SCUSD updates wellness policy to foster learning, growth, emotional and physical health

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In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, please note that the District has recently updated its School Wellness Policy. The change applies to all schools and helps expand learning in the district.

“Our students do their best learning and growing when they have healthy bodies and minds – and this starts with healthy food choices and physical activity,” said Victoria Flores, Director of Student Support and Health Services. ”Our Wellness Policy guidelines include federal and state regulations to help achieve these health outcomes.”  

The Wellness Policy is an essential set of rules and guidelines to help ensure each student experiences a healthy environment at school. The policy fosters learning, growth, and good emotional and physical health. The updated Wellness Policy now includes the following elements:

  • Healthy classroom celebrations: any food provided during classroom celebrations must meet specific nutrition standards.
  • Healthy fundraisers: fundraisers conducted during the school day must be non-food unless the food items sold meet specific nutrition standards.
  • Non-food rewards: food can no longer be a reward or incentive in the classroom or school.

Healthy snacks or celebrations may include favorite fresh fruits or vegetables, smoothies, frozen/dried fruits, low-fat yogurt, hummus, guacamole, or air-popped popcorn. For more healthy food ideas, check out our healthy snack list, developed by the Health Education Council.

Parents are also invited to attend the District Wellness Committee to learn more and provide feedback on the Wellness Policy. The committee meets at the Serna Center (5735 47th Avenue) on the first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

To read the full Wellness Policy and get more information, including ideas for how to successfully implement the new policies at your school, visit our District Wellness Policy Committee web page