I. The Lexington Public Schools (LPS) promotes health and wellness for the students and staff. The LPS follows the current federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing wellness. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) provides oversight of the policy and regulations, and is the means of assessing and promoting a healthy environment for LPS. The Superintendent is responsible for implementation of the standards addressing wellness, nutrition, and physical activity.
II. Wellness - Ongoing activities to assess, plan, implement, promote and evaluate student and staff wellness will be supported and maintained. The approach includes, but is not limited to, ensuring a healthy environment, school nursing and other related health services, guidance and mental health services, K-12 comprehensive, coordinated health and physical education programs, and promoting sound nutrition and healthy eating behaviors.
III. Physical Activity - The LPS values physical activity and physical fitness. The LPS recognizes the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for 60 minutes physical activity for children daily. LPS will teach the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle beyond the school environment. Specific actions will take into account the health needs of all children without discrimination or isolation of any child. The Physical Education and Wellness Department along with the guidance counselors and school nurses provide the foundation for ensuring all students have access to the school curricula around physical education and wellness. In addition to the physical education curricular requirements, physical activity programs will be made available before and after school. An extracurricular sport will not be accepted as a reason to waive physical education credit.
c. Nutrition Promotion - Promoting positive lifelong nutrition and wellness behaviors will be incorporated into curriculum, fundraising, and before and after. school activities.
V. Fundraising - Fundraising should promote physical activity and health enhancing eating habits. The sale of items that meet Massachusetts school nutrition regulations shall be encouraged.
VI. Communication Strategy - The LPS School Committee is aware of the Wellness Policy Implementation Guidelines. The Superintendent and the School Committee will acknowledge the annual action plan in compliance with the "Standards for School Wellness Advisory Committees."