Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School recognizes that childhood obesity has become an epidemic. The school also recognizes that good nutrition and physical activity are essential for students to maximize their full academic and technical potential, reach their physical and mental potentials, and achieve lifelong health and well-being. A responsible approach to nutrition and physical activity promotes healthy weight maintenance and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, including asthma, hypertension, heart disease, and Type 2 Diabetes.
DRVTHS has a responsibility to culture a school environment that helps students learn and maintain lifelong healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Many factors play a role in achieving a healthy school environment, including foods and beverages available to students while at school, nutrition education, opportunities for physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness.
The Wellness Policy Committee is responsible for establishing and measuring the implementation of the District's Wellness Policy. The Superintendent -Director or designee will ensure compliance with established district-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. The Principal or designee will ensure compliance with those policies in this school and will report on the compliance to the Superintendent-Director or designee. Committee members work collaboratively and offer multiple perspectives to assure that the Wellness Policy is designed to optimize the health and well-being of students, and fulfills the requirements of Section 204 of The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265).
It is the policy of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District that all foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day are consistent with the School Lunch Program nutrition guidelines. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals will not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to law. DRVTHS has adopted the following policies:
- The food service director shall ensure that the meals and snacks offered by the school food service program meet all legal requirements for participation in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
- The food service department will continue to work on improving the nutritional quality and student acceptance of school meals by focusing on food presentation, and giving students opportunities to sample new foods.
- The food service department will offer health education training annually to all school food service staff.
- Items sold in vending machines will meet the guidelines established by the MA Action for Healthy Kids, as seen in the document entitled "MA A La Carte Food and Beverage Standards to Promote a Healthier School Environment." (see attached).
- DRVTHS encourages student participation in the school breakfast and lunch programs.
- All children who participate in subsidized food programs are able to obtain food in a non-stigmatizing manner.
- DRVTHS will provide a clean and safe meal environment for all students, along with adequate time for students to sit and eat lunch scheduled as near to the middle of the school day as possible. The American School Food Service Association recommends at least 20 minutes for lunch, from the time students are seated with their food, as well as access to hand washing or sanitizing facilities before meals.
- DRVTHS prohibits the withholding of food for punishment or as a consequence for behavior or work effort.
- DRVTHS staff will not use candy or food as a reward for student accomplishments.
- Staff members and parents/guardians are encouraged to utilize the John Stalker "A List" of recommended snack foods and beverages when selecting refreshments for daily snacks, celebrations, fundraising and school events, (see attached).
- Staff members and parent groups conducting fundraisers are encouraged to hold non-food related fundraisers. All fundraisers that do sell food must be conducted during non-school hours.
Nutrition and Physical Education
The School District will provide nutrition education aligned with standards established by the USDA's National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program in all grades. The School District will provide physical education training aligned with the standards established by the Department of Education. The Health and Physical Education Department, in consultation with the Wellness Policy Committee, will develop procedures that address nutrition and physical education.
The following goals have been established for our nutrition education program.
- Students receive nutrition education that teaches the skills they need to adopt and maintain healthy eating behaviors.
- Nutrition education is offered in the classroom with coordination between the food service and physical and health education staff and other school personnel, including teachers.
- Students receive consistent nutrition messages from all aspects of the school program.
- Staff that provides nutrition education has appropriate training.
Physical Education Activities
The following goals have been established for our physical education program.
- Students are given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through physical education (PE) classes, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum where appropriate.
- Students are given opportunities for physical activity through a range of after-school programs including, but not limited to, intramurals, interscholastic athletics, and physical activity clubs.
- DRVTHS will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities and students with health-care needs.
- Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity as punishment.
- Physical activities and/or nutrition services or programs are also designed and implemented to benefit the staff as well.
The Superintendent-Director or designee will ensure compliance with established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. The Principal or designee will ensure compliance with those policies in this school and will report on the compliance to the Superintendent-Director or designee.
The school food service staff at the school will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within the school food service areas and will report on this matter to the Supervisor of Food Services.
The Wellness Policy Committee will monitor, review, and make suggestions for revision to the district’s nutritional and physical activity programs as appropriate. The Committee will serve as a general clearing-house for continual improvement in the school's practices in these and other related areas.
The Superintendent-Director or designee will provide periodic reports to the School Committee on the school's compliance with the established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. That report will also be distributed to the Wellness Policy Committee, Parent-Teacher Organizations, the School Principal, and the health services personnel in the school.
REFS: The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans
GMBC, IHAMC, JLCE
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265)
The MA Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum Framework
John Stalker "A List" of Recommended Snack Foods and Beverages
The USDA's National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program