|District Wellness Program|
The Board recognizes the relationship between student well-being and student achievement as well as the importance of a comprehensive district wellness program. Therefore, the district will continue to provide developmentally appropriate and sequential nutrition and physical education as well as opportunities for physical activity.
The district will draft the wellness program policy by utilizing a team that consists of at least one parent, student, nurse or other school health professional, physical education teacher, school food service representative, Board member, school administrator, member of the public, and other community members as appropriate.
The Board designates the following individual as wellness program coordinator: Director of Nursing. The wellness program coordinator will be in charge of implementation and evaluation of this policy and is responsible for ensuring that each school in the district is in compliance with this policy.
It is the policy of the Republic R-III School District that all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day on any property under the jurisdiction of the district will meet the nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These nutrition standards apply to all food and beverages sold to students, including those sold in vending machines, school stores and through district-sponsored fundraisers, unless an exemption applies. For the purposes of this policy, the school day is the time period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the official school day.
The district will provide nutrition education aligned with the Show-Me Standards and Missouri's Frameworks for Curriculum Development in Health/Physical Education in all grades. In addition, the district will disseminate nutrition messages and other nutrition-related materials received from the USDA to students, staff and the community through a variety of media and methods. The wellness program coordinators, in consultation with the wellness committee, will develop procedures that address nutrition education and promotion.
The district will provide physical education and opportunities for physical activity in accordance with state requirements and aligned with the Show-Me Standards and Missouri's Frameworks for Curriculum Development in Health/Physical Education in all grades. The wellness program coordinator, in consultation with the district administration and Board of Education, will develop procedures that address physical education and physical activity.
The wellness program coordinator, in consultation with the district administration and Board of Education, is charged with developing procedures addressing other school-based activities to promote wellness.
The wellness program coordinator will ensure all education curricula and materials pertaining to wellness are accurate, complete, balanced and consistent with the state’s and district's education goals and standards. The wellness program coordinator shall be responsible for devising a plan for implementation and evaluation of the district wellness policy and is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that schools meet the goals of the district wellness policy. The wellness program coordinator will report to the Board periodically regarding the content and implementation of the wellness program and make recommendations for modifications to this policy as appropriate. The report will be made available to the public on the district's website or by other appropriate means.