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1 Students BP 5030(a) STUDENT WELLNESS The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The Superintendent or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement. (cf Vision) (cf goals for the School District) (cf Tobacco-Free Schools) (cf Environmental Safety) (cf Alcohol and Other Drugs) (cf Drug Testing) (cf Tobacco) (cf Steroids) (cf Health Care and Emergencies) (cf Infectious Disease Prevention) (cf Health Examination) (cf Immunizations) (cf Health Screening for School Entry) (cf Student Health and Social Services) (cf Safety) (cf Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students) (cf Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education) (cf Guidance/Counseling Services) The Board s policy related to student wellness shall be developed with the involvement of parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, Board representatives, and members of the public. (42 USC 1751 Note) Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals The Board shall adopt goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the district determines appropriate. The district s nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research, consistent with the expectations established in the state s curriculum frameworks, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. (cf Goals and Objectives) (cf Academic Standards) (cf Courses of Study)

2 BP 5030(b) Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program in grades K-12 and, as appropriate, may be integrated into core academic subjects and offered through before- and after-school programs. The district nutrition education program, school meal programs, and community organizations providing services on campus are encouraged to share common nutrition guidelines. (cf Comprehensive Health Education) All students in grades K-12 shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis. Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity will be provided through physical education, recess, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities. (cf Physical Education) (cf Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities) cf Athletic Competition) The Superintendent or designee shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models. He/she may promote and provide opportunities for regular physical activity among employees. Professional development in the areas of nutrition education, health and physical activity shall include instructional strategies that assess health knowledge and skills that promote healthy behaviors. (cf Staff Development) (cf Staff Development) To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, the Superintendent or designee may disseminate health information to parents/guardians through district or school newsletters, parent/guardian meetings, the district or school website, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance. (cf District and School Websites) (cf Parent Involvement) Schools shall provide prevention programs that encourage students to acquire healthy lifestyles that avoid consumption of illicit drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other substances that are harmful to the mind and body. The Governing Board discourages the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages through signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school publications, coupons, or incentive programs.

3 BP 5030(c) Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at School The Governing Board recognizes the importance of adequate, nourishing food for students in order to maintain good health, learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. The Board shall review and support nutrition guidelines established by law for all foods and beverages available on each campus during the school day, with the objective of promoting student health. The Governing Board believes foods and beverages available to students at West Covina Unified School District schools should provide a basic nutritional foundation to promote increased health benefits for all students. Nutrition standards adopted by the District for all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided through the District s food service program, student stores, vending machines, fundraisers, or other venues, shall be encouraged to meet state and federal nutrition standards. (bp.3312 Contracts) (bp Food Service/Child Nutrition Program) (bp Other Food Sales) (bp Child Care and Development) The Superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. He/she also shall encourage school staff to use nonfood items or nutritious foods and beverages as a reward for students academic performance, accomplishments or classroom behavior. (bp School-connected Organizations) School staff shall encourage parents/guardians and other volunteers to support the West Covina Unified School District s Wellness and Nutrition Program by selecting foods for their nutritional quality when providing any snacks they may donate for occasional class parties. Parents/guardians shall also be encouraged to limit foods and/or beverages not meeting nutritional standards to no more than one food or beverage per party. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period when possible. Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and 1779(a) and (b), as they apply to schools. (42 USC 1751 Note)

4 BP 5030(d) In order to maximize the district s ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all district schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, to the extent possible. (cf Free and Reduced Price Meals) Program Implementation and Evaluation The Superintendent or designee is charged with monitoring the implementation of the policy. The Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board at least every two years on the implementation of this policy and any other Board policies related to nutrition and physical activity. The report will include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the nutritional content of meals served, student participation rates in school meal programs, student physical activity rates, nutrition education curricula, and feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, parents/guardians, students, and other appropriate persons. Posting Requirements Each school shall post the district s policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas. The district student handbook shall include a summary of the district s policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity. Legal References (See next page)

5 BP 5030(e) Legal Reference: EDUCATION CODE Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of School breakfast and lunch programs School meals Nutrition Child Nutrition Act Child care food program Comprehensive nutrition services Meals for needy students California Fresh Start pilot program National School Lunch Act Physical education Physical education, elementary schools CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE Food sales by student organizations Mandatory meals for needy students Nutrition education School lunch and breakfast programs UNITED STATES COE, TITLE National School Lunch Program, especially: 1751 Note Local wellness policy Child Nutrition Act, including: 1773 School Breakfast Program 1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE National School Lunch Program National School Breakfast Program Policy adopted: 7/11/06 WEST COVINA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT West Covina, California In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C ; fax: (202) ; or This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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