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SECTION 1 - HEALTH EDUCATION

1. Meeting California Standards

The District will provide health education in grades K-12 as required by Education Code 51210, Education Code 51890, Education Code 51930-51939, the California Standards and other approved standards that may be added.

2. State Curriculum Framework

Health and nutrition education programs will be aligned with evidence-based research consistent with the expectations established in the State of California's curriculum frameworks and content standards, and will be designed to build the knowledge and skills that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and life long learning.

3. Coordinated Nutrition Education

Messages on healthy eating will be reinforced by coordinating classroom-based nutrition education with school food services and other components of the coordinated school health system.

4. Integrated Learning

Current, scientifically accurate and/or research-based health-related content will be integrated, where appropriate, in such core subjects as science, mathematics, English-language arts, history-social science, and physical education.

5. Family and Community Engagement

Instructional strategies incorporating involvement of family members to reinforce healthy physical, mental, social/emotional, behavioral and nutritional behaviors will be encouraged.

6. Student Engagement in the School Wellness System

Students will be engaged as active participants in developing, advocating for, and implementing health-related policies, programs, and services, e.g., peer health education and student participation on the School Wellness Committee.

7. Professional Staff Development

Instructional staff will be provided with ongoing professional development to support health knowledge and skills and to promote healthy behaviors.

8. Access to Health Education Curricula

Approved courses of study in Health Education (grades 9-12) will be made available for parents/guardians to access on the CVUSD website www.cv.k12.ca.us.

SECTION 2 -HEALTH SERVICES

1. Comprehensive School Health

In partnership with parents/guardians, the District will provide a comprehensive approach to the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease and disability in children and youth which may include access to health care, mental, social/emotional and behavioral health support services, and information and referrals to social services at school.

2. Equity of Health Services

CVUSD's diverse population has a wide range of health needs. The District is committed to an equitable distribution of health and wellness services and resources across all schools.

3. Program Development

Development of health-related programs will be scientifically accurate and/or research-based and data driven.

4. Program Quality Assurance

Health and wellness programs will be monitored annually for quality assurance.

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

5. Credentialed School Nursing Staff

a. All students will have daily access to a credentialed school nurse or a designated staff member who has current certification in CPR and first aid and is supervised by, and has physical or electronic access to, the school nurse.

b. The credentialed school nurses will provide comprehensive nursing services to students as needed in grades pre-kindergarten through graduation. Services may include case management, referral, prescribed treatment of students with chronic health conditions, state-mandated screenings and audits, special education assessments, health education, and health-related trainings, the assessment and evaluation of the health and developmental status of students to identify factors that may act as barriers to the learning process.

6. Qualified Health Professionals and Support Personnel will provide:

a. Preventive interventions to control communicable diseases and other health problems in the school setting.

b. Emergency care for illness or injury.

c. Training for staff to assist in an emergency including first aid training.

d. Interpretation of health and developmental assessments to parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other professionals directly concerned with the student.

e. Information to students and families regarding appropriate community resources or healthcare services.

f. Assistance to families in resolving barriers to accessing needed health care services.

g. Counseling to students and parents/guardians regarding health-related issues.

h. Consultation and resources to teachers in implementing any section of the District's health education program.

i. An up-to-date listing of school health services on the District's website www.cv.k12.ca.us.

j. Support through membership in the District's Student Wellness Committee to assist in creating, implementing and revising District practices to carry out the Student Wellness Policy.

7. Community Partners

The District will develop and maintain partnerships with community agencies to assist in providing health services on school sites. These services/events must be coordinated through the CVUSD Administration and Student Services Department. This includes one-time as well as ongoing delivery of services to students.

8. School-Based Wellness Center (SBWC)

The District is committed to increasing CVUSD student wellness and reducing the unmet need for health care services. In partnership with community-based health organizations, CVUSD may provide limited medical, mental health, and health education services for students regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Information, referrals and assistance in accessing other specialty health care providers may also be made available to students and parents/guardians.

9. Data Collection, Evaluation and Reporting

a. Data in an anonymous, aggregated form will be made available annually as part of the Health Report Card (hearing, vision, weight, height, BMI and Fitness Gram scores, etc.) for purposes of informing parents/guardians, school administrators and decision makers about the status of the student population's health.

b. Aggregated student health data will be used to identify the need for health services, analyze the effectiveness of current services, and determine the allocation of both internal and external resources for student health services.

SECTION 3 - NUTRITION SERVICES

3(a) General

1. USDA School Meals Program

The School Meals Program, funded by the USDA, will ensure that all eligible children have access to adequate nutritious food and beverages. The Nutrition Standards regulating all foods and beverages served and/or sold on school campuses are aimed at developing life-long, healthy habits/choices that reduce the risk of chronic disease.

2. Coordinating Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services will coordinate menus with seasonal and cultural celebratory events whenever possible.

3. Curriculum

All opportunities will be utilized to integrate Health and Nutrition Education into the California Standards Curriculum at each grade level (K-12), using scientifically accurate health and nutrition education content that adheres to the USDA Dietary Guidelines and evidence-based instructional strategies.

4. Nutrition Standards

All food and beverages served or sold during the school day (midnight to 30 minutes after the last class in the day) on the District's school campuses (Pre- K though Grade 12) will follow or exceed the Nutrition Standards set by federal, state and local regulation.

5. Food and Beverages Sold During and Outside the School Day.

a. The term "sold" refers to any food or beverages provided to students on school grounds in exchange for money, coupons, or vouchers. The term does not refer to food brought from home for individual consumption.

b. Food or beverages sold for fundraising on campus during the school day (midnight to 30 minutes after classes end) must meet the nutrition guidelines described in this Policy.

c. Foods that do not meet the meet the federal and state Nutrition Guidelines may be sold as fundraisers, off campus or on campus, half an hour after the school day ends until midnight.

6. Posting Information about School Menus and Nutritional Contents

All schools will share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents/guardians and students. Such information will be made available on the District's Nutrition Services website www. cv.k12.ca.us, together with the current monthly menu.

7. Drinking Water

Clean drinking water will be available for students at hygienic, well-maintained dispensers in all school cafeterias. Students may bring water from home in a capped container to prevent spills.

8. Water Stations

At least one water station will be available on each school campus to allow students to fill their own water bottles.

9. Marketing

The marketing and advertising on school campuses, in all areas accessible to students, of unhealthy food and beverages that do not meet the USDA requirements will not be allowed (see Sections 3b and 3c below).

10. Fundraising

The District will encourage all school-based organizations to use healthy, commercially-prepared food items that meet the minimal nutritional value or preferably non-food items for fundraising. All fundraising activities involving the sale of food during the school day (midnight until 30 minutes after the end of the school day) must comply with all federal and state regulations regarding child nutrition.

11. School-Sponsored Events During the School Day

Only healthy food and beverage products that are commercially wrapped and/or appropriately stored will be available at school-sponsored events. During the school day (midnight until 30 minutes beyond the end of the last class), 100% of the food and beverage items offered will meet the USDA nutrition guidelines as described below in 3b and 3c. Fruits and/or vegetables will be offered whenever feasible.

12. Rewards

The use of non-food based incentives for students is recommended at all grade levels for student accomplishments. Where food and beverage items are used as a reward for student accomplishment, the food and beverage items must meet the USDA Nutrition guidelines.

13. Celebrations During the School Day

Celebrations that involve food during the school day should be limited to no more than one party, per class, per month. Celebrations must occur after the lunch period or after second chance breakfast on a shortened days. No more than one food items at celebrations may be outside the USDA Nutrition Guidelines. They must be commercially prepared and packaged, and State Safety Standards must be followed.

14. Nut Allergies

Nut-free rooms and/or tables will be established as needed to provide a designated, safe environment for students with nut allergies.

15. Nutrition Guidelines for Child Nutrition Reimbursable Meal Programs

All school meals must meet or exceed nutrition requirements established by federal, state and local requirements. Food and beverages sold or served as part of federally reimbursed meal programs must follow the federal and state regulations using the appropriate age/grade level meal patterns.

16. Parent and Student Participation in Menu Item Choices

Compliant and affordable food items selected by students and parents/guardians through taste-testing, surveys and/or community meetings will be incorporated in school menus when feasible.

17. Meal Times

Lunch will be served at appropriate intervals from other meals/snacks in accordance with current USDA guidelines. The first nutrition break will occur after the first passing period or recess period of each day.

18. School Lunch Program

Students will be given at least 20 minutes to eat after sitting down for lunch. Lunch may be scheduled after recess in elementary schools.

19. Salad Bars

The salad bars in every school will be positioned at the beginning of the line before the point of sale so that every student automatically has access to the no-cost salad, fresh vegetables and fruit choices.

20. Civil Rights

CVUSD will prevent overt identification of low-income students and ensure that those students are not stigmatized or otherwise treated differently because they avail themselves of free and reduced-price meals and snacks.

21. Professional Development for Child Nutrition Staff

The District will provide continuing professional development for all child nutrition professionals beyond the basic skills required at the time of hiring. Staff development will include training and/or certification for food service personnel according to their various levels of responsibility, including safe food handling, nutrition education, and recognition of the signs, symptoms, and appropriate responses to severe food allergy reactions.

22. Staff Development for Noon Supervisors and Campus Patrollers

In order to maintain continuity between students' experiences of management in the classroom and the cafeteria/school yard, Noon Supervisors, and campus patrollers will receive training on positive behavioral interventions and support.

23. Professional Development for Teachers on Nutrition

A minimum of one professional development session annually on Health and Nutrition Education will be made available to all teachers on a voluntary basis.

24. Hiring School Nutrition Directors

The District will comply with the USDA Hiring Standards for New School Nutrition Program Directors.

(See School Nutrition Program Professional Standards, 7 CFR. 210.30, 235.11 (2016); USDA, Food and Nutrition Services, Professional Standards for All School Nutrition Program Employees, Summary of the Final Rule effective July 1, 2015, available here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cn/profstandards_flyer.pdf)

3(b) Nutrition Guidelines for Child Nutrition Reimbursable Meal Programs

1. Guidelines for Reimbursable School Meals

The Castro Valley Unified School District Child Nutrition will provide an assurance that the District's guidelines for reimbursable school meals will not be less restrictive than federal regulations and guidance issues pursuant to 42 USC 1758 (f)(1), 1766(a) and 1779 (a) and (b), as they apply to schools.

2. Breakfast and Lunch Meal Standards

Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will meet, at a minimum, the nutrition requirements below, established by federal, state and local regulations.

a. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will be offered daily in each meal, with a range of choices that, when practical, should be California grown, organic or pesticide/herbicide free.

b. Salad bars and/or pre-packaged salads, as well as fresh fruit shall be available at each site daily.

c. Food that is appealing and attractive to children of various ages and diverse cultural backgrounds will be offered.

d. Meals will be served in a clean and pleasant setting, where children have at least 20 minutes to eat after sitting down with their food at the meal table.

e. Only low-fat (1%) and nonfat, white milk and nutritionally-equivalent non-dairy alternatives (to be defined by the USDA) will be served at breakfast.

f. Flavored milk, nonfat or 1% white milk will be offered at lunch to all grades

g. 100% Fruit and/or vegetable juice with no added sweeteners will be offered.

h. Vegetable juice that is 100% vegetable juice, with no added sweeteners will be offered. (Education Code 49431.5)

i. Liquid items will be limited to 12 fluid ounces and not contain more than 1 portion per serving.

j. Ensure that 100% of the served grains are whole grain.

Elementary Nutritional Guidelines (Meal Pattern Requirements)

Details of the food, ingredients, quantities and nutritional values required by the USDA for both lunch and breakfast menus can be found on the following website: California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Department, Competitive Food Quick Reference Cards, available here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/compfoodsrefpub.asp.

Middle and High School Nutritional Standards

The only food that shall be sold outside the federal reimbursable meal programs during the school day (from midnight until 30 minutes after the end of the school day), must meet the requirements described in Smart Snacks in Schools 2014, as outlined in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) 2010.

(See CVUSD, Child Nutrition Website, Smart Snacks in School, available here: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=0404141758142192)

Beverages

The only beverages that shall be sold are:

a. Water, with no added sweeteners, minerals, vitamins or carbonate.

b. Milk (one-percent, or nonfat or rice milk, soy milk, or other similar nondairy milk). Students will be offered (2) milk fat content types per meal: Breakfast - nonfat or 1% white milk. Lunch - nonfat, 1% or chocolate flavored white milk.

c. Fruit juice is 100% percent fruit juice, with no added sweeteners.

d. Vegetable juice, is 100% vegetable juice with no added sweeteners.

e. All Beverages are limited to 160 calories per single serving container.

3(c) Competitive Food Guidelines

The District adopts the USDA's Smart Snacks in School as an opportunity for school food services staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community to instill students with healthy eating habits.

1. Before and After School Programs where Snacks are Provided

Snacks provided to students on campus in before or after school programs shall meet the same nutrition standards described above for foods and beverages sold during the school day. At least one fruit or vegetable will be provided. 100% of the grain products offered shall be whole grains (first item listed on the nutrition label).

2. Quick Reference Cards

See Appendix - Nutrition Services (Quick Reference Cards) for Elementary, Middle and High Schools - Food and Beverage Restrictions, CDE Nutrition Services Department, July 2014.

SECTION 4A - PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1. Curriculum

a. Schools will provide all students with the opportunity, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis through physical activity programs and physical education instruction (Grades 1-12).

b. Physical education will be taught as a planned sequential program of curricula that help students develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary for an active lifestyle. Physical Education at all grade levels will promote cooperation, fairness, healthy competition, leadership and teamwork.

c. All K-12 students, including students with disabilities and/or special health care needs and those in alternative educational settings, will receive physical education instruction as designated. (Education Code 51210, 51222, and 51223)

d. Physical Education will be integrated with the California State Standards curricula in all grades and will meet the following California State Physical Education standard of instructional minutes:

A minimum of 200 minutes for every 10 school days for students in grades 1-6.

A minimum of 400 minutes for every 10 school days for students in grades 7-12.

e. Information to prevent the use of performance enhancing supplements and drugs, together with discussion on body dysmorphic issues will be included in drug prevention curricula appropriate for grades 5-12.

f. Students will be encouraged to consume nutritious foods, non-caffeinated and sugar-free beverages as the healthy way to enhance physical performance, appearance, mood and motivation.

g. Students will be made aware of the risks to their health of ‘over exercising', e.g., weight lifting, wrestling, prolonged high impact exercises, etc.

2. Exemptions

Temporary exemptions from physical education will be limited to students with documented medical conditions by a medical provider that do not allow for inclusion in the general, modified, or adapted physical education program. (Education Code 51241)

3. High School

High school students who are exempt from two years of physical education in grades 10, 11, or 12, per local District policy, must be provided with the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical education elective courses. (Education Code 51222(b) and 51241)

High school physical education course content will include each of the following areas (5 CCR 10060):

a. Effects of physical activity on dynamic health

b. Mechanics of body movement

c. Aquatics

d. Gymnastics and tumbling

e. Individual and dual sports

f. Rhythm and dance

g. Team sports

h. Combatives (self defense)

4. Instructors

All physical education instruction is delivered by teachers who are credentialed to teach physical education or by multiple subjects credentialed classroom teachers. (Education Code 44203)

5. Class Size

Class size will be consistent with the requirements of good instruction and safety and may be subject to contract negotiation. (5 CCR 10060)

6. Fitness Tests

School districts will administer a physical fitness test annually to all students in grades five, seven, and nine during the months of February, March, April, or May. (Education Code 60800) Students will receive their individual fitness test results upon completing the test. (Education Code 60800)

7. Negative Use of Physical Activity Opportunities

In cases where student behavior is counter-productive to learning, teachers and school staff may collaborate with the District's mental/behavioral health specialists to support positive behavior interventions, i.e., District-wide positive behavioral intervention and support system. Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, push-ups), or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education), as punishment. (Education Code 49001)

8. Reporting

See Section 9 Monitoring and Evaluation (Page 23) for details.

a. The Wellness Committee will annually report adherence to the California K­12 Physical Fitness Test.

b. Analysis of the compliance with Title 9 (20 U.S.C. 1681-1688) will be included in the monitoring and evaluation protocol for the Student Wellness Policy.

9. Parental/Guardian Access to Physical Education Curricula and Expectations

The Physical Education standards (grades 1-12) will be made accessible to parents and guardians on the District website www.cv.k12.ca.us.

SECTION 4B - PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity programs will provide participants with structured activity (games, walking program, dance, sports, etc.), unstructured activity (recess and free play), or opportunities to participate in physical activity in the daily routine (walk-to-school programs, etc.).

1. Daily Recess

All elementary school students should have at least 20 minutes per day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage moderate-to-vigorous physical activity including the provision of space and equipment.

2. Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom

Schools will strive to include physical activity in the classroom learning environment to avoid extended periods of inactivity. For example, when activities such as mandatory school-wide testing necessitate that students remain indoors for long periods of time, students should be given periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.

3. Opportunities for Physical Activity Before and After School

a. All elementary, middle, and high schools should offer extracurricular physical activity programs such as physical activity clubs, intramural sports, and special events that focus on physical activity. High schools and middle schools will offer interscholastic sports programs, as appropriate.

b. Schools will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students including students with disabilities and students with special healthcare needs.

c. After-school child care and after-school enrichment programs should provide and encourage daily periods of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for all participants including the provision of space and equipment.

4. Safe Routes to School

The District will collaborate with local public works, public safety, and/or police and sheriff's departments to achieve and improve safe routes for walking and biking to school.

(cf. BP 5142.2 ­ Safe Routes to School Program)

5. Joint Use

The Board may enter into a joint use agreement to make District facilities or grounds available for recreational or sports activities outside the school day and/or to use community facilities to expand students' access to opportunities for physical activity.

(cf. BP 1330.1 ­ Joint Use Agreements)

(cf. BP 6142.7; AR 6142.7 ­ Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. BP 6145; AR 6145 ­ Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities)

(cf. BP 6145.2; AR 6145.2 ­ Athletic Competition)

SECTION 5 - HEALTHY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

CVUSD makes the following commitments:

a. We will treat one another with mutual respect and we will intervene appropriately when we see behaviors or hear remarks that are offensive to our school community.

b. We will use inclusive, culturally responsive instructional practices in our classrooms and school community with respect for individual differences.

c. We will ensure that all students have access to and support in rigorous and advanced classes, offering high quality first instruction.

d. We will analyze data frequently to monitor and support the success of our students.

e. We will provide academic, social and emotional support systems to all students to promote growth towards independence.

f. We will fully engage parents/guardians and families in our practices and in our schools.

A. Social/Emotional School Climate

1. Non-Discrimination

The District will provide an orderly, caring, and non-discriminatory learning environment in which all students can feel comfortable and take pride in their school and their achievements.

2. Equality

The District will ensure that staff teaches the meaning of equality, human dignity, and mutual respect, and employs learning strategies that foster positive interactions in the classroom among students from diverse backgrounds.

3. Positive School Culture

Positive school culture will be promoted, created and maintained through practices that proactively teach behavioral expectations, build positive relationships, promote school pride and recognize and reward positive behavior and behavioral improvement, e.g., Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).

4. Student Representation

Students will have opportunities to voice their concerns about school policies and practices and to share responsibility for solving problems that affect their school.

5. Bullying

District policy (BP 5131.2; AR 5131.2) prohibiting bullying of any type will be fully implemented and monitored, using educational, restorative justice, and disciplinary approaches to bullying incidents as appropriate. Bullying prevention measures will be fully implemented as per CVUSD Bullying Prevention available here: http://www.cv.k12.ca.us/district/educational-services/student-services/bullying.

6. Corrective Action

Appropriate corrective action such as education, counseling, restorative justice (a cooperative process aimed at repairing the harm caused by antisocial behaviors) will be implemented before suspension and expulsion are utilized, unless the seriousness of the incident warrants the student's immediate removal from the school campus.

7. Student Support

Tiered systems of student support will be created and effectively implemented at all school sites. The system will allow for proactive identification of students' needs for support in mental, social/emotional, behavioral and academic areas. These systems will be understood and utilized by all school-based employees as well as students and families (parents/guardians).

8. Social and Behavioral Health

All schools will implement and fully support programs incorporated in curricula K-12, focused on social/emotional learning (e.g., Second Step, The 40 Essential Developmental Assets, etc.).

9. Effects of Trauma on Students

All staff will have the opportunity to participate in professional development training to sensitize them to respond appropriately to the social/emotional needs of children who have been traumatized.

10. Staff Training

All District teachers, administrators and support staff will receive training and guidance in school-based practices that develop and support social, emotional and behavioral health, particularly in cases where students are suffering the effects of trauma.

11. Child Abuse

The District recognizes the negative impact of abuse on student wellness, and affirms the right of every child to live free of physical and emotional abuse, including neglect and assault. The District has the legal obligation to protect students by facilitating the prompt reporting of known and suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect. Education Code 44691 and Penal Code 1164 et seq.

12. School Safety Data

Data on student, staff and parent/guardian perceptions of school safety and climate as well as student behavior will be regularly collected and analyzed for adjustment and the improvement of practices.

13. Crisis Response Plan

A Crisis Response Plan for all District schools will be maintained and reviewed annually and put into action when necessary. Students and parents/guardians will be made aware of the post crisis services available.

14. Emergency Preparedness

All staff and students will engage in regular emergency response drills and training. Emergency supplies will be inventoried and updated annually.

B. Healthy Physical Environment

1. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards

All District facilities will be ADA compliant in accordance with the CVUSD Facilities Master Plan.

2. Sanitation

The District will meet safety and sanitation requirements as outlined in current USDA guidelines. Students and staff should have access to hand washing or sanitizing before eating any school meal or snack.

3. Drinking Water

a. Students will be allowed to have access to family-provided or student-owned water bottles.

b. Cool, potable water will be available on campuses for students to fill their water bottles as needed.

c. Regular cleaning and maintenance will be performed on all water fountains and water stations to insure that they remain sanitary and operable.

4. Marketing

The marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages through signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school publications, coupon or incentive programs, free giveaways, or other means will not be allowed.

(cf. BP 1325; AR 1325 ­ Advertising and Promotion)

5. Student Wellness Policy Posting

A copy of the Student Wellness BP 5030 and AR 5030will be posted at all times in each of the school cafeterias and the District Administration offices at 4400 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley.

SECTION 6 - HEALTH PROMOTION FOR STAFF

1. Personal Healthcare

Personal healthcare opportunities will be recognized and encouraged for District staff within the constraints of the budget and the availability of time.

2. Physical Activity for Staff

The School/District will plan, establish, and implement activities to promote physical activity among staff and will provide staff with convenient opportunities to engage in regular physical activity.

3. Role Modeling

The Superintendent or designee will encourage all staff to serve as positive role models for mental, social, emotional and behavioral health and physical fitness.

(cf. 4131 ­ Staff Development; 4231 ­ Staff Development)

4. Access to School Facilities for Physical Activity Before and After School.

In order to increase staff's opportunities to engage in physical activities that enhance their physical and mental wellbeing, school sites will be urged and supported to develop opportunities agreed upon by staff for before and after school physical activities. School administrators will be informed of the use of facilities and equipment for such staff activities.

5. Discounted Health Club Memberships

Efforts will be made on behalf of the District staff to procure discount memberships at local gyms and wellness centers.

6. Staff Mental and Social/Emotional Health

Resources regarding personal health care, including stress management and its effects on mental, social/emotional health, and physical wellness may be made available to staff through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

SECTION 7 - COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES

1. Evidence-Based Prevention Programs

Primary prevention and early intervention are the best means to provide for the long term mental, social/emotional, behavioral health and success of students. The District will allocate resources to develop and maintain evidence-based primary prevention programs geared towards promoting proactive, social/emotional, and behavioral health.

2. Assessment

The District services provided will include assessment and/or counseling related to: developmental norms, psychological/social needs, mental health status, substance use and abuse, behavioral adjustment, social problems and crisis intervention, as determined by site Student Success Teams (SST), Coordination of Services Teams (COST), or Individual Educational Plan (IEP) teams as appropriate.

3. Counseling

A comprehensive counseling program will be developed and maintained that focuses on providing culturally and linguistically responsive, direct and indirect services that promote and support academic achievement by students.

Comprehensive counseling includes services in two areas:

a. Academic guidance/career planning

b. Mental health counseling/crisis intervention

4. Integration with Local Providers

The District will collaborate with local and state behavioral mental health service providers and community-based providers in order to offer integrated services at or near District schools.

5. Implementation of the Student Wellness Policy

District administrators and site leads will work to align school practices with the Student Wellness Policy.

SECTION 8 - FAMILY/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

1. Parent/Guardian Engagement in Decision-Making

The District recognizes the importance of empowering and supporting parents/guardians and community input in the development, implementation, and monitoring of school policy. Opportunities are available for parents/guardians and community members to be active members of groups such as: Superintendent's Parent Council, Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC), English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC)/School Site Councils (SSC), the District Wellness Committee, LCAP Advisory Board and other committees. For more information see the District website www.cv.k12.ca.us.

2. Support for the Student Wellness Policy

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to become informed about the Student Wellness Policy www.cv.k12.ca.us and partner with the school to ensure that students make healthy choices for recreation, social activities, food and beverages, at home and beyond.

3. Incorporation of Home and Family in Classroom Learning

Every attempt will be made to help students integrate knowledge and skills both at home and school by recognizing and connecting learning in the classroom with experiences at home with family.

4. Nutritional Snacks and Beverages for Classroom Events

Parents/Guardians are required to follow the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutritional content when selecting any snacks or beverages that they may donate or send to school for occasional class parties and special events.

(See CVUSD, Child Nutrition Website, Smart Snacks in School, available here: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=0404141758142192)

5. Consistent Health Messages Between Home and School

Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to emphasize with their child(ren) the relationship between all aspects of health and academic performance and address the need to make consistently healthy choices at home as well as at school.

6. Nutritious Snacks and Lunches sent from Home

The choice of healthy snacks and lunches brought from home provides parents/guardians with an opportunity to join with the school in sending a powerful message to students that what they eat and drink contributes to their health and ability to be successful at school.

7. Community Health Fairs

The District will take advantage of participation in health and wellness fairs/fitness events both on and off school campuses to inform and showcase the efforts and outcomes of the CVUSD Student Wellness Policy.

8. Opportunities to Learn about Health and Wellness

CVUSD, in conjunction with Castro Valley Adult and Career Education and local healthcare experts and providers, will make available a variety of health and wellness related workshops, classes, and information forums for the District's parents/guardians and families, including but not be limited to: mental, social/emotional health, physical health and activity, healthy nutrition and beverage choices.

9. Understanding Electronic Communication Safety

The District will provide workshops and forums to help parents/guardians to stay abreast of the evolving electronic communication opportunities and platforms that are commonly accessed by their children in order to maintain their safety.

10. Shared Use of Green Space Owned by the District for Recreation

CVUSD will continue to maintain an open gate policy on weeknights and weekends during normal daily hours until 10 p.m., when there is no conflict with school-sponsored activities, in order that the District's youth, parents/guardians and families can access the available fenced, green space around schools for physical activity and recreational purposes.

11. Joint Use of District Facilities

Access to, and the organized use of, certain school facilities and equipment by parents/guardians and community members will be encouraged for community health, learning and enrichment purposes.

(See CVUSD Facilities Use/Rental policies available here: http://www.cv.k12.ca.us/district/business-services/facilities-use-and-rental)

12. Communication of Health-Related Issues

CVUSD School Wellness Committee is tasked with the development and maintenance of a communication infrastructure that increases awareness about individual and collective health issues by disseminating information on health-related programs, events, initiatives and successes.

The initial guidelines for the Health Communication Infrastructure are:

a. Inclusion of all relevant organized groups including students, parents, guardians, health care providers, staff, administrators, trustees, local media, etc.

b. The identification at each school of an individual who is responsible for communicating both school-specific and District-wide health-related information.

c. Use of the most appropriate means of communication according to the desired outcome, i.e., texting, e-mail, Twitter, voice mail, flyers, posters, banners, public service announcements, local news media, health tip line, etc.

d. Communication that includes parents/guardians will be considered for translation in all modalities.

SECTION 9 - IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION

1. Implementation of the Student Wellness Policy

The Student Wellness Committee will develop and maintain a plan for implementing the Student Wellness Policy and measuring the impact of the policy on student health.

The implementation and evaluation plan will include:

a. A list of the measurable and reportable health indicators using existing, de-personalized data to be used by the District.

b. Training for teachers and staff on the CVUSD Student Wellness Policy and reporting measures.

c. A statement of the budget for wellness policy implementation and practices.

d. Protocols to ensure regular updating and necessary revisions of the Wellness Policy, in order to maintain compliance and readiness for federal and state audits.

2. Student Wellness Committee (SWC)

The Student Wellness Committee will include at least one representative from each of the following: parents from high/middle/elementary schools, students, school/District administrators, school and community-based healthcare providers, school board members, classified and certificated District staff employees.

3. Student Wellness Committee Responsibilities

The Student Wellness Committee chaired by the Superintendent or their designee, will meet at least three times a year to evaluate the efficacy of the policy and collaborate on how to best continue to implement and sustain the District's student wellness goals embodied in the Board of Trustees' Policy Statements BP 5030.

4. Annual Student Wellness Report

An annual CVUSD Health Report Card developed by the Student Wellness Executive Committee, and approved by the Board of Trustees, will be made available to parents/guardians, students and staff on the District website www.cv.k12.ca.us using existing, aggregated data to indicate the general health status of the District's students based on the eight components of the Student Wellness Policy.

(See California Department of Public Health, School Health Connections, available here: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/schoolhealth/Pages/default.aspx)

5. Monitoring

The District Superintendent or designee will designate at least one person at each school to be charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that their school site implements the adopted local wellness policy, and that practices in the school are in alignment with Administrative Regulation 5030 - Wellness.

6. Public Posting of Regulations

Each school will post the District's policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas. (Education Code 49432)

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENTS

Non Discrimination Statement

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), November 6, 2015

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Short Version

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Please remember that the Nondiscrimination Statement cannot be modified. The short version of the statement can only be used on documents such as brochures, flyers, and pamphlets because they are by nature one-page documents.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Shirley Rhodes by phone at 916-323-8521 or 800-952-5609, Option 2, or by e-mail at srhodes@cde.ca.gov.

PLEASE SEE DISTRICT MATERIAL IN DISTRICT OFFICE

FOR

AR 5030 SECTION ENTITLED

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Regulation CASTRO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: October 12, 2017 Castro Valley, California