507.9 Wellness

Harlan Community School District Wellness Policy

The Harlan Community School District School Board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment.  The school district supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices.  By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students.  Improved health optimizes student performance potential.

The school district provides a comprehensive 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 positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. 

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 school district nutrition standards.  Foods should be served with a consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high quality meals.

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 may utilize electronic identification and payment systems; provide meals at no charge to all children, regardless of income; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving additions to meals, such as “ala carte” or breakfast.

The school district has utilized a local wellness policy committee comprised of parents, leaders in food/exercise authority, school employees, health care professionals, school administration, and the school nurse.  The local wellness policy committee has developed a plan to implement the local wellness policy and pertinent administrative guidelines, as well as, monitor the effectiveness of the policy and guidelines.  The superintendent will monitor implementation of the policy and guidelines.  The committee will meet quarterly to review and monitor the administrative guidelines and superintendent will then report to the board regarding the effectiveness of this policy and guidelines.

Specific Wellness Goals are delineated in the Administrative Guidelines and include:  Goals for Nutrition Education, Physical Education, and Other School Based Activities that are designed to promote student wellness.  The Nutrition Guidelines for all foods available with the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity are also addressed in the Administrative Guidelines.

The Board will monitor the policy and guidelines during annual reports by the superintendent and scheduled policy review protocol. 




Legal Reference:   Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (2005)

                              Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.,