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.
a. School Breakfast and Lunch - The School Breakfast and Lunch programs will operate in accordance with the U.S.D.A. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Breakfast programs at all schools will be encouraged.b. Competitive Food and Beverages (i.e., vending, a la carte, curriculum based) – LPS adheres to the standards established by the Massachusetts School Nutrition Bill for all foods provided to students in all venues as found in the Wellness Policy Implementation Guidelines.
- Foods provided during the school day for curriculum purposes must follow the FoodProtocol approval process established for the Life-Threatening Allergies policy.
- Parties and celebrations will be food free.
- Meals purchased during day field trips will support the Wellness Policy when practical. Long distance, overnight, and international field trips will be exempt from following nutrition standards because of LPS's inability to enforce the availability of healthy options.
- LPS vending machines, which will be stocked with nutritious choices, shall remain accessible at all times and never turned off
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."
• Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act• Public Law 111-296• Public Law 108-265 (2004) Reauthorization Memoranda and Reauthorization Regulations• Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act• Child Nutrition Act of 1966
• CHAPTER 19A DEPARTMENT OF ELDER AFFAIRS : Section 37 Hot lunch program; incorporation into school lunch program• M.G.L. c. 111, § 223 :Nutritional standards for sale or provision of foods or beverages in public schools; school wellness advisory committees; food safety inspections at public schools, http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXVI/Chapterlll/Section223• Chapter 7 Section 23 B: Preference for products grown in or produced from products grown in commonwealthRegulations:• US Department of Agriculture http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/regulations.htm
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Nutrition,
Health and Safety
• 105 CMR 225.000: NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR COMPETITIVE FOODS AND BEVERAGES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/source/mass/cmr/crnrtext/105CMR225.pdf
• US Department of Agriculture http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/policy.ht• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Schools."August 2009
Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015