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SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICIES (NUSD/FANS)

Novato Unified School District (NUSD) & Food And Nutrition Services (FANS)
BP & AR OVERVIEWS

NOTE:  BP = "Board Policy": Is generated by State/Federal/Local government mandates. AR = "Administrative Rules & Regulations" regulations are the how-to's of implementing the Board Policy (BP)

NUSD STUDENT WELLNESS BOARD POLICY
BP 5030 – partial text (full text of BP 5030)
The School Board of Trustees recognizes the important connection between a healthy diet, physical activity, and the ability of students to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school.  The Board desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for all district students and staff, as well as a safe and healthy school environment.  The Board also recognizes the school’s important role as part of the larger community, to support family health, environmental awareness, and sustainable agriculture and business practices. 

To this end, it is the goal of the Novato Unified School District to promote through its educational and operational efforts, the primary messages of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans as illustrated in the USDA My Pyramid education framework: Activity, Variety, Moderation, Proportionality, Personalization, and Gradual Improvement. To further the environmental efforts of the County of Marin, the Board will encourage whenever possible, district-wide practices which support environmental awareness and sustainability.

Novato School Wellness Council
The Novato School Wellness Council shall meet at least quarterly, and shall be charged with making wellness policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees and advising the district on school health and environment related issues, activities, policies and programs.

The Superintendent or designee shall appoint the Novato School Wellness Council, consisting of parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, Board representatives school nurses, physical education teachers, and/or others interested in school health issues.

Goals for Nutrition Education, Physical Activity and Education, and Other School Based Activities
The Board shall adopt goals for nutrition education, physical activity and education, and other school based activities that are designed to promote student wellness consistent with the district’s educational mission.

The district shall promote a comprehensive nutrition education and physical education program that is sequential and generally consistent with the expectations established in the state’s curriculum frameworks.  The goal of the programs should be to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity...

  • Nutrition Education
  • Physical Activity and Education
  • Other School Based Activities
  • Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at School
  • Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals
  • Program Implementation and Evaluation....

NUSD SCHOOL WELLNESS BOARD POLICY
BP 3550 – partial text (full text of BP 3550)
The Governing Board recognizes that students need adequate, nourishing food in order to grow, learn, and maintain good health. Foods and beverages available through the district’s food service program shall:

  1. Be carefully selected so as to contribute to students’ nutritional well-being and the prevention of disease.
  2. Meet or exceed nutritional standards specified in law and administrative regulation
  3. Be prepared in ways that will appeal to students, retain nutritive quality, and foster lifelong healthful eating habits.
  4. Be served in age-appropriate portions
  5. Be sold at reasonable prices

The Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies designed to encourage the participation of students and parents/guardians in the selection of foods of good nutritional quality for school menus.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to support the district's nutrition education efforts by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties. 

The Board desires to provide students with adequate time and space to eat meals. To the extent possible, school and transportation schedules shall be designed to encourage participation in school meal programs.

The Superintendent or designee shall periodically review the adequacy of school facilities for cafeteria eating and food preparation. School cafeterias shall comply with the sanitation and safety requirements of the California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law as set forth in Health and Safety Code 113700-114455.

Professional development for food service personnel shall include nutrition education and safe food handling.

Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee
The Board may establish a Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee to develop school district policies on nutrition and physical activity for recommendation to and approval by the Board.  (Education Code49433

The membership of the Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee shall include, but need not be limited to, Board members, school administrators, food service directors, food service staff, other staff, parents/guardians, students, physical and health education teachers, dietitians, health care professionals and interested community members.  (Education Code 49433)

In developing such policies on nutrition and physical activity, the Committee shall hold at least one public hearing and shall ensure that the policies address all the issues and goals specified in Education Code49433.  (Education Code 49433)....

NOVATO SCHOOL WELLNESS COUNCIL
AR 3550 – partial text (full text of AR 3550)
The Mission of the Novato School Wellness Council is to help promote healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle choices through education, program, and policy implementation, and environmental improvement.

1. The functions of the Novato School Wellness Council are as follows:

    1. Discuss nutrition and physical activity-related topics of concern in the school community.
    2. Coordinate projects and programs to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness.
    3. Recommend amendments to school district policies on nutrition and physical activity for recommendation to and approval by the Superintendent or designee and the School Board.
    4. Provide guidance and education on appropriate foods for school celebrations, events, fundraising, classroom snacks, vending contracts, and packed lunches.
    5. Provide guidance and education on research on nutrition, physical activity and children’s health.
    6. Assist with writing grants and securing funds for Novato School Wellness council sponsored projects and programs.
    7. Provide in-service and education to staff, students and parents on nutrition and physical activity related topics.
  • Posting Requirements
  • Nutritional Standards for Foods
  • Nutritional Standards for Beverages

SELF SUPPORTING & SUSTAINING ACTIVITY OF FANS
3551 BP – partial text (full text of BP 3551)
It is the intent of the Governing Board, insofar as possible, that the Food and Nutritional Services Department shall be a self supporting and sustaining activity.  All proceeds from food sales and other services offered by the cafeteria shall be deposited in the cafeteria fund as provided by law.  All costs covered by food sales and meal reimbursements  shall be exclusive of all other costs of the Food and Nutritional services program which are charged to district funds by statute and by resolution by the Governing Board as authorized by state law….

  • Cafeteria Fund
  • Contracts with Outside Providers....

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF FANS
AR 3551 – partial text (full text of AR 3551)

  • Food and Nutritional Services Director, Responsibilities and Duties
  • Principals; Food and Nutritional Services responsibilities
  • Food Service Sales 
  • Accounting
  • Inventory
  • Insurance
  • Audit
  • Management Consulting Services
  • Use of Kitchen...

FREE AND REDUCED MEALS & EQUALITY
BP 3553 – partial text (full text of BP 3553)
The Governing Board recognizes that adequate nutrition is essential to child development and learning and that some families may be unable to provide breakfast and lunch for their children.  In accordance with law, the district shall provide nutritionally adequate free and reduced price meals for students whose families meet federal eligibility criteria. 

"The Superintendent or designee shall recommend for Board approval a plan that ensures that students eligible to receive free or reduced price meals and milk are not treated differently from other students or easily identified by their peers...

FREE AND REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM
AR 3553 – partial text (full text of AR 3553)
National Breakfast and Lunch Program regulations require that lunches be provided for needy students when family income is insufficient to provide the basic necessities, including food of the proper quality and amount of good nutrition. 

Eligibility for free or reduced price meals shall be based on federal regulations as provided by the State Department of Education.

Parents shall be informed of thee district policy concerning free or reduced meals.  A letter and application form shall be distributed to all parents during the first few weeks of school.  The letter shall contain information on eligibility standards, application procedures and appeal procedures.  The information and an application form shall be provided whenever a new student is enrolled…

  • Applications
  • Outreach programs for free or reduced price meals
  • Confidentiality/Release of Records

OTHER FOOD SALES
BP 3554 – partial text (full text of BP 3554)
The Governing Board believes that foods and beverages sold to students on school campuses during the school day should promote student health and reduce childhood obesity. Any food sales conducted outside the district’s food service program shall meet nutritional standards specified in law, Board policy, and administrative regulations and shall not reduce student participation in the district’s food service program.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent or designee to approve the sale of foods and beverages outside the district’s food service program, including sales by student or adult organizations, sales through vending machines, and/or sales at secondary school student stores for fundraising purposes….

NUTRITIONAL STANDARDS
3554 AR – partial text (full text of AR 3554)
Business and Non-instructional Operations
Food and Nutritional Services Department (FANS)
No foods of minimal nutritional value shall be sold in food service areas during breakfast and lunch periods. A minimum of 50% of the food sold by any entity on school grounds during regular school hours shall be from the list of nutritious foods provided in Education Code 38085.
Food sales outside the district’s food service program shall comply with the nutritional standards specified in Education Code 38085. Beginning July 1, 2007, food sales outside the district’s food service program shall comply with the standards described in Education Code 49431 for elementary schools and Education Code 49431.2 for middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools. (Education Code 38085, 49431, 49431.2) Beverage sales shall be subject to the nutritional standards specified in Education Code 49431.5. (Education Code 49431.5)

When the food and beverage standards in Education Code 49431 and 49431.5 are effective, the sale of foods or beverages that do not comply with those standards may be permitted at an elementary school, as part of a fundraising event, only when the items are sold by students of the school and the sale meets one of the following conditions: (Education Code 49431, 49431.5)

1. It takes place off and away from school premises.
2. It takes place at least one-half hour after the end of the school day.

The sale of food items that do not comply with the nutritional standards in Education Code 49431.2, when effective, may be permitted at a middle school, junior high school, or high school in any of the following circumstances: (Education Code 49431.2)

  • The sale takes place off and away from school premises.
  • The sale takes place on school premises at least one-half hour after the end of the school day. 
  • The sale occurs during a school-sponsored student activity after the end of the school day. Beverage sales that do not comply with the nutritional standards in law may be permitted at a middle school or junior high school as part of a school event under the following circumstances: (Education Code 49431.5)
  • The sale occurs during a school-sponsored event and takes place at the location of the event at least one-half hour after the end of the school day.
  • Vending machines, student stores, and cafeterias are used later than one-half hour after the end of the school day.
  • Additional Requirements for Schools Participating in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program
  • Foods and Beverages Served/Sold on School Campuses During the School Day

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