Wellness Policy on Physical Activity and Nutrition
The Board of Trustees of Baden Academy Charter School (“Baden”), in combination with students, parents, administrators, faculty, and staff is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, wellbeing, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating habits and physical activity. As a means to fostering such a school environment, the Board of Trustees sets forth the following goals and adopts the following Wellness Policy on Physical Activity and Nutrition.
· To the extent practicable, all meals served to Baden students through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will meet or exceed the minimum nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal law, as well as Dietary Guidelines published by the federal government or an appropriate governmental agency. Similarly, any foods and/or beverages sold from vending machines, through snack lines, at student stores, celebrations, athletic events, any school-sponsored or school-related event, or for the purpose of fundraising will, to the extent practicable, meet or exceed the minimum nutrition requirements.
· Baden will make efforts to eliminate the social stigma attached to, and prevent the identification of, students who are eligible for free and/or reduced-price school meals.
· Baden will schedule meal periods at reasonably appropriate times, and will provide students with a minimum of twenty (20) minuets to enjoy their meals. In addition, Baden will discourage the scheduling of meetings or activities during meal times, including, but not limited to, tutoring club meetings and/or organization meetings, unless the students will be permitted to eat during those meetings or activities.
· Baden will provide facilities for appropriate hygiene, such as hand-washing and brushing of teeth.
· Students will be discouraged from sharing foods and/or beverages with others.
· Baden will not use foods or beverages for the purpose of rewarding students for academic achievement or good behavior; unless such a reward system is specifically identified in a student’s Individualized Education Program. Likewise, Baden will not restrict or withhold foods or beverages for the purpose of disciplining or punishing students.
· No food of limited nutritional value, as defined by federal or state law will be offered to students, faculty or staff during school hours, or at school-sponsored or school-related activities or events.
· Nutrition education will be integrated into other areas of the curriculum, such as math, science, language arts, and social studies at all grade levels.
· Nutrition education will be developmentally appropriate, interactive, and will teach skills needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors.
· Nutrition education materials will be reviewed by a qualified and credentialed nutrition professional, including, but not limited to, a School Food Nutrition Specialist or a registered Dietitian.
· Faculty and staff that teach nutrition education will have appropriate training.
· Informational materials will be provided to students and families to encourage sharing of health and nutrition information, and to encourage healthy eating in the home.
· Any marketing of foods and/or beverages undertaken by Baden will be consistent with established guidelines and/or standards.
· Physical activity will be integrated across curricula with activities that are safe, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate for all students in all grades.
· All students will be given opportunities before, after, and throughout the school day for physical activity through physical education, recess periods and integration of physical activity into the curriculum.
· Faculty and staff will be appropriately trained in integrating physical activity into the various curricular areas.
· Students will be encouraged to participate in physical activity outside of the school environment, in both competitive and non-competitive environments.
· Organized physical activity will be offered and encouraged at school-sponsored or school-related events.
· To the extent practicable, Baden facilities will be made available to students, faculty, staff and the community for the purpose of offering physical activity and/or nutrition programs.
· Physical activity will not be used or withheld as punishment.
Implementation of Policy
The CEO will be responsible to monitor the school, programs and curriculum to ensure compliance with this policy, related policies and established guidelines or administrative regulations.
The contents of this Wellness Policy will be periodically reviewed as part of a continuous improvement process to strengthen the policy and ensure implementation. Parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public will be permitted to participate in the wellness process.