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San Carlos ESD |  AR  5030  Students

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It is the intent of the Board that Principals will review these Administrative Regulations with staff and parents annually in order to ensure compliance with the policy.

I. Nutrition Guidelines for Foods and Beverages Sold and Offered on Campus During the School Year

A. School Lunches

1. These Administrative Regulations are not intended to define, regulate or restrict what parents pack for their students' lunches.

2. Meals served through the National School Lunch Program will meet at a minimum nutrition requirements established by the district, state and federal statutes and regulations.

Only qualified nutrition vendors will serve school meal programs. The vendor must meet the federal regulations for school nutrition programs and all applicable statutes and nutrition and food safety guidelines.

3. Meals will be served in a clean and safe environment.

4. Lunch times will be scheduled at appropriate meal times.

5. Students shall have at least 15 minutes to eat after sitting down for lunch.

6. Students will be provided access to free fresh drinking water in food service and play areas.

B. Food Safety

1. Students will be educated about the importance of washing their hands frequently for general health purposes and encouraged to wash their hands prior to meals.

2. Given concerns regarding food allergies and other dietary restrictions, students should be discouraged from sharing food and beverages with other students. Schools will maintain a nut free table (or space) in the eating area during meal times. The table will be clearly identifiable to students and adults. (BP 5141.27)

C. Food and Beverages Sold/Served Outside the School Lunch Program

1. Except as outlined below (section D), food and beverages sold/served outside the school lunch program including through student stores and snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs must meet the federal regulations for school nutrition programs and all applicable statutes and State and Federal nutrition guidelines.

a. Snacks will make a positive contribution to children's diets and health.

b. Foods offered to students during the school day shall be consistent with the goals of this policy.

c. In all situations, BP 5141.27 will be followed ensuring that allergy and food restrictions are taken in to consideration.

D. School Day Celebrations, Parties, Rewards, Fundraisers

1. Schools will not use food or beverages as rewards for academic performance, good behavior or as an incentive for participation in activities. Schools will not withhold food or beverages as punishment.

2. School staffs and grade level teams will review lists of suggested alternatives for non-food reward ideas and will work together to develop lists that are appropriate for their site/grade.

3. The district recognizes that, on occasion, there may be classroom or school-wide celebrations or special events. As a general rule, food and drink provided to students by teachers, students, parents or other staff during the school day should be nutritious and healthy.

4. Occasional treats are acceptable and school staffs will work together to determine how celebrations will be handled at their site. Parents will be informed of the school preferences for these events. In all situations, allergy and food restrictions will be taken in to consideration for each class. Teachers will inform parents if there are children in their class with food allergies. (BP 5141.27)

5. Whenever possible, parties and celebrations will be held after the lunch hour.

6. School fundraisers will not involve the sale of candy, soda, cookies or other sweets as the sole means of raising funds.

II. Physical Activity

A. Integrating Physical Activity in to the Learning Environment

1. Opportunities will be made available for physical activity beyond physical education classes. Classroom activities will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and reduce time spent on sedentary activities.

2. School personnel will not use or withhold physical activity for punishment.

B. Daily Physical Education

1. The goal of the physical education program is to encourage students to pursue life-long fitness.

2. All students in grades K-8, including students with disabilities, special health care needs and in alternative settings will receive physical education as prescribed in the California Education Code and consistent with California Physical Education standards as follows:

a. Grades K-6: Daily physical education or the equivalent of 200 minutes for each 10 days.

b. Grades 7-8: Daily physical education or the equivalent of 400 minutes for each 10 days.

C. Daily Recess

1. At the elementary level, students will have supervised recess play every day.

2. Schools shall encourage students grades K-8 to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity through the provision of space and equipment.

D. Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School

1. Additional opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity will be provided through school athletic programs, extra-curricular programs, and before and after school programs. A range of activities will be offered to meet the needs of all students, regardless of gender and any physical disability or health care needs.

2. The District will continue to foster positive relationships with community partners such as the Park and Recreation, softball and baseball leagues, soccer and basketball leagues in order to encourage students to participate in physical activities outside of school.

III. Health and Wellness Education

A. Nutrition Education and Promotion

1. The San Carlos School District encourages and supports students' healthful eating choices. Schools will make every effort to provide children with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health and to make nutritionally sound decisions about eating.

2. The District will maintain an online resource library for parents that includes Nutrition and other Wellness topics.

3. Principals will review the Wellness Policy and Administrative Regulations annually with staff and parents and will communicate with parents how the policy is implemented at individual sites.

B. Physical Wellness

Students will demonstrate ways in which they can enhance and maintain their health and well being through physical education activities that are aligned to the California Physical Education Standards.

C. Social/Emotional Wellness

1. Each school will provide a positive school climate that fosters an appreciation of diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, class, culture, language, size, age and other physical factors. Students will learn to respect the differences of others and how to build positive interpersonal relationships.

2. Each school will provide guidance and support to students, including counseling services, as well as links to appropriate school and community resources.

3. School administrators will work with teachers, parents and students to increase awareness of the importance of balance of academics, athletics and recreation while educating these stakeholders on the stressors that may interfere with the development of healthy bodies and minds.


approved: January 16, 2014 San Carlos, California