Pickens County School District Board Policy EEE -Wellness
The Pickens County Board of Education recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students' well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.
To the extent practicable, all schools in the district shall participate in available federal school meal programs. All foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day shall be consistent with the requirements of federal and state law. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the U.S. Secretary pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools.
The Superintendent or designee shall convene a wellness policy committee consisting of school system and community representatives from areas designated in federal law to develop such regulations as may be needed to address all state and federally required wellness components. The school district will inform the public about the content of school wellness policies and the schools' progress in meeting those goals through appropriate media, including posting such information on the district's website.
Date Adopted: 06/13/2006
Last Revised: 12/12/2013
Local Wellness Committee
Each school has a local wellness plan and a Local Wellness Committee (LWC). Using the District Wellness Regulation as a guide, each school's LWC assesses the school health environment, programs and policies in place and identifies ways to strengthen these to improve the health of students and staff.
This regulation identifies the four (4) required Wellness Policy component goals each LWP is to strive for:
Nutrition Education and Promotion
Physical Education and Physical Activity Goals
Other School Based Activities- This includes marketing and advertising appropriate nutrition messages.
All foods and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day must meet Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards.
All Schools shall ensure that food and beverage fundraisers, at a minimum, meet the requirements as outlined in the Nutrition Standards for All Food Sold in Schools as required by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
Every three (3) years an assessment is conducted to determine the extent to which schools comply with:
- The Local Wellness Plan (LWP)
- How the LWP compares to model local school wellness policies
- The progress made in attaining the goals of the LWP