District Wellness Policy


TITLE: Wellness of Students and Staff Number: 8220
NEW: July 2006
REVISED: May 2016

The Sugar Salem School District Board of Trustees believes that children and youth
who begin each day as healthy individuals can learn more easily and are
more likely to complete their formal education. The Board also believes that healthy
staff can more effectively perform their assigned duties and model appropriate
wellness behaviors for students. This policy encourages a holistic approach to staff
and student wellness that is sensitive to individual and community needs.


Academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choice and
availability of good foods in our schools. Healthy foods support student physical growth, brain development, resistance to disease, emotional stability and ability to learn.
1. Nutrition guidelines that require the use of products that are high in fiber, low in added fats, sugar and sodium, and served in appropriate portion sizes consistent with USDA standards shall be established for all foods offered by the district’s Nutrition Services Department.
2. Menu and product selection shall utilize student, parent, staff and community advisory groups whenever possible.
3. Food Service and all classroom instructors should limit foods containing the following, carbonated and caffeinated beverages, foods high in fat or sugar.
4. Nutrition services policies and guidelines for reimbursable meals shall not be less restrictive than federal and state regulations require.
5. A la carte offerings to students shall be nutritious and shall be selected with input from students, parents and staff.
6. It is recommended that schedules in grades 1–6 be adjusted to encourage students to eat a complete lunch.
7. It is recommended that classroom snacks promote healthy choices and meet USDA nutrition guidelines.
8. Vending Machines.
a. Vending machines must be Smart Snack compliant. This will be reviewed by the State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition
b. It is suggested that any food sold in schools should be a “whole grain rich” grain product or have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product or a protein food, or be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable or contain 10% of the (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).
c. Smart Snacks must also meet several nutrient requirements.
i. Snack items < 200 calories
ii. Entrée items iii. Snack items iv. Entrée items < 480 mg sodium
v. Total fat <35% of calories
vi. Saturated fat < 10% of calories
vii. Trans fat = zero grams
viii. Sugar limit < 35% of weight from total sugars in food
d. Beverage vending machines in school public areas shall include:
i. Water
ii. 100% fruit juice
iii. non-carbonated drinks with less than 150 calories per serving.
iv. All beverage vending machines in lunch rooms containing carbonated drinks shall be rendered inoperable during lunch time.
e. The beverage vending machines may also include:
i. non-fat, low-fat, plain or flavored milk or yogurt in 16 ounces or less servings.
ii. other non-carbonated drinks and carbonated drinks including diet sodas

Health Education and Life Skills

1. Healthy living skills shall be taught as part of the regular instructional program and provide the opportunity for all students to understand and practice concepts and skills related to health promotion and disease prevention.
2. Each school shall provide for an interdisciplinary, sequential skill-based health education program based upon state standards and benchmarks.
3. Students shall have access to valid and useful health information and health promotion products and services.
4. Students shall have the opportunity to practice behaviors that enhance health and/or reduce health risks during the school day and as part of before or after school programs.
5. Students shall be taught communication, goal setting and decision making skills that enhance personal, family and community health.

Physical Education and Activity

1. Physical education shall be taught by a certified specialist.
2. Physical education and physical activity shall be an essential element of each school’s instructional program.
3. The program shall provide the opportunity for all students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
4. The physical education program shall be designed to stress physical fitness and encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
5. The physical education program shall consist of physical activities of at least moderate intensity and for a duration that is sufficient to provide a significant health benefit to students, subject to the differing abilities of students.
6. Participation in such physical activity shall be required for all students in grades 1-3 for a minimum of 60 minutes per week.
7. Such instruction may be provided for grades 4-6 through formal physical education courses of at least 100 minutes per week.
8. Instruction may be provided for grades 7-8 through formal physical education of at least 60 minutes per day.
9. The High School shall require (2) PE credits for graduation.
10. Students may earn one physical education credit through participation in a High School sponsored sport. This will include cheerleading and drill team.
11. Students shall be supported in setting and meeting personal fitness goals that result in the achievement and maintenance of a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
12. Students shall be provided varied opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction that will lead to a physically active lifestyle.

Healthy and Safe Environment

A healthy and safe environment for all, before, during and after school supports
academic success. Safer communities promote healthier students. Healthier
students do better in school and make greater contributions to their community.
1. School buildings and grounds, structures, buses and equipment shall meet all current health and safety standards, including environmental air quality, and be kept inviting, clean, safe and in good repair.
2. All school owned property shall be free of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
3. Safety procedures and appropriate training for students and staff shall support personal safety and a violence and harassment free environment.
4. Each work site, school and classroom shall strive to create an environment where students, parents/guardians and staff are respected, valued and accepted with high expectations for personal behavior and accomplishments.

Social and Emotional Well-Being

Programs and services that support and value the social and emotional well being of
students, families and staff build a healthy school environment.
1. Each school shall provide a supportive environment that includes guidance, counseling, and school social work services that encourage students, families and staff to request assistance when needed and links them to school or community resources.
2. Students shall be provided the skills to express thoughts and feelings in a responsible manner and give and receive support from others.
3. Students shall be taught and encouraged to understand and respect the differences in others and how to build positive interpersonal relations.
4. Students and staff shall be encouraged to balance work and recreation and be helped to become aware of stressors which may interfere with healthy development.

Health Services

1. Primary coordination of health services shall be through a trained school health care practitioner with the support and direction of the Sugar Salem District and the Madison County Health Department.
2. Sugar Salem School District shall collaborate with community health liaisons and resources to promote health and wellness for students, families, staff and community.
3. A coordinated program of accessible health services shall be provided to students and staff and shall include violence prevention, school safety, communicable disease prevention, health screening, community health referrals, immunizations, parenting skills, first aid and other priority health education topics.

Family, School and Community Partnership

Long term effective partnerships improve the planning and implementation of health promotion projects and events within each school and throughout the community.
1. Family, student, and community partners shall be included on an ongoing basis in school and district wellness planning processes.
2. The equality and diversity of the school and district community shall be valued in planning and implementing wellness activities.
3. Community partnerships shall be developed and maintained as a resource for school and district programs, projects, activities and events.
4. Schools and the district shall actively develop and support the engagement of students, families and staff in community health enhancing activities and events at the school or throughout the community.

Staff Wellness

1. The district and each work site shall provide information about wellness resources and services and establish a staff committee to assist in identifying and supporting the health, safety and well being of site staff.
2. Each school and district site shall be in compliance with drug, alcohol and tobacco free policies.
3. Each school and district site shall provide an accessible and productive work environment free from physical dangers or emotional threat that is safe and consistent with applicable occupation and health laws, policies and rules.
4. Employees shall be encouraged to engage in daily physical activity during the workday as part of work breaks and/or lunch periods, before or after work hours in site sponsored programs or as part of discounted membership in local fitness facilities.

Wellness Committee

A District Wellness Committee shall be created consisting of a member or members
from the following groups:
Administrators, School board members, School food service staff, School health professionals, PE teachers, students, parents and members of the public.

The Wellness Committee shall meet annually to review the wellness policy and
make suggestions and changes as needed.