The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating, nutrition, and physical activity.
General Statement of Policy
A. St. John Vianney (SJV) school recognizes that health education, nutrition, and physical activity are essential components of an educational program that fosters student attendance and education.
B. SJV school environment will promote and protect students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.
C. SJV school encourages the involvement of students, parents, teachers, food service staff, and other interested persons in implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school district nutrition and physical activity policies.
D. Students will have access to affordable, healthy foods that are appealing to meet their health needs.
E. All students will have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
F. School nutrition staff will attempt to accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
G. SJV School will attempt to accommodate student diets for food allergies.
St. John Vianney School Wellness Policy Guidelines
A. Food and Beverage Services
Students’ lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of food and beverages available to them. Schools have a responsibility to help students and staff establish and maintain lifelong healthy eating patterns. SJV School will
- Ensure foods and beverages made available by the meal program (including a la carte cafeteria items) will be consistent with current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Take every measure to ensure that students’ access to food and beverages meet or exceed all federal, state, and local laws and guidelines.
- Will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.
- Will make every effort to provide students with sufficient time to eat after sitting down for school meals and will schedule meal periods at appropriate times.
- Shall adhere to all federal, state, and local food safety and security guidelines.
- Will discourage tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities.
- Healthy snacks are encouraged
C. Food Safety
Minimizing the potential for the spread of infectious agents through food handling is critical to safety and health of the students and school staff. SJV School will:
- Provide access and time for hand washing before handling food or eating meals or snacks.
- Be sure that students are discouraged from sharing their foods and beverages with one another during meal or snack times.
D. Vending and Concessions
- SJV School will not have vending machines on campus.
- Concessions at school related events will offer a variety of food and beverage items that include healthy options.
- Foods sold for fundraising will not be sold at times that compete with the school food service program.
- It is recommended that concessions stands offer 50% of the selections be healthy Food options and priced competitively with other food options.
E. Celebrations and Rewards
- SJV School supports celebrations, recognition of academic performance, or good behavior with non food rewards; however, on a limited basis, when food is being offered, nutritious choices are encouraged.
- SJV school staff will not withhold foods, beverages, or recess as a form of punishment.
- Fundraising efforts will be supportive of healthy eating by emphasizing the sale of healthy food items or of non food items.
- SJV School will make school affiliated organizations aware of the policy regarding fundraising with food and beverage items and will encourage them to adopt the same policy.
G. Nutrition Education and Promotion
- SJV School will ensure that students in K-6 receive nutrition education including the food pyramid, that provides the knowledge needed to adopt healthy lifestyles. Nutrition education will be well integrated within a comprehensive school health education plan.
- SJV School will encourage all students to make age appropriate healthy selections of foods and beverages.
- Nutrition education will include reinforcement of the importance of physical activity and the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
- SJV School will provide educational information for families, encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.
- SJV School recognizes family members are a critical part of the team responsible for teaching children about health and nutrition.
6. Wellness concepts will be reinforced by school personnel.
H. Physical Activity
The primary goal for SJV School is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the skills and knowledge of physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity and understand the short and long term benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
- Students will receive regular, age appropriate physical education.
- SJV School physical education curriculum is designed to build interest and proficiency in the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to lifelong physical activity.
- Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons, where appropriate.
- Classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.
I. Communications with Parents
It is important that students receive consistent messages throughout school, classroom, cafeteria, home, community and media regarding good nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
- SJV School recognizes that parent and guardians have a primary and fundamental role in promoting and protecting their children’s health and well-being.
- SJV School will support parents’ and guardians’ efforts to provide healthy diet and daily physical activity.
- SJV School encourages parents, guardians, and students to pack healthy lunches, snacks and treats and refrain from including beverages and food without nutritional value.
- SJV School will provide information about physical activity and will support parents’ and guardians’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.
J. Implementation and Monitoring
- After approval by the SJV School Board, the Wellness Policy will be implemented throughout the school.
- The caterer at SJV school will ensure compliance with state and federal laws regarding service of school lunch.
- The principal in partnership with the Wellness committee will ensure compliance of the policy as it relates to food and beverage.
- The principal will provide a report of the school’s compliance with the policy to the SJV School Board of Education on an annual basis.
K. Staff Wellness
SJV school staff will serve as role models for students. A healthy school staff will more effectively deliver the key message of healthy life practices. Therefore, SJV School will promote staff wellness initiatives and opportunities that encourage healthy lifestyles which in turn foster exceptional role modeling.
Developed in August 2006; revised November 2010