• Wellness                                                                                                                                             
    The Hicksville School District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being and ability by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.  Pursuant to 204 of the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants and Children Reauthorization Act of 2004, and §918 of the New York State Education Law, the District establishes the following Wellness Policy to enhance the learning and development of lifelong wellness practices.


    Nutrition Education Goals

    Nutrition education is defined as “any set of learning experiences designed to facilitate the voluntary adoption of eating and other nutrition related behaviors conducive to health and well being.” The District adopts the following nutrition guidelines in its schools, with the goal of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.


    ·        Students and their families will be provided with opportunities to participate in district-wide initiatives such as a Wellness Fair.


    ·        Students in grades K-12 shall receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors and provide them with the knowledge and skills to promote and protect their health;


    ·        Nutrition education shall be offered in the school cafeteria as well as in the classroom, with coordination between food service staff and teachers;


    ·        Students shall receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the schools, and the classrooms, cafeterias, and district website will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion;


    ·        The school district shall have information available to families that encourages them to teach their children about health and nutrition and to provide nutritious meals;


    ·        District health education curriculum standards and guidelines shall include both nutrition and physical education;


    ·        Nutrition educational activities shall be integrated into the health education or core curricula;


    ·        Staff who provide nutrition education shall have appropriate training and shall participate regularly in professional development activities to effectively deliver an accurate nutrition education program;


    ·        Students shall have access to a variety of affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices during lunch that meet their health and nutrition needs;


    ·        Students shall be encouraged to start each day with a healthy breakfast;


    ·        Fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat dairy products, healthy food preparation methods and health enhancing nutrition practices shall be promoted;


    ·        Caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise) shall be emphasized;


    ·        The District’s guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than applicable Federal regulations and guidelines of Child Nutrition programs.


    Physical Activity Goals


    The primary goal for the District’s physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity and understand the short and long term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.  The District adopts the following physical activity guidelines;


    ·        Students shall be given opportunities to participate in district-wide wellness initiatives that foster healthy eating habits and increase student physical activity at school and at home.


    ·        Students will participate in an annual physical fitness assessment.  Parents will be made aware of how students will be assessed and their child’s performance on the assessment.


    ·        Students shall be given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through physical education class and recess periods for elementary school students and through the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum;


    ·        Students shall be given opportunities for physical activity through a range of before and/or after school programs including, but not limited to, intramural, interscholastic athletics and physical activity clubs as included in the approved school budget;


    ·        Schools shall work to encourage students to exercise safety precautions when walking or bicycling to and from school;


    ·        Schools shall encourage parents to support their children’s participation in physical activity, to be physically active role models and to include physical activity in family/events;


    ·        Schools shall provide opportunities for professional development to enable teachers and other school staff to promote enjoyable lifelong physical activity among students;



    Other School Based Activities Goals


    It shall be the District’s goal to create a school environment that provides consistent wellness and that is conducive to healthy eating and being physically active.  In accordance with this goal, the District adopts the following guidelines;


    ·        Students and parents will be provided with a “Happy Healthy Birthday” booklet created by a wellness subcommittee offering alternatives to classroom birthday snacks at the elementary level.


    ·        There shall be a clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students with adequate time to enjoy eating healthy foods with their fellow students;


    ·        There shall be enough space and serving areas to ensure all students have access to school meals with reasonable wait time;


    ·        Drinking fountains shall be available in all schools so that students can get water at meals throughout the day;


    ·        All students are encouraged to participate in school meals programs and the identity of students who eat free and reduced price meals will be kept confidential;


    ·        Food and beverage marketing activities shall be consistent with and reinforce the objectives of the education and nutrition environment goals of the District.


    ·        Efforts will be made to keep school or district-owned physical activity facilities available for appropriate use by student activities outside school hours.

    Establishing Nutrition Standards

    Students’ lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages available in their daily environment.  The District establishes the following program requirements and nutrition standards to address all foods and beverages sold or served to students:


    ·        Nutrition standards shall focus on maximizing nutritional value by decreasing fat and added sugars, and moderating portion size;


    ·        Food providers shall offer a variety of age appropriate healthy food and beverage selections for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools;


    ·        All foods made available shall adhere to food safety and security guidelines;


    ·        Healthy choices for classroom snacks shall be encouraged;


    ·        Unless otherwise stated in a behavior plan, staff shall not use foods or beverages as rewards for academic performance or good behavior and shall not withhold food or beverages as a punishment;


    ·        Students shall be discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on children’s diets;


    ·        Families, teachers, students and other officials shall be involved in reviewing food selections schools in order to identify new, healthful and appealing food choices at the elementary schools and secondary schools;


    ·        The District shall make decisions on these guidelines based on nutrition goals, not on profit.


    Goals for Measurement and Evaluation

    This policy shall be evaluated and monitored on an annual basis.  The District shall designate the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel with the responsibility of ensuring that the District meets the goals of this policy and that individuals shall report on the school district’s compliance to the Superintendent.


    The Superintendent or designee will develop a summary report every three years on district-wide compliance with the District’s Wellness policy.





    Board Approval Date:              April 25, 2006

    Revised:                                   May 18, 2010 

    Reviewed:                                June 15, 2011