Port Angeles School District

Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee

Background

The District’s Nutrition and Physical Fitness Policy is a state requirement and a federal government requirement. Senate Bill 5436 specifically identified the subject areas that proposed Board policy must address:

  1. Access to nutritious foods;
  2. Opportunities for developmentally appropriate exercise;
  3. Nutritional content of foods and beverages, including 
    fluoridated bottled water, sold or provided throughout the school day or sold in competition with federal school breakfast and lunch program;
  4. Availability and quality of health, nutrition, and physical education and fitness curriculum; and
  5. Development of a physical education and fitness curriculum for students.

The October federal reauthorization of the National School Lunch Program (the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004) requires all school districts participating in federally subsidized child nutrition programs to establish a local school wellness policy by the beginning of the 2006-07 school year.  This policy must be developed with involvement from the Board, school administrators, school food service representatives, students, parents, and the public, and must:

  1. Include goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the local school district determines is appropriate;
  2. Include nutrition guidelines selected by the school district for all foods available on each school campus in the district during the school day with the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity;
  3. Provide an assurance that guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, as applicable to schools; and
  4. Establish a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy, including designation of one or more persons within the district or at each school, as appropriate, charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school meets the local wellness policy.

The District convened a task force which recommended board policy and procedure in response to these state and federal mandates.  The Board adopted the policy and accepted the procedure on July 11, 2005.  The procedure provides that the District shall convene a Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee to assist in development of the district-wide nutrition and physical fitness policy implementation.  On that date the Board also acted to move forward with advisory committee, and decided the committee would include food service directors and staff, parents, building level administrators, school board members, students, nutritionists, health care professionals, physical education staff, the public and interested community organizations.  The procedure also defined various reports to be provided the board by the superintendent.

Committee Charge

Based on the procedure accepted by the board and the superintendent’s charge to establish implementing procedures and establish the Nutrition & Physical Activity Advisory Committee, the purposes of the committee are as follows:

  1. Nutrition – Recommend to the superintendent an approach to assessing results of an evaluation of the effectiveness of the school health program in promoting healthy eating.  In doing so, also:

    a.  Recommend to the superintendent an approach to assessing the results of an evaluation of the effectiveness of the school meal program, and recommend implementation of program changes necessary to increase its effectiveness as a result of the annual assessment;

    b.  Assess whether board policy and procedure are being implemented, and report the same to the superintendent; and

    c.  Provide with these recommendations on the school health program an analysis of the impact on the district’s budget of recommended program changes.

  2. Physical Education – Recommend to the superintendent an effective method for regularly monitoring and assessing district physical activity/health and fitness programs, in conjunction with other district academic and health-related programs.* In doing so:

    a.  Base such a recommendation upon best practices and reliable and valid instrumentation;

    b.  Prepare an annual report for the superintendent on the results of these surveys and assessments to be delivered to the board, school sites, and made available to parents and community; and

  3. Program Evaluation – Report to the superintendent the results of an analysis of each school’s physical education plan and results as reported to the board through the CSIP (Continuous School Improvement Plan), including documentation of each school’s planned use of the required 100 instructional minutes of physical education.

The committee is expected to deliver its annual report to the superintendent by the first of June 2006.  The District’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and assessment will chair the committee.

*Using tools like the Healthy Kids Survey, CDC School assessments, NASPE Stars (National Association of Sports and Physical Education), or an OSPI-approved assessment.

Excerpt from Procedure 6700P.

Advisory Committee

The District shall convene a Nutrition and Physical Activity advisory committee to assist in development of the district wide nutrition and physical fitness policy. The committee shall include food service directors and staff, parents, building level administrators, school board members, students, nutritionists, health care professionals, physical education staff, the public and interested community organizations.

Program Evaluation

A.  Nutrition  In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the school health program in promoting healthy eating and to implement program changes as necessary to increase its effectiveness, the superintendent is responsible for evaluating and assessing whether the board policy and procedure are implemented, including a periodic assessment of the school meal program with input from students, parents and staff.

B.  Physical Education  District physical activity/health and fitness programs will be monitored and assessed regularly in conjunction with other district academic and health-related programs using tools like the Healthy Kids Survey, CDC School assessments, NASPE Stars (National Association of Sports and Physical Education) or an OSPI approved assessment. Results of these surveys and assessments will be reported to the board, school sites, and made available to parents and community on an annual basis.

C.  Program Evaluation  Each school will report their physical education plan annually to the Board through their CSIP (Continuous School Improvement Plan), documenting their planned use of the required 100 instructional minutes of physical education.