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6700 (P) - Nutrition, Health and Physical Fitness



School policies that promote health and create healthy environments are critical for the implementation of comprehensive school health programs to improve student learning. The Board recognizes that children who eat well-balanced meals and get regular physical activity are more likely to learn in the classroom, and that good nutrition and physical fitness are essential for the lifelong health and wellbeing of our district's youth. In addition, the school district recognizes its role, as part of the wider community, to model, practice, and promote student and family health through nutrition education, choice of foods served at schools, physical activity opportunities, and environmental education related to community wellness.

The Board recognizes that risks to student health and learning can be linked to hunger, inadequate nutrition, and childhood obesity. Overweight and obese children are likely to be obese as adults and are at increased risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Overweight and obese children are also affected by stigma and discrimination. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of developing diseases associated with obesity while increasing students’ capacity for learning and academic achievement.

Therefore, it is the policy of the Board of Directors to provide students with access to nutritious food, emphasize health education and physical education, and provide students with opportunities for physical activity.

Wellness Policy

The District, through the School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), will develop and implement a comprehensive wellness policy in compliance with state and federal requirements for districts participating in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

Nutrition and Food Services Program

The Board of Directors supports the philosophy of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program and will provide wholesome and nutritious meals for children in the District’s schools. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to administer the food services program, provided that any decision to enter into a contract with a food service management company will require the approval of the Board. Expenditures for food supplies shall not exceed the estimated revenues.

The Superintendent is responsible for:

  • distributing meal applications and determining eligibility for school meals;
  • protecting the identity of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals;
  • ensuring meals meet USDA meal pattern requirements;
  • ensuring meal periods are in compliance with USDA regulations;
  • establishing a Food Safety Plan;
  • determining meal prices annually;
  • using the full entitlement of USDA Foods;
  • maintaining a nonprofit school food service account;
  • ensuring all revenues are used solely for the school meal program;
  • establishing a meal charge policy;
  • accommodating children with special dietary needs;
  • ensuring compliance with USDA nondiscrimination policies;
  • following proper procurement procedures; and
  • ensuring compliance with the Smart Snacks in School standards.

Health and Physical Education Program

The District’s K-12 health and physical education programs will be aligned with the Washington State Health and Physical Education K-12 Learning Standards and will include, but not be limited to, the development of knowledge and skills to be physically active, to eat nutritiously, to access reliable health information and services, to communicate effectively, and to set health-enhancing goals.

The District will ensure that the following requirements are met:

  • All students in grades one through eight receive an average of one hundred instructional minutes per week of physical education per year.
  • All high school students are required to complete a minimum of three semesters (1.5 credits) of physical education and one semester (.5 credit) of health education.
  • The district will offer a one-credit course or its equivalent in physical education for each grade in the high school program (grades 9-12).
  • All students have equal and equitable opportunities for health and physical education.
  • All students, from kindergarten through grade 12, will have access to a quality, standards-based health and physical education program.
  • OSPI- developed assessments or other strategies will be used in health and physical education, formerly known as classroom-based assessments (CBAs).

As a best practice and subject to available funding, the District will strive to ensure:

  • Students will be moderately to vigorously active for at least 50% of class time during most or all physical education class sessions.
  • All schools will have certificated physical education teachers providing instruction.
  • All schools will have appropriate class sizes, facilities, equipment, and supplies needed to deliver quality health and physical education consistent with state standards.
  • All physical education teachers will be encouraged to participate in professional development in physical education at least once a year.

Physical Activity

Physical education class is not to be used or withheld as punishment for any reason. All schools, as a best practice and subject to available funding, will participate in a multi-component approach by which schools use all opportunities for students to by physically active, such as the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will provide the following:

  • quality physical education;
  • physical activity during the school day (brain boosters/energizers);
  • extra curricular opportunities;
  • recess (which will not be used or withheld as punishment for any reason);
  • family and community engagement;
  • staff wellness and health promotion;
  • promotion of active transportation; and
  • school district facilities.

Cross References:

Board Policy 2150      Co-Curricular Program

Board Policy 2151      Interscholastic Activities

Board Policy 2161      Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students

Board Policy 2162      Education of Students With Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Board Policy 2410      High School Graduation Requirements

Board Policy 3210      Nondiscrimination

Board Policy 3422      Student Sports – Concussion, Head Injury and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Board Policy 4260      Use of School Facilities

Legal References:

RCW 28A.210.365     Food choice, physical activity, childhood fitness — Minimum standards — District waiver or exemption policy.

RCW 28A.230.040     Physical Education – Grades 1-8

RCW 28A.230.050     Physical Education in High Schools

RCW 28A.230.095     Essential academic learning requirements and assessments — Verification reports.

RCW 28A.235.120     Meal Programs — Establishment and Operation — Personnel — Agreements

RCW 28A.235.130     Milk for children at school expense

RCW 28A.235.140     School breakfast programs

RCW 28A.235.145     School breakfast and lunch programs –Use of state funds

RCW 28A.235.150     School breakfast and lunch programs – Grants to increase participation – Increased state support

RCW 28A.235.160     Requirements to implement school breakfast, lunch and summer food service programs – Exemptions

RCW 28A.235.170     Washington grown fresh fruit and vegetable grant program

RCW 28A.623.020     Nonprofit program for elderly — Authorized — Restrictions

RCW 69.04                 Intrastate Commerce in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics

RCW 69.06.010          Food and beverage service worker’s permit — Filing, duration — Minimum training requirements

RCW 69.06.020          Permit exclusive and valid throughout state — Fee

RCW 69.06.030          Diseased persons — May not work — Employer may not hire

RCW 69.06.050          Permit to be secured within fourteen days from time of employment.

RCW 69.06.070          Limited duty permit

WAC 180-51-068       State subject and credit requirements for high school graduation—Students entering the ninth grade on or after July 1, 2015.

WAC 392-157-125     Time for meals

WAC 392-410-135     Physical Education – Grade school and high school requirement.

WAC 392-410-136     Physical Education Requirement-Excuse

                                    2 CFR Part 200 Procurement

                                    7 CFR, Parts 210 and 220

                                    7 CFR, Part 245.5

Adopted:  July 19, 2005

Revised:  November 21, 2017

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