The Webb Schools Wellness Policy

The Webb Schools recognize the importance of promoting healthy nutrition, ongoing physical activity, and a healthy school environment.

The Webb Schools recognize the importance of promoting healthy nutrition, ongoing physical activity, and a healthy school environment. The Wellness Committee was established in September of 2007. The Wellness Committee includes members from the teaching staff including instructional assistants and teachers, the clinical staff, licensed clinical social workers and psychologists as well as the school nurse and an administrator. This team is committed to a learning environment that fosters good nutrition, daily physical activity and overall wellness. Stakeholders input are encouraged. Please contact Kikke Levin-Gerdner, Director of The Webb Schools.

The Wellness Committee will meet annually to assess progress and make recommendations using specific Measurement Tools. Policy assessments are done every three years.

I. Nutrition / Food

  1. Nutrition education will be integrated into Science/Health Curriculum taught in kindergarten through twelfth grade. (The Healthy Balanced Living Curriculum Framework) will serve as the guide. Nutrition education instructional activities will stress the appealing aspects of healthy eating and be developmentally appropriate, and enjoyable.
  2. Food provided as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will meet USDA requirements and any Connecticut regulations for those programs.
  3. Healthy Snacks - A healthy snack will be provided to students during morning break. Snacks will be selected based on their nutritional value. (Ideas for Healthy Foods and Summary of Connecticut’s Healthy Snack Standards)

II. Physical Activity

  1. Students will be provided with physical education classes taught by a certified physical education teacher for at least one 45-minute period per week. (Components of a Quality Physical Education Program)
  2. Sports activities with other schools will be available two times per month to interested students.
  3. Every effort will be made to engage all students in 15-20 minutes of supervised physical activity, preferably outside daily, including walks, recess, stationary bike riding etc. even in inclement weather.
  4. Every effort will be made to incorporate physical activity into the classroom setting daily. (Physical Activity Breaks)

III. Healthy School Environment

  1. Breakfast will be offered for students every morning as they enter school. Students will have at least ten minutes to eat breakfast once they have been seated.
  2. Lunch will be scheduled between 11:15 AM and 1:00 PM. Students will have 20 minutes to eat once they have been seated.
  3. There will be at least one trained QFO per program i.e. Hartford and Cheshire. That person will train additional staff for food service annually in food safety, hand washing, presentation, and nutrition.
  4. Every effort will be made not to use food as a reward. (Ideas for Alternatives to Using Food as a Reward)
  5. Field trips or other school sponsored events will highlight healthy eating and physical activities i.e. field day, cooking nutritious meals for peers as part of a school activity, visiting a grocery store.
  6. Regular and consistent health, wellness, nutrition, and physical activity messages will be provided in all settings: classrooms, cafeteria, newsletters, bulletin boards, etc.
  7. Services will be provided to staff to promote their own wellness including flu shots and educational opportunities. Staff members will be encouraged to model healthy lifestyle and eating behaviors.

The Webb Schools do not permit nor condone discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, civil union, or marital status in any educational programs or activity, employment or admission. Complaints of any action which would be prohibited by this policy can be made to the Title IX Coordinator, Kikke Levin-Gerdner.

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