Barre Town Supervisory
District Policy Manual
TITLE: Wellness: Nutrition &
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The intent of this policy is to ensure compliance with the local
policy requirements of the federal Child Nutrition and WIC
Reauthorization Act of 2004. In accord with those requirements, this
policy has been developed in consultation with parents, students,
representatives of the school food services authority, school
administrators and the public.
It is the policy of the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School to
establish goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other
school based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.
With the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood
obesity, the school will also establish nutrition guidelines for all
foods available at school during the day.
To the extent practicable, nutrition
education shall be integrated into core curricula areas and be
identified as a learning objective for health education as
enumerated in the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning
Objectives as part of the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School
health education plan.
All food sold to children at Barre Town
Middle and Elementary School will meet the Dietary Guidelines for
Americans and the nutrient standards established in the regulations
of the National School Lunch Program (7CFR 210) and the School
Breakfast Program (7CFR 220)
All school activities, including
classroom practices, celebrations and incentives, are consistent
with the sound nutrition practices. Sweets can be offered as an
occasional and special treat to teach children how to balance their
Our food services program participates
in the "offer versus serve" method of meal service. A wide variety
of healthy foods are offered and students are encouraged to make
wise food choices. Good food habits are encouraged through the
modeling of appropriate portions, suitable variety and preparation
techniques that emphasize high quality nutrition.
Our cafeteria is a clean, safe, pleasant
and inviting place. The cafeteria atmosphere is monitored regularly
to ensure that meal times are relaxed and pleasant. The noise level
will be kept low. The meal periods provide adequate time to eat and
are scheduled at appropriate hours.
Fund raising activities of school groups
are consistent with the nutrition standards of the food service
program and the nutrition principles taught in the classroom. Candy
food sales are prohibited. Anyone wishing to sell food items in the
school at anytime must first obtain permission from the school
administrators giving them a list of products to be sold.
The sale of foods during meal periods in
food service areas shall be allowed only if all income from the
sale, including the sale of approved foods or drinks from vending
machines, accrues to the benefit of the school, the school food
service program, or the student organizations sponsoring the sale.
Goals for Physical Fitness/Education/Activities
“Quality physical education programs positively impact students’
physical, social, and emotional health. The healthy, physically
active student is more likely to be academically motivated, alert,
Council of Physical Education for Children
By incorporating a variety of skills,
concepts, and activities into the curriculum, it is the goal of
Barre Town Middle and Elementary School (BTMES) to instill a passion
in the students for lifelong physical activity. Quality physical
education programs provide opportunities for children to understand
the importance of physical activity and to acquire skills to combat
a sedentary lifestyle. Activities will be chosen that convey the joy
of physical movement and are fun.
To the extent practical, BTMES shall
strive to provide other physical activity opportunities for students
through recess periods.
To the extent practical and available
and as appropriate, before and after school activities such as
interscholastic athletics and physical activity clubs or intramural
sports will be made available.
We will strive to meet the National
Association for Sports and Physical Education recommendations which
suggest a minimum of 150 minutes per week for elementary school
students and 225 minutes per week for middle and high school
students, including opportunities outside the normal school day.
Teachers will be encouraged to
periodically provide directed activity session.
Provide appropriate indoor facility for
poor weather recess which allows for physical activity.
Recess should occur before lunch.
B. Instructional Program
Physical education instruction K-5 will
have a minimum of 80 minutes per week. PE instruction grades 6-8
will have a minimum of 100 minutes per week.
No child may be removed from recess
C. Facilities Guidelines
addition to the annual safety inspection, the physical
education/physical activity facilities and equipment will be
inspected on a daily basis for safety.
The school shall minimize interruptions
to scheduled physical education classes.
Adequate storage for sports equipment
shall be planned prior to purchase of equipment.
D. Curriculum Guidelines
The physical education report card will
include reporting of cognitive, social, and physical skills.
The curriculum shall use
developmentally-appropriate components of a health-related fitness
The curriculum shall offer students
multiple opportunities that prepare them for a variety of lifetime
physical activities, including but not limited to traditional
individual and team sports and non-traditional activities.
The curriculum shall develop students’
competence in their own physical abilities to build self confidence
and motivate participation in physical activity. Activities are
conducted to provide for a maximum participation.
The physical education program shall be
closely coordinated with the overall school health program. Physical
education topics shall be integrated within other curricula areas.
E. Inclusion (Adaptive Physical
The physical education or adapted
program shall include all students, with support as necessary.
Professionally trained adaptive physical
education support shall be provided by trained personnel.
A student with a chronic health problem
or other disabling condition is permitted to participate in any
physical education program, extra-curricular activity, including
interscholastic athletics, if the student’s skill and physical
condition meet the same qualifications as other students. The school
shall make reasonable accommodations to allow the student to
participate with medical/parental clearance.
F. Physical Activity Guidelines
In addition to physical education class
time supervised unstructured and/or structured active play, commonly
referred to as recess, shall be offered daily for all students K-8
(except as noted in B2 of this policy).
Adequate supervision will be provided at
recess to ensure the safety of all children. Instruction shall be
provided for all faculty/staff assigned to recess duty.
Students must be properly attired to
participate in outdoor activities and recess. In cold temperatures
the school shall encourage students to wear a coat, headwear,
gloves, and weather appropriate footwear.
III. Policy Implementation
- The superintendent or his or her
designee shall monitor school programs and curriculum to ensure
compliance with this policy and any administrative procedures
established to carry out the requirements of this policy.
- The superintendent or his or her
designee shall report at least annually to the board on the school’s
compliance with law and policies related to student wellness. The
report shall include an assurance that district guidelines for
reimbursable meals are not less restrictive than regulations and
guidelines issued for schools in accordance to federal law.
- School personnel will collaborate
with parents and the community to support these guidelines and the
promotion of life-long health habits.
- The School Health Advisory
Committee’s role shall provide support and resource for the
administrative oversight of the policy.
Initial Adoption: 7/1/04
Revised 1st Reading: 4/4/07
Revised Final Reading: 5/2/07
Council of Physical Education for Children, 2001
Vermont Framework for Standards and Learning Opportunities
Vermont Physical Education Grade-Cluster Expectations
EFC - Free & Reduced Price Food Services
EF-P – Wellness/Nutrition Procedures
16 VSA §§131
Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 210 and Part 220
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Section 204 of
Public Law 108-265
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
Barre Town Procedures
TITLE: Wellness/Nutrition Procedures CODE: EF-P
- Our meals emphasize low-fat main
dish protein items.
- A variety of fresh fruit or
vegetables are offered daily in a child-friendly form, e.g.,
- Fresh and frozen vegetables are
preferred over canned. They are prepared by steaming whenever
- Desserts are limited to fruit and
items that support low fat baking techniques and nutrition
principles and are served in age appropriate sizes. Examples of
encouraged foods are: pudding, frozen yogurt, regular yogurt, trail
mix (nuts, seeds, dried fruit), 100% fruit Popsicles,
low-sugar/low-fat cookies and fig bars.
- Ala Carte and vending machine items
are limited to a variety of healthy snacks. Some examples of
encouraged foods are: raw vegetable sticks/slices with low fat
dressing or yogurt dip, fresh fruit, 100 % fruit juices, water,
milk, frozen 100% juice Popsicles, dried fruits, trail mix (dried
fruit, seeds, nuts), dry roasted nuts, low-sodium crackers,
pretzels, popcorn, low-fat muffins, granola bars, low-fat yogurt,
cottage cheese, and cheese.
- The salad bar will be stocked with a
variety of vegetables, fruits, protein, and grain items.
- Food and drink will be served at
- The bread and bread alternates
offered to students will be at least 50% whole grains.
- Beverages served are limited to 100%
fruit juices and a variety of milk
- Caffeinated beverage will not be
available to Barre Town students.
- The use of salt is limited to
recipes where it is an essential ingredient.
- Foods are not deep-fat fried;
cooking oil used is poly-unsaturated.
- Menus are planned a month in advance
to assist in providing needed nutrients over the long term.
Healthier food choices will be highlighted.
- Foods shall be labeled for dietary
needs/allergies (nuts, shell fish, soy, wheat, gluten).
- Sweets will be limited but not
excluded in meals.
1st Reading: 4/4/2007
2nd/Final Reading: 5/2/07