School Committee Approves New Wellness Policy

Dear Hatfield Community,

At it's April meeting, The Hatfield School Committee approved a new Wellness Policy for the Hatfield Public Schools. The policy was the result of work done by the Hatfield Health and Wellness Committee.  After months of reviewing new federal and state requirements and regulations, meeting with various stakeholders, and surveying staff, student, and parents; the Committee completed a revision of the current policy and added an addendum ton the policy outling serveral goals for the District.  I'd like to thank Jean Hobbie, School Nurse;  Amy Hutchins, Food Services Manager; and Heather Cahill, School Committee Member for serving on the Committee and completing this important work for the District.  Below is the new policy along with the goals. 

 

Sincerely, 

John F. Robert 

 

ADF Hatfield Public Schools Wellness Policy

 

The Hatfield Public School District Wellness Policy is a written plan that ensures compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines (referenced below) and includes practical strategies and measurable goals for:

 

1) Promoting student wellness,

2) Preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and

3) Providing assurance that school meals and other food and beverages sold and otherwise made available on our school campuses during the school day are consistent with applicable minimum Federal standards.

 

Our District demonstrates commitment to student wellbeing by promoting good nutrition, regular physical activity, and social-emotional health as critical to the positive learning environment we foster.  Schools actively contribute to each student’s overall health by modeling and facilitating good nutrition, physical activity and social-emotional wellbeing. We acknowledge that the health of the whole child allows for consistent attendance, increased attentiveness and engagement, and strengthened capacity to fulfill their academic potential.

 

 

Nutrition Standards and Guidelines

 

The District will offer a variety of choices that are nutritious, appetizing and visually appealing.  All foods offered on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day (30 minutes before the beginning of the school day until 30 minutes after the school day ends) will meet or exceed the nutrition standards established by the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs as measured by daily offerings.   Drinking water is provided where school meals are served during meal times. Menus are posted on the District’s website, school administration offices, and in cafeterias. All nutrition staff meet or exceed annual continuing education and training requirements as outlined by the USDA professional standards for child nutrition professionals.

 

The School Lunch Program Cafeteria Environment:

A cafeteria environment that provides students with a relaxed, enjoyable climate shall be maintained.  The cafeteria environment is a place where students have:

  • Adequate space to eat along with clean, pleasant surroundings.

  • Adequate time to eat meals.

  • Convenient access to handwashing or hand-sanitizing products before eating.

  • USDA Non-Discrimination Statement posted in each cafeteria

 

School Meals - The District is committed to serving healthy meals, defined as:

  • Comprised of foods chosen with consideration given to safety, ingredients, origin, variety, appeal and taste;

  • Nutrient-dense per calorie;

  • Inclusive of ample fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk;

  • Moderate in sodium;

  • Low in saturated fat;

  • Void of trans fats;

  • Meeting weekly caloric requirements; and

  • Compliant with the following rules, regulations and guidelines:

    • Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, 7 CFR 210 & 220

    • Smart Snacks in School (7 CFR 213.31 ( c) (2) (3)

    • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, - Public Law - 111-296

    • Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools. 7 CFR 210.11 (a) (2), 7 CFR 210.11 (a) (4), 7 CFR 210.11 (5), 7 CFR 210.31 (c ) (3) (iii)

    • “A” List Standards:   www.johnstalkerinstitute.org

    • Healthy Students, Healthy Schools - www.mas.gov/oehhs/docs/dph/mass-in-motion/school-nutrition-guide.pdf - developed by:  

      • 1.  MA Dept. of Health, 2.  MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education, 3.  John C Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, 4.  Harvard School of Public Health,

5. Boston Public Health Commission

Competitive Foods and Beverages - Foods and beverages sold and/or served outside the school meal programs (e.g.,“competitive” foods and beverages) must meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.  

  

Celebrations and Rewards - All foods offered on the school campus will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

  • Celebrations and Parties -  The District will provide a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers, including non-food celebrations.

  • Classroom snacks brought by parents - The District will provide parents with a list of foods and beverages that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

  • Rewards and Incentives  - The District will provide teachers and other relevant school staff a list of alternative ways to reward children.  Food and beverages will not be used as a reward or withheld as punishment for any reason, such as performance or behavior.

  • IEPs -The District will allow non-compliant food items when cited in a student’s IEP.

 

Fundraising - Foods and beverages that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools nutrition standards may be sold through fundraisers on the school campus, during the school day.  The District will make available to parents and teachers a list of healthy fundraising ideas. The District will encourage fundraisers that promote physical activity (such as walk-a-thons, etc.).  All door-to-door food-related fundraising projects for sale and consumption not occurring during the school day must be approved by the Superintendent.

 

Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools - Any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students in Hatfield Public Schools during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards.  The District will only permit advertising and marketing of foods and beverages that are permitted to be sold on campus during the school day.

 

Physical Activity Standards and Guidelines

 

Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure.  Physical activity in daily life can be categorized into occupational, sports, conditioning, household, or other activities (US NIH). The CDC recommends that all children have a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity throughout the course of each full day.  The time allotted for daily physical activity during the school day will be consistent with research, national, and state standards.

 

Physical Education and Health Education classes will be the place where students learn, practice, and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, sportsmanship and knowledge. Only state-certified Physical Education instructors will teach Physical Education classes.   “School Officials have discretion to determine whether and how a student, particularly at the high school level, may meet the physical education requirement through an organized program of instructional physical activity...through a private instructor or community program, or through an independent study”  (www,doe.mass.edu/ccr/masscore).

 

Physical Activity - The District aims to have students to fully embrace a physically active lifestyle both within and outside of school. Physical Education classes shall be offered in all grades.   Recess period for K-6 is offered each day. Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons as appropriate. Non-P.E.classroom teachers are encouraged to  incorporate active lessons into the school day and/or provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes in order aim for 30 minutes per day (elementary) and 45 minutes per day (middle and high school) of physical activity, and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior   Parents will be invited to enroll their children in after-school and other local physical activities as they are announced.

 

Physical Activity and Discipline - Teachers and other school personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, push ups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) as discipline unless misconduct occurs during recess or other physical activities.

 

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Standards and Guidelines

“Social Wellness” is the ability to relate to and connect with other people while “Emotional Wellness” is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring.

The District will recognize students’ emotions, values, strengths, and limitations and will support and educate students academically, socially, and emotionally as coordinated through school, family, and community resources.  Social and emotional learning will be promoted to help improve students’ self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness with the aim of developing safe and healthy lifestyles. The District will provide counseling as needed to students to support social-emotional well-being.  School personnel will connect students and families to resources and supports in school and in the community as appropriate.

 

Wellness Policy Leadership and Evaluation

 

Health and Wellness Advisory Committee - The Health and Wellness Committee is responsible for:

  • Advising with regard to District Wellness Policy development, implementation and progress;

  • Development of strategy for implementing nutrition, physical activity and social emotional standards, and integrating nutrition and physical activity in overall curriculum;

  • Monitoring and measuring the implementation and impact of the policy and progress toward goals;  

  • Ensuring policy, goals, progress, and revisions are communicated to the public;

  • Maintaining policy related documentation;

  • Serving as a resource to school community (i.e., providing staff and/or parents with a list of health incentives, snacks, birthday parties, etc.); and

  • Facilitation of policy review and revisions per law and necessity.

  • The District Superintendent will have the authority and responsibility to ensure that each school complies with the policy.

 

The Committee shall consist of at least one parent/guardian from each school, a student if available, a Physical Education teacher, a School Counselor, the Food Service Director, a School Administrator, a School Committee member (if available), a community member, a member of the local Board of Health, and the School Nurse.  School staff such as interested will also be invited to participate as available.

 

Meetings will be held  at minimum 4 times per school year and will be announced in accordance with state and local regulations.   Attendance and meeting minutes are maintained by the School Nurse. Minutes will be sent to all Committee members and are available to the general public upon request.  

 

Assessments and Updates

A comprehensive assessment of the wellness policy must be conducted every 3 years, at a minimum.  The aim of the triennial assessment is to determine:

  1. Compliance with the policy,

  2. How the wellness policy compares to model wellness policies, and

  3. Progress made in attaining policy goals.

 

In addition to the triennial assessment, the wellness policy may be updated or modified as appropriate.

 

Documentation

The following documentation will be maintained:

  • A Copy of the current wellness policy

  • Documentation on how the policy and assessments are made available to the public,

  • The most recent assessment of implementation of the policy, and

  • Documentation of efforts to review and update the policy, including who was involved in the process and how stakeholders were made aware of their ability to participate.


 

Public Participation and Updates

Stakeholders will be recruited from students, staff, and parents to participate in the development and maintenance of this wellness policy.  Processes for contacting stakeholders will be documented in regular meeting minutes. Stakeholders will be provided opportunities to participate in the development and review of the policy each year.  The general public will be notified of the Wellness Policy at least once per year via email and other established sources such as parent newsletters. Summaries of school events and activities related to the Wellness Policy will be published in established School Annual Reports (7 CFR 210.31). The results of the Triennial Assessment, including progress toward meeting the goals of the policy, will be made available to the public.

 

Adoption Date: August 21, 2006

Revision Date: June 12, 2007

Revision Date: October 14, 2008

Revision Date: April 11, 2011

Revision Date: February 12, 2013

Revision Date: June 6, 2016

Revision Date: April 10, 2018

 

SOURCES:

Section 204 of Public Law 108-265 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004; Section 204 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010;

Public Law 111-296, Section 9A,

Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools - 105, CMR 225.000,7, CFR 210.11 (a) (2), 7 CFR 210.11 (a) (4), 7 CFR 210.11 (5), 7 CFR 210.31 (c) (3) (iii). Additional information is available on the following websites.  Healthy Students, Healthy Schools - www.mas.gov/oehhs/docs/dph/mass-in-motion/school-nutrition-guide.pdf - developed by:  1. Mass Dept. of Health, 2. Mass Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education, 3.  John C Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, 4. Harvard School of Public Health, 5. Boston Public Health Commission AND www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-smart-snacks

MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

 

CROSS REF: JJE Student Fund-Raising Activities

 

 

 

ADF-A Hatfield Public Schools Wellness Goals


 

A healthy school is one that positively influences a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition, physical activity, and social-emotional wellbeing.   In accordance with the District Wellness Policy, the following wellness goals have been established and will be pursued as funds and resources allow. Goals may be modified and updated as needed, and will be reviewed comprehensively as part of the triennial wellness policy assessment.

 

Nutrition Goals

 

Goal #1:

Launch a comprehensive, healthy nutrition informational campaign designed to educate students, parents, and staff on the why’s and how’s of making healthy food choices.

 

Activities:

  1. The District will post nutrition information utilizing the “Choose My Plate” program signage in both school cafeterias.

  2. The District will post “Choose My Plate” program information listing examples of Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, and Proteins in staff break rooms and school health offices for non-food service staff to share with students in the classroom at least once per year.

  3. The District will send “Choose My Plate” program information along with Wellness Policy reminders to parents at least once per year.

  4. The District will provide a suggested list of healthy snacks on their website for parent/student reference.

  5. The District will promote “Choose My Plate” activities in classroom science and health education classes as appropriate each school year.

  6. The School Nurse will send parents reminders to encourage and discuss “Choose My Plate” choices with students at home.

 

Metrics:

  1. Each year classroom teachers will conduct age-appropriate student evaluations designed by the Wellness Committee to measure student knowledge of the 5 main food groups listed on the “Choose My Plate program”.

  2. Each year staff and parents will be surveyed to determine whether student eating habits within and outside of school have been positively influenced by the campaign.  Survey responses will be tabulated by the school nurse and shared with the appropriate stakeholders (Wellness Committee, parents, students, staff) annually.

  3. The District will implement the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard, a tool developed in conjunction with the Cornell University Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Program and supported by the John C. Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University.  The Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard will be assessed by Food Service Staff and reviewed annually by the Wellness Committee.

 

Goal #2:

The amount of farm fresh produce offered to students will be increased annually as funds and availability allow.

Activities:

 

  1. Enhance collaboration among the School Lunch Program, the Hatfield Agriculture Commission and local farms to procure local farm fresh produce for the school breakfast and lunch programs.

  2. Smith Academy will recruit a student team to serve as the Fresh Program’s Farm to School Ambassadors to collaborate with the school lunch program to increase relationships with local farmers to evaluate produce availability throughout the growing season.

  3. The School Lunch Program will utilize the Massachusetts Harvest of the Month Program to integrate local produce when available into the lunch program by promoting a fruit or vegetable of the month through tastings and education.

 

Metrics:

  1. The Fresh Program will track the variety of produce purchases and total weight purchased throughout the school year and report information collected to students, staff, parents and the Agriculture Commission.


 

Physical Activity Goals

 

Goal #1:  

The District will enhance promotion of physical activity with an emphasis on being active for at least one hour daily as measured by completion of the activities listed below.

 

Activities:

  1. The District will provide students with physical education, using an age-appropriate, sequential physical education curriculum consistent with national and state standards for physical education.  Physical activity will include but not be limited to: regular instructional physical education in accordance with the Hatfield physical education curriculum, health curriculum, and co-curricular activities and recess.

  2. The physical education curriculum will promote the benefits of a physically active lifestyle and will help students develop skills to engage in lifelong healthy habits, as well as incorporate essential health education concepts.

  3. Identify and promote viable options for increasing physical activity during the school day at both schools aiming for average daily physical activity to total 45 minutes during the school day ( ie. Before-school open playground, additional or extended recess time, additional or extended physical education classes, BOKS, sports teams opportunities and enrichment classes).

  4. Community-based physical activity programs will be promoted to families.

  5. Health education efforts complementing the knowledge and self-management skills taught in physical education will be promoted in classrooms, through visual reminders, and via family updates.

  6. The District will continue to promote and support the National Walk or Ride your Bike to

School Program.

 

Metric:

Each year wellness surveys will be given to students eliciting average daily time spent pursuing physical activities in addition to physical education classes.


 

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Goals

 

Goal #1:  

At least 90% of students will report that they participate in one or more social/emotional wellness activities offered by the School.

 

Activities:

1. The following activities will be offered as appropriate:  SBIRT screenings, SOS

screenings, Student Risk Screening Scale, 1:1 Counseling, Life Skills Curriculum,

Owning Up, SuperFlex, and /or  Character Education programs.

2. Information about District social / emotional wellness programs will be provided to

families at least once per year.

 

Metric:

Students will complete a confidential annual wellness survey to assess their participation in social/emotional wellness programs at school.




 

Goal #2:  

At least 90% of students who have been enrolled in the District for one or more academic years will report that they are able to identify at least one adult staff member they can talk to if needed.

 

Activities:

 

  1. Adult staff will be encouraged to conduct a brief wellness check-in with at least one student once per week.

  2. School nurses will invite eligible students who participate in DPH screening activities such as the SBIRT program to visit as needed for brief wellness checks and referrals.

 

Metric:

Students will complete a confidential annual Wellness Survey to assess whether or not they feel they have at least one adult staff member at school to talk to.


 

Goal #3:

Provide students with strategies to help them manage their stress..

 

Activities:

  1. Collaborate with HEADS Up! Hatfield to develop and facilitate workshops, tools and resources for the school community that address common sources of student stressors.

  2. Task each school’s student councils with developing mentoring programs.

  3. Offer staff professional development opportunities that help identify, report and address student stress.

  4. Publish resources on school website.

  5. Explore responsible digital citizenship (ie Wait Till Eight) programs as a means to addressing student stress.

  6. Develop protocol for identifying, reporting, and supporting students in distress.

 

Metric:

At least once per year, students, parents and staff will be asked to complete a wellness survey to assess student stress.

 

Aggregate screening data from individually administered SBIRT, SOS, and the Student Risk Screening Scales will be analyzed by the Wellness Committee, nursing and counseling staff as appropriate.