Policies and Regulations
School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 5- 58.1
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, in partnership with families, community organizations, and other local agencies, play an important role in promoting student wellness. The School Board supports a school environment that encourages and fosters nutritious eating habits and physical activity, both linked to academic success and lifelong good health. Schools are encouraged to work collaboratively with families and the community to improve the quality of health for all students.
- Nutrition Education
- The nutrition education program will provide a basic knowledge of nutrition combined with strategies to promote healthy eating habits. Employees responsible for nutrition education will be prepared and participate in professional development activities to deliver an accurate nutrition education program.
- Nutrition education will be integrated into the curriculum where appropriate.
- Nutrition education will involve sharing information with families and the broader community to positively impact students and the health of the community with a focus on strategies to improve nutrition.
- Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will provide information to families that encourage them to teach their children about health and nutrition and to provide nutritious meals for their families. The Office of Food Services will provide menus for the federal Child Nutrition meal programs, along with other appropriate nutritional information.
- The School Division will participate in the National School Breakfast Program and students will be encouraged to start each day with a healthy breakfast.
- Schools will encourage participation by students and families in federal Child Nutrition meal programs, as these become available.
- Nutrition Standards
- The meal program is designed to ensure that all students have affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to stay healthy and learn well.
- All foods made available in the federal program to students during the school day by the Office of Food Services will comply with or exceed the current federal and state requirements.
- The Office of Food Services will publish the nutritional analysis for all elementary and secondary school breakfasts and lunches consistent with federal and state guidelines.
- Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal programs. As part of the responsibility for operating a food service program, the Office of Food Services will continue to provide on-going professional development for nutrition professionals in the schools. Staff development programs should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for Child Nutrition Directors/Supervisors, Cafeteria Managers, and Cafeteria Assistants, according to their levels of responsibility.
- Principals should work with parent and community organizations to encourage fundraising activities that do not involve the sale of unhealthy foods.
- School administrators will encourage the offering of healthy snacks, where permitted or offered.
- School administrators will discourage the use of food or beverage as a reward for academic performance or good behavior. Schools should limit “celebrations” that involve food during the school day that does not relate directly to the curriculum.
- Students should be discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal and/or snack times based on concerns regarding food allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.
- Physical Activity
- Physical education courses will be a primary venue where students learn, practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills.
- Physical education instructors and physical education teacher assistants, under the direction of the physical education instructor, will teach physical education classes.
- Physical education will include the instruction of individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive sports to encourage life-long physical activity.
- Adequate equipment will be available for all students to participate in physical education.
- Each school will provide an environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students based on individual skills, aptitudes, and interests.
- Elementary students will be provided with a daily recess period, which may not be withheld as a disciplinary measure.
- VBCPS will make available information to families to help them incorporate physical activity into their students’ lives.
- Schools are encouraged to make available the outdoor physical activity facilities for use by students and families beyond the school day. Access to these facilities is to be provided within the established procedures and guidelines for facility use.
- Other Programs to Promote Wellness
- VBCPS will encourage families to participate in programs that support physical activity.
- VBCPS will continue to support and promote interscholastic athletic programs and intramural activity programs in the secondary schools.
- Individual schools will be encouraged to participate in the school-based Governors Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard and Awards Program to monitor progress on student wellness.
- Where possible, schools should be encouraged to host student-related health clinics, health screenings, and assist with the enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and other state children’s health insurance programs.
- Schools will support the health screenings of students by the school nurses for vision, hearing, blood pressure, scoliosis, height, weight, dental, skin integrity, and overall general health, based on state guidelines and requirements and according to local school division protocol.
- Monitoring and Evaluation
The Superintendent or his/her designee will establish procedures for determining
annual compliance with and potential revisions needed for this Policy. In addition, school principals will be asked to consider using the previously established school-based Governors Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard and Awards Program to monitor progress on student wellness.
As per the Code of Virginia §22.1-275.1, the School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) advises the School Board on matters affecting student health. The SHAB is comprised of parents, health professionals, educators and others who are appointed by the School Board. The SHAB shall be participatory in ongoing efforts to articulate and to define the Student Wellness Program for VBCPS. In its annual report to the School Board, the SHAB will include a statement as to the progress of the Wellness Program, while offering further advisement on methods for supporting the program.
Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Section 204, Public Law 108-265)
Approved by Superintendent: July 17, 2006