School Wellness policy
School Wellness Policy on Physical Activity and Nutrition
Our Lady of Black Rock School is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and the ability to learn. This will be accomplished through education and development of lifelong wellness practices. Children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to learn, grow, and thrive. Child Nutrition Programs for breakfast and lunch will comply with all federal, state, and local requirements and will be available for all children at no cost through the federal C.E.P. Community Eligibility Partnership Program.
School Wellness Committee: S.H.I.F.T.: School Health Initiative Forces Team
Our Lady of Black Rock School has established a Wellness Committee (S.H.I.F.T. School Health Initiative Forces Team) to review physical activities and nutritional practices at least an annual basis. Recommendations for wellness plan policy updates will be submitted by S.H.I.F.T. to the OLBR School Board of Trustees for revision and adoption. The school Wellness Committee includes (but not limited to) parents, students, school health professionals, teachers of health/physical education, food service personnel, school administrator, community members, and members of the general public. Information about participating on the school wellness committee will be provided via school website and newsletter.
Our Lady of Black Rock School’s goals is to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students and staff. The school will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion. OLBR School’s health education curriculum standards and guidelines include both nutrition and physical education.
- All students in grades Pre-K through 8 will receive nutrition education as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
- Nutrition education is offered in the cafeteria and classroom with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, and health enhancing nutrition practices. Nutritional education will emphasize caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure and teach media literacy with a focus on food marketing.
- Students receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the school building representations, classrooms, cafeteria, homes and community (via signage and visual representations).
- Nutrition education is integrated into the core curricula when appropriate and includes developmentally appropriate relevant participatory activities including contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits that are coordinated with school health curriculum.
- Teaching staff who provide nutrition education have the appropriate training. Nutrition education for teachers and other staff will be provided if deemed necessary.
- OLBR School’s health and physical education teachers should provide a comprehensive (PreK-8) curriculum that follows New York State and National Health Standards. These standards should be distributed to all teachers.
Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Served and Sold on Campus
OLBR School will take every measure to ensure that all food and beverages offered for student consumption meets federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines. OLBR School will offer a variety of age appropriate healthy food and beverage choices for all educational levels, including food and beverage choices that meet the NYS Choose Sensibly guidelines. All foods and beverages sold will include a variety of age appropriate healthy foods. This includes a la carte sales and snacks. OLBR School will make food and beverage choices based on nutrition and not profit.
- OLBR School will provide a clean and safe meal environment for students, faculty, and staff.
- Appropriate school personnel will be apprised of all students with food allergies or dietary restrictions.
- OLBR School will provide student access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before and after meals, and when they eat snacks.
- OLBR School will take reasonable steps to accommodate tooth brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).
- OLBR School will not schedule tutoring, clubs, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes unless students can eat during such activities.
- OLBR School will provide adequate seating space, serving areas, water fountain, and ensure adequate time (minimum 20 minutes) for students to enjoy eating a healthy meal during meal times. Breakfast is available from 7:30 AM through 8:10 AM. Lunch periods are scheduled beginning at 10:45 AM and ending by 12:30 PM.
- Breakfast: cereal is offered daily and the featured breakfast is in limited quantity and served on a first come first served basis. 1% white or fat free chocolate milk is offered with each breakfast in a 1 cup serving. Fruit is offered daily as 100% fruit juice, fresh, frozen or canned in ½ cup proportions. Cheese cube or stick or graham cracker is available each day. For a complete breakfast, a student must take at least 3 of the offered component and at least 1 of those components must be a fruit.
- Lunch: Fruit is offered daily in a minimum of ½ cup servings and may be fresh, frozen, 100% juice or canned. Vegetables are also offered in ½ cup portions (1 cup for leafy greens) unless otherwise noted. Serving sizes for Grains are 1-2 oz. All meals include 1% white or fat free chocolate milk. Condiments are 1-2 Tbls. 1 oz. Bread is available when a Main Lunch item does not include it. A complete lunch must include at least 3 components and 1 of the components must be a fruit or a vegetable.
Food and Beverages Sold Individually (i.e. foods sold outside reimbursable school meals, cafeteria a la carte snacks, vending machines)
All foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable school meal program (including a la carte lines, fundraising activities or student store during the school day or through programs for students after the school day) will meet the following standards:
- Students and staff will have access to free, safe, and fresh drinking water throughout the school day.
- Allowed: water, fruit and vegetable juices, or fruit based drinks (containing at least 50% fruit juice and do not contain additional caloric sweeteners; low fat or fat free fluid milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy beverages.
- Healthy snacks are part of the UPK, K programs and occasionally in primary grades. Emphasis on serving fruit, vegetables as primary snacks and water or 50-100% fruit juice as primary beverage.
- Not allowed: soft drinks containing caloric sweeteners, sports drinks, high energy drinks; fruit based drinks containing less than 50% real fruit juice, beverages containing caffeine.
- Vending machines are located on the school basement level and are not available for student/staff use during the school day from 7:30 AM through 2:30 PM. Vending machines are not part of the school meal program; their exclusive use is for that of parish and other activities that are not school sanctioned.
- OLBR School will limit the emphasis of food during classroom celebrations, especially foods of minimal nutritional value and sweetened foods (FMNV) as identified by NYS. This includes: carbonated beverages, chewing gum, candy, licorice, candy coated items, water ices without fruit and fondant. OLBR School will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers. Parents are encouraged to choose healthy snacks for birthday celebrations.
- OLBR School will not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutritional stands for foods and beverages sold individually, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food serve through school meals) as a punishment. This includes sports practices and school events.
- Foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day will meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually. Limited exceptions, as approved by administration, may be acceptable.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing Nutrition Education and Promotion
Our Lady of Black Rock School aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Nutrition education information shall be offered throughout the school campus including, but not limited to school dining areas and classrooms. The school will provide nutrition education not only as part of health education classes, but also classroom instruction in other subjects, and engage in nutrition promotion.
Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education Daily Physical Education (P.E.) and Recess
Students will receive physical education two days in a five day cycle throughout the school year. Student involvement in other activities involving physical activity (e.g., interscholastic or intramural sports) will not be substituted for meeting the physical education requirement. Students will spend at least 80 percent of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Outdoor recess will be made available to students daily, weather permitting. For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of physical activity (i.e., at least 60 minutes per day) and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end: classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television; opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons; and classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes as appropriate.
Physical Activity Opportunities After School
Our Lady of Black Rock School will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as, intramural programs, sports programs, and recreational programs through OLBR School and the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns. The school will offer a wide range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students. OLBR School and Boys and Girls Club programming will include enrichment programs that provide and encourage – verbally and through the provision of space, equipment, and activities – daily periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity for all participants.
Physical Activity and Punishment
Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity (e.g. running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g. recess, physical education) as punishment.
Use of School Facilities Outside School Hours
School spaces and facilities should be available to students, staff and community members before, during, and after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations. These spaces should be available to community agencies and organizations offering physical activity and nutrition programs. School policies concerning safety will apply at all times.
Communication with Parents
Our Lady of Black Rock School will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school will send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on school website, and make available nutrient analysis of school menus. The school will encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages. The school will provide parents a list of foods that meet the school’s snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards, and fundraising activities. In addition, the school will provide opportunities for parents to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community. The school will provide information about physical education and other schoolbased physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside the school through school website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.
School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. As such, the school will limit food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually. Schoolbased marketing of brands promoting predominately low-nutrition foods and beverages is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lowfat dairy products is encouraged. Examples of prohibited marketing techniques include the following: logos and brand names on/in vending machines, books, or curricula, textbook covers, school supplies, scoreboards, school structures, and sports equipment; education incentive programs that provide food as a reward; programs that provide schools with supplies when families buy low-nutrition food products; in-school television, free samples or coupons. Marketing activities that promote healthful behaviors (and therefore allowable) include: vending machine covers promoting water; pricing structures that promote healthy options in a la carte lines or vending machines, sales of fruit for fundraisers and coupons for discount gym memberships.
All employees of the school are encouraged to be a positive healthy lifestyle role model for the students. The wellness committee will share information with staff that encourages healthy eating, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.
Monitoring and Policy Review
The school principal will ensure compliance with established school-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. The principal will develop a summary report every three years on school compliance with established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. The report will be shared with the SHIFT committee and distributed to school health services personnel, staff, and parent/teacher organizations. School food service staff will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas.