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10.46.P.1 Student Wellness
The District recognizes the importance of mental and physical health in support of student learning. School staff will implement these procedures and those in the curriculum and instructional programs in support of student health and fitness.

Food and Nutrition Overview 

All schools must comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the Maricopa County Health Code and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture federal guidelines. 

Nutrition Promotion
The district will share and promote nutrition information with students, staff and parents.

The goal of Nutrition Promotion is to influence eating behaviors and provide the basic foundation for students to acquire the critical skills needed to adopt, practice, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Nutrition Services Department shall promote nutrition through hands-on activities, no less than once per year at each school.

Fundraising Guidelines 

All Foods.   Fundraising activities shall not compete with the Nutrition Department. All food items being sold must come from a commercial business (supermarket, restaurant) with an approved Maricopa County health permit. Products sold cannot come from a residential kitchen. 

Entrees of any kind will not be allowed for sale during the breakfast or lunch period at any location on campus (i.e. selling pizza or burritos as a fundraiser). The location of the fundraiser cannot take place inside the cafeteria or an area leading to the cafeteria during the breakfast or lunch period. 

Competitive food sales and marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and promotion. 

Food Marketing.  All food providers will be sensitive to the school environment and only market and advertise foods and beverages that meet Smart Snack standards.

Vending.  Vending sales must comply with USDA Federal guidelines and DUSD Board Policy 5.28. The following guidelines will assist in this process: 

All items being sold in vending machines during the school lunch hour are ADE compliant with the Child Nutrition Program.   Vending machine marketing and signage must advertise smart snack approved items only.

Entrée items outside of the National School Lunch Program are not allowed for sale in vending machines. 

All vending machines inside the school cafeteria must be set on timers and turned off during the breakfast and lunch serving period. Vending machines accessible to all students  during the normal school day will only dispense foods that meet nutrition standard guidelines as set forth by the ADE and USDA. A normal school day is defined as  from midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.

When all of these guidelines are followed by the various school groups regarding fundraisers, vending, and BBQs, our students and adult customers will be safer and our school functions will be compliant with the various Government agencies and Board policies. 

Other School-based Activities.  The goal is to create a total school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

After Hours Barbeques/Carnivals 

These functions need to be compliant with the Maricopa County Health Department. In order to operate a barbecue/carnival function where food is being served, a County permit is needed. There are three options schools can pursue. They are: 
  • Hire a Dysart or Dysart Contracted food service employee to assist with the function. All DUSD schools have an approved permit to operate these functions when a certified employee is present. 
  • The school can obtain their own Maricopa County health permit to operate. The fees for this permit range from $70- $260 per year depending on the type of permit. Any permit must also be accompanied by a person who can become certified in an approved Maricopa County sanitation course. Access to the school kitchen will require additional fees. 
  • Hire a vendor catering company with an approved Maricopa County permit to service the function. The vendor must possess the proper permit to cater a barbeque/carnival. The vendor must have all necessary supplies for the function and be able to comply with Maricopa County regulations with regard to sanitation safety and comply with all other applicable state and local regulations without assistance from District staff. 

Classroom Parties 

These guidelines are established to ensure safety and compliance with the Maricopa County Health Department. The County has strict regulations about food being prepared in residential kitchens served at classroom parties. It is not allowed. All food brought onto campuses for classroom parties must originate from certified kitchens, commercial institutions or commercial food service stores. 

All foods offered must originate from a Maricopa County Health Department approved kitchen or institution. Examples would be products prepared at a supermarket bakery, retail location or from a commercial restaurant. For example, cupcakes prepared at home are not an approved item for a classroom party. 

All food offered is delivered at the proper temperature and unwrapped food is served with a gloved-hand or utensil. Example would be a pizza party from an approved vendor, which is served by a gloved hand or with a serving utensil. 

All food offered is being consumed within a reasonable time and is maintained at proper temperature. No contact is to be made by a non-gloved hand with any food items that are not pre-wrapped.

An annual report shall be made to the Board on the District's compliance with law and policies related to student wellness.  The report may include but not be limited to:
  • Evaluation of the food services program.
  • Recommendations for policy and/or program revisions.
  • Review of all foods and beverages sold in schools for compliance with established nutrition guidelines.
  • Assessment of school environment regarding student wellness issues.
  • Listing activities and programs conducted to promote nutrition and physical activity.
  • Providing feedback received from District staff, students, parents/ guardians, and community members.

In accordance with the National School Lunch Act (42 U. S. C. 1751 et seq.) and the Child Nutrition Act (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.), as amended, an assurance that District guidelines for reimbursable meals are not less restrictive than regulations and guidelines issued for schools in accordance with federal law shall be provided annually. 

Nutrition education will involve sharing information with families and the community.  Parents will be provided with nutrition education including handouts, menus, postings on the District website, and/or presentations.  The cafeteria will be used to present nutrition and wellness education as well, utilizing posters, demonstrations and handouts.

In order to reinforce and support nutrition education efforts, the guidelines will ensure that:
  • Nutrition instruction provides sequential, comprehensive health education in accordance with the Arizona Department of Education curriculum regulations and academic standards;
  • Cooperation with agencies and community organizations is encouraged to provide opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition;
  • Consistent nutrition messages are disseminated from the District throughout the schools, communities, homes and media; and
  • Nutrition education is extended beyond the school environment by engaging and involving families and community.

In keeping with the District's nutrition program goals, only food approved or obtained by the District's food services program should be served.  This includes classroom reward or incentive programs involving food items as well as foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day.  Approval is required to ensure that the foods served meet the requirements of the District's nutrition policy and procedure (i.e., all foods served fit in a healthy diet and contribute to the development of lifelong healthy eating habits for the District's students).

Implementation  and  Monitoring

With the purposes of monitoring the implementation of this policy, evaluating policy progress, serving as a resource to school sites, and revising the policy as necessary, a wellness policy committee has been established.  The committee will meet a minimum of two (2) times annually.  It is recommended the membership at a minimum includes the following:
  • Director of Food Service
  • Parent representative from each school level
  • Student representative from each school level
  • Administrative Representative
  • Physical Education staff member
  • Nursing staff member