Regulation 6140

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STUDENT WELLNESS Regulation Code: 6140R

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires that each local education agency establish a local school wellness policy to be effective on the first day of the school year beginning after June 30, 2006. On May 22, 2006 (revised January 31, 2006, September 14, 2009) the Chatham County Board of Education passed the Chatham County Schools Student Wellness Policy (policy 6140), which addresses nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition guidelines for all foods on campus and food safety and security.

Many of the guidelines affect not only what is permissible in the school building, but also what teachers do in their classroom. The following regulations are established to provide a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices.

To accomplish these goals:

  • Child Nutrition Programs comply with federal, state and local requirements. Child Nutrition Programs are accessible to all children.
  • All foods brought into Chatham County Schools will meet the guidelines outlined by the Chatham County Health Department.
  • All foods made available on campus must comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food illness in schools.
  • Sequential and interdisciplinary nutrition education is provided and promoted.
  • Patterns of meaningful physical activity connect to students’ lives outside physical education.
  • All school-based activities are consistent with Student Wellness - Policy 6140 goals.
  • All foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, parties and fundraising) during the school day are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • All foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.

Physical Education:

Elementary schools should consider the benefits of and move toward having 150 minutes per week with a certified physical education teacher throughout the 180-day school year. Middle schools should consider the benefits of and move toward having 225 minutes per week of Healthful Living Education with certified health and physical education teachers throughout the 180-day school year.
The physical education course shall be the environment in which students learn, practice and receive assessment on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills and knowledge as defined in the North Carolina Healthful Living Standard Course of Study and foster support and guidance for being physically active. In order to meet enhanced goals, these classes should be the same class size as other regular classes.

Recess and Physical Activity:

Structured/unstructured recess and other physical activity (such as, but not limited to, physical activity time, physical education or intramurals) shall not be taken away from students as a form of punishment. In addition, severe and/or inappropriate exercise may not be used as a form of punishment for students.
Schools shall provide a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity for K-8 students daily. This requirement can be achieved through a regular physical education class and/or through activities such as recess, dance, classroom energizers or other curriculum based physical education activity programs. However, such use of this time should complement and not substitute for the physical education program.
Physical education classes cannot be eliminated.
Severe and inappropriate exercise/physical activity cannot be used as punishment.

School Staff as Role Models:

Staff are encouraged to be role models for students with regards to their physical activity habits when in contact with students.

Other School Based Activities

Local wellness policy goals are considered in planning all school-based activities (such a school events, field trips, dances and assemblies.
The District’s Continuous Improvement Plan shall include a wellness objective in their yearly School Improvement Plan.

Lunch

The National Association of State Boards of Education recommends that students should be provided adequate time to eat meals; at least 10 minutes for breakfast and 20 minutes for lunch, from the time the student is seated.
Lunch periods shall be scheduled as near the middle of the school day as possible. Exercise immediately after a meal is discouraged. It is recommended that exercise be scheduled at least 30 minutes after a meal.
It is recommended that cafeterias include enough serving areas so that students do not have to spend too much time waiting in line and that dining areas are attractive and have enough space to seat all students.
The general statue of competitive foods applies to any foods that compete with the National School Breakfast or Lunch Programs. Nothing can be sold or served in competition with the National School Breakfast or Lunch Program until after the last student has been served lunch (this includes pizza parties, vending, fund raisers, etc.).
All foods made available to students on campus will comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

After-School and Summer Programs:

After-school and summer programs operated under the auspices of the Chatham County Board of Education will only provide snacks consistent with Winner’s Circle guidelines. All food safety guidelines for proper storage and handling of foods must be followed.
All after-school and summer programs operated under the auspices of the Chatham County Board of Education will encourage at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

School/Classroom Parties and Celebrations:

Classroom celebrations: holidays, birthdays, congratulatory events, at which commercially prepared (as per Chatham County Health Department Regulations, “home-made” items are not allowed) cake, cupcakes, or other sweet desserts are served, will be consolidated to not exceed one celebration per month. Teachers and parents are strongly encouraged to consider non-food options. If food items are provided at school/classroom celebrations, at least one food must be Winner’s Circle or Snackwise®. If beverage items are provided at school/classroom celebrations, all beverages must be Winner’s Circle or Snackwise®. All food safety guidelines for proper storage and handling of foods must be followed.

Food as a Reward (Excluding Pizza):

Schools will seek alternatives to using food as an individual or classroom reward. However, if food (excluding pizza) items are used as a reward at least one food must be Winner’s Circle or Snackwise®. If beverage items are used as a reward all beverages must be Winner’s Circle or Snackwise®. All food safety guidelines for proper storage and handling of foods must be followed.

Food as a Punishment:

Withholding or delaying food as punishment is not permitted.

Classroom Cooking Activities:

Classroom cooking activities to support curriculum content are acceptable and shall include healthy food choices. All food safety guidelines for proper storage and handling of foods must be followed.

Classroom Activities using Food:

Teachers are encouraged to seek alternatives to using food products as instructional tools due to sanitary concerns. However, if food products are used as instructional tools, they should be Winner’s Circle or Snackwise® approved. All food safety guidelines for proper storage and handling of foods must be followed.

Fundraisers:

Schools are encouraged to use non-food options for fundraisers. However, if snack-type items are used for fundraisers during the school day, they must be Winner’s Circle or Snackwise® approved (for example: baked chips, fresh fruit, Rice Krispie Treats).

Concessions:

It is strongly recommended that items offered at concession stands meet Winner’s Circle or Snackwise® criteria. All food safety guidelines for proper storage and handling of foods must be followed.

Vending Machines Available to Students (snack and beverage), School Operated:

Individual departments within schools that generate funds through vending machine sales may continue to operate their machines under the following conditions:
Snack and beverage machines (other than those operated by school food service) can only be operational after regular school hours.
All beverages offered must be caffeine free.
Snack and beverage items are consistent with Senate Bill 961, which became effective August 1, 2005, and apply to contracts for vending services executed or renewed on and after that date.

Soft drinks are not sold:

During the breakfast and lunch periods at elementary schools;
Contrary to the requirements of the National School Lunch Program;
Sugared Carbonated soft drinks are not offered for sale in middle schools;
Not more than fifty percent (50%) of the offerings for sale to students in high schools are sugared carbonated soft drinks;
Diet carbonated soft drinks are not considered in the same category as sugared carbonated soft drinks; and
Bottled water products are available in every beverage vending machine.
By 2006-2007, no snack vending is available to elementary students, and in middle and high schools, 75% of snack vending products will have not more than 200 calories per portion or snack vending package.

School Staff as Role Models:

Staff vending machine items will include healthy choices consistent with Winner’s Circle or Snackwise® snack guidelines.
Staff are encouraged to be role models for students with regards to their nutritional habits, being mindful of nutrition habits when in contact with students.

Food Safety and Security

All foods brought into Chatham County Schools will meet the guidelines outlined by the Chatham County Health Department.
All foods made available on campus comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food illness in schools.
For the safety and security of the food and facility access to the food service operations are limited to Child Nutrition staff and authorized personnel.

Resources

Winner’s Circle Food and Beverage List

Snackwise® Healthy Snack List



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