Health, Wellness, and Safety Policy
The Board of Education (Board) is committed to supporting a safe and healthy work and learning environment that is conducive to student and employee well-being. The Board recognizes that schools play an integral part in educating and exposing students to wellness practices, health-enhancing behaviors, good nutrition, and physical and other school-based activities that lend to student achievement and learning.
The Dept. of Education (Dept.) has a fundamental responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all public school students, employees, and persons under its jurisdiction. The Department shall establish regulations or guidelines to implement this policy. The regulations or guidelines shall include, but shall not be limited to, the establishment of: (1) goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness, as deemed appropriate by the Department; (2) nutrition guidelines for all foods that are available on each school campus during the school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity; and (3) a plan for measuring implementation of the wellness policy.
The Department shall also maintain a Safety and Accident Prevention Program that complies with federal and state laws, safety standards, and rules.
Competitive Food Sales Policy
The sale of food to students in all elementary and secondary schools shall be limited to the School Breakfast Program, School Lunch Program, approved cafeteria supplementary food items, and food prepared by culinary arts classes as part of their educational program. Schools shall not permit the sale of other food items to students from the beginning of the school day to the end of the school day, except certain beverages through vending machines, and all-school events approved by the principal. Beverage selections from school vending machines that are available to students shall contain only healthy beverages as deemed appropriate by the Dept. of Education. Beverages, other than water, shall not be sold during meal-serving periods.