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Health and Wellness Plan/Policy


Code: JCPC                                                                                         Date Adopted: 4/06

INTRODUCTION:  C-V Ranch understands the important connection between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn and achieve high standards in school. The main goal of developing this wellness policy is for students to develop positive attitudes, behaviors, and skills associated with lifelong healthful and enjoyable eating patterns.

Nutrition education is part of a health education curriculum that focuses on understanding the relationship between health and personal behavior. Age appropriate instruction in health education and physical education is provided to help students develop knowledge and proper attitudes that they will use throughout their lives. C-V stresses the importance of combining regular physical activity with good nutrition for an overall healthy lifestyle through our Health Curriculum and nutrition education lessons.

The school will implement nutrition education as part of a comprehensive health education curriculum designed to help students adopt healthy eating behaviors. Efforts will be made to coordinate the classroom, school health programs and the nutrition service to achieve common goals.

C-V will provide staff training for those involved in nutrition education.

C-V will provide information to cottage, staff, families and the community that will support and reinforce nutrition education.

School meals and other food served or sold on campus will model healthy choices.  This includes foods that are low in fat, calories, sugars and sodium.

C-V will ensure that students have access to adequate and healthy food while on school grounds and at school sponsored events. They will ensure that there is adequate time to eat and provide a friendly and clean atmosphere in which the students can enjoy their meals.

School staff will report to appropriate health care providers, social workers, case managers, etc. any concerns regarding eating disorders and other nutritional related problems.


State and district health education curriculum standards and guidelines are met. Nutrition education curriculum, materials, flyers, handouts, etc. are based on accurate scientific research and will be offered to all grade levels as part of a comprehensive standards-based program.

Students are educated regarding body image, healthy attitudes toward food and the pleasurable aspects of eating. Nutrition education includes the importance of body-size acceptance and the dangers of unhealthy weight-control practices. Nutrition education is taught in environments that reflect respect for body-size differences.

Nutrition education is integrated into the core curriculum.

Nutrition education is offered in the school cafeteria as well as in the classroom.

C-V Ranch staff will not advocate diet behaviors or any specific eating preferences to students, parents, or other staff members.

The school encourages parents, teacher, school personnel and students to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and being physically active.

The school provides information to families that encourage them to teach their children about health and nutrition and provide nutritious meals for their families.

The school builds awareness among teachers, food-service staff, nurses, coaches and other school and cottage staff about the importance of nutrition, physical activity, and body-size acceptance to academic success and lifelong wellness.

The eating habits of students are greatly influenced by the types of food and beverages that are available.

C-V Ranch ensures that reimbursable meals are available to all students. Foods purchased by students outside of the school meal program should provide a positive contribution to the students’ diet.

  1. Physical Activity

Students in grades K-12 receive physical education that actively engages all youth, regardless of skill level, and that teaches the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors that students need to adopt to enjoy a physically active lifestyle.

State-certified physical education instructors and certified Adaptive P.E. teachers instruct physical education classes.

The school provides ongoing professional training and development for staff in the area of physical activity.

C-V does not allow courses or activities to be substituted for physical education.

C-V provides appropriate physical activity opportunities to students who have special needs. To the extent it is feasible, such students will take part in regular classes. Special classes are scheduled for students who are severely handicapped or who are otherwise unable to participate in the regular program.

Students spend at least 50 percent of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity. At a minimum, students will engage in 60 minutes of physical activity, preferably all days of the week.

Physical activity programs are carried out in environments that reflect respect for body- size differences and varying skill levels. Physical activity opportunities will focus on individual activities addition to competitive and non-competitive team sports. Extended periods of inactivity (periods of two or more hours) are discouraged throughout the school day as well as weekends.

C-V offers extra curricular physical activity programs that feature cooperative opportunities that allow students to have a choice of activities in which they can participate. C-V allows every student an opportunity to participate, regardless of physical ability, and allow students to have the opportunity to be involved in the planning, organization and administration of the program. Students are given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through physical education (PE) classes, walking programs and the integration of physical activities into the academic curriculum to include, but not exclusive of, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, swimming, skiing, ice skating, dance, yoga, snowshoeing, etc.

C-V shall establish rules and procedures concerning safety, infection control, provision of first aid, and the reporting of injuries and illnesses to student families and appropriate school and community authorities. School administrators shall enforce compliance with these rules and procedures by all students, school personnel, volunteers, and community members who use school facilities.

Teachers and other school personnel do not use physical activity (e.g. running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) as punishment.

Family and Community:

 The school ensures that adequate spaces, facilities, equipment, supplies and operational budgets are available to achieve the objectives of the physical education program. All physical education classes have a student/teacher ratio comparable to other classes.

 C-V encourages parents, teachers, school personnel, and students to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and being physically active.

 C-V works with the community and family to coordinate and enhance opportunities available to students for physical activity after school i.e., Recreation Plans, P.E. mainstream classes, “Old Bill’s Fun Run”, etc.

 Information is provided to families to help them incorporate physical activity into students’ lives though letters, open house and health fairs.


Nutrition Standards for All food Available at C-V Ranch During the School Day

The school shall use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the USDA School Meal Program requirements, and the criteria for the USDA Healthier US School Challenge when deciding what foods and beverages will be available to students.

The food service director is responsible for monitoring the content of food and beverages in vending machines and school stores to ensure that only health-promoting foods are available for sale to students. Only the beverages listed may be sold through school vending machines: plain, non-carbonated water; milk; 100% fruit juices: electrolyte replacement beverages. Foods and beverages sold in vending machines, and school stores will meet the criteria of the USDA Healthier US School Challenge. This will include foods sold by students on school property

Foods and beverages that have as the first ingredient: sugar, corn syrup, shortening, lard, partially or fully hydrogenated oil, or similar ingredients, may not be sold to students on school district property.

C-V shall provide information on the nutritional content of drinks vended, if requested. Nutrition information for vending machines, and school stores is available near the point of purchase.

The nutrition services department analyzes the nutrient content of its weekly menus and provides this information to the public, if requested.

The sale of foods on minimal nutritional value is prohibited throughout the school grounds between the start of the school day and the end of the last lunch period. This applies to all food sales on school grounds, including sales from vending machines or school stores.

Snacks served during the school day or in an afternoon enrichment program will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. C-V will consider the timing of school meals, children’s nutritional needs and children’s ages when determining snack availability.

The school campus will not serve competitive foods (or provide access to them through direct or indirect sales) to students anywhere on school premises throughout the school day until the end of the last scheduled class. This does not pertain to food items made available by the school food service department. Schools may sell 100% juice, water and milk throughout the entire school day.

A la carte sales are limited to foods contributing to the nutritional well-being of the child and aiding in the establishment of good food habits. All profits from the sale of a la carte food items shall be used for the school’s non-profit child nutrition programs.

All foods offered to students during a school activity should be a good source of nutrients, be moderate in sodium, be moderate or low in fat, and be moderate in sugar that is not naturally occurring in the food.

C-V Ranch will encourage fundraisers that involve physical activity with the following stipulations:

 The school shall not sell food items as a fundraiser. The school will provide students and organizations a list of acceptable fundraisers.

 C-V personnel will offer no competitive foods for sale during the school day.

Sale of food and beverage items by students is prohibited during school hours. It is the intention of the school that students eat nutritious meals in the school cafeteria and in their cottages.

C-V limits celebrations in classrooms that involve food during the school day. When food is served at a party, it should meet the requirements of the Healthier US School Challenge with the exception of one food or beverage item. 227

The school prohibits the distribution and service of food items including treats that are prepared in individual homes. Food for classroom parties, birthday celebrations, or any occasion must be purchased from a source that is subject to state food inspection regulations. All food to be shared with other students must be commercially prepared, pre-packages, unopened and, when possible, individually wrapped. This action is taken in order to protect food safety and prevent the spread of germs and disease.

Elementary classrooms may allow one nutritious snack per day under the teacher’s supervision. The snack may be in the morning or afternoon but may not be at the same time as the regular meal periods for that class. The school food service, the teacher, parents or other groups may provide the snack. The snack must comply with the Healthier US School Challenge and may not contain foods of minimal nutritional value or consist of candy or dessert type items (cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pudding, ice cream or frozen desserts, etc.).

The school breakfast and lunch program will meet the USDA requirements for Federal School Meal Programs. This includes meeting the nutrient standards for protein, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and calories. The meals will not exceed 30% of a child’s daily requirement for fat or 10% for saturated fat.

C-V Ranch maintains confidentiality of participation in the free and reduced meal program.

The school provides appealing and attractive meals to children that offer a variety of fruits and vegetables and ensure that half of the served grains are whole grains.

Menus are planned with input from students that include local, cultural and ethnic favorites of the students.

The school food service program will comply with USDA’s disability requirements for modified diets.

Rewards and incentives for academic performance will be given careful consideration as to the messages they send to students receiving them. If food is included in recognition of academic performance, it is used in the general celebration of the achievement not as the reward. Special needs students who have an individualized education plan (IEP) that indicates the use of an FMNV (food of minimal nutritional value) for behavior modification or other suitable need may be given FMNV items.

Any special need student who for whatever reason needs to deviate from the regular meal plan needs to provide the food service department with a note from a qualified physician.

C-V will offer breakfast and lunch during the school day as well as snacks for students in organized after school programs. C-V offers free universal school breakfast to all students regardless of income. C-V also provides meals for dinner and weekends.

C-V is regularly evaluated to ensure that the food served meets the approved nutritional standards based on USDA Federal Meal Program Guidelines. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) guidelines are implemented.

For food safety reasons, access to the food service cooking and storage area is limited to nutrition staff only

All food service equipment and facilities meet applicable local and state standards concerning health, safe food preparation, handling, and storage, drinking water, sanitation, and workplace safety.

If the food service facility is used by an outside organization, a school food service employee shall remain in the area.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to model healthy eating habits while on school property.

The school will discourage students from bringing foods high in fat and low in nutrients to the campus, especially after weekend breaks.

Food providers will be sensitive to the school environment in displaying logos and trademarks on school grounds. Advertising messages are consistent with and reinforce the objectives of the education and nutrition environment goals of the school.

The food service director shall inspect all donated food items. No items partially used or opened will be accepted as a donation.

If the cottage staff plan a special event that includes changing the menu, staff will give the food service director two days notice in order to avoid duplications.

Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness Goals:

 Dining room supervisory staff receive training in how to maintain a safe, clean and pleasant eating environment.

 Lunch periods are scheduled as near the middle of the day as possible.

 School personnel provide a clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students.

 School staff model appropriate mealtime behaviors and emphasize the positive social aspects of mealtime to students.

 Staff keep their personal bias and likes or dislikes of food items prepared by the school food service to themselves and not sway student’s opinions. They will encourage students to eat well-rounded meals.

 Students have adequate time to eat, relax and socialize: at least 10 minutes after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch.

 Safe drinking water is be available throughout the school day.

 The school provides enough space and serving areas to ensure student access to meals with a minimum of wait time.

 Through the school newsletter, C-V provides information to parents on healthy and pleasurable eating, enjoyable physical activity and respect for body-size differences.

 C-V shall promote healthy eating and enjoyable physical activity and respect for body-size differences, using posters, special promotions, media events, newsletters, and health fairs throughout the school year.

 School-based marketing of brands promoting low-nutrition foods and beverages is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products is encouraged.