The school board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The 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 will provide a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The district encourages healthy goals to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. In accordance with law and this belief, the board commits to the following:
- Nutrition Education and Promotion: Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating habits;
- Physical Activity: Schools will provide students with age and grade appropriate opportunities to engage in physical activity that meets the Iowa Health Kids Act; and
- Other School Based Activities that Promote Wellness: As appropriate, schools will support students, staff, and parents’ efforts to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Foods offered by Linn-Mar Nutrition Services will meet or exceed the district’s nutritional standards. Foods will be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety, and packaging to ensure high-quality meals. The Linn-Mar Community School District recognizes that school meals will be available for all students in attendance.
The district will develop a local Wellness Committee comprised of representatives from the staff, parents, and community with appropriate expertise. The local Wellness Committee will develop a plan to implement and monitor the effectiveness of this policy, set the district’s wellness goals, and provide a report on an annual basis.
The superintendent [or designee] will be responsible in developing administrative regulations and wellness goals.
Reviewed: 4/12; 7/13; 10/14
Revised: 11/17; 12/20
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 256.7(29); 256.11(6); 81 IAC 12.5; 58.11; 42 USC §§ 1751 et seq; 42 USC §§ 1771 et seq
IASB Reference: 507.9; 507.9R1