District Wellness Policy 507.9

  • The Iowa City Community School District recognizes that good health fosters student attendance, development, and academic performance. With this recognition and in response to the growing problem of childhood obesity in the U.S., the Board believes it is the district’s responsibility, as a part of the larger community, to establish a learning environment which helps students develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to adopt and
    maintain a healthy lifestyle. An ongoing promotion of these healthy habits through the duration of the students’ career will optimize the likelihood of instilling these healthy choices into daily routines and ultimately maximize the potential for student achievement and well-being.

    The school district provides a comprehensive and integral learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school district goals to influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to healthy nutrition and regular physical activity. The school district will provide opportunities for hands-on learning and physical activities that will carry over to other parts of the students’ life.

    The school district supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students’ health status and academic performance. All foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the district and federal nutritional standards. Foods should be served with consideration toward optimal nutritional value, appeal, taste, variety, safety and packaging to ensure highquality meals and availability of healthy options. The options will include offering foods that are safe for students with common allergies, or remove foods that may be lead to a potential exposure to food allergens. Celebrations and activities on school grounds will focus on the reason for the celebration or activity rather than
    on food.

    The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Toward this end, the school district will utilize electronic identification and payment systems; provide meals to all children, regardless of account balance; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving meals, such as “grab-and-go” or classroom breakfast.

    The Iowa City Community School District has a Wellness Committee that is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from the district and the community including students, staff, parents, business owners, farmers, physicians, nurses, dieticians, school Board members, University faculty, and representatives from the Department of Public Health and Iowa State Extension. The Wellness Committee was formerly the Nutrition Task Force, which began meeting in 2002. The Wellness Committee is chaired by the District Health Services Director and has developed this Wellness Policy. The purpose of this policy is to provide direction to the school system for promoting student wellness through health education, physical activity, and the selection of
    nourishing foods and beverages and to fulfill the requirements of Public Law 108-265, Section 204, June 30, 2004, Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. The Committee will oversee implementation and evolution of the Policy, as well as address wellness concerns. The committee will report at least annually to the Iowa City Community School Board regarding the implementation, effectiveness and outcomes of the Wellness Policy.

    Date of Adoption: 7/11/06 
    Revised: 11/10/09, 8/23/11, 3/10/15

    Legal References:
    Richard B. Russell National
    School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C.
    1751 et seq (205)
    Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42
    U.S.C. 1771 et seq.Appendix A