Student wellness, including good nutrition, physical activity, and social emotional wellness shall be promoted in the District’s educational program, school activities, and meal programs. This policy shall be interpreted consistently with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.
Students will be offered and schools will promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Good Guidance System published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. In addition, in order to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity, the Superintendent or designee shall establish such administrative procedures to control food sales that compete with the District’s non-profit food service in compliance with the Child Nutrition Act. Food service rules shall restrict the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the food service areas during the meal periods. The objectives for addressing nutrition education are to:
- Support and promote good nutrition for students.
- Foster the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn.
- Incorporate nutrition education as part of the District’s comprehensive health education curriculum.
Student physical development shall be incorporated into District 39’s educational program and shall be consistent with the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health as established by the Illinois State Board of Education. The objectives for addressing the needs of students for physical development through the educational programs are to:
- Support and promote an active lifestyle for students.
- Include a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum in all grades that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health-related fitness, increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle.
Require all students in 1st through 8th grades to engage in a physical education course daily during the school day unless otherwise exempted.
Student Social and Emotional Wellness
Student social and emotional development shall be incorporated into District 39’s educational program and shall be consistent with the social and emotional development standards to be contained in the Illinois Learning Standards. The objectives for addressing the needs of students for social and emotional development through the educational programs are to:
- Enhance students’ school readiness, academic success, and use of good citizenship skills.
- Foster a safe, supportive learning environment where students feel respected and valued.
- Teach social and emotional skills to all students.
- Partner with families and the community to promote students’ social and emotional development.
- Prevent or minimize mental health problems in students.
- Provide a continuum of supports and services to meet the social emotional needs of students within the educational environment.
The Superintendent or designee will invite suggestions and comments concerning the development, implementation, and improvement of the District Wellness Policy from community members, including parents, students, and representatives of the school food service authority, school administrators, and the public.
Adopted: July 21, 2008