• Pittsford Area Schools; Wellness Policy

    The Pittsford Area Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement and hereby adopts this Student Wellness Policy

    Nutrition Education

    Every year, all students, Pre - K-12, shall receive nutrition education that is aligned with the Michigan Health Education Content Standards and Benchmarks.47 Nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skills, and values needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors shall be integrated into the curriculum.  Nutrition education information shall be offered throughout the school campus including, but not limited to, school dining areas and classrooms.  Staff members who provide nutrition education shall have the appropriate training

    Nutrition Standards

     

    The District shall ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutrition standards found in federal regulations.48  The District shall encourage students to make nutritious food choices. 

    The District shall monitor all food and beverages sold or served to students, including those available outside the federally regulated child nutrition programs. The District shall consider nutrient density 49 and portion size before permitting food and beverages to be sold or served to students. 

     

     

    The Superintendent shall continually evaluate vending policies and contracts.  Vending contracts that do not meet the intent and purpose of this policy shall be modified accordingly or not renewed

    Any foods served or sold at the school may not be homemade. For school parties, foods must be prepackaged and meet the Smart Snacks Nutritional Standards

    Physical Education and Physical Activity Opportunities

    The District shall offer physical education opportunities that include the components of a quality physical education program. 50  Physical education shall equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for lifelong physical activity.  Physical education instruction shall be aligned with the Michigan Physical Education Content Standards and Benchmarks

    Every year all students, Pre-K-12, shall have the opportunity to participate regularly in supervised physical activities, either organized or unstructured, intended to maintain physical fitness and to understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle

    Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness

    The District may implement other appropriate programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

    Students should not be withheld from physical activity time, (structured PE or unstructured recess time), for punishment or to complete work

    Any food or beverage marketed on school grounds must meet Smart Snacks Nutritional Standards

    Implementation and Measurement

    The Superintendent shall implement this policy and measure how well it is being managed, and enforced.  The Superintendent shall develop and implement administrative rules consistent with this policy.  Input from teachers (including specialists in health and physical education), school nurses, parents/guardians, students, representatives of the school food service program, the Board of Education, school administrators, and the public shall be considered before implementing such rules.  A sustained effort is necessary to implement and enforce this policy.  The Superintendent shall report to the Board, as requested, on the District’s programs and efforts to meet the purpose and intent of this policy

    Board Approved Approved:  July 12, 2010

    Board Revised and Approved April 17, 2017