Policy JHCF-RZ

I. SCHOOL WELLNESS COMMITTEE

Committee Role and Membership

Lynchburg City Schools will convene a representative school wellness committee (SWC) to oversee school health policies and programs, including implementation and periodic review and recommendations for updates to the division wellness policy.

The committee will represent all school building levels (elementary and secondary schools) and include to the extent possible, but not limited to: parents and caregivers, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, health education teachers, school health professionals, school administrators and the general public.

Each school is required to identify a “wellness champion” who will be responsible for monitoring school-level compliance with the policy. The wellness champion will complete the annual school wellness policy assessment tool.

II. NUTRITION STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES

A. School Meals

The Division is committed to serving healthy meals to children that include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk; that are moderate in sodium, low in saturated fat, and have zero grams trans-fat per serving (nutrition label or manufacturer’s specification); and to meeting the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. The school meal programs’ aim to improve the diet and health of school children, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs.

All schools within the Division participate in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) child nutrition programs, including:

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)

Schools may also participate in:

  • After School Snack Program (ASSP)
  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)
  • Summer Food Service Program(SFSP)
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

All schools within the Division are committed to offering school meals through the NSLP and SBP programs, and other applicable federal child nutrition programs, that:

  • Are accessible to all students;
  • Are appealing and attractive to children;
  • Are served in clean and pleasant settings;
  • Meet or exceed current nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations.
  • Promote healthy food and beverage choices using best practice techniques such as:
    • Fruits and vegetables are attractively displayed.
    • Sliced or cut fruit is available daily.
    • Daily fruit options are displayed in a location in the line of sight and reach of students.
    • Daily announcements are used to promote and market menu options.

Participation in Federal child nutrition programs will be promoted among students and families to help ensure that families know what programs are available in their children’s school.

Menus will be posted on the Division website or individual school websites.

School meals will be administered by a team of school nutrition professionals.

The Division child nutrition program will accommodate students with special dietary needs.

Students will be provided with an adequate and reasonable amount of time to eat breakfast and lunch. Students will be served lunch at a reasonable and appropriate time of day. Elementary lunch should ideally follow the recess period to better support learning and healthy eating.

Use of local and/or regional products is encouraged to be incorporated into the school meal program.

B. Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

The school nutrition program director, all managers and staff will meet or exceed hiring and annual continuing education/training requirements of the USDA professional standards for child nutrition professionals. School nutrition personnel will refer to USDA’s Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals website to identify training that meets their learning needs.

C. Water

To promote hydration, free, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all students throughout the school day and throughout every school campus. The Division will make drinking water available where school meals are served during mealtimes.

D. Competitive Foods and Beverages

To support healthy food choices and improve student health and well-being, all foods and beverages outside the reimbursable school meal programs that are sold to students on the school campus during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA nutrition standards. These standards will apply in all locations and through all services where foods and beverages are sold, which may include, but are not limited to, à la carte options in cafeterias, vending machines, school stores and snack or food carts.

E. Celebrations and Rewards

The Division strongly encourages parents, teachers and school staff to incorporate healthy foods and beverages into classroom celebrations. The Division recommends using alternatives to food as a means of rewarding student achievement.

  • Classroom parties – Schools will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to no more than one event per class per month. The Division will provide to parents and teachers a list of recommended healthy foods and beverages for use in classroom celebrations. To ensure the safety of all students, all food brought into schools must be in the original packaging that displays ingredient information. Attention to individual student allergies and health care plans within the class population is required.
  • Snacks distributed to students during the school day – The Division will provide a list of recommended healthy snacks for distribution to students in the classroom. To ensure the safety of all students, all food brought into schools must be in the original packaging that displays ingredient information. Foods and beverages of minimal nutritional value, such as candy and soda, will not be used as snacks during the school day. Attention to individual student allergies and health care plans within the class population is required.
  • Foods given as incentives – The Division strongly encourages teachers and other relevant school staff to use alternative ways to reward students. Foods and beverages of minimal nutritional value, such as candy and soda, will not be used as rewards during the school day. Foods and beverages will not be withheld as punishment for any reason, such as for performance or behavior. Attention to individual student allergies and health care plans within the class population is required.
F. Fundraising

Foods and beverages that meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools nutrition standards may be sold through fundraisers on the school campus during the school day. The Division will make available to parents and teachers a list of healthy fundraising ideas.

  • All food sold to students anywhere on the campus during the school day must meet Smart Snack regulatory requirements.
  • Fundraising activities that take place outside of the school day or off-site of the school campus are exempt from nutrition standards.
G. Nutrition Promotion

Students and staff will receive consistent nutrition messages throughout schools, classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. The Division will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all students throughout the school campus, as well as encourage participation in school meal programs.

H. Nutrition Education

The Division will teach, model, encourage and support healthy eating by all students. At appropriate grade levels, schools will provide age-appropriate nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:

  • Is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
  • Is part of not only health education, but also integrated into other classroom instruction when applicable;
  • Promotes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and healthy food preparation methods;
  • Links with school meal programs, cafeteria nutrition promotion activities and other school foods and nutrition-related community services;
  • In elementary schools, as designated through the Standards of Learning, nutrition education will be offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based health education curriculum that meets state and national standards.
  • As designated through the Standards of Learning, health education teachers will provide opportunities for students to practice or rehearse the skills taught through the health education curricula.
I. Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools

The Division is committed to providing a school environment that ensures opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing commercial distractions. The Division strives to teach students how to make informed choices about nutrition, health and physical activity. It is the intent of the Division to promote student health by permitting advertising and marketing for only those foods and beverages that are permitted to be sold on the school campus, consistent with the Division’s wellness policy.

Any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards such that only those foods that comply with or exceed those nutrition standards are permitted to be marketed or promoted to students.

Food and beverage marketing includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Brand names, trademarks, logos or tags, except when placed on a physically present food or beverage product or its container.
  • Displays, such as on vending machine exteriors
  • Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on school equipment, such as marquees, message boards, scoreboards or backboards (Note: immediate replacement of these items is not required; however, districts will replace or update scoreboards or other  durable equipment when existing contracts are up for renewal or to the extent that is in financially possible over time so that items are in compliance with the marketing policy.)
  • Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on cups used for beverage dispensing, menu boards, coolers, trash cans and other food service equipment; as well as on posters, book covers, pupil assignment books or school supplies displayed, distributed, offered or sold by the District.
  • Advertisements in school publications or school mailings.
  • Free product samples, taste tests or coupons of a product, or free samples displaying advertising of a product.

Any reviews of existing contracts, acquisitions of new contracts, equipment and/or products purchased (and replaced) should reflect the applicable marketing guidelines established by the wellness policy.

Adopted: June 5, 2018

Legal Refs.:

42 U.S.C. § 1758b.

7 C.F.R. 210.31.

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, § 22.1-253.13:1.

Cross Ref.:

JHCF Student Wellness
JL Fundraising and Solicitation