Wellness Policy

  • IHAMD - LRSD Board Policy
    Published by jackbgarvey on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 14:37


    Wellness Policy

    The Board of Education is committed to creating a healthy school environment that
    enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices that promote healthy eating
    and physical activities that support student achievement.

    To improve the school nutrition environment, promote student health, and reduce
    childhood obesity, the District will adhere to the Arkansas rules governing Nutrition and
    Physical Activity Standards. The District will employ a District Coordinator of Health
    Services who will work in conjunction with the Little Rock School District Administration
    to ensure policy fulfillment. The implementation of this policy will include regulations
    IHAMD-R that include specific guidelines in the areas of nutrition education, nutrition
    standards and physical activity.

    Adopted: January 25, 2007

    Legal References: A.C.A. 20-17-133,134 and 135
    Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act 4

Wellness Policy Regulations

  • IHAMD-R LRSD Board Policy
    Published by jackbgarvey on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 14:12



     Wellness Policy Regulations

    In support of effective implementation of the District’s Wellness Policy, IHAMD, the following standards and guidelines will be followed.


    Nutrition Education

    Implement a grade appropriate nutrition education program that will develop an awareness of and appreciation for nutrition and education
    Follow the Arkansas Physical Education and Health Curriculum Frameworks (2005) in grades K-8 and the Health and Safety Curriculum Frameworks (2005) in grades 9-12
    ·         Provide professional development to all staff on the topics of nutrition and physical activity with specific monthly training for the Child Nutrition assistants. 


    Nutrition Standards

    Ensure that reimbursable school meals and a la carte foods served in the cafeteria meet or exceed the program requirements and nutrition standards in federal and state regulations.  These include but are not limited to the following:
    o   Offer 1% or fat-free milk

    o   Offer fruits and/or vegetables at all points of service, preferably fresh, with frozen and canned fruit packed in natural juice, water or light syrup

    o   Limit french fries/fried potatoes to once a week in elementary schools with a maximum ¾ cup serving

    o   Limit french fries/fried potatoes serving size in middle and junior high schools to 1cup and high schools to 1 ½ cups

    o   Limit the number of fried foods at each meal to one item out of every six food items in middle, junior high and high schools

    o   Prohibit the sale or distribution of extra dessert, french fries and/or ice cream in elementary schools

    ·         Provide students with ample time to eat their meals in pleasant cafeteria/dining area

    ·         Establish class schedules and bus routes that do not directly or indirectly restrict meal access

    ·         Eliminate vended food and beverages from student access in elementary schools anytime, anywhere on school premises during the declared school day

    ·         Restrict access to vended foods, competitive foods and foods of minimal nutritional value until 30 minutes after the last lunch period in middle, junior and senior high schools

    ·         Align food and beverage vending contracts to the content requirements contained in the Rules as well as those developed by the District Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee.  At the point of choice for students, 75% of the selections will meet the healthier choice criteria.  This percentage will be 100% by school year 2007-08.  At the point of choice in all District facilities serving faculty, staff and the athletic department, the product mix will be 50% healthier choices.  Point of sale signage will only show the healthier food and beverage options and/or physical activity.  Additional requirements include, but are not limited to the following:

    o   All beverages except unflavored, unsweetened water are limited to 12 oz. per vended container

    o   Healthier beverages include 100% fruit juice, low fat or fat free milk and unflavored, unsweetened water.

    o   Sports beverages will be restricted to the immediate area of the physical education facilities

    o   All beverages sold in vending machines and concessions will be priced equally

    o   After-hour concessions will have a 50/50 product mix with the recommendation of moving to 100% healthier choices

    o   A choice of two fruits and/or 100% fruit juice must be offered for sale at the same time and place whenever competitive foods are sold

    o   Food items will contain £ 35% of total calories from fat, £ 10% of calories from saturated and trans fat combined and £ 35% of total weight from added sugar (if added sugar not on label use total sugar)

    ·         Abide by current allowable food and beverage portion standards as distributed annually by ADE

    ·         Establish no more than nine (9) different events per school which permit exceptions to the food and beverage limitations, i.e. field days, birthday parties, fall festivals.  A birthday party in a single classroom is considered a school event and counts toward the nine per year for the entire school.

    ·         Ensure that drinking water is available without charge



    ·         Prohibit the use of food or beverages as rewards for academic, classroom or sports performances and/or activities except as required for special needs students, School Nurse health care and foods for instructional purposes



    ·         Achieve a 50/50 balance of healthy and less healthy offerings whether on or off campus

    ·         Appoint a staff person at each secondary school to monitor fundraisers by all school-related organizations or groups to ensure compliance

    ·         Designate a District representative to serve as a resource for schools in planning and coordinating fundraising and to serve as a liaison between the district and vendors to keep them informed of the District policies related to fundraisers

    ·         Encourage the use of non-food alternatives for fundraising

    ·         Encourage fundraising that promotes physical activity

    ·         Ensure “activity fund” sales of “healthy “ food and beverage offerings are consistent with the nutrient content and portion sizes noted in Nutrition Standards


    Physical Education and Physical Activity (See IMP-R)

    ·         Enforce existing physical education requirements an engage students in healthy levels of vigorous physical activity which include but are not limited to the following:

    o   Beginning school year 2007-08, ensure elementary students in grades K-6 receive at a minimum a total of 150 minutes per week of physical activity.  The 150 minutes will include 60 minutes of scheduled physical education.  Students in grades 7-8 will receive a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity weekly.  Students in grades 9-12 will be required to take one semester of physical education to comply with current Standards of Accreditation as well as receive a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity weekly.

    o   Beginning in school year 2008-09 for grades K-6, ensure that the District employ at least one certified and/or qualified physical education full-time equivalent (FTE) teacher for every 500 students who will directly supervise physical education instruction

    o   Beginning with the 2012 school year, ensure all personnel teaching physical education in grades K-12 hold a physical education certification appropriate for grade level being taught

    ·         Follow the Arkansas Physical Education and Health Curriculum Frameworks (2005) in grades K-8 and the Health and Safety Curriculum Frameworks (2005) in grades 9-12

    ·         Improve the quality of physical education curricula through increasing the training and staff development available to physical education teachers, assistants and volunteers

    ·         Prohibit the use or withholding of physical education and recess as punishment


    Advisory Committee

    To enhance the District’s efforts to improve the health of our students, a School Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee will be formed.  The committee will include representatives from each appropriate grade level group (elementary, middle and senior high), the Board, administration, food service personnel, teachers, parents, students, nurses , the community, the District’s Coordinator of Health Services and the Director of Food Services. 

    The committee will have the responsibilities delegated to it by Arkansas state statute and rule.  The overarching goal of the committee will be to promote student wellness by monitoring implementation.  The committee will use CDC’s School Health Index Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8 as a basis for assessing each school’s progress toward meeting the requirements of this policy. The results of the annual assessment will be included in each school’s ACSIP, provided to each school’s principal, and reported to the Board.  In addition, the committee will review the District school lunch menus and other foods sold in the school cafeteria on a quarterly basis and provide recommendations.





    Legal References:  A.C.A. 20-17-133,134 and 135

    Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act 42 U.S.C.1751

    Arkansas Acts 1220 (2003) and 2285 (2005)

    ADE Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards

    Nutrition Standards for Arkansas Public Schools (Commissioner’s Memo FIN-06-106 FIN-06-076) Allowable Competitive Foods/Beverages – Maximum Portion Size List 

                                        Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity – Clarification and Guidance Section/Physical Activity Standards (Commissioner’s Memo LS-06-078)

                                        District Wellness Policy (Commissioner’s Memo FIN-06-050)

                                        Rules Governing Child Nutrition Certification (Commissioner’s Memo IA-05-094)

                                        District Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee Requirement (Commissioner’s Memo IA-05-022)

    Elementary Vending Definitions (Commissioner’s Memo IA-05-021)

    Cross References: Board Policy, IHAMD and Board Regulation, IMP-R