• The Cambria Heights School District is seeking interested stakeholders to serve on the school wellness policy committee to update the current policy. Interested individuals should apply in writing to the Administrative Office at:
    Cambria Heights School District
    Attn: Michael Strasser
    426 Glendale Lake Road, PO Box 66
    Patton, PA  16668
     
    Purpose

     

    Cambria Heights School District recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students' physical well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.

     

    Authority

     

    The Board adopts the Student Wellness Policy based on the recommendations of the appointed Wellness Committee and in accordance with federal and state laws. The policy shall be included in the district's Strategic Plan.[1][2][3]

     

    To ensure the health and well-being of all students, the Board establishes that the district shall provide to students:

    1. A comprehensive nutrition program consistent with federal and state requirements.
       
    2. Access at reasonable cost to foods and beverages that meet established nutritional guidelines.
       
    3. Physical education courses and opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity during the school day.
       
    4. Curriculum and programs for grades K-12 that are designed to educate students about proper nutrition and lifelong physical activity, in accordance with State Board of Education curriculum regulations and academic standards.

    Delegation of Responsibility

     

    The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible to monitor district schools, programs, and curriculum to ensure compliance with this policy, related policies and established guidelines or administrative regulations.[4]

     

    Each building principal or designee shall report to the Superintendent or designee regarding compliance in his/her school.

     

    Staff members responsible for programs related to student wellness shall report to the Superintendent or designee regarding the status of such programs.

     

    The Superintendent or designee shall annually report to the Board on the district's compliance with law and policies related to student wellness. The report may include:

    1. Assessment of school environment regarding student wellness issues.
       
    2. Evaluation of food services program.
       
    3. Review of all foods and beverages sold in schools for compliance with established nutrition guidelines.
       
    4. Listing of activities and programs conducted to promote nutrition and physical activity.
       
    5. Recommendations for policy and/or program revisions.
       
    6. Suggestions for improvement in specific areas.
       
    7. Feedback received from district staff, students, parents/guardians, community members and Wellness Committee.

    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 by the Food Service Director.[1][2]

     

    Guidelines

     

    Wellness Committee

     

    The Board shall appoint a Wellness Committee comprised of at least one (1) of each of the following: School Board member, district administrator, district food service representative, student, parent/guardian, member of the public and other individuals chosen by the Board.

     

    The Wellness Committee shall serve as an advisory committee regarding student health issues and shall be responsible for developing a Student Wellness Policy that complies with law to recommend to the Board for adoption.

     

    Advisory Health Council

     

    An Advisory Health Council may be established by the Superintendent to study student health issues and to assist in organizing follow-up programs.[5]

     

    The Advisory Health Committee may make policy recommendations to the Board related to other health issues necessary to promote student wellness.

     

    The Advisory Health Council shall provide periodic reports to the Superintendent or designee regarding the status of its work, as required.

     

    Individuals who conduct student medical and dental examinations shall submit to the Advisory Health Council annual reports and later reports on the remedial work accomplished during the year.[5]

     

    Nutrition Education

     

    The goal of nutrition education is to teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. Promoting student health and nutrition enhances readiness for learning and increases student achievement.

     

    Nutrition education will be provided within the sequential, comprehensive health education program in accordance with State Board of Education curriculum regulations and the academic standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences.[6][7]

     

    Nutrition education shall provide all students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy lives.

     

    Nutrition education lessons and activities shall be age-appropriate. Nutrition curriculum shall be behavior focused.

     

    Lifelong lifestyle balance shall be reinforced by linking nutrition education and physical activity.

     

    The staff responsible for providing nutrition education shall be properly trained and prepared and shall participate in appropriate professional development. Criteria shall be developed to measure "properly" and "appropriate."

     

    District staff shall cooperate with agencies and community organizations to provide opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition.

     

    Physical Activity

     

    District schools shall strive to provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity during the school day for all students.

     

    Students shall participate daily in a variety of age-appropriate physical activities designed to achieve optimal health, wellness, fitness, and performance benefits.

     

    Age-appropriate physical activity opportunities, such as recess; before and after school; during lunch; clubs; intramurals; and interscholastic athletics, shall be provided to meet the needs and interests of all students, in addition to planned physical education.

     

    A physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students shall be maintained.

     

    Extended periods of student inactivity, two (2) hours or more, shall be discouraged.

     

    Physical activity breaks shall be provided for elementary students during classroom hours.

     

    After-school programs shall provide developmentally appropriate physical activity for participating children.

     

    District schools shall partner with parents/guardians and community members to institute programs that support physical activity.

     

    Physical activity shall not be used as a form of punishment.

     

    Physical Education

     

    Quality physical education instruction that promotes lifelong physical activity and provides instruction in the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong participation shall be provided.

     

    Physical education classes shall be the means through which all students learn, practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.

     

    A varied and comprehensive curriculum that leads to students becoming and remaining physically active for a lifetime shall be provided in the physical education program

     

    A sequential physical education program consistent with State Board of Education curriculum regulations and Health, Safety and Physical Education academic standards shall be developed and implemented. All district students must participate in physical education.[8][7]

     

    Adequate amounts of planned instruction shall be provided in order for students to achieve the proficient level for the Health, Safety and Physical Education academic standards.

     

    Students shall be moderately to vigorously active as much time as possible during a physical education class. Documented medical conditions and disabilities shall be accommodated during class.

     

    Safe and adequate equipment, facilities and resources shall be provided for physical education courses.

     

    Physical education shall be taught by certified health and physical education teachers.

     

    Appropriate professional development shall be provided for physical education staff.

     

    Physical activity shall not be used as a form of punishment.

     

    Other School Based Activities

     

    District schools shall provide adequate space, as defined by the district, for eating and serving school meals.

     

    Students shall be provided a clean and safe meal environment.

     

    Students shall be provided adequate time to eat: ten (10) minutes sit down time for breakfast; twenty (20) minutes sit down time for lunch.

     

    Meal periods shall be scheduled at appropriate hours, as defined by the district.
     

    Drinking water shall be available at all meal periods and throughout the school day.

     

    Students shall have access to hand washing or sanitizing before meals and snacks.

     

    Nutrition professionals who meet criteria established by the district shall administer the school meals program.

     

    Access to the food service operation shall be limited to authorized staff.

     

    To the extent possible, the district shall utilize available funding and outside programs to enhance student wellness.

     

    Food shall not be used in the schools as a reward or punishment.

     

    The district shall support the efforts of parents/guardians to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for children by communicating relevant information through various methods.

     

    Nutrition Guidelines

     

    All foods available in district schools during the school day shall be offered to students with consideration for promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.

     

    Foods provided through the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs shall comply with federal nutrition standards under the School Meals Initiative.

     

    Competitive Foods/Beverages

     

    Competitive foods and beverages are defined as any food or beverage offered or sold at school in competition with reimbursable meals served through the National School Lunch or School Breakfast programs.[9]

     

    All competitive foods and beverages available to students in district schools shall comply with the Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools.[10]

     

    Exclusive competitive food and/or beverage contracts shall be approved by the Board, in accordance with provisions of law.[9]

     

    Safe Routes to School

     

    The district shall cooperate with local municipalities, public safety agency, police departments, and community organizations to develop and maintain safe routes to school.