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Wellness Policy

Posted Date: 04/23/2018

Wellness Policy


Updated June 2012







The link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning is well documented.  Healthy  eating  and activity  patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full  physical and mental growth, and lifelong  health and well-being.  Healthy eating and physical activity, essential for a healthy weight, are also linked to reduced risk for many chronic diseases.  Schools have a responsibility to help students learn, establish, and maintain lifelong healthy eating and activity  patterns.  Well planned and effectively implemented school nutrition and fitness programs have been shown to enhance students' overall health, as well as their behavior and academic achievement  in school.  Staff wellness also is an integral  part of a healthy school environment since school staff can be daily role models for healthy behaviors.


Konawa School District  is committed to providing a school environment that  promotes  and protects children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.  Therefore, it is the policy of the school to:

  • Engage students, parents, teachers, food  service professionals, health  professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district­wide nutrition and physical activity policies;
  • Provide all students in grades PreK-8 opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis;
  • Insure foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Child Nutrition Program Requirements;
  • Insure qualified child  nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide  clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time  for students to eat;
  • Participate in available federal school meal programs; and
  • Provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.




Health and Fit School Advisory Committee

The Healthy and Fit Advisory Committee will work to develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies.  The Committee also will serve as resources for implementing these policies.  The following individuals make up the committee:




Principal - Andrea Sealock


Child Nutrition Coordinator

Scott Robison, Wewoka Indian Health Center


Ramona Bunch, Elementary PE Teacher











School Meals:  Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

  • be appealing and attractive to children;
  • be served in clean and pleasant settings;
  • meet, at a minimum, nutrition  requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;
  • offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;
  • serve whole, low-fat (2%) and fat-free  milk and nutritionally-equivalent non-dairy alternatives (to be defined by USDA); and
  • ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.

Upon request, the school may share information about the nutritional content  of meals with parents and students.  Such information could be made available on menus, a website, on cafeteria menu boards, placards, or other point-of-purchase materials.


Breakfast:  To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn:

  • The School will, to the extent possible, operate the School Breakfast program;
  • The School will, to the extent  possible, arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage  participation;
  • The School will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program;
  • The School will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means.


Free and  Reduced-Priced Meals:  Every effort will be made to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free  and reduced price school meals.  Meals may be provided

at no charge to all students, regardless  of income; the availability of school meals to all students will be promoted; and/or nontraditional methods for serving school meals (such as "grab-and-go" or classroom breakfast) may be used.


Meal Times and Scheduling:  Konawa School District:

  • will provide students with at least 15 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch;
  • will schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.;
  • will not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities;
  • (2012-13 Addition) - Will attempt to schedule recess before lunch periods for students in the lower elementary;
  • will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks;
  • will take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).


Qualifications of Konawa Food Service Staff:  Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal program.  As part of the school's responsibility to operate a food service program, continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals will be provided.  Staff development programs should include  appropriate







certification and/or training  programs for child nutrition directors, school nutrition managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility


Sharing of  Foods and  Beverages:  The School will discourage students from sharing their food or beverages  with one another during meal or snack times due to  concerns about  allergies and other restrictions on some children's diets.




(i.e., foods sold outside of reimbursable school meals)


The school superintendent will approve and provide all food and beverage sales to students in elementary schools. Given young children's limited nutrition skills, food in the elementary school should be sold as balanced meals.  If available, foods and beverages sold individually should be limited to low­fat and non-fat milk, fruits, and non-fried vegetables.  Students in the lower elementary school shall not have access to foods of minimal nutritional value except on special occasions and after the instructional day.  In the upper elementary school, all foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable school meal programs will meet  the following nutrition and portion size standards.  Students in the upper elementary school may have access to minimally nutritional foods and beverages after  the instructional day and upon special occasions.


  • Per USDA Regulation §210,Appendix B, foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) are prohibited from being sold or served during student meal services in the food service area where USDA reimbursable meals are served or eaten.


  • Per the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004,beverage contracts will not restrict the sale of fluid milk products at any time during the school day or at any place on the school premises.
  • Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 265 (effective school year 2007-2008), students in elementary schools will not have access to FMNV except on special occasions.


  • Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 265 (effective school year 2007-2008), diet soda, an FMNV, will be available for sale at the junior high only in vending areas outside of the cafeteria.


  • Per Oklahoma Senate Bill265  (effective school year 2007-2008),healthy food options will be provided at the high school and priced lower than FMNV in order to encourage students and staff to make healthier food choices.


Concessions:  (2012-13 ADDITION) - "Whenever food is sold to students, healthy food options will be available and priced lower than the FMNV (Food of Minimal Nutritional Value) in order to encourage students, parents, and school staff to make healthy food choices.  This includes all concession stands and school stores."  (Adapted from Oklahoma SB 265 pertaining to High School vending machines)



The total beverage product line will be limited to the following:

  • Soft drinks, fruit drinks with minimal nutritional value, and sports  drinks cannot be sold anywhere in school buildings or on the school campus during the school day except on special occasions.







  • Fruit and/or vegetable based drinks composed of no less than 100% fruit/vegetable juices with no added sweeteners, not to exceed 12 oz.
  • Drinking water with no additives except those minerals normally added to tap water.
  • Milks and flavored milks, not to exceed 16 oz.
  • Pasteurized fluid types of unflavored, whole milk, low  fat (2%) milk, skim milk (fat-free), or lactose free milk, which meet USDA, state and local standards and regulations for milk.  All milk should contain Vitamins A and D at levels specified by the Food and Drug Administration and be consistent with the state and local standards for such milk.
  • Low-fat (2%) or fat-free flavored milks, containing no more than 30 grams of total sugars per

8 ounce serving.

  • Caffeinated beverages containing naturally occurring caffeine in cocoa with less than 15 milligrams per

8 ounce servings during the school day.

  • Soy and Rice Drinks must be calcium and vitamin  fortified and contain no more than 30 grams total sugars.
  • Beverage products, except for drinking water, not to exceed 16 ounces.  As new products become available from manufacturers, Konawa Public Schools will transition to smaller portion sizes.


Snacks and Sweets:  (Per Serving)

Within the Konawa School District only foods that meet the following guidelines shall be sold during the school day (excluding the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program):


  • Total Fat:  No more than 30 percent  of total calories from fat or 7 grams maximum  per serving, (with the exception of nuts and seeds);
  • Saturated and Trans Fat:  10 percent or less of its total calories from saturated plus trans fat (or 2 grams maximum);
  • Each package of grains, fruits or vegetables with not more than 30 grams of total carbohydrates (including natural and added sugar); each package of dairy with not  more than 4 grams per ounce of total carbohydrate (including added sugar and natural milk sugar).


Snacks:  Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children's diets and health.  The school will encourage fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage.  The School will  assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of school meals, children's nutritional needs, children's ages, and other considerations.


  • (2012-13 Addition) - No parties or snacks before lunch except when on a ½ day schedule.



  • (2012-13 Addition) - Classroom teachers and administrators  will not  use candy or sweets as a regular/

everyday reward.  Other rewards should be offered such as healthy food options or non­food rewards.


Fund Raising and classroom parties:

  • (2012-13 Addition)  All fund raising efforts  and classroom parties will be supportive of healthy eating.
  • All school parties and special events will have an equal number of healthy choices versus food of minimal nutritional value.


  • The sale of candy as a fundraiser will be discouraged.






After School Programs:  Foods and beverages sold outside the school day must meet the requirements for nutritional standards as follows:

  • Students in the lower elementary school shall not have access to foods of minimal nutritional values except on special occasions;
  • Students in the upper elementary school shall have access to foods of minimal nutritional value


Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV)

Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) are defined in Appendix B of 7 CFR, Part 210 - Categories of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value.  

Foods of minimal nutritional value are:

  • Soda Water - A class of beverages made by absorbing carbon dioxide in potable water.  The amount of carbon dioxide used is not less than that which will be absorbed by the beverage at a pressure of one atmosphere and at a temperature of 60 degrees F.  It either contains no alcohol or only such alcohol, not  in excess of 0.5 percent by weight of the finished  beverage, as is contributed by the flavoring  ingredient used.  No product shall be excluded from this definition because it contains artificial sweeteners or discrete nutrients added to the food such as vitamins, minerals and protein.
  • Water  Ices - As defined  by 21CFR 135, 160 Food and Drug Administration Regulations except that water ices which contain fruit or fruit  juices are not included in this definition.
  • Chewing Gum - Flavored products from  natural or synthetic gums and other ingredients which form an insoluble mass for chewing.
  • Certain Candies - Processed foods made predominantly from sweeteners or artificial sweeteners with a variety of minor ingredients which characterize the following types:
  • Hard Candy - A product  made predominantly from  sugar (sucrose) and corn syrup which may be flavored  and colored, is characterized by a hard, brittle texture, and includes such items  as sour balls, fruit balls, candy sticks, lollipops, starlight  mints, after  dinner  mints, sugar wafers, rock candy, cinnamon candies, breath mints, jaw breakers and cough drops.
  • Jellies and Gums - a mixture of carbohydrates which are combined to form a stable gelatinous system of jelly-like character, and are generally flavored and colored, and include gum drops, jelly beans, jellied and fruit-flavored slices.
  • Marshmallow Candies - An aerated confection composed as sugar, corn syrup, invert sugar, 20 percent water and gelatin or egg white to which flavors and colors may be added.
  • Fondant - A product  consisting of microscopic-sized sugar crystals which are separated by thin film of sugar and/or invert sugar in solution such as candy corn, soft mints.
  • Licorice - A product  made predominantly from sugar and corn syrup flavored with an extract made the from licorice root.
  • Spun Candy - A product that is made from sugar that has been boiled at a high temperature and spun at a high speed in a special machine.
  • Candy Coated Popcorn - Popcorn which is coated with a mixture made predominantly from sugar and corn syrup.





Nutrition Education and Promotion:  The Konawa School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students.  The School will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition that:






  • is offered  at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with  the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
  • is part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;
  • includes  enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens;
  • promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free  dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices.
  • emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);
  • links with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services; teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and includes training for teachers and other staff.
  • Food Marketing:  School based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion.





PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TIMES:  (2012-13 Addition) - Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 1186 (effective  school year

2008-2009), students in Grades K through 5 will participate in a minimum of 120 minutes of Physical Education each week.


HEALTH RELATED FITNESS TESTING:  (2012-13 Addition) -Students will participate in an annual health related fitness test at the beginning and end of the year.  (e.g., Fitness Gram or President's Challenge)

  • Pre K – 2nd grade
  • Height and weights
  • 3rd grade - 8th grade
  • Height and weight
  • Presidential Physical Fitness Test or Fitness Gram


QUALITY PHYSICAL EDUCATION:  (2012-13 Addition) -State Physical Education curriculum will be offered throughout the school year to provide a wide variety of movement opportunities.


ROLE MODELING:  (2012-13  Addition) - School staff will promote healthful eating and healthy lifestyles to students and parents.


PLAYGROUNDS:  (2012-13  Addition) -All playgrounds will meet the recommended safety standards for design, installation, and maintenance.


PE EQUIPMENT:  (2012-13 Addition) - School sites will provide adequate equipment (e.g., balls, rackets, and other manipulatives) for every student to be active.


PE TEACHER TRAINING:  (2012-13 Addition) - Physical Education teacher will have opportunity to attend PE related training each year.









PE STAFFING:  (2012-13 Addition) - State licensed PE instructor will teach Physical Education.


HEALTH PROMOTION FOR SCHOOL STAFF:  (2012-13 Addition) - The school administration will provide health promotion programs for school staff and personnel.


WITHHOLDING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:  (2012-13 Addition) - Holding students out of recess or physical education as a form of discipline or to do make-up work will be discouraged.


Classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self­management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;


Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons.


Communications with Parents:  The school will provide  information about physical education and other school based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day, and support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.  Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.





Daily Recess:  All elementary school students in grades K-2 will have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors.  During recess time students should  be encouraged to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity.


  • (2012-13 Addition) - Recess before lunch will be encouraged in order to increase food consumption and nutrient intake, decrease plate waste, and improve cafeteria and classroom behavior.


The Konawa School District discourages extended periods (i.e., periods of two or more hours) of inactivity.  When  activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, students should be given periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.


Physical Activity Opportunities During the School Day:  The  Konawa School District will offer extracurricular physical activity  programs.  An interscholastic sports  program for students in grades PreK-8 will  be offered  as appropriate.  The Konawa School District  will offer  a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and ability of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities, and student  with special health care needs.


Use of  School Facilities Outside of School Hours:  School spaces and facilities should  be available to students, staff, and community members  before, during, and after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations.  These spaces and facilities also should be available to community agencies and organizations offering physical activity and nutrition programs.  School policies on equal access will apply at all times.










Monitoring and Review:  The Superintendent will  ensure compliance  with  established district-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies and will report on compliance to the Board of Education


Food Service staff will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the Superintendent.  In addition, the school will report on the most recent USDA School Meals Initiative (SMI) review findings and any resulting changes.  If the district has not received a SMI review from the state agency within the past five years, the district will request from the state agency that a SMI review be scheduled as soon as possible.


Each year the Health and Fit Advisory Committee will meet to review  the current  policy and to make changes for the upcoming  school year.  As part of that  review, the school district  will review nutrition and physical activity  policies, provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity, and nutrition and physical education program elements.  The school will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and implement the changes.  The new policy will be presented to the school board for approval at the June school board meeting.


  • YEARLY HEALTH RELATED INSERVICE: (2012-13 ADDITION) - The Wewoka  Indian Health Center Community Health Program will provide an annual review of the school health policy for all school and cafeteria staff including the added Move It! Program policies each year during the pre-school year in-service days.










PUBLIC LAW 108-265, SECTION 204.