The Gainesville City 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.
Development of Local Wellness Policy
In accordance with federal law, the district has involved parents, students, 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 in this policy goals to promote 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, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools. The superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for operation of school food services at each school during the day with the objectives of promoting school health and reducing childhood obesity.
Families, teachers, students, and school officials, are engaged in choosing the foods distributed or sold on campus during the school day.
All foods made available on campus during the school day shall comply with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This includes but is not limited to the following: vending machines, ala carte items, beverage contracts, fundraisers, concessions stands, student school stores, school parties, and celebrations.
It is the intent of the Board that the district shall teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. Schools shall provide nutrition education consistent with federal and state requirements and engage in nutrition promotion aimed at attainment of the following goals:
- Staffs that provide nutrition education have appropriate training as determined by the Associate Superintendent for Instruction.
- Nutrition is integrated into the health curricula or the core curriculum
- Staff development opportunities are available for classroom teachers in nutrition education.
All students in grades K - 12 shall have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. The district shall provide physical education consistent with federal and state requirements and engage in promotion of physical activities aimed at attainment of the following goals:
- Physical education includes activities as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports.
- Physical activity is encouraged outside of physical education.
Other School Based Activities
The superintendent or designee shall develop procedures that promote attainment of the following goals related to other school-based activities to promote wellness:
- After school programs will encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyle information.
- Schools will organize local wellness committees comprised of a parent representative, teacher, school nutrition manager, school nurse and an administrator to plan, implement and improve nutrition and physical activity in the school environment. At discretion of the principal existing school improvement council may be used in place of a separate wellness committee.
- Local Wellness Policy Goals are considered in planning all school-based activities.
The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the wellness policy and shall develop procedures for evaluation, including indicators that may be used to measure the schools success in meeting the goals set forth herein. In each school, the principal or designee shall be charged with the operational responsibility for ensuring that the school works toward meeting the goals set within the wellness policy and shall report on the schools compliance to the Superintendent or designee.
The school nutrition director shall monitor compliance with nutrition guidelines within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the Superintendent or his designee at the district level. The Superintendent or his designee shall develop an annual summary report on district-wide compliance with the wellness policy, based on input from schools within the district. That report shall be provided to the Board and, upon request, to interested parties.