Wellness Policy

Marshall County School District Wellness Policy

7.12 School Wellness

In furtherance of its commitment to fostering healthy nutritional and physical activities that support student achievement and that promote the development of lifelong wellness practices, the Board endorses the following programs, practices, and activities:

7.12.1 Nutrition Promotion and Education – The Child Nutrition Program, in conjunction with the Curriculum Department, will provide nutrition education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating.  Nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skill, and values needed to develop healthy eating behaviors will be integrated into the curriculum and offered throughout school campuses, including school dining areas and classrooms, by appropriately trained personnel.

7.12.2 Nutrition Standards – Schools will participate in available school meal programs, including the National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, grants as received, and the Summer Food Service Program.  The Board will ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutritional standards established by applicable state and federal regulations.  The Board will encourage students to make nutritious food choices and will monitor all food and beverages sold or served to students, including those available outside federally regulated child nutrition programs.  With the exception of exempt fundraisers, all foods and beverages sold on campus will be compliant with the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools standards. 

Food items in competition with the CNP scheduled meal time may not be sold or provided free of charge to students.  Foods and beverages may not be sold on a school campus one hour before and one hour after CNP meal periods.  After being seated with their meal, students must have a minimum of 15-20 minutes to consume their meal.  The Board will allow the marketing of only the foods and beverages that meet nutrition standards for foods sold in schools.  Students are not allowed to bring carbonated drinks or fast food meals into the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch unless these items are contained in an unidentifiable container.

7.12.3 Physical Education and Physical Activity Opportunities – The Board will offer physical education opportunities that include the components of a sound physical education program.  Physical education will equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to maintain healthful lifelong physical activity.  Physical education instruction will be aligned with the curriculum.  All students will be provided the opportunity to participate regularly in supervised physical activities that are intended to maintain physical fitness and to impart the benefits of maintaining a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

7.12.4 Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness – The Board may implement other programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages and that is conducive to health eating and physical activity.

Students are taught in the classrooms about good nutrition and the value of healthy food choices.  However, any times foods served in the classrooms, in the case of a class party, are low in nutrients and high in calories.  This sends them a mixed message – that good nutrition is just an academic exercise that is not supported by school administration and is not important to their health or education.  To send the right message, administrators, teachers, parents, and students need to promote healthy lifestyle principles, replacing unhealthy food offerings with healthy ones for school parties and other school activities.  The Alabama Department of Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity recommends commercially prepared and sealed party snacks.

School activities or parties where food is served, must not be conducted during or in place of school breakfast or lunch service.

7.12.5 Administrative Implementation – The Superintendent is authorized to develop and implement administrative rules and directives that are consistent with this policy and that are based on input from teachers (including specialists in health and physical education), school nurses, parents and guardians, students, representatives of the school food service program, school board members, school administrators, and the public.  The Superintendent will report to the Board, as requested, on programs and efforts that are designed to meet the purpose and intent of this policy.  An interdisciplinary committee will meet annually to review and update the Marshall County School District Wellness Policy.  The Child Nutrition Program Supervisor will be responsible for leading and organizing the Local Wellness Policy committee’s annual meeting.

Please contact Casey Partain, Child Nutrition Program Supervisor, at 256-582-7385 to participate in the development, review, update, and implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Board approved 5/23/17