The Board recognizes that childhood obesity has become an epidemic in Oregon as well as throughout the nation. However, research indicates that obesity and subsequent diseases are largely preventable through diet and regular physical activity. Healthy eating patterns and increased physical activity are essential for students to achieve their academic potential, full physical and mental growth and lifelong health and well-being. To help ensure students possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices for a lifetime, the superintendent shall prepare and implement a comprehensive district nutrition program consistent with state and federal requirements for districts sponsoring the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The program shall reflect the Board’s commitment to providing adequate time for instruction to promote healthy eating through nutrition education, serving healthy and appealing foods at district schools, developing food-use guidelines for staff and establishing liaisons with nutrition service providers, as appropriate. The input of staff, students, parents, the public, representatives of the school food authority and public health professionals will be encouraged. The superintendent will develop administrative regulations as necessary to implement the goals of this policy throughout the district.
Nutrition education topics shall be integrated within the sequential, comprehensive health education program taught at every grade level, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and coordinated with the district’s nutrition and food services operation.
It is the intent of the Board that district schools take a proactive effort to encourage students to make nutritious food choices. Food and beverages sold or served on district grounds or at district-sponsored events shall meet administrative regulation requirements for nutritional standards and/or other guidelines as may be recommended by district and school health and nutrition committees. The superintendent shall ensure that nutritious foods are available as an affordable option whenever food is sold or served on district property or at district-sponsored events; that schools limit the sale or serving of foods or snacks high in fat, sodium or added sugars; and competition with nutritious meals served by the school nutrition and food services operation is minimized.
Although the Board believes that the district’s nutrition and food services operation should be financially self-supporting, it recognizes, however, that the nutrition program is an essential educational and support activity. Therefore, budget neutrality or profit generation must not take precedence over the nutrition needs of its students. In compliance with federal law, the district’s NSLP shall be nonprofit.
The Board realizes that a quality physical education program is an essential component for all students to learn about and participate in physical activity. Physical activity should be included in a school’s daily education program from grades pre-K through 12. Physical activity should include regular instructional physical education as well as co-curricular activities, and recess. The district will develop and assess student performance standards in order to meet the Oregon Department of Education’s physical education content standards.
The superintendent is directed to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy, including such provisions as may be necessary to address all food and beverages sold and/or served to students at school (i.e., competitive foods, snacks and beverages sold from vending machines, school stores, and fund-raising activities and refreshments that are made available at school parties, celebrations and meetings), including provisions for staff development, family and community involvement and program evaluation.
Reimbursable School Meals
The district may enter into an agreement with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to operate reimbursable school meal programs. The superintendent will develop administrative regulations as necessary to implement this policy and meet the requirements of state and federal law. These guidelines shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of section 10 of the Child Nutrition Act (42 U.S.C. 1779) and section 9(f)(1) and 17(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(f)(1), 1766(a)(0).
Evaluation of the Local Wellness Policy
The Board will review this policy with input from parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, school administrators and the public. In an effort to measure the implementation of this policy the Board designates the superintendent as the person who will be responsible for ensuring the district meets the goals outlined in this policy.