MUSKINGUM COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The purpose of this policy is to establish wellness goals in order to assist students with developing sound habits of health and nutrition.
The following goals are established by the County Board in order to help students develop sound habits of health and nutrition.
A. Nutrition Education
1. Nutrition education will be used by classroom staff to reinforce the standards and benchmarks established for health education, through curriculum, Nutrition/Wellness Committee and other additional resources.
2. Nutrition education will be incorporated into life skills training and other subject areas as appropriate.
3. Nutrition information will be shared with staff and families in order to educate the community and promote healthy lifestyles.
4. Families will be encouraged to provide their children with a healthy breakfast every day.
5. Nutritious snacks will be provided to students.
B. Physical Fitness
1. Physical Education shall be provided to all students and incorporated in the classroom.
2. All students will be given opportunities for 30-60 minutes of physical activity throughout the school day.
3. Families will be informed of activities within the community after school hours.
C. School Activities
1. Starlight School will provide a safe and clean environment for all activities.
2. When snacks are provided, they will be healthy and nutritious.
3. Students will be given ample time (30 to 45 minutes) to feed themselves or be fed in accordance with their Individual Education Plan (IEPs).
4. Lunch for students will be scheduled as close to the middle of the school day as possible.
5. The school RN & delegated staff will support the health of all students by checking immunizations, contacting physicians when appropriate, and attending to the overall health needs of each student.
6. The school nurse and staff will complete required ODE and DODD trainings.
7. School staff will refer families to WIC, Medicaid, BCMH, and Healthy Start, etc. when students have a need.
8. The School’s Nutrition/Wellness Committee will gather input from family members, staff, and students to establish nutrition and health expectations. .
D. The following guidelines are established regarding enhancing students’ health, well-being and physical fitness (reducing childhood obesity).
1. The Food Service Program will comply with all State and Federal regulations that pertain to selection of menu items, food preparation, food consumption and proper disposal of foods and drinks.
2. The Food Service Program will comply with all the State and Federal regulations pertaining to fiscal management.
3. The guidelines for reimbursing school meals comply with the regulations put forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
4. The student lunch program will strive to be financially self-supporting but profit will not take precedence over the health and nutritional needs of the students.
5. It is recommended that all food choices available to students comply with USDA Dietary Guidelines.
6. All food safety and sanitation regulations will be followed to prevent food illnesses.
IV. NUTRITION/WELLNESS COMMITTEE
A. The School’s Nutrition/Wellness committee will gather input from the general public and the school community to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy. The committee will meet at least four times per year. Parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the County Board and school administrators will all be encouraged to participate in the wellness policy process.
V. PROGRAM REVIEW
A. The Director of Educational Services has the authority and responsibility to ensure the school complies with this procedure as designated by the Superintendent by:
1. Gathering evidence/documentation for measuring and evaluating progress in achieving goals as outlined in this procedure;
2. Shall annually report to the Superintendent and Director of Administrative Services on the progress toward reaching set goals and compliance of this procedure;
3. The review of this procedure/report to the Superintendent shall include input from parents and any recommended changes by the Nutrition/Wellness Committee.
B. The Director of Administrative Services will review compliance with the wellness procedure requirements as part of the general administrative review every three years. This review will determine compliance with the wellness procedure and how it compares to other model wellness procedures and the progress made in attaining the goals.
VI. STATE AGENCY REVIEW
A. The State agency will examine records during the Administrative review, including:
1. Copy of the current wellness policy
2. Documentation on how the policy and assessments are made available to the public
3. The most recent assessment of implementation of the policy
4. Documentation of efforts to review and update the policy, including who was involved in the process and how stakeholders were made aware of their ability to participate.
VII. PROHIBITED DISCRIMINATION
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Adopted: April 3, 2008
Reviewed: January 1, 2009; January 14, 2010; January 6, 2011; January 5, 2012; January 10, 2013; January 9, Reviewed: 2014; January 8, 2015
Reviewed: January 7, 2016
Reviewed: January 5, 2017; January 5, 2017; January 16, 2018