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Wellness Policy

Descriptor Term:






Issue Date:

September 2006



Update:  August 7, 2015



Wellness Plan - Commerce City School System

Purpose: To establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being and academic success.

Component 1: Public Involvement and Communication

·         A collaboration of administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and charter council members reviewed and updated the current 2006 Wellness Policy.  The Commerce City Schools Wellness Policy is posted on the Commerce City Schools website.

Component 2:  Goals for Nutrition Education and Promotion

·             Nutrition education will be evident in the school cafeterias through marketing and promotional campaigns to encourage healthy eating and overall wellness.

·             Nutrition education collaboration between the cafeteria and classroom will be encouraged to allow students to apply critical thinking skills to food choices.

·            The Georgia Performance Standards for Health Education, which include nutrition and physical education, will be taught at all grade levels, and when possible, nutrition education will be integrated in the core curriculum at all grade levels.

·             Quarterly, staff and parents will be provided resources concerning health and wellness issues.

Component 3:  Nutrition Standards for All Foods Available on School Campus During the School Day

·         All foods served in the School Nutrition Program will follow the meal pattern and nutritional standards for breakfast, lunch, and after school snacks as outlined by USDA federal regulations and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010.

·         All foods and beverages that are available for sale to students during the school day must comply with the state and federal Smart Snacks in Schools rule. This includes school vending, ice cream sales, school stores, on-site school fundraisers, etc.

·         The Georgia State Board of Education approved 30 exempted fundraisers per school per school year not to exceed 3 days in length. However, there are time and place restrictions. Exempted fundraisers cannot operate anywhere on the school campus 30 minutes before until 30 minutes after the end of breakfast and lunch meal services. Exempted fundraisers cannot be in vending machines, school stores, snack bars or a la carte sales. Fundraisers occurring in these venues must meet the Smart Snacks standards.

·         Each school will establish nutritional standards on other foods available on the school campus during the school day. This includes classroom parties, classroom snacks brought by parents, foods given as incentives and rewards, etc.

·         Foods served in the classroom or as student rewards are not to replace the student’s breakfast or lunch meal.

Component 4: Goals for Physical Activity

·          Students will be given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through daily recess periods, required and elective physical education (PE) classes.

·             Students will be encouraged to be involved in physical activity in the community, school sponsored events, and extracurricular activities.

·             Schools will explore additional opportunities to promote and encourage physical activity both during school and outside the school day.

·             Schools will encourage parents to support their children's participation in physical activity, to be physically active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.

·             Staff will receive resources and guidance on ways to incorporate physical activity within the school day with the goal of limiting extended periods of inactivity.                             

Component 5: Goals for other school based activities:

·         Meal schedules will ensure an adequate time for students to consume meals in a pleasant dining atmosphere with the goal being, at a minimum, 10 minutes for breakfast and 20 minutes for lunch after the students receives their meal.

·         Schools will provide for safe, clean restrooms with adequate hand washing supplies.  Students should be given the opportunity to wash hands before eating meals and snacks.

·         Each school and district site shall be in compliance with drug, alcohol and tobacco free policies for both students and staff.

 Component 6: Assessment and Public Notification

The Commerce City Schools Wellness Plan will be assessed annually for effectiveness and implementation.  Assessment will include yearly goals to insure the most effective standards are in place to promote a healthy school environment for the students of Commerce City Schools. Each school principal or their designee(s) will ensure compliance with the policy in their school.

All assessments will be posted on the Commerce City School website.