Dothan City Schools Wellness Policy

The Dothan City Board of Education believes a good education prepares students for all
facets of life, including healthy living. In accord with the state Board of Education’s
Implementation Guidelines for Exercise and Nutrition, the school board supports activities to
encourage wellness, including:

providing child nutrition programs that are accessible to all children and that comply
 with federal, state and local requirements

integrating nutrition education across the curriculum

providing students opportunities for physical activity such as physical education
 courses and intramural athletics

supporting professional development for staff and informational programs for
 students on nutrition and physical education

The superintendent will designate an administrator to oversee the board’s efforts to promote
student wellness and collaborate with parents, students, administrators and food authority
representatives when developing student wellness policies and programs.

Resource: State Board of Education Resolution (as amended) July 12, 2005

Statewide Committee to Review the State of health of America’s Youth with
Particular Emphasis on Alabama’s Youth: Implementation Guidelines for
Exercise and Nutrition

Dothan City Schools Student Wellness Key Goal Areas


DCS Student Wellness Key Goal Areas

PHILOSPHY 

Students of today may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their
parents, and children suffering from malnutrition resemble the face of children adversely
affected by over-nutrition. Academic success has become more and more difficult for
students to attain as lifestyle choices diminish a child’s ability to learn.
The Dothan City Schools Board of Education believes that a healthy school environment
goes beyond school meals in the cafeteria. All children need access to healthful food and
opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn and thrive and ultimately achieve
long-term success. The Board also believes that healthy staff can model appropriate
wellness behaviors for students and more effectively perform their assigned duties.

 
KEY GOALS AREAS

The Dothan City Schools Board of Education (hereinafter referred to as Dothan City
Schools) is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and
development of lifelong wellness practices. The following goals have been created in
support of the district’s wellness policy. Each goal area is supportive of the other goal
areas, thus ensuring that outcomes for each will increase outcomes for the policy as a
whole. Each goal area is supported by one or more critical elements which will serve as the
basis for specific strategies to be formed for action and outcomes.

Goal Area #1: NUTRITION EDUCATION
1-1. Nutrition education will be integrated into other areas of the curriculum such
as math, science, language arts and social studies.
1-2. the curriculum leads students to apply critical thinking skills and independent
decision-making that enhances personal responsibility

 
Goal Area #2: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
2-1. all physical education classes are taught by state-certified physical education
instructors
2-2. provide physical education classes where students learn, practice and are
assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills and
knowledge
2-3. provide a planned daily recess period which is not used as a punishment or
reward

 
Goal Area #3: OTHER SCHOOL BASED ACTIVITIES
3-1. schools organize local wellness committees comprised of students, teachers,
administrators, and parents to plan, implement and improve nutrition and
physical activity in the school

Goal Area #4: NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR ALL FOODS SERVED ON CAMPUS
4-1. all foods made available on campus (vending machines, a la carte,
fundraisers, concession stands, student stores, school parties) will comply
with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans
4-2. ensure that student access to foods and beverages meet federal, state, and
local laws and guidelines
4-3. classroom snacks feature healthy choices
4-4. advertising of foods and beverages in areas accessible to students during
meal times must be consistent with established nutrition environment
standards

 
Goal Area #5: EATING ENVIRONMENT
5-1. provide adequate time for students to eat – at least 10 minutes for breakfast
and 20 minutes for lunch, from the time the student is seated
5-2. lunch periods are scheduled as near the middle of the school day as possible
5-3. dining areas are attractive and have enough seating for all students
5-4. food is not used as a reward or a punishment for student behavior, unless
detailed in a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Goal Area #6: CHILD NUTRITION OPERATION
6-1. the child nutrition program will aim to be financially self-supporting. However,
the program is an essential educational support activity and profit generation
will not take precedence over the nutritional needs of the students. If subsidy
of child nutrition funds is needed, it will not be from the sale of foods of
minimal nutritional value and/or compete nutritionally with program meals
6-2. the child nutrition program shall employ a properly qualified director, certified
and/or credentialed according to current standards, to administer the food
service program and satisfy reporting requirements
6-3. all food service personnel shall have adequate pre-service and ongoing
training in food service operations
6-4. students will be encouraged to start each day with a healthy breakfast

Goal Area #7: FOOD SAFETY / FOOD SECURITY
7-1. all foods made available on campus comply with the state and local safety
and sanitation regulations
7-2. for safety and security of food and facilities, access to food service operations
shall be limited to child nutrition staff and authorized personnel

Goal Area #8: STAFF WELLNESS
8-1. each school and district site shall be in compliance with drug, alcohol and
tobacco free policies
8-2. employees shall be encouraged to engage in daily physical activity during the
workday as part of work breaks and/or lunch periods, before and after work
hours in site sponsored programs or as part of discounted membership in
local fitness facilities

DISSEMINATION and EVALUATION

The wellness policy and supporting key goal areas shall posted to DCS website. Principals
are encouraged to place policy link on websites of their respective schools and to ensure
that students and staff are aware of and supportive of this policy. Staff development at the
administrative level will be provided so that all offices and services throughout the district
are aware of the elements of this policy.

The district shall conduct an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of this policy. Sources of
data may include, but are not limited to health services department, school records, parent /
student / faculty surveys, etc. Both qualitative and quantitative data will be reviewed. The
evaluation findings will be used to improve wellness efforts and outcomes.

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