School Wellness

Policy Preamble
West Allis West Milwaukee School District (hereto referred to as the District) is committed to the optimal development of every student. Good nutrition and regular physical activity before, during, and after the school day are strongly correlated with positive student outcomes. The District believes that we need to create and support health-promoting learning environments throughout our schools, giving students the opportunity to achieve success. This policy outlines the District’s approach to ensure all students practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day.

Policy Leadership
The designated official for oversight of the wellness policy is Nicole Weeks, RDN, CD. The official shall convene the Wellness Committee and lead the review, updating, and evaluation of the policy.

To assist in the creation of a healthy school environment, the District shall establish a Wellness Committee that will provide an ongoing review and evaluation of the Wellness Policy. The Committee shall meet no less than four times during the school year to implement, assess and review, and make recommendations for changes to the Wellness Policy.

The District shall invite a diverse group of stakeholders to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy. Stakeholders may include:

  • Administrator

  • Classroom teacher

  • Physical education teacher

  • School food service representative

  • School nurse

  • Community member/parent

  • Student

Nutrition Standards for All Foods
The District is committed to serving healthy meals to our students. The school meal programs aim to improve the diet and health of school children, model healthy eating patterns, and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs. All schools in the District participate in USDA child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Standards and Guidelines for School Meals
The District is committed to ensuring that:

  • All meals meet or exceed current nutrition requirements established under the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 (www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/dietaryspecs.pdf).

  • All meals are accessible to all students.

  • Withholding food as a punishment shall be strictly prohibited.

  • All meals are appealing and attractive and served in clean and pleasant settings.

  • Drinking water is available for students during mealtimes.

    In addition, the District’s nutrition services shall:

  • Notify parents of the availability of the breakfast, lunch, and summer food programs and shall be encouraged to determine eligibility for reduced or free meals.

  • Allow students the opportunity to provide input on menu items.

  • Explore the use of nontraditional breakfast service models (such as breakfast in the classroom) to increase breakfast participation.

    Foods and Beverages Sold Outside of the School Meals Program

  • All food and beverages sold and served outside of the school meal programs (“competitive” foods and beverages) shall, at a minimum, meet the standards established in USDA’s Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools (Smart Snacks) rule. The standards are available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-focusing-smart-snacks.

  • The District adheres to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction fundraiser exemption policy and allows two exempt fundraisers per student organization per school per year. All other fundraisers sold during the school day will meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. No restrictions are placed on the sale of food/beverage items sold outside of the school day.

Marketing
Schools will restrict food and beverage marketing to only those foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards set forth by USDA’s Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools (Smart Snacks) rule. Marketing includes brand names, trademarks, logos, or tags except when placed on a food or beverage product/container; displays, such as vending machine exteriors; corporate/brand names, logos, trademarks on cups, posters, school supplies, education materials, food service equipment, and school equipment (e.g. message boards, scoreboards, uniforms); advertisements in school publications/mailings; sponsorship of school activities, fundraisers, or sports teams; educational incentive programs such as contests or programs; and free samples or coupons displaying advertising of a product.

Foods Provided but Not Sold
The District encourages foods offered on the school campus meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards including those provided at celebrations and parties and classroom snacks brought by staff or family members.

Nutrition Education
Schools shall provide nutrition education that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors. Nutrition education shall follow the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Model Academic Standards for Nutrition.

Nutrition Promotion
The District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes students to practice healthy eating and physical activity. Students shall receive consistent nutrition messages that promote health throughout schools, classrooms, cafeterias, and school media. The District shall offer students the ability to participate culinary activities, such as cooking clubs and the Wisconsin Student Chef Competition.

Physical Activity
The District shall provide students with age and grade appropriate opportunities to engage in physical activity. As such:

  • Teachers shall incorporate movement and kinesthetic learning approaches into “core” subject instruction when possible.

  • Opportunities to participate in physical activity shall be promoted throughout the school via Recreation Department flyers and schedules.

Physical Education

  • All District elementary students in each grade shall receive at least 90 minutes of physical education per week throughout the school year.

  • All District elementary students in each grade shall have physical education a minimum of three times per week.

  • All District middle school students are required to take the equivalent of one academic year of physical education.

  • All District high school students are required to receive 1.5 credits of physical education prior to graduation.

  • All physical education classes are taught by licensed teachers who are certified to teach physical education.

  • Physical education staff shall receive professional development on a yearly basis.

Other School Based Activities that Promote Wellness
As appropriate, schools shall support students, staff, and parents’ efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The District supports the implementation of other programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages in an effort to promote student well-being.

Staff Wellness
The District will implement the following activities below to promote healthy eating and physical activity among school staff.

  • Educational activities for school staff members on healthy lifestyle behaviors.

  • Distribution of an employee health newsletter to promote healthy behaviors.

  • Administration of flu shots at school.

  • Annual administration of individual health-risk appraisals to help staff members establish personal health-improvement goals.

Community Engagement
The District shall actively inform families and the public about the content of and any updates to the policy through the the District website.

Monitoring and Evaluation
The Wellness Committee shall evaluate compliance with the Wellness Policy no less than once every three years. The assessment will include the extent to which each school is in compliance with the policy and how the policy compares to a model policy, as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.