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Wellness Policy Information for Elementary Schools

Withholding Recess and P.E.

Recess can only be withheld for disciplinary reasons if such action is only on an occasional basis and is part of an individual or school-wide behavior plan.

Physical education cannot be withheld for disciplinary reasons. This does not include discipline for behavior during the P.E. class.

Student Participation in Physical Activity

The district’s coordinated school health program for kindergarten through twelfth grade includes developing basic movement skills, enhancing physical fitness, and promoting lifelong physical activity.

Minimum standards for student participation in physical education activity have been temporarily set aside due to budget limitations.  The goal of the superintendent is to increase the minimum standard for student participation in physical education and activity at elementary grades 1 through 5 to 75 minutes weekly, and eventually to 90 minutes weekly to be provided at least two different days during the week.

Unstructured recess time is not to be replaced or reduced in order to provide mandated, planned instuctional physical education minutes.

Setting Minimum Times for Breakfast and Lunch

Each school must adopt a minimum number of minutes that students have to eat breakfast and lunch and consider other strategies, such as recess before lunch, that contribute to healthy eating.

Use of Food as Incentive or Reward

Foods of minimal nutritional value, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cannot be distributed by staff as a reward for academic performance or good behavior.

Foods of minimal nutritional value include soda pop and most candy. The use of any candy as a reward is strongly discouraged. The use of other food as incentive or reward, or as part of the curriculum, should be used judiciously, taking into consideration the nutritional value of the food being served and the frequency of use.

Competitive Foods (Foods Competing with School Breakfast and Lunch Programs)

Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value: These foods, as defined by the federal government, cannot be sold to students on campus during the school day. These foods include soda pop and most candy. Soda pop cannot be sold or distributed during the school day for any reason.

The school day is defined by ORS 336.423 as all times “during the regular or extended school day when the activities in the school are primarily under the control of the school district board.  This includes, but is not limited to, the time before or after classes are in session and the time when the school is being used for activities such as clubs, yearbook, band or choir practice, student government, drama rehearsals or child care programs.” This does not include events where adults are a significant part of the audience, such as carnivals, performances or athletic events.

Fundraising/School Stores: Food sold at school as a fund-raiser during the regular or extended school day must meet the Healthy Snacks and Healthy Parties Guidelines.

Vending Machines: Vending machines on school campuses must offer only nutritious food options that meet the Healthy Snacks Guidelines.

Celebrations/School Parties: Soda pop cannot be served during the school day as part of a celebration or school party. During the school day, schools should limit the use of food at celebrations that are not related to the curriculum. Parents and staff are encouraged to provide party foods that are consistent with the Healthy Parties Guidelines and to serve such items after the lunch hour, if possible.

A La Carte Items: No a la carte items will contain trans fats, except those that occur naturally, to a small degree, in animal fats.

Healthy Snacks Guidelines Related to Beverages: Beverages are limited to water, flavored water, 100 percent fruit- or vegetable juices or 100 percent juice diluted with water, unflavored or flavored low-fat or fat-free milk or a nutritionally equivalent non-dairy beverage.

Before- and After-School Events Sponsored by District

The definition of the school day has been expanded.  Limitations on food and beverages sold in schools now apply to before-school and after-school activities sponsored by the school district, EXCEPT for activities at which adults are a significant part of an audience, such as a carnival, a play or a band or choir concert.

Schools must offer some healthy options at concession stands operated on campus outside the school day (for example, at carnivals, after school programs, and performances). Examples of healthy options include water, milk, 100% fruit juice and foods that meet the Healthy Snacks Guidelines. The policy allows soda pop and foods outside the guidelines to be sold at these events.