530 - Wellness Policy

 

PACT Charter School

Original Creation Date: December 8, 2008
Last Approved By: PACT Charter School Board of Directors
Last Approved Date: May 6, 2021
Year Reviewed: 2020-2021


PURPOSE

To support health, wellness, and improved educational outcomes of PACT Charter School students and staff.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

By working toward the following goals, PACT Charter School supports health wellness and improved educational outcomes of PACT Charter School students. 

  1. Food and beverages sold or served at PACT Charter School meet the nutrition recommendations of the USDA guidelines. 

  2. Students have access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. 

  3. PACT Charter School participates in federal and state school meal programs. 

  4. PACT Charter School provides nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong healthy eating habits and physical activity. 

  5. All students have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active regularly. 

  6. PACT Charter School maintains a Wellness Committee that promotes healthy living to staff and students.

  7. The Wellness Committee shall continue to develop, implement, monitor, review, and recommend revisions regarding the Wellness Policy. The Wellness Committee will also serve as a resource to the school for the implementation of the policy. 

NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES

Food Environment:

  1. The students are encouraged to start each day with a healthy breakfast because children who come to school hungry find it difficult to stay alert, concentrate, and learn. A healthy breakfast program is available for students. School lunch periods should be scheduled during the middle of the school day, if possible. 

  2. Students are provided with enough time to eat meals at school during their scheduled mealtime. Students are allowed approximately ten minutes for breakfast and twenty minutes for lunch from the time they are seated. 

  3. The dining areas at school are clean and inviting to the students. 

  4. Enough seating is provided for all students. 

  5. Hand-washing facilities are available for students, and they are encouraged to wash their hands before meals. Hand sanitizer may also be available to students. 

  6. Every effort will be made to avoid holding/hosting tutoring sessions, club/organizational meetings, or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during the activity. 

  7. Milk (for purchase) and water is available to all students during meal times. 

  8. Have a nutrition program that:

    1.   Is offered as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health. 

    2.   Encourages all students to make age-appropriate, healthy selections of food and beverages.

 

Food Service Operations:

  1. PACT Charter School ensures a coordinated and comprehensive outreach, promotion, and pricing plan to ensure maximum participation in the school meal program and ensure that all eligible children have access to free and reduced-price meals.

  2. PACT Charter School ensures that all students eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals and milk are not specified or easily identified by others. 

  3. PACT Charter School employs a food service director that is appropriately qualified, certified, or has the credentials (according to professional standards) to administer the school food service program and satisfy reporting requirements. 

  4. All personnel that participates in child/student nutrition have adequate pre-service training and strives to participate in ongoing professional development.

  5. When requested, PACT Charter School will involve families in the development of programs to provide school meal options that are culturally sensitive and meet special dietary needs. 

  6. PACT Charter School plans menus that meet the nutrition standards recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and ensure that the school meal program meets all requirements set forth under U.S.D.A. CFR Part 210 and Part 220. 

  7. Food and Beverages Served/ Sold During the School Day.

 

Food and beverages offered will be nutrient-dense including whole grain products, fiber-rich fruits, and vegetables.

Note: According to the American Dietetic Association and others, nutrient-dense foods are those foods that are rich in essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fiber, and/ or protein) when compared to their calorie count.

  1. Food and beverages offered and served includes a variety of healthy choices that are of excellent quality, appealing to the students, and served at the proper temperature. 

  2. Food and beverages are offered to minimize the use of trans fats, sodium, and sugar content. 

  3. Portion sizes will be age-appropriate for elementary, middle school, and high school students, respectively

  4. Nutrition information for products offered in snack bars, a la carte, vending, or the school stores should be available.

  5. If food is provided for the classroom celebration, it must be commercially prepared. Healthy food choices are encouraged. 

  6. It is a goal that when fundraisers involve selling food, they should promote positive health habits.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

  1. PACT Charter School recognizes that parents and guardians have a primary and fundamental role in promoting and protecting their children’s health and well-being. 

  2. PACT Charter School recognizes that health status and behaviors are influenced not only by the attitudes and practices of an individual but also by personal relationships, as well as community and societal factors. 

  3. PACT Charter School will disseminate health information to parents/guardians through the PACT Pilot E-Newsletter, handouts, and/or the school website. 

  4. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to be involved in communication and decision-making through the Wellness Committee.  

  5. PACT Charter School provides information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day and supports parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school by providing extracurricular opportunities. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.

  6. PACT Charter School encourages parents, teachers, school administrators, students, food service professionals, and community members to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and being physically active, both in school and at home.

PRODUCT MARKETING IN SCHOOLS

To the best of its ability, PACT Charter School works to provide foods and beverages available to students that support the health and wellness curriculum, promote optimal health, and provide healthy and appealing food choices. PACT only markets food/beverages that meet Smart Snacks Standards. PACT will adhere to the following standards for the nutritional value of foods and beverages:

  1. Calories from saturated trans-fat - No more than 10% 

  2. Calories from total fat - No more than 30% 

  3. Total sugar – No more than 35% by weight 

  4. Whole grain – 100% 

  5. Total sodium – No more than 230 mg of sodium per serving for chips, cereals, crackers, oven-baked potatoes, baked goods; no more than 480 per serving for pasta, meats, and soups and no more than 600 mg per serving for pizza, sandwiches and main dishes as carefully as can be determined. 

  6. Fruits and vegetables -- a choice of fruits and non-fried vegetables will be offered for sale at any location where foods are sold in school and on school grounds. Such items could include, but are not limited to: fresh fruits and vegetables; 100% fruit or vegetable juices; fruit-based drinks that are at least 50% fruit juice and that do not contain additional caloric sweeteners; cooked, dried, or canned fruits in fruit juice; cooked, dried or canned vegetables that meet fat and sodium guidelines. 

  7. Beverages – Encouraged: 100% fruit or vegetable juices; fruit-based drinks that are at least 50% fruit juice and do not contain additional caloric sweeteners or artificial sweeteners, unflavored low-fat milk, and water. Discouraged: drinks containing caloric or artificial sweeteners, sports drinks, caffeinated iced teas, fruit-based drinks that contain less than 50% real fruit juice or that contain additional caloric sweeteners, and beverages containing caffeine.

OPPORTUNITIES BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL

PACT Charter School encourages the participation of all students in activities such as co-curricular activities, extracurricular activities, community and family activities that promote physical activity. Physical activity is supported through three seasons of competitive sports. Teams from junior high to varsity levels may be available for both male and female students. All PACT Charter School coaches must meet certification requirements. K-6 students participate in a recess period daily (weather permitting).

CURRICULUM

PACT Charter School provides an education that will encourage lifelong healthy eating habits and physical activity. PACT Charter School works toward a relationship between physical education, health education, school lunch program, and community (when possible). 

PACT Charter School will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion by:

  1. Offering at each grade level basic nutritional knowledge and skills to encourage and promote health;

  2. Encouraging nutritional strategies into subjects including health and physical education including math, science, language arts, social sciences, and other elective subjects.

  3. Promoting fruits and vegetables, whole grains products, low-fat dairy products, and healthy food preparation methods.

  4. Stressing the balance between caloric intake and energy expenditure (exercise).

  5. Keeping class parties to a minimum during the school year, and offer healthy alternatives to highly processed, sugar-filled foods/treats.

  6. Physical Education:

    • All students at PACT Charter School will be provided with physical education as determined by PACT Charter School guidelines.

    • On average, students will spend at least 50% of physical education class participating in moderate physical activity.

    • Integrating physical activity into the classroom setting

    • To encourage lifelong physical activity, other opportunities for physical education must be offered beyond physical education class.

    • Classroom teachers are encouraged to develop and utilize opportunities during class to provide short; physical activity breaks during class.

    • Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. Health Education Units reinforce physical education by working to support a physically active lifestyle. 

  2. Food items should not be used to reward positive behavior according to the Minnesota Department of Education guidelines.

IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING OF WELLNESS POLICY

  1. The Wellness Policy, after approval, will be implemented throughout the school. The policy will be available on the school website distributed to all staff. 

  2. The Executive Director of Building Operations will ensure the school complies with the policy and will oversee the work of the policy in the district. 

  3. The Wellness Committee will meet annually in November to review the policy and make recommendations to the PACT School Board of Directors. The general public and all PACT stakeholders are welcomed to participate in the Wellness Committee. 

  4. The food service staff will ensure compliance within the foodservice areas regarding nutrition guidelines and procedures set forth by the state and will report to the administrator as appropriate. 

  5. The school store and after-school concessions will also provide nutritional options for purchase.  

  6. The Wellness Policy will be communicated to stakeholders annually after it is approved by the PACT School Board of Directors.

 

Contact Us

PACT Charter School
7250 East Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303 

Phone: 763-712-4200
Absence line: 763-712-4200, ext. 2
Fax: 763-712-4201

 

MAP & DIRECTIONS

Office Hours

School Year
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Teachers leave @ 3:30 p.m. 

Non-School Fridays
7:30 a.m. - Noon

School Breaks
Monday | Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday | Thursday: 8 a.m. - noon
Closed Holidays and Fridays

 

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