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2.80 Wellness Policy



 Chapter 2.00: School Board Governance and Organization








I.       Philosophy and Commitment


The School Board of Okeechobee County believes that good health fosters student attendance and student achievement.  The Board also believes that a healthy staff is a more effective staff and that healthy staff members can serve as role models for healthy lifestyles. The Board is, therefore, committed to provide school and worksite environments that promote and protect children’s health, wellbeing, and ability to learn, as well as employees’ health and wellbeing by promoting and supporting healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles.  The District shall implement a multifaceted wellness program with the involvement of students, staff, families, and the community and encourage consideration of the District’s wellness policy goals in planning all school activities.


II.      Nutrition Goals

A.       To provide meals that are appealing and attractive and served in clean and pleasant settings.

B.       To provide meals that meet nutrition requirements established by federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

C.       To provide and encourage participation in the school breakfast and lunch program and encourage participation of eligible students in the free and reduced price meal program.

D.      To schedule meals at appropriate times and allow a minimum of ten (10) minutes to eat breakfast and twenty (20) minutes to eat lunch after being seated.

E.       To ensure that a la carte items meet recommended nutritional standards and limit the portion size of foods and beverages that are sold individually.

F.       To establish guidelines for content and portion size of food and beverages in vending machines located at schools and at other worksites.

G.      To provide recommendations for snacks and foods used for rewards, celebrations, and school sponsored events.

H.      To  provide  recommendations  for  any  foods  that  are  included  in  fund-raising activities.

I.        To sponsor a year-round nutrition program consistent with Florida Statutes.

J.       To  incorporate  nutrition  education  for  students  through  a  planned,  sequential curriculum and a variety of classroom and lunchroom activities.

K.       To provide nutrition education for families through newsletters, parent meetings, and community activities.

L.       To  provide  staff  development  activities  for  school  food  service  and  all  other employees.

III.     Physical Activity Goals


A.       To provide a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.

 B.       To  provide  a physical  education  program  that  emphasizes  physical  fitness  and healthy lifestyles and includes the development of positive attitudes toward wellness and physical activity, safety guidelines, responsible behavior in physical activity settings, appreciation for a variety of physical activities, and an understanding of the relationship between physical activity, wellness, and nutrition.

 C.       To encourage physical activity during the recess period.

 D.      To provide opportunities for physical activity during the school day in addition to scheduled physical education classes and to encourage and assist students to set personal fitness goals.

 E.       To consider planning recess before lunch since research indicates that physical activity prior to lunch can increase nutrient intake and reduce food waste.

 F.       To provide opportunities for physical activity in other subject area classes.

G.      To provide opportunities for physical activities for staff.

H.      To encourage parents to promote physical activity and to participate in physical activities with their children.


IV.     Health and Safety Goals


A.       To ensure that all buildings, structures, and grounds are inspected and meet health and safety standards.

B.       To maintain a school and worksite environment that is free from tobacco except in designated smoking area.

C.       To maintain a school and worksite environment that is free from alcohol and drugs.

D.       To  monitor  routes  to  school  and  encourage  walking  and  bicycle  riding  where appropriate and safe.

E.       To provide safe traffic patterns at school sites for students and vehicles before and after school.

F.       To provide a comprehensive health and safety education program for students.

G.      To provide career education awareness for careers in health and wellness related fields.

H.      To refer students, families and staff to health resources in the community.

I.         To promote and support health and safety programs in the community.


V.       Family and Community Involvement Goals


A.       To make facilities available to the community for wellness related activities through established procedures.

B.       To collaborate with community agencies and organizations to promote, support and encourage wellness activities in the community and support and encourage participation in community activities such as organized walks, health screenings, and educational programs.

VI.     Wellness Coordinator and Worksite Contact Persons


A.       The Superintendent shall appoint a Wellness Coordinator to manage and coordinate the implementation of the program.

B.       Each principal shall appoint a Wellness Contact for his/her school.

C.       The Superintendent shall appoint a Wellness Contact for the District Office.


VII.    Wellness Steering Committee


Shall include:


Parents (3) Representatives from SAC Committees

(1) Each: Elementary, Middle, Senior


Students (2) Representatives from Student Council

(1) Each: Middle, Senior


School Board Member (1)


School Administrators (3) Representatives from District level

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Director of Student Services

Supervisor of Food Service


School Nurse (1) Representative from Health Department

Coordinator of School Nurses


Physical Education Teachers (2) Representatives from School Level

(1) Each: Elementary and Secondary


Health Educator (1) Representative

Lead Teacher, Health Occupations, Senior High


VIII.   Implementation


A.       The Wellness Steering committee will conduct a baseline assessment of current nutrition guidelines and activities, nutrition education, physical activity, involvement of students, families, and staff in wellness activities and other wellness related topics.

B.       The Wellness Steering committee will work with staff to develop a comprehensive wellness program based on the adopted goals and results of the initial assessment.

C.       The goals of the program will be implemented in a progressive manner.  The plan will identify the goals for each year.

D.      The program shall be implemented at all grade levels, for staff, for parents, and for community.

E.       The program will be incorporated into existing parent involvement programs.

F.       The  Wellness  Coordinator  will  work  with  the  Wellness  Contacts  regarding implementation of the program.


IX.     Oversight, Evaluation, and Modification


A.       The Wellness Steering Committee will monitor the implementation of the Wellness program.

B.       The program will be assessed annually and data will be compared to the baseline

data and, in subsequent years, to the previous year’s data.

C.      The  committee  shall  report  the  results  of  the  annual  assessment  to  the
Superintendent and the School Board.
D.      Recommendations for modifications in this policy and/or the program, if appropriate, shall be made after analyzing assessment data.


X.      The Wellness program shall meet the requirements of the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.






1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.


Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2004; Richard B. Russell

National School Lunch Act PL 108-265, Section 204; 1001.43,

1003.42, 1003.453, 1003.455, 1003.46, 1006.06, 1006.0606, F.S.


6A-7.040, 6A-7.041, 6A-7.0411





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