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Lakeside USD (hereto referred to as the district) is committed to the optimal development of every student. The district believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success, we need to create positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year.

Research shows that two components, good nutrition and physical activity before, during, and after the school day, are strongly correlated with positive student outcomes. Conversely, less-than-adequate consumption of specific foods including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, is associated with lower grades among students. In addition, students who are physically active through active transport to and from school, recess, physical activity breaks, high-quality physical education, and extracurricular activities - do better academically.

This policy outlines the district's approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing commercial distractions. Specifically, this policy establishes goals and procedures to ensure that:

* Students in the district have access to healthy foods throughout the school day¬óboth through reimbursable school meals and other foods available throughout the school campus¬óin accordance with Federal and state nutrition standards;

* The district recognizes the importance of developing policies in line with the most currently available scientific data and research

* Students receive quality nutrition and physical education that helps them develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors;

* Students have opportunities to be physically active before, during, and after school;

* Schools engage in nutrition and physical activity promotion and other activities that promote student wellness;

* School staff are encouraged and supported to practice healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors in and out of school;

* The community is engaged in supporting the work of the district in creating continuity between school and other settings for students and staff to practice lifelong healthy habits; and

* The district establishes and maintains an infrastructure for management, oversight, implementation, communication about, and monitoring of the policy and its established goals and objectives.

* This policy applies to all students, staff, and schools in the district.

I. School Wellness Committee

Committee Role and Membership

The district will convene a representative district wellness committee that meets at least four times per year to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation, and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy (heretofore referred as "wellness policy").

The DWC membership will represent all school levels (elementary and secondary schools) and include (to the extent possible), but not be limited to: parents/guardians and caregivers; students; representatives of the school nutrition program; physical education teachers; health education teachers; school health professionals; school administrators; school board members; health professionals; and the general public. To the extent possible, the DWC will include representatives from each school building and reflect the diversity of the community.


The Superintendent or designee(s) will convene the DWC and facilitate development of and updates to the wellness policy, and will ensure each school's compliance with the policy.

II. Wellness Policy Implementation, Monitoring, Accountability, and Community Engagement

Implementation Plan

The district will develop and maintain a plan for implementation to manage and coordinate the execution of this wellness policy. The plan delineates roles, responsibilities, actions, and timelines specific to each school, and includes information about who will be responsible to make what change, by how much, where, and when, as well as specific goals and objectives for nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available on the school campus, food and beverage marketing, nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, physical education, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness.

This wellness policy and the progress reports can be found at the Lakeside Union School District web site and at each school location.


The district will retain records to document compliance with the requirements of the wellness policy. Documentation maintained in this location will include but will not be limited to:

* The written wellness policy;

* Documentation demonstrating compliance with community involvement requirements, including (1) Efforts to actively solicit DWC membership from the required stakeholder groups; and (2) These groups' participation in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy;

* Documentation of annual policy progress reports for each school under its jurisdiction;

* Documentation demonstrating compliance with public notification requirements, including: (1) Methods by which the wellness policy, annual progress reports, and triennial assessments are made available to the public; and (2) Efforts to actively notify families about the availability of wellness policy.

Annual Progress Reports

The district will compile and publish an annual report to share basic information about the wellness policy and report on the progress of the schools within the district in meeting wellness goals. This annual report will be published around the same time each year, and will include information from each school within the district. This report will include, but is not limited to:

* The website address for the wellness policy and/or how the public can receive/access a copy of the wellness policy;

* A description of each school's progress in meeting the wellness policy goals;

* A summary of each school's events or activities related to wellness policy implementation;

* The name, position title, and contact information of the designated district policy leader(s) identified in Section I; and

* Information on how individuals and the public can get involved with the DWC or SWC.

The district will actively notify households/families of the availability of the annual report. The DWC will establish and monitor goals and objectives for the district's schools, specific and appropriate for each instructional unit.

Revisions and Updating the Policy

The DWC will update or modify the wellness policy based on the results of the annual progress reports and/or as district priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; new health science, information, and technology emerges; and new Federal or state guidance or standards are issued.

Community Involvement, Outreach, and Communications

The district is committed to being responsive to community input, which begins with awareness of the wellness policy. The district will actively communicate ways in which representatives of DWC and others can participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy through a variety of means appropriate for that district. The district will also inform parents/guardians of the improvements that have been made to school meals and compliance with school meal standards, availability of child nutrition programs and how to apply, and a description of and compliance with Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. The district will use electronic mechanisms, such as email or displaying notices on the district's website, as well as non-electronic mechanisms, such as newsletters, presentations to parents/guardians, or sending information home to parents/guardians, to ensure that all families are actively notified of the content of, implementation of, and updates to the wellness policy, as well as how to get involved and support the policy. The district will ensure that communications are culturally and linguistically appropriate to the community, and accomplished through means similar to other ways that the district and individual schools are communicating other important school information with parents/guardians.

The district will actively notify the public about the content of or any updates to the wellness policy annually.

III. Nutrition

School Meals

Our school district is committed to serving healthy meals to children, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk; moderate in sodium, low in saturated fat, and zero grams trans fat per serving (nutrition label or manufacturer's specification); and to meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. The school meal programs aim to improve the diet and health of school children, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns, and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs.

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. He/she also shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as a reward for students' academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.

School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district's nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period when possible.

All schools within the district participate in USDA child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and any other available programs for which it is eligible. All schools within the district are committed to offering school meals through the NSLP and SBP programs, and other applicable Federal child nutrition programs, that:

* Are accessible to all students;

* Are appealing and attractive to children;

* Are served in clean and pleasant settings;

* Meet or exceed current nutrition requirements established by local, state, and Federal statutes and regulations.

* Promote healthy food and beverage choices

Schools are encouraged to provide at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast and at least 20 minutes to eat lunch, counting from the time they have received their meal and are seated. Students are served lunch at a reasonable and appropriate time of day.


To promote hydration, free, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all students throughout the school day and throughout every school campus. The district will make drinking water available where school meals are served during mealtimes.

Foods Not Intended for Consumption at School: Competitive Foods and Beverages, Celebrations and Rewards

The district is committed to ensuring that all foods and beverages available to students on the school campus during the school day and up to 30 minutes after the end of the school day support healthy eating and reflect the district's commitment to state and federal nutrition standards. The district intends that students with medical and conditions and allergies are not put at risk and that the district is allied with parents/guardians in feeding children in a healthy way.

1. Students or adults selling food during the school day should have received training and be provided with resources to be able to determine whether the items are intended for consumption during the school day. All such sales must comply with state or local health department requirements.

2. Classroom parties and celebrations should not be held during school meal periods.

3. Students or adults providing food for parties and celebrations should be aware that foods that comply with the USDA and California state nutrition standards are the most appropriate for a school setting.

4. Students or adults providing food as a reward should be aware that foods that comply with the USDA and California state nutrition standards are the most appropriate for a school setting.

5. Food and beverages should not be withheld as a punishment.

6. The principal may determine any special circumstances in which non-compliant foods should be made available to students during the school day. These should be limited to infrequent events.


Many extracurricular programs rely on fundraisers to support their activities. Fundraising may take place following these guidelines

1. Foods and beverages that meet or exceed the USDA and California state nutrition standards may be sold through fundraisers on the school campus during the school day and up to 30 minutes after the end of the school day.

2. Foods and beverages that do not meet the USDA and California state nutrition standards may be sold during beginning 30 minutes after the end of the school day, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.

3. Orders for foods and beverages that do not meet the USDA and California state nutrition standards may be taken at school as long as they are not intended to be consumed on campus during school hours.

4. Foods and beverages that have been purchased through a fundraiser may be delivered on the school campus during the school day if they are not intended to be consumed on campus during school hours.

Nutrition Promotion

Nutrition promotion and education positively influence lifelong eating behaviors by using evidence-based techniques and nutrition messages, and by creating food environments that encourage healthy nutrition choices and encourage participation in school meal programs. Students and staff will receive consistent nutrition messages throughout schools, classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. Nutrition promotion also includes marketing and advertising nutritious foods and beverages to students and is most effective when implemented consistently through a comprehensive and multi-channel approach by school staff and teachers, parents/guardians, students, and the community.

The district will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all students throughout the school campus, as well as encourage participation in school meal programs.

Nutrition Education

The district aims to teach, model, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:

* Is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;

* Is part of not only health education classes, but also integrated into other classroom instruction through subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;

* Include enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, and participatory activities;

* Promote fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, and healthy food preparation methods;

* Emphasize caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (promotes physical activity/exercise);

* Link with school meal programs, cafeteria nutrition promotion activities, school gardens, Farm to School programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;

* Teach media literacy with an emphasis on food and beverage marketing; and

* Include nutrition education training for teachers and other staff.

Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools

The district is committed to providing a school environment that ensures opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing commercial distractions. The district strives to teach students how to make informed choices about nutrition, health, and physical activity. These efforts will be weakened if students are subjected to advertising on district property that contains messages inconsistent with the health information the district is imparting through nutrition education and health promotion efforts. It is the intent of the district to protect and promote student's health by permitting advertising and marketing for only those foods and beverages that are permitted to be sold on the school campus, consistent with the district's wellness policy.

Any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA and California state school nutrition standards Fundraisers that are held off-site and outside of school hours may be advertised.

Food advertising and marketing is defined as an oral, written, or graphic statements made for the purpose of promoting the sale of a food or beverage product made by the producer, manufacturer, seller, or any other entity with a commercial interest in the product. This term includes, but is not limited to the following:

* Brand names, trademarks, logos or tags, except when placed on a physically present food or beverage product or its container.

* Displays, such as on vending machine exteriors.

* Corporate brand, logo, name, or trademark on school equipment, such as marquees, message boards, scoreboards, or backboards

* Corporate brand, logo, name, or trademark on cups used for beverage dispensing, menu boards, coolers, trash cans, and other food service equipment; as well as on posters, book covers, student assignment books, or school supplies displayed, distributed, offered, or sold by the district.

* Advertisements in school publications or school mailings.

* Free product samples, taste tests, or coupons of a product, or free samples displaying advertising of a product.

IV. Physical Activity

Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes of physical activity every day. A substantial percentage of students' physical activity can be provided through a comprehensive, school-based physical activity program (CSPAP) that includes these components: physical education, recess, classroom-based physical activity, walk and bicycle to school, and out-of- school time activities and the district is committed to providing these opportunities. Schools will ensure that these varied opportunities are in addition to, and not as a substitute for, physical education.

To the extent practicable, the district will ensure that its grounds and facilities are safe and that equipment is available to students to be active. The district will conduct necessary inspections and repairs.

Physical Education

The district will provide students with physical education, using an age-appropriate, sequential physical education curriculum consistent with national and state standards for physical education. The physical education curriculum will promote the benefits of a physically active lifestyle and will help students develop skills to engage in lifelong healthy habits, as well as incorporate essential health education concepts.

All students will be provided equal opportunity to participate in physical education classes. The district will make appropriate accommodations to allow for equitable participation for all students and will adapt physical education classes and equipment as necessary.

All district elementary students in each grade will receive physical education for at least 60-89 minutes per week throughout the school year. All district secondary students are required to take the equivalent of one academic year of physical education.

Recess (Elementary)

The district recognizes that recess provides a necessary break in the day for optimizing children's development and that cognitive processing and academic performance depend on regular breaks from concentrated class work.

All elementary schools will offer no less than 15 minutes of recess on all or most days during the school year. This policy may be waived on early dismissal or late arrival days.

Outdoor recess will be offered when weather is feasible for outdoor play. In the event that the school or district must conduct indoor recess, teachers and staff will follow the indoor recess guidelines that promote physical activity for students, to the extent practicable. Recess will complement, not substitute, physical education class. Recess monitors or teachers will encourage students to be active, and will serve as role models by being physically active alongside the students whenever feasible.

Withholding recess as a punishment is not appropriate.

Active Academics

Teachers will incorporate movement and kinesthetic learning approaches into "core" subject instruction when possible (e.g., science, math, language arts, social studies, and others) and do their part to limit sedentary behavior during the school day. The district will support classroom teachers incorporating physical activity and employing kinesthetic learning approaches into core subjects. Teachers will serve as role models by being physically active alongside the students whenever feasible.

Before and After School Activities

The district offers opportunities for students to participate in physical activity either before and/or after the school day (or both) through a variety of methods. The district will encourage students to be physically active before and after school.

Active Transport

The district will support active transport to and from school, such as walking or biking.

V. Other Activities that Promote Student Wellness

The district will integrate wellness activities across the entire school setting, not just in the cafeteria, other food and beverage venues, and physical activity facilities. The district will coordinate and integrate other initiatives related to physical activity, physical education, nutrition, and other wellness components so all efforts are complementary, not duplicative, and work towards the same set of goals and objectives promoting student well-being, optimal development, and strong educational outcomes.

Community Partnerships

The district will develop, enhance or continue relationships with community partners in support of this wellness policy's implementation. Existing and new community partnerships and sponsorships will be evaluated to ensure that they are consistent with the wellness policy and its goals.

Community Health Promotion and Engagement

The district will promote to parents parents/guardians/caregivers, families, and the general community the benefits of and approaches for healthy eating and physical activity throughout the school year. Families will be informed and invited to participate in school-sponsored activities and will receive information about health promotion efforts.

Professional Learning

When feasible, the district will offer annual professional learning opportunities and resources for staff to increase knowledge and skills about promoting healthy behaviors in the classroom and school (e.g., increasing the use of kinesthetic teaching approaches or incorporating nutrition lessons into math class). Professional learning will help district staff understand the connections between academics and health and the ways in which health and wellness are integrated into ongoing district reform or academic improvement plans/efforts.

Legal Reference:


33350-33354 CDE responsibilities re: physical education

49430-49436 Student Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001

49490-49494 School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505 School meals

49510-49520 Nutrition

49530-49536 Child Nutrition Act

49540-49546 Child care food program

49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services

49550-49561 Meals for needy students

49565-49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program

49570 National School Lunch Act

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51222 Physical education

51223 Physical education, elementary schools

51795-51796.5 School instructional gardens

51880-51921 Comprehensive health education


15500-15501 Food sales by student organizations

15510 Mandatory meals for needy students

15530-15535 Nutrition education

15550-15565 School lunch and breakfast programs


1751-1769 National School Lunch Program, especially:

1758b Local wellness policy

1771-1791 Child Nutrition Act, including:

1773 School Breakfast Program

1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act


210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program

220.1-220.21 National School Breakfast Program


Frazer v. Dixon Unified School District, (1993) 18 Cal.App.4th 781

Management Resources:


Building Healthy Communities: A School Leader's Guide to Collaboration and Community Engagement, 2009

Safe Routes to School: Program and Policy Strategies for School Districts, Policy Brief, 2009

Monitoring for Success: Student Wellness Policy Implementation Monitoring Report and Guide, 2007

Nutrition Standards for Schools: Implications for Student Wellness, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

Physical Education and California Schools, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. April 2006

School-Based Marketing of Foods and Beverages: Policy Implications for School Boards, Policy Brief, March 2006


Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2009

Healthy Children Ready to Learn: A White Paper on Health, Nutrition, and Physical Education, January 2005

Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003


Policy in Action: A Guide to Implementing Your Local School Wellness Policy, October 2006


Changing Lives, Saving Lives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs, March 2010


School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide, 2005


Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000


Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

Changing the Scene, Improving the School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action, 2000



Action for Healthy Kids:

California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division:

California Department of Public Health:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition):

California School Nutrition Association:

Center for Collaborative Solutions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Dairy Council of California:

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity:

National Association of State Boards of Education:

National School Boards Association:

School Nutrition Association:

Society for Nutrition Education:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Nutrition Service, wellness policy:


adopted: September 17, 2012 Lakeside, California

revised: September 10, 2015