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Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four Wellness Policy
 
  
Purpose: To establish the basic structure for the promotion of wellness in all schools in the district. 
 
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.   
 
 Therefore, it is the policy of the board to ensure the following:
  • Child nutrition programs (e.g., school lunch, school breakfast, after school snack and summer foodservice programs) will comply with federal, state and local requirements and will be accessible to all children.  
  • Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide all students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.  
  • All foods and beverages sold or served on campus will comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (including vending machines, a la carté foods, beverage contracts, concession stands, school stores and canteens, school parties and fundraising).  
  • All foods made available on campus will adhere to food safety and security guidelines.  
  • The school environment will be safe, comfortable and pleasing and will allow ample time and space for eating meals.  
  • Nutrition education will be offered at each grade level as a part of a sequential, comprehensive standards-based health education program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health. Nutrition education may also be integrated into other areas of the curriculum.  
  • Students will be given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through physical education (PE) classes, daily recess periods for elementary school students, physical activity breaks and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum. Whenever possible, recess for elementary schools will be scheduled before lunch so that children will come to lunch less distracted and ready to eat.  
  • Schools will not use foods or beverages as rewards for academic performance or good behavior and will not withhold food or beverages as a punishment. 
  • Schools will not deny a student participation in recess or other physical activities as a form of discipline or for classroom make up time. Schools will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) as a form of punishment.  
  • Advertising messages and promotional activities will be consistent with and reinforce the objectives of the education and wellness policy goals of the board and individual schools.  
  • The district will provide opportunities for ongoing professional training and development for food service staff, teachers and volunteers on the importance of physical activity for young children and the relationship of physical activity and good nutrition to academic performance and healthy lifestyles.  
  • Local wellness policy goals will be considered in planning all school-based activities (such as school events, field trips, dances and assemblies).  
  • The district will maintain a Coordinated School Health Advisory Council (CSHAC) to assess, plan, implement and monitor district and school health policies and programs. The council will be comprised of members of the community, school representatives, students, parents, district food service employees, district health education and physical education coordinators, district nursing coordinators and board members.  
  • Schools should have a local coordinated school health committee comprised of physical education, health education and classroom teachers; school food services managers; health services personnel; guidance personnel; families; administrators and community members to plan, implement and improve nutrition and physical activity in the school environment in accordance with the district wellness policy. 
  
USDA NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
 
(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
 
(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or
 
(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
 
 
 
 
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