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During the 2004 Legislative session the Senate adopted a bill related to health, fitness and nutrition in schools.
This requires the district’s board of directors to establish a policy by August 1, 2005, to provide students access
to nutritious food, opportunities for physical activity and accurate information related to these topics.

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Policy

Research indicates that obese children are at a higher risk for developing long-term health problems. Research also indicates that obesity and subsequent diseases are largely preventable through diet and regular physical activity. Children who eat well-balanced meals and are healthy are more likely to learn in the classroom. The Board supports good nutrition as well as physical activity at all grade levels to enhance the well-being of our district’s youth. Therefore, it is the policy of the Board to:

a. Provide students access to nutritious food;
b. Provide opportunities for physical activity and developmentally appropriate exercise; and
c. Provide accurate information related to these topics.

The Superintendent shall develop and implement a district-wide nutrition program consistent with state and federal requirements for school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The Superintendent shall also develop and implement a curriculum on health, fitness and nutrition consistent with the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), with developmentally appropriate instruction for grades K-12.

Cross references:

  • Board Policy 2100 Instructional Program Offerings
  • Board Policy 4260 Use of School Facilities

Legal References:

  • RCW 28A.230.040 Physical education – Grades 1-8
  • RCW 28A.230.050 Physical Education in High School
  • RCW 28A.235.120 Lunchrooms – Establishment and Operation
  • WAC 180.50.135 Physical Education – Grade School and High School Requirement

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Procedures

The Sumner School District shall encourage students to make healthy choices in food and fitness decisions. The district will take the following actions:

a. A variety of healthy food choices will be made available whenever food is sold or served on district property during the school day;
b. Schools shall regulate the sale or serving of foods or snacks high in fat, sodium, or added sugars; and
c. Schools shall provide opportunities for appropriate healthy fitness choices.

Nutrition Standards

The district shall provide school breakfasts and lunches which meet the nutritional standards required by state and federal school breakfast and lunch programs. Meals served in school before the end of the last lunch period shall conform to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Foods and beverages of minimal nutritional value, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shall not be sold or served on school premises during the school day.

Any food sales of an occasional nature must have the prior approval of the building principal. No food or drink items shall be offered in vending machines unless they have been approved by the building principal and meet district standards.

Free and Reduced-Price Food Services

The district shall provide free and reduced-price breakfasts, lunches, and milk to students according to the terms of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs and the laws and rules of the state. The district shall inform parents of the eligibility standards for free or reduced price meals. Reasonable efforts shall be made to protect the identity of students receiving such meals.

Health and Fitness Curriculum

The district will adopt and implement a health and fitness curriculum consistent with the EALRs. The curriculum will provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate instruction for grades K-12. Evaluation procedures will utilize classroom-based assessments or other strategies.

Suitable adapted physical education shall be included as part of Individual Education Plans for students with chronic health problems, or other disabling conditions, or other special needs that preclude such student’s participation in regular physical education instruction or activities.

Co-curricular physical activity programs, including intramural programs and physical activity clubs will be offered to students throughout the district.

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