507.9 Wellness Policy

Code No. 507.9

Student Personnel
Wellness Policy

Davis County Community School District (hereto referred to as the District) is committed to the optimal development of every student. The district believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve person, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year.

Research shows that two components, good nutrition and physical activity before, during, and after the school day are strongly correlated with positive student outcomes.

This policy outlies the District’s approach to ensuring environment and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing commercial distractions.

The District supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students' health status and academic performance. All foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the school district nutrition standards and in compliance with state and federal law. Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high-quality meals. See the DE guidance on Healthy Kids Act.

The District will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Toward this end, the school district may utilizes electronic identification and payment systems; provide meals at no charge to all children, regardless of income; promotes the availability of meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving meals, such as "grab-and-go" or classroom breakfast.

The District will convene a representative district wellness committee. The District Wellness Committee will represent all school levels. It will be comprised of parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, physical education teachers, school health officials, and the public. The district wellness policy committee will develop a plan to implement and measure the local wellness policy and periodically review and update the policy. The committee will report annually to the board and community regarding the content and effectiveness of this policy and recommend updates if needed. When monitoring implementation, schools will be evaluated individually with reports prepared by each school and the school district as a whole. The report will include which schools are in compliance with this policy, the extent to which this policy compares to model Wellness policies and describe the progress made in achieving the goals of this policy.

Specific Wellness Goals
  • for nutrition education, (Appendix A)
  • for physical activity, (Appendix B)
  • for other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness, (see Appendix C)
  • For the nutrition guidelines for all foods available with the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity in the school district see Appendix D.
  • The board will monitor and evaluate this policy as described in Appendix E.

Legal Reference:        Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (2005)
                                      Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
                                       Iowa Code 256.7(29), 256.11(6)
                                       281 IAC 12.5(19), 12.5(20), 58.11

Cross Reference:        504.5 Student Fund Raising
                                      504.6 Student Activity Program
                                       710 School Food Services

Approved:    May 15, 2006

Reviewed:    November 16, 2015

Revised:        November 16, 2015