corporation in implementing this policy.

The superintendent is also responsible to prepare rules, regulations, and guidelines to implement and support this policy. Such provisions should address all food and beverages sold and/ or served to students at schools, including competitive food sales, vending machine items, fund-raising activities, and rewards to students. The superintendent should also prepare regulations for staff development, community involvement and program evaluation.

The Wellness Committee will meet a minimum of once in the spring to evaluate and adjust the policy to meet current needs and changes in state and federal requirements in this policy.

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