The Academy of St. Adalbert is committed to the goal that all students and staff shall possess lifelong knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food and enjoyable physical activity choices through effective use of school and community resources and attentiveness to student and staff needs and interests, taking into consideration differences in culture.
Commitment to Nutrition
- Administer Child Nutrition Programs by school food service staff members that are properly qualified according to current professional standards.
- Offer school meal programs using the traditional meal pattern that meet the nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Programs.
- Establish food safety as a key component of all school food operations based on Food Code requirements for licensed facilities.
- Encourage students to make healthy food choices by emphasizing menu options that feature baked items (will limit fried foods), whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and reduced-fat dairy products.
- Provide school food service staff routine professional development training opportunities.
- Follow USDA Child Nutrition Program regulations restricting competitive sales and foods of minimal nutritional value.
- Encourage school-based organizations to use non-food items and/or healthful foods for contests and fundraising programs.
- Ensure all foods made available on campus comply with state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented as required by Child Nutrition Program regulations regarding school meals.
Commitment to Comprehensive Health Education
- Provide 1/2 Carnegie unit of comprehensive health education for graduation.
- Offer comprehensive health education in grades K-8. Include in each grade level, as stated in the Graded Course of Study, the five strands related to real life choices; nutrition, growth and development, disease prevention and control, safety and first aid, and health issues and dangerous substances.
Commitment to Physical Activity
- Provide physical education opportunities for all students in grades K-8.
- Offer a planned sequential program of physical education instruction incorporating individual and group activities, which are student centered and taught in a positive environment.
- Create wider opportunities for students to voluntarily participate in extracurricular physical activity programs.
- Incorporate physical activity such as stretching before classes and at appropriate intervals during the day.
- If the schedule allows, provide for physical activity before the lunch period.
- Promote school-wide challenges in conjunction with charitable events such as a Walk for Diabetes or Hoops for Hearts.
Commitment to Healthy School Environment
- Provide a clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students.
- Provide positive, motivating messages, both verbal and non-verbal, about healthy lifestyle practices throughout the school setting. All school personnel will help reinforce these positive messages.
- Promote healthful eating, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at school events, e.g., school registration, parent-teacher conferences, PTU meetings, open houses, health fairs, book fairs, teacher in-services, sporting and other events.
- Ensure an adequate time for students to enjoy eating healthy foods with friends. Following the National Association of State Boards of Education recommendations, every effort will be made to provide students with at least 20 minutes after sitting down to eat lunch.
- Schedule lunchtime as near the middle of the school day as possible, preferably between 11 am and 1 pm.
- Make efforts to schedule recess for elementary grades before lunch so that children will come to lunch less distracted and ready to eat.
- Make available drinking fountains or other accessible drinking water so that students have access to water at meals and throughout the day.
- Refrain from using food as a reward or punishment for student behaviors.
- Avoid scheduling tutoring, club/organization meetings, and other activities that interfere with appropriate mealtime allotments whenever possible. Activities that are scheduled during mealtimes should be structured to accommodate an appropriate mealtime for students.
- Annually before the beginning of the school year, review with staff and students the safety and crisis plans of the school.
- Review emergency procedures with parents.
- Update parent and faculty handbooks on a regular basis to reflect health and safety concerns.
Commitment to Implementation
- Conduct a review of the progress toward Health and Wellness Policy goals each year to identify areas for improvement.
- Review implementation of wellness policy in conjunction with the ongoing OCSAA accreditation process.