The Lynchburg City School Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity in division students.
Based on review and consideration of evidence-based strategies and techniques, the Lynchburg City School Board has established the following goals to promote student wellness.
1) Nutrition Promotion and Education
Students receive nutrition education that teaches the skills they need to adopt and maintain healthy eating behaviors.
Nutrition education is offered in the school cafeteria as well as in the classroom, with coordination between the school nutrition staff and other school personnel, including teachers.
Students receive consistent nutrition messages from all aspects of the school program.
Division health education curriculum standards and guidelines address both nutrition and physical education.
Schools conduct nutrition education activities and promotions that involve parents, students and the community.
2) Physical Activity
A program of physical activity is available to all students in grades kindergarten through five consisting of at least 20 minutes per day or an average of 100 minutes per week during the regular school year and available to all students in grades six through 12 with a goal of at least 150 minutes per week on average during the regular school year. Such program may include any combination of (i) physical education classes, (ii) extracurricular athletics, (iii) recess, or (iv) other programs and physical activities.
Students are given opportunities for physical activity through a range of before- and/or after-school programs including, but not limited to, intramurals, interscholastic athletics and physical activity clubs.
Schools work with the community to create ways for students to walk or bike safely to and from school.
Schools encourage parents and guardians to support their children's participation in physical activity.
Schools provide training to enable staff to promote enjoyable, lifelong physical activity among students.
3) Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness
An adequate amount of time is allowed for students to eat meals in adequate dining facilities.
All children who participate in subsidized food programs are able to obtain food in a non-stigmatizing manner.
The availability of subsidized food programs is adequately publicized in ways designed to reach families eligible to participate in the programs.
Environmentally-friendly practices such as the use of locally grown and seasonal foods, school gardens and nondisposable tableware have been considered and implemented where appropriate.
Physical activities and/or nutrition services or programs designed to benefit staff health have been considered and, to the extent practical, implemented.
Nutrition Standards and Guidelines
The Superintendent is responsible for creating
- regulations to develop and implement standards for all foods and beverages provided, but not sold, to students on the school campus during the school day; and
- standards and nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day that promote student health and reduce childhood obesity and are consistent with the applicable standards and requirements in 7 C.F.R. §§ 210.10, 210.11 and 220.8.
Marketing on the school campus during the school day is permitted only for those foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards under 7 C.F.R. § 210,11.
The School Board encourages parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, school administrators and the general public to participate in the development, implementation and periodic review and update of this policy.
The Superintendent or his/her designee is responsible for overseeing the implementation of this policy and developing procedures for evaluating the policy, including indicators that will be used to measure its success.
Implementation procedures include measuring and making available to the public, at least once every three years, an assessment of the implementation of the policy, including the extent to which schools are in compliance with the policy, the extent to which this policy compares to model school wellness policies and a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the policy. The results of the triennial assessment are considered in updating the policy.
The School Board retains the following records to document compliance with 7 C.F.R. § 210.31:
- the policy;
- documents demonstrating compliance with community involvement requirements, including requirements to make the policy and triennial assessments available to the public; and
- documentation of the triennial assessment of the policy.
Adopted: June 5, 2018
42 U.S.C. § 1758b.
7 C.F.R. 210.31.
Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, § 22.1-253.13:1.
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