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Wellness



The West Babylon community has made great strides in promoting health and wellness in our schools and our community at large. The district has improved its physical education programs and health education programs to provide students with sound information to support a healthy lifestyle. Increased physical activity is encouraged. Our food service participates in both the National School Lunch program and the National School Breakfast program serving healthy meals to students.

West Babylon Schools has received national recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. West Babylon Junior High School was acknowledged at the Bronze level. Forest Avenue School, J.F.Kennedy School, Santapogue School, South Bay School, Tooker Avenue School and West Babylon High School were among the first schools in the nation to receive Silver Level recognition.

West Babylon Schools also promotes social and emotional well-being. The district incorporates a Character Education/Social Emotional Learning initiative at all schools.

West Babylon School District’s Wellness Policy                            

The Board of Education is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating habits and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the West Babylon School District that:

The district will engage students, parents, teachers, administrators, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district-wide nutrition and physical activity policies. This group will serve as the West Babylon District-wide Wellness Committee.

All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.

Foods and beverages served at school during the school day until thirty (30) minutes after the end of the school day will meet the nutrition recommendations of the West Babylon Wellness Policy.

Only healthful foods and beverages in appropriate portions may be used in classroom celebrations. All snack foods provided to students at parties or other events during the school day shall meet [either] the nutrition guidelines set by the USDA’s “All Foods Sold in Schools” standards. Items must be commercially prepared. These items must be in original sealed package with labeling of ingredients and nutritional content. Whole fruits are permissible. If the fruit must be cut-up, this should be done at school following appropriate food handling standards.

Items containing ingredients to which a member of a classroom is allergic must be avoided. Under no circumstances should a student be served foods that contain ingredients to which he or she is allergic.

Homemade foods are for personal consumption only. These items are not to be shared, served or sold to students during school hours.

All foods sold more than thirty (30) minutes after the end of the school day are not subject to the requirements outlined above. During the school day, only foods compliant with the requirements outlined above shall be sold to students.

The exception to the above requirements is food produced as part of course work and instruction. All foods prepared as part of classroom instruction shall follow appropriate food handling standards.

Organizations affiliated with the district (e.g., the PTA, Sports Parents Association, and Music Parents Association) are encouraged to offer healthy choices among the foods served or sold at after school events.

Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will provide clean, safe and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat; and will comply with federal, state and local child nutrition program requirements.

Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.

Each school will maintain a School Wellness Committee that meets at least every other month. These committees shall seek to include members who are representative of the diversity of our community. At least one parent/guardian representative shall be part of the committee. The committees will solicit input from the community at large, including students, parents/guardians and staff members. The committees will promote activities that further the goals of the policy. To accomplish this, the committees will be committed to reflecting the importance of diversity and culturally inclusive practices.

All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.

The Superintendent of Schools or designee will develop a summary report on district-wide compliance with the district’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based upon input from schools within the district every three years.

Ref:
P.L. 108-265 (Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004)
42 USC §§1758(f)(1); 1766(a) (Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act)  42 USC §1779 (Child Nutrition Act)
7 CFR §210.10; 210.11 (National School Lunch Program participation requirements – standards for lunches, snacks, and competitive foods)
7    CFR §220.8 (School Breakfast Program participation requirements – nutrition standards)
8    NYCRR Part 135 (Health and Physical Education curricular requirements); §114.1 (School Breakfast Program Requirements)
Appeal of Phillips, 37 EDR 204 (1997) (dec. no. 13,843)
Appeal of Williams, 32 EDR 621 (1993) (dec. no. 12,934) Replaces former policy EFF
Adoption date: April 12, 2011
Revised: April 14, 2015