The Clayton County Board of Education recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects 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.
In accordance with federal law, the District has involved parents, students, and representatives of food services, the Board, school administrators and the public in developing a district-wide wellness policy. After considering input from various stakeholders interested in the promotion of overall student health and well-being, the Board establishes goals to promote student wellness.
To the extent practicable, all schools in the district shall participate in available federal school meal programs. All foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day shall be consistent with the requirements of federal and state law. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the U.S. Secretary pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for operation of school food services at each school which are consistent with the goals of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.
Nutrition Standards and Education
It is the intent of the Board that the District teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools shall provide nutrition education consistent with federal and state requirements and will promote a nutrition program which is consistent with the following goals:
- The District will support the School Nutrition Program as the food service provider for students during the school day.
- Meals and snacks served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Snack Reimbursement Program will meet the nutritional guidelines established by each program.
- Nutrition guidelines will be established for all food served sold on campus.
- Food served on school campuses will be handled according to established food safety guidelines.
- Nutrition Education will be available to all students.
- Schools will be encouraged to give priority to fundraisers which involve the sale of non-food items. For fundraisers which involve the sale of food items, nutritional guidelines established by the District will be met.
- The District will establish a district-wide vending contract that will allow the District to determine appropriate foods and drinks which may be sold in school vending machines.
All students in grades K-12 shall be provided opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. The District will provide physical education consistent with federal and state requirements and will promote physical activities consistent with the following goals and beliefs:
- Physical activity is an integral part of every school day in elementary schools.
- District policy for physical education and health will meet or exceed state policy.
- The benefits of physical activity, as well as the health problems which may be related to inactivity, are taught as life skills.
- Adults, including school staff and parents, will be encouraged to be role models for physical activity and to engage in physical activity with students.
Other School-Based Activities
The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures that promote attainment of the following wellness goals related to other school-based activities:
- School meals are to be served in a pleasant atmosphere with adequate space and time to eat.
- Food sold on campus outside the school day will include healthy options.
- The District will encourage non-food options for fundraisers, parties and rewards.
The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the wellness policy and shall develop administrative procedures for same, including indicators that may be used to measure a school’s success in meeting the goals set forth herein. In each school, the principal or designee shall be charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school works toward meeting policy goals and shall make reports to the Superintendent or designee as may be requested to determine school compliance.
School food service staff at the school and/or district level shall monitor school food service areas for compliance with nutrition guidelines and shall make reports to the Superintendent or the school principal as deemed necessary or requested.