District Wellness Committee
The purpose of the PUSD Wellness Committee (DWC) is to assess and make recommendations that improve student and employee wellness. The DWC develops the local wellness policy, creates measurable wellness goals, assists the district with implementation of wellness goals, and updates the local wellness policy as needed. Currently, the DWC consists of PUSD administrators, employees, a parent volunteer, and community partners.
The DWC will be focusing on The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model which encompasses a collaborative approach with the community, school, and health sectors to meet the health and wellness needs of each child. This model fits well with PUSD’s motto that every child, every day, matters. Creating a healthy learning environment for all students can help schools meet their academic goals while also instilling lifelong healthy habits.
Disclosure, transparency, and accountability are key components to a successful wellness program. Parents and the community can help play a part by adding their input and helping find resolution to dilemmas. Using the platform of the DWC is a great opportunity to create positive change regarding health and wellness in our community. DWC meetings will be open to the public starting later this year and we encourage people to attend. PUSD will also be hosting a Spring Wellness Fair that will encompass all aspects of health and wellness. Look for more information to be announced in the coming months!
The School District strives to make a significant contribution to the general well being, mental and physical capacity, and
learning ability of each student while affording them the opportunity to fully participate in the educational process.
The District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk for mortality and development of many chronic diseases as adults.
To ensure the health and well-being of all students, the Board shall promote and monitor student wellness in a manner that the Board determines is appropriate in the following areas:
A. Nutrition Guidelines: All foods available in each school during the day will have as a primary goal the promotion of student health and the reduction of childhood obesity. All guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools.
B. Nutrition Education: The goal is to influence students’ eating behaviors by providing nutrition education that is appropriate for students’ ages; reflects students’ cultures; is integrated into health education or core curricula; and provides opportunities for students to practice skills and have fun.
C. Physical Activity: The goals for physical activity are to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain students’ physical fitness, to ensure students’ regular participation in physical activity, and to teach students the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthful lifestyle.
D. Sunscreen: The goal is to emphasize skin health and promote the application of sunscreen products and to inform students that a student who attends school in this District may possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional.
E. Other School-Based Activities: The goal is to create a total school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.
F. Evaluation/Implementation: A primary goal will be to regularly (at least annually) evaluate the effectiveness of this policy in promoting healthy eating and changing the program as appropriate to increase its effectiveness. Such evaluation will be measurable. The results of each evaluation, including the extent to which schools are in compliance with District policy, the extent to which the District policy complies with federal regulations, and a description/summary of the progress made in attaining the goals of the District, shall be made available to the public. Physical education teachers and school health professionals shall have an opportunity to participate in the evaluation and implementation of this policy.
G. Parent, Community and Staff Involvement: A primary goal will be to engage family members, students, and representatives of the school food authority, the Governing Board, school administrators, and the public in development and regular review of this school policy.
The Superintendent is directed to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy, including such provisions as may be necessary to address all food and beverages sold and/or served to students at school (i.e., competitive foods, snacks and beverages sold from vending machines, school stores, after-school programs, and funding-raising activities and refreshments that are made available at school parties, celebrations and meetings), including provisions for staff development, family and community involvement and program evaluation. The Superintendent shall institute and clearly communicate a meal charge policy to all District households and District staff responsible for policy enforcement that is consistent with aspects of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 applicable to the District. Regulations and exhibits created for the purpose of implementing this policy shall be considered, in effect, to be an extension of this policy subject to Governing Board review.
Adopted: October 3, 2017