SERIES 0000 – PHILOSOPHY, GOALS, GENERAL OBJECTIVES

 

Board of Education – 0100

 

School District Wellness Policy – 0105

 

 

The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District promotes healthy schools by encouraging and modeling good nutrition and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment.  The district supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices.  This policy was developed by a committee that consisted of:  The School District Nurse, the School District Food Service Manager, a member of the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Board of Education, the District Administrator, a Physical Education Teacher, and two members of the Brookwood High School Student Body, and one Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Parent.  It is recognized that good health by staff and students optimizes student learning and achievement, and helps the school district to ensure that no child is left behind.

 

Nutritional Education Goals

 

The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District has established the following nutritional goals:

 

1)                  The food service program will provide students and staff with well-balanced nutritional choices of food and beverages.  To meet this goal, the food service manager will explore menu offerings based on nutritional content and student preferences.  The food service program strives to exceed the minimum nutritional guidelines required by the National School Lunch Program.

 

2)                  To assist students in making healthy choices, the School District will work with parents by offering nutritional information during:

Back to School Night

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Home Athletic Contests (a minimum of five per school year)

 

3)                  Educate students during opportune moments on the importance of a nutritious diet across the K4-12 curriculum, but specifically during science classes in the Elementary and Jr. High School and Health classes and Family and Consumer Education classes offered at the High School.

 

Physical Activity Goals

 

The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District has established the following physical activity goals:

 

1)                  Educate students in participating in life-long sports and physical activity in Physical Education Classes and all other K4-12 classes when seen as appropriate.

 

2)                  Strive to keep students active at all times during physical education classes and recess periods.

 

3)                  Promote wellness programs (when practical) for students which includes a “Wellness Day” where different sectionals on aspects of physical and mental health education are disseminated to students.

 

4)                  Promote wellness programs for staff which includes a “Wellness Day” where flu shots are available for staff, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels are checked, and other physical and mental health information is disseminated.

 

5)                  Provide a summer recreation program for students.

 

6)                  Educate students across the curriculum on the importance of physical activity in the development of the human body.

 

Other School-Based Goals

 

The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District has also established the following guidelines for students and organizations within the school:

 

1)                  School organizations that fundraise during the school year, if selling food items, must sell nutritious foods that have the approval of the District Administrator.  The district promotes providing services over the selling of food items.  The FFA Fruit Sale is an approved fundraiser.

 

2)                  Concession stands at school activities must have nutritional alternatives to soda and higher fat foods.  Concession items that are not nutritious must be limited to one serving size.  All concession stand items must have the pre-approval of the Food Service Manager.

 

3)                  The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Board of Education will analyze its soft drink contract and soft drink offerings when the current contract expires.

 

4)                  Candy, cookies and cakes will no longer be allowed as a reward item for activities within the school.

 

5)                  Parents will be encouraged by NOW faculty to have their children bring healthy snacks and treats for special events.

 

Implementation and Accountability

 

The Wellness Policy of the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District will be implemented starting September 1, 2006.  Responsibilities for implementation of this policy will be distributed as follows:

 

Food Service Manager -           All nutritional portions of this policy.

 

School Nurse -                         Distributing information to parents, Wellness Days

Building Principals -                  All curriculur aspects of the policy.

 

District Administrator - All other aspects of the policy.

 

The District Administrator will report to the Board of Education one time annually on how the Wellness Policy is working within the school.  The Wellness Committee will meet at least once every two years to re-evaluate this policy.  Recommended changes will be made to the Board of Education for approval.