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June 15, 2006
246. STUDENT WELLNESS
Easton Area School District recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are
related to students physical well-being, growth, development, and readiness to
learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes
student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity
as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students
will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can
improve student achievement.
To ensure the health and well-being of all students, the Board establishes that the
district shall provide to students:
A comprehensive nutrition program consistent with federal and state
Access at reasonable cost to foods and beverages that meet established
Physical education courses and opportunities for developmentally appropriate
physical activity during the school day.
Curriculum and programs for grades K-12 that are designed to educate students
about proper nutrition and lifelong physical activity, in accordance with State
Board of Education curriculum regulations and academic standards.
The Superintendent's designee shall be responsible to monitor district schools,
programs and curriculum to ensure compliance with this policy, related policies and
established guidelines or administrative regulations.
Each building principal or designee shall report to the Superintendent's designee
regarding compliance in his/her school.
Staff members responsible for programs related to student wellness shall report to
the Superintendent's designee regarding the status of such programs.
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The Superintendent's designee shall annually report to the Board on the districts
compliance with law and policies related to student wellness. The report shall
Assessment of school environment regarding student wellness issues.
Evaluation of food services program.
Review of all foods and beverages sold in schools for compliance with
established nutrition guidelines.
Listing of activities and programs conducted to promote nutrition and physical
Recommendations for policy and/or program revisions.
Suggestions for improvement in specific areas.
Feedback received from district staff, students, parents/guardians, community
members and Wellness Committee.
An assurance that district guidelines for reimbursable meals are not less restrictive
than regulations and guidelines issued for schools in accordance with federal law
shall be provided annually by the Food Service Director and District Child
The Board shall appoint a Wellness Committee comprised of at least one (1) of each
of the following: School Board member, district administrator, district food service
representative, student, parent/guardian, and member of the public. Other individuals
that may participate include teachers, school nurses, school counselors, dietician,
health professional, community organization member, food vendor, and/or other
The Wellness Committee shall serve as an advisory committee regarding student
health issues and shall be responsible for developing a Student Wellness Policy that
complies with law to recommend to the Board for adoption.
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The Wellness Committee may examine related research and laws, assess student
needs and the current school environment, review existing Board policies and
administrative regulations, and raise awareness about student health issues. The
Wellness Committee may make policy recommendations to the Board related to
other health issues necessary to promote student wellness.
The Wellness Committee may survey parents/guardians and/or students; conduct
community forums or focus groups; collaborate with appropriate community
agencies and organizations; and engage in similar activities, within the budget
established for these purposes.
The Wellness Committee shall provide periodic reports to the Superintendent or
designee regarding the status of its work, as required.
The goal of nutrition education is to teach, encourage and support healthy eating by
students. Promoting student health and nutrition enhances readiness for learning and
increases student achievement.
Nutrition education will be provided within the sequential, comprehensive health
education program in accordance with State Board of Education curriculum
regulations and the academic standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education,
and Family and Consumer Sciences.
Nutrition education shall provide all students with the knowledge and skills needed
to lead healthy lives.
Nutrition education lessons and activities shall be age-appropriate.
Nutrition curriculum shall be behavior focused.
Lifelong lifestyle balance shall be reinforced by linking nutrition education and
Consistent nutrition messages shall be disseminated throughout the district, schools,
classrooms, cafeterias, homes, community and media.
Nutrition education shall extend beyond the school environment by engaging and
involving families and communities.
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District schools shall strive to provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate
physical activity during the school day for all students.
District schools shall contribute to the effort to provide students opportunities to
accumulate at least sixty (60) minutes of age-appropriate physical activity on all or
most days of the week. That time will include physical activity outside the school
environment, such as outdoor play at home, sports, etc.
Age-appropriate physical activity opportunities, such as recess; before and after
school; during lunch; clubs; intramurals; and interscholastic athletics, shall be
provided to meet the needs and interests of all students, in addition to planned
A physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all
students shall be maintained.
Extended periods of student inactivity, two (2) hours or more, shall be discouraged.
Physical activity breaks shall be provided for elementary students during classroom
After-school programs shall provide developmentally appropriate physical activity
for participating children.
District schools shall partner with parents/guardians and community members to
institute programs that support physical activity.
Physical activity shall not be used as a form of punishment.
Students and the community shall have access to physical activity facilities outside
Quality physical education instruction that promotes lifelong physical activity and
provides instruction in the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong participation
shall be provided.
Physical education classes shall be the means through which all students learn,
practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate skills and knowledge
necessary for lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
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A comprehensive physical education course of study that focuses on providing
students the skills, knowledge and confidence to participate in lifelong, health-
enhancing physical activity shall be implemented.
A varied and comprehensive curriculum that leads to students becoming and
remaining physically active for a lifetime shall be provided in the physical education
A sequential physical education program consistent with State Board of Education
curriculum regulations and Health, Safety and Physical Education academic
standards shall be developed and implemented.
Adequate amounts of planned instruction shall be provided in order for students to
achieve the proficient level for the Health, Safety and Physical Education academic
Students shall be moderately to vigorously active as much time as possible during a
physical education class. Documented medical conditions and disabilities shall be
accommodated during class.
Safe and adequate equipment, facilities and resources shall be provided for physical
Physical education shall be taught by certified health and physical education
Appropriate professional development shall be provided for physical education staff.
Physical activity shall not be used as a form of punishment.
Other School Based Activities
District schools shall provide adequate space for eating and serving school meals.
Students shall be provided a clean and safe meal environment.
Students shall be provided adequate time to eat: ten (10) minutes sit down time for
breakfast; twenty (20) minutes sit down time for lunch.
Meal periods shall be scheduled at appropriate hours.
Drinking water shall be available at all meal periods and throughout the school day.
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Students shall have access to hand washing or sanitizing before meals and snacks.
Qualified nutrition professionals shall administer the school meals program.
Professional development shall be provided for district nutrition staff.
Access to the food service operation shall be limited to authorized staff.
Nutrition content of school meals shall be available to students and parents/
To the extent possible, the district shall utilize available funding and outside
programs to enhance student wellness.
The district shall provide appropriate training to all staff on the components of the
Student Wellness Policy.
Administrators, teachers, food service personnel, students, parents/guardians, and
community members shall be encouraged to serve as positive role models through
district programs, communications and outreach efforts.
The district shall support the efforts of parents/guardians to provide a healthy diet
and daily physical activity for children by communicating relevant information
through various methods.
All foods available in district schools during the school day shall be offered to
students with consideration for promoting student health and reducing childhood
Foods provided through the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs shall
comply with federal nutrition standards under the School Meals Initiative.
Competitive foods are defined as foods offered at school other than through the
National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs and include a la carte foods,
snacks and beverages; vending food, snacks and beverages; school store food,
snacks and beverages; fundraisers; classroom parties; holiday celebrations; and food
All competitive foods available to students in district schools shall comply with the
Nutritional Standards for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools. The
nutritional standards shall be implemented as a three (3) year plan.
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Safe Routes To School
The district shall assess and, to the extent possible, implement improvements to
make walking and biking to school safer and easier for students.
The district shall encourage collaboration with local municipalities, public safety
agency, police departments, and community organizations to develop and maintain
safe routes to school.
District administrators shall seek and utilize available federal and state funding for
safe routes to school, when appropriate.
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 P.L. 108-265 Sec. 204