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An annual report shall be made to the Board on the District's compliance with law and policies related to student wellness. The report may include but not be limited to:
A. Evaluation of the food services program.
B. Recommendations for policy and/or program revisions.
C. Review of all foods and beverages sold in schools for compliance with established nutrition guidelines.
D. Assessment of school environment regarding student wellness issues.
E. Listing activities and programs conducted to promote nutrition and physical activity.
F. Providing feedback received from District staff, students, parents/ guardians, and community members.
In accordance with the National School Lunch Act (42 U. S. C. 1751 et seq.) and the Child Nutrition Act (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.), as amended, an assurance that District guidelines for reimbursable meals are not less restrictive than regulations and guidelines issued for schools in accordance with federal law shall be provided annually. The Superintendent shall receive assurances from all appropriate administrators and supervisors prior to making the annual Board report.
Nutrition education shall focus on students' eating behaviors, be based on theories and methods proven effective by research and be consistent with state and local District health education standards. Nutrition education at all levels of the curriculum shall include, but not be limited to, the following essential components designed to help students learn:
A. Age-appropriate nutritional knowledge, including the benefits of healthy eating, essential nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, principles of healthy weight management, the use and misuse of dietary supplements, safe food preparation, handling and storage and cultural diversity related to food and eating;
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B. Age-appropriate nutrition-related skills, including, but not limited to, planning a healthy meal, understanding and using food labels and critically evaluating nutrition information, misinformation and commercial food advertising; and
C. How to assess one's personal eating habits, set goals for improvement and achieve those goals.
In order to reinforce and support nutrition education efforts, the guidelines will ensure that:
A. Nutrition instruction provides sequential, comprehensive health education in accordance with the Arizona Department of Education curriculum regulations and academic standards;
B. Cooperation with agencies and community organizations is encouraged to provide opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition;
C. Consistent nutrition messages are disseminated from the District throughout the schools, communities, homes and media; and
D. Nutrition education is extended beyond the school environment by engaging and involving families and community.
Nutrition Guidelines and Food Services Operations
All foods and beverages made available on a school campus serving any configuration of prekindergarten (PK) through eighth (8th) grade during the normal school day are to be consistent with the Arizona Nutrition Standards. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to law. The District will create procedures that address all foods (including Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value and Competitive Food Sales) available to students throughout the school day in the following areas:
A. National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Meals.
B. Á la carte offerings in the food service program.
C. Vending machines and school stores.
D. Classroom parties, celebrations, fund-raisers, rewards and school events.
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E. Snacks served in after-school programs.
In keeping with the District's nutrition program goals, only food prepared or obtained by the District's food services program should be served. This includes classroom reward or incentive programs involving food items as well as foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events during the regular school day. Approval is required to ensure that the foods served meet the requirements of the District's nutrition policy and regulation (i.e., all foods served fit in a healthy diet and contribute to the development of lifelong healthy eating habits for the District's students).
A.R.S. 36-136 provides an exemption from rules promulgated by the Director of the Department of Health Services for a whole fruit or vegetable grown in a public school garden that is washed and cut on-site for immediate consumption.
Physical Activity /Recess
District schools shall strive to provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity during the school day for all students.
Recess shall be required and provided as described in Policy JL and in Regulation JL-RB.
Other School-Based Activities
The goal for other school-based activities is to ensure whole-school integration with the wellness program. The District will achieve the goal by addressing elements that include, but are not limited to, school meal times, dining environment, food as an incentive, marketing and advertising, skin cancer prevention and sun safety, staff wellness, and staff development and training.
In each school, the principal will ensure compliance with established District-wide student wellness goals and will report on the school's compliance to the Superintendent.
The District, and individual schools within the District, will, as necessary, revise the policy and develop action plans to facilitate their implementation.