Student Wellness | Policy 5661

The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by fostering lifelong wellness practices, healthy eating and physical activity.

To accomplish these goals:

  • The District hereby establishes a wellness committee to be comprised of representatives of the whole community including: a school nurse, food service administrator, health education teacher, family and consumer science teacher, school administrator, physical education teacher, a student and a parent. The committee shall develop the District’s proposed local wellness policy, making such policy recommendations for review and adoption by the Board of Education. The District Wellness Committee will perform advisory tasks for needs assessment as well as continuing policy revision and update. The District’s Wellness Committee is designed to represent the local community’s perspective in developing the wellness policy for the District.

    The Wellness Committee is requested to review, consider and make recommendations pursuant to their consideration of District Goals relating to nutrition education, physical activity and other lifelong wellness practices linked to school-based activities. These goals are designed to promote student wellness to the maximum extent practicable for the District.

  • Child Nutrition Programs comply with federal, state and local requirements. Child Nutrition Programs are accessible to all children.
  • Sequential and interdisciplinary nutrition education is provided and promoted to facilitate the voluntary adoption of healthy eating habits and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to health and well-being.
  • All foods and beverages made available on school property during the school day are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the objectives of promoting student health, reducing childhood obesity and preventing diet-related diseases.
  • All foods made available on school property adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
  • Effective September 1, 2007, all food and beverages sold on school grounds during the school day will meet or exceed all federal nutritional guidelines.
  • The school environment is safe, comfortable, pleasing and allows ample time and space for eating meals. It is a healthy school nutrition environment.
  • The Family and Consumer Science program at Fonda-Fultonville will promote and offer students “heart-healthy” recipes as a regular part of the curriculum.
  • Patterns of meaningful physical activity connect to students’ lives outside of physical education.
  • The curriculum of the physical education program will ensure that life-long physical education activities will be included at all levels. These will be designed to promote a healthy lifestyle for our students as they transition into adulthood. These will include, but are not restricted to: yoga, aerobic training, tennis, golf, and cross-country skiing.
  • Opportunities for the community such as community use of the district pool, a walking program available to community members, and a wellness program available to all will be provided to members of the Fonda-Fultonville community on a regular basis.
  • Other aspects of lifelong wellness practices and behaviors are linked to the current District Policies that support no tolerance policy of harassment or bullying, the Code of Conduct on School Property and a no tobacco use or advertising commitment.
  • The health curriculum in the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District will align with the New York State Health Education Standards. The curricula will include, but not be limited to promoting a healthy lifestyle by illustrating to students the dangers of the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, both illegal and over-use of prescription medication. The impact of a healthy lifestyle on longevity and fitness will be discussed at all levels.
  • In compliance with New York State Law, use of tobacco products will be strictly prohibited in the buildings, at the athletic fields, and all other areas. This will be enforced with staff, students, parents and community members.
  • The local wellness committee will rely on the current edition of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) tool for schools called the School Health Index (SHI) to measure the implementation and evaluation of the local wellness policy as well as its update and revision.
  • The District shall establish an implementation and evaluation plan for the wellness policy in order to monitor the effectiveness of the policy and the possible need for further modification over time. Accordingly, the Superintendent shall designate one or more staff members within the District or at each school as appropriate to have operational responsibility for ensuring that the District meets the goals and mandates of its local wellness policy. Designated staff members may include, but are not limited to, the following personnel:
    a) Administrators;
    b) School health personnel including the school nurse and the health and/or physical education teacher; and
    c) School Food Service Director.

These designated staff members shall periodically report to the Superintendent on the District’s compliance with the wellness policy (or, if done at the building level, to the School Principal) and the Superintendent shall inform the Board of such findings. The Superintendent/designee shall prepare a summary report on District-wide compliance with the District’s wellness policy based on input from schools within the District. That report will be provided to the School Board and also distributed to the wellness committee, parent-teacher organizations, Building Principals, and school health services personnel within the District. The report shall also be available to community residents upon request.

These designated school officials will also serve as a liaison with community agencies in providing outside resources to help in the development of nutrition education programs and physical activities.

Evaluation and feedback from interested parties, including an assessment of student, parent, teacher, and administration satisfaction with the wellness policy, is essential to the District’s evaluation program. Further, the District shall document the financial impact, if any, to the school food service program, school stores, or vending machine revenues based on the implementation of the wellness policy.

References:

1. Wellness Policy model – School Nutrition Association 4/20/2005
2. Model Local School Wellness Policies – http://www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org
3. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005
4. Current District Policies – Fonda-Fultonville Central School District
5. Code of Conduct – Fonda-Fultonville Central School District
6. Erie I Policy Service

Adopted: 07/24/2006

Revised – First Reading: 10/30/2006

Adopted: 11/26/2006

Revised (# change): 06/20/2016