8505 M | LOCAL WELLNESS POLICY/NUTRIENT STANDARDS FOR MEALS AND OTHER FOODS (M)

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LOCAL WELLNESS POLICY/NUTRIENT STANDARDS FOR MEAL AND OTHER FOODS (M) 

8505 LOCAL WELLNESS POLICY/NUTRIENT STANDARDS FOR MEALS AND OTHER FOODS (M)

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The Board of Education recognizes child and adolescent obesity has become a major health concern in the United States.  The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), funds child nutrition programs and establishes required nutrition standards for school lunch and breakfast programs.  In accordance with the requirements of the HHFKA each school in the district shall implement this Wellness Policy that includes goals for nutrition promotion, nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness.

The Principal or a School Wellness Policy Coordinator designated by the Principal will be responsible to ensure the school complies with the requirements in this Policy.  The Superintendent of Schools will designate a District Wellness Policy Coordinator who will have the authority and responsibility to ensure each school in the district complies with the requirements outlined in this Policy. 

A. Wellness Policy Goals

The goals as outlined below shall apply to each school in the district.

Goals for Nutrition Promotion – The following activities will be coordinated in each school in the district:

a. Age-appropriate posters will be posted on the walls where food and beverages are served to students highlighting and encouraging the value of good nutrition.

b. The school lunch program will have promotional days during the school year where at least one new nutritional alternative menu item will be featured as part of the menu pattern meal component.  The food service staff members will promote this nutritional alternative during meal service with posters, flyers, and/or hand-outs regarding the nutritional menu item alternative.

c. The Principal or School Wellness Policy Coordinator will encourage food products that meet the nutrition standards of the HHFKA when used as an incentive or reward for student accomplishments, club or activity achievements, and/or success in competitions within the school.

d. Food service staff, in consultation with the Principal or School Wellness Policy Coordinator, will coordinate obtaining student input on menu planning that will include taste testing of new nutritional food, satisfaction surveys, and other activities that will promote nutrition awareness.

e. Food service staff will place the healthier food items in the service line where students are more likely to choose them.

f. Parents will be provided the nutritional standards of the HHFKA and encourage parents to pack lunches and snacks that meet the HHFKA nutritional standards.

  1. Goals for Nutrition Education – The following activities will be coordinated in each school in the district:

a. The Principal or School Wellness Policy Coordinator will ensure each student receives at least one presentation per school year that promotes good nutrition and nutrition education.  These presentations may be provided through classroom visits from school staff members trained in nutrition, school-wide or group assembly programs, during health/physical education classes during the school year, or any other presentation manner.  This requirement may be provided as part of nutrition education provided to students as part of the district’s curriculum.

b. The Principal or School Wellness Policy Coordinator will post the nutritional guidelines of the HHFKA in the area of the school building where food and beverages are served.

c. The school lunch menu will include nutritional information, activities, recipes, and/or any other information that encourages the selection of healthy food items and for students to make informed choices about nutrition, health, and physical activity.

  1. Goals for Physical Activity

a. The following activities will be coordinated in each elementary school in the district:

(1)        All students shall receive health/physical education under the supervision of a properly certified teaching staff member as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

(2)        The Principal or designee will ensure there is age-appropriate equipment and supplies available during recess time for students to participate in physical activities.

(3)        Students will be encouraged by school staff members supervising student recess time to participate in some type of physical activity, which may include, but not be limited to:  walking; playing games that require physical activity, such as kick ball, volleyball, baseball, basketball, etc.; rope jumping; and/or using playground equipment.

(4)        The Principal will encourage classroom teachers to incorporate brief, physical activity breaks into the school day to establish an environment that promotes regular physical activity throughout the school day.

(5)        The Principal or designee will coordinate special events that highlight physical activity, which may include field days, walk-a-thons, and activity tournaments or competitions.  The Principal or designee may involve parents, community members, and students in the planning of these events.

b. The following activities will be coordinated in each middle school in the district:

(1)        All students shall receive health/physical education under the supervision of a properly certified teaching staff member as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

(2)        The Board of Education may offer middle school students opportunities to participate in after-school intramural and/or interscholastic team activities coordinated and under the supervision of school staff members.

(3)        The Board of Education will support after-school activities and clubs where physical activity for students is included as a key component to the activity’s or club’s purpose.  These clubs may include, but not be limited to, gardening clubs, walking clubs, and exercise classes.

  1. Goals for Other School-Based Activities – The following activities will be coordinated in the district:

a. The district will establish a District Wellness Committee (DWC).  The DWC will:

(1)        Be comprised of a Principal, at least one health/physical education teacher, a school nurse, at least two parents, at least two students, at least one food service staff member representing all school levels in the district, and the District Wellness Policy Coordinator; and

(2)        Meet at least four times per year to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the district-wide Wellness Policy.

b. The Principal or School Wellness Policy Coordinator will coordinate information being disseminated to students and parents promoting the school lunch program, nutrition, and nutrition education.

c. The school district will celebrate a School Wellness Week, as determined by the Superintendent of Schools, where schools will have special activities throughout the week to promote nutrition and physical activity.  These special activities will be planned and coordinated by each school’s Principal and/or School Wellness Policy Coordinator.

d. The Principal and/or School Wellness Policy Coordinator will encourage fund-raising activities that promote physical activity such as walk-a-thons, teacher-student activity competitions, family activity nights, and school dances.

  1. Annual School Progress Report

a. The goals for nutrition promotion, nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness shall be evaluated annually by the Principal or designee of each school and the School Wellness Policy Coordinator in an Annual School Progress Report provided to the Superintendent of Schools before May 1.

b. The Annual School Progress Report shall present the extent to which each school is in compliance with this Policy, the progress made in attaining the goals of this Policy, any recommended changes to this Policy, and an action plan for the following school year to achieve the school’s annual goals and objectives.

  1. Annual District Summary Progress Report

a. Upon receiving the Annual School Progress Report from each school, the District Wellness Policy Coordinator will compile an Annual District Summary Progress Report to be presented to the Superintendent and Board of Education at a public meeting before May 30 of the current school year.  The public will be provided an opportunity to review and comment on the Annual District Summary Progress Report at the Board meeting. 

b. Revisions to this Policy will be recommended by the Superintendent or designee to be approved by the Board of Education before September 30 of each school year.

  1. Additional Wellness Policy Goals

a. Nothing in this Policy shall prevent an individual school in the district from developing and implementing additional activities, approved by the Superintendent or designee, to those required in this Policy.

B. Nutrition Guidelines for All Foods and Beverages

  1. The Board of Education requires each school in the district to comply with the Federal school meal nutrition standards and the Smart Snacks in accordance with the requirements HHFKA.  The nutritional standards shall apply to all foods and beverages sold in each school in the district as part of the menu pattern meal, a la carte, in school stores, snack bars, or vending machines.  The requirements for any food or beverages sold in schools must meet a range of calorie and nutrient requirements as outlined in the HHFKA and a smart snack calculator shall be on file in each school for each product sold.
  1. The school district will comply with the HHFKA beverage requirements and beverage portion requirements for each appropriate grade level.  Each school will make potable water available to children at no charge in the place where breakfast, lunch, and afterschool snacks are served during meal service.
  1. On-campus fundraisers involving food or beverage items must meet the Smart Snack standards of the HHFKA.  The nutrition standards of the HHFKA do not apply to non-school hours, weekends, and off-campus fundraising events.  The United States Department of Agriculture defines school day as starting from midnight to thirty minutes after the end of the school day.  Fundraisers involving the sale of food or beverages must be pre-approved by the Principal or designee and the District Wellness Policy Coordinator.
  1. The Board of Education will permit food in the school that is not sold to students to be brought into school by parents, students, or staff members for classroom activities, parties, or snacks, or other food provided to students as an incentive.  Any occasion where food is brought into the school for such purposes must be approved by the Principal or designee, who will ensure safeguards are in place to protect students who may have a food or related allergy.

C. District Coordinator

  1. The District Wellness Policy Coordinator shall be available to consult with school-based administrators, staff members, and the School Wellness Policy Coordinator(s) on the district’s Wellness Policy.
  1. The District Wellness Policy Coordinator shall also be responsible to ensure parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the Board of Education, school administrators, and the general public are permitted to participate in the development, implementation, review, and update of this Wellness Policy.
  1. The District Wellness Policy Coordinator shall be responsible to inform and update the public (including parents, students, and others in the community) about the content, implementation, updates and implementation status of the district’s Wellness Policy through the district’s website, school publications, and/or other school communications made available to the public.

a. The information and update shall provide as much information as possible about the school nutrition environment, including a summary of the events and activities related to the Wellness Policy implementation in the school district.

D. Wellness Policy Assessment

  1. The District Wellness Policy Coordinator will prepare an assessment of the district’s Wellness Policy in accordance with the requirements of the United States and New Jersey Departments of Agriculture on the extent to which the school(s) in the district are in compliance with the district’s Wellness Policy, the extent to which the district’s Wellness Policy compares to model school wellness policies, and a description of the progress made in attaining the goals outlined in the district’s Wellness Policy.
  1. The District Wellness Policy Coordinator will present this assessment to the Board of Education at a public Board meeting, make such assessment available to the public, and recommend any updates to the Policy accordingly.

E. Records

  1. The District Wellness Policy Coordinator shall ensure records are maintained to document compliance with the requirements of the District Wellness Policy.  Such records will include, but not be limited to:

a. The Board-approved Wellness Policy;

b. Documentation demonstrating the Policy has been made available to the public;

c. Documentation of the efforts made in the school district to review and update the Policy;

d. Documentation demonstrating compliance with the annual public notification requirements;

e. Documentation demonstrating the most recent assessment on Policy implementation; and

f. Documentation demonstrating the most recent assessment on the implementation of the School Wellness Policy has been made available to the public.

F. Publication/Dissemination

This Policy and Assessment will be made available to staff members, students, and parents by being posted on the school district and/or school websites.

 

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

Adopted:  13 November 2008

Revised:  27 November 2012

Revised:  23 June 2015

Revised:  22 August 2017

 

 

8506 M | SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM BIOSECURITY PLAN (M)

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SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM BIOSECURITY PLAN (M)

8506 SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM BIOSECURITY PLAN (M)

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The Board of Education is committed to protecting the health of the children and adults in school buildings by strengthening the safety of foodservice operations.  Therefore, the Board requires the creation and implementation of a School Lunch Program Biosecurity Plan that will keep school meals free from intentional contamination and enable the foodservice to respond to threats or incidents of bioterrorism.

The School Lunch Program Biosecurity Plan shall be a document that spells out school lunch program policies and procedures that minimize the risk of intentional contamination of food and reduce the risk of illness or death in the school community.  The Plan shall describe strategies for preventing threats and incidents of product tampering and food contamination.  The Plan shall also include appropriate response actions to be taken should an incident occur.  There may be a general Plan for all the schools in the district; however, the Plan will address the specific roles and responsibilities for individual schools or locations where food is served.

The School Lunch Program Biosecurity Plan shall be prepared, revised, and updated in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 2:36-1.13 – Biosecurity for School Food Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “A Biosecurity Checklist for School Food Service Programs,” March 2004 version, as amended and supplemented, as New Jersey’s Biosecurity Policy for Child Nutrition Programs.

N.J.A.C. 2:36-1.13

Adopted:  13 November 2008

8601 M | PUPIL SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSAL (M)

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8601 PUPIL SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSAL (M)

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The Board of Education adopts this Pupil Supervision After School Dismissal Policy as a result of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Joseph Jerkins, an infant by his Guardian Ad Litem, Charles Jerkins; Charles Jerkins and Toni Jerkins, individually, v. Soweto Anderson; Kemba N. Anderson; John Does 1-10 (fictitious individuals) and ABC Corporations 1-10 (fictitious entities), and Board of Education of Pleasantville Public Schools and Rosemay Clarke.

The New Jersey Supreme Court, in Jerkins, indicated dangers exist for younger pupils at dismissal as children are susceptible to numerous risks, including negligent conduct, when leaving school property.  Because of these risks, the Board of Education adopts and requires the implementation of Policy 8601 for the supervision of younger pupils after dismissal.  The supervision provisions of Policy Guide 8601 are applicable to parents or legal guardians of pupils attending district-operated schools or programs in grades Kindergarten to eight who are not eligible for district-provided transportation after dismissal or are eligible and elect not to use district-provided transportation after dismissal.

Any parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a pupil attending a district-operated school or program in grades Kindergarten to eight, where the pupil is not eligible for district-provided transportation or is eligible and elects not to use district-provided transportation after dismissal may request the school or program not release the pupil to walk home after dismissal unless the pupil is released to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or escort(s) designated by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).  The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may designate up to three escorts.  The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) requesting their child(ren) only be released to a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or parent(s) or legal guardian(s)-designated escort after dismissal must submit a completed Request for Supervision at Dismissal from School Form to the Principal or designee, or program administrator.

The Form shall be made available in the Main office of the school building or the location of the program, on the school or school district website, and to parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the beginning of the school year.

Only those parents or legal guardians requesting the school or program not release their child(ren) to walk home after school dismissal unless the child(ren) is released to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort need to complete the Request Form.

In order for the school administration to effectively implement the requirements of this Policy and to ensure the safety and security of pupils that will be released to a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort, the parental request shall be applicable for every school day and shall apply for a duration period of the entire school year.  The Request Form must be re-submitted at the end of the duration period.  In addition, a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may rescind their Request by submitting a written request to the Principal or program administrator indicating the date in which the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) no longer requests the school provide supervision of their child(ren) after school dismissal.  The child(ren) will be dismissed in accordance with typical dismissal protocol effective the date indicated in the rescinding request.

The Principal or designee, or program administrator upon receiving the Request for Supervision at Dismissal from School Form, shall notify the appropriate school staff member(s) who has supervision of the pupil at dismissal time at the end of the school day of the parent’s or legal guardian’s request.  The supervising staff member that receives such notice shall retain supervision of the pupil when other pupils are dismissed from school at the end of the school day.

Each Principal or program administrator will develop and implement a written Pupil Supervision After School Dismissal Plan for their school building or program location.  This Plan shall include the school building’s or program’s supervision procedures for pupils at the end of the school day to the designated area in the school building or program and the location of the designated area in the school building or program.  The Plan shall be based on the school’s or program’s ability to provide supervision, the accessibility for the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort to pick-up the child without disrupting dismissal of the remaining school population, and other considerations unique to the school building or program location.  The school’s or program’s Pupil Supervision After School Dismissal Plan shall be provided to all parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that have submitted a Request Form.

In the event the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort does not arrive to pick up their child(ren) after the dismissal time of school, the Principal or designee will attempt to contact the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) using the district’s emergency call procedures.

The pupil(s) shall be supervised by school staff in the designated area of the building and will only be released when the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort arrives to pick up the pupil and signs the pupil out of school.

In order to ensure the safety of other pupils being dismissed from school in accordance with typical school dismissal protocol, to limit interaction of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escorts with other pupils within the building, and to avoid traffic and vehicular safety problems outside the school building, the Principal or program administrator may prohibit the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort from entering the school building until a time period after school has dismissed or until school buses and other vehicular traffic have cleared the school site.  This determination shall be made by each Principal or program administrator after considering the unique circumstances at the school building and the building’s typical dismissal protocol.

In the event of an emergency such that, when an unforeseen event prevents a parent or legal guardian or designated escort from arriving for the child(ren) at dismissal within the time period designated by the Principal or program administrator, the pupil will be relocated to the Main Office in the school building and will remain in the Main Office supervised by the Main Office staff until the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort arrives and signs the pupil out of school.

In order to ensure the safety of other pupils being dismissed from school in accordance with typical school dismissal protocol, to limit interaction of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escorts with other pupils, and to avoid traffic and vehicular congestion outside the school building, the Principal or program administrator may prohibit the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort from entering the school building until a time period after school has dismissed or until school buses and other vehicular traffic have cleared the school site.  This determination may be made by each Principal or program administrator after considering the unique circumstances of the school building and the building’s typical dismissal protocol.

In the event of an emergency such that, when an unforeseen event prevents a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort from arriving for the child(ren) at dismissal within the time period designated by the Principal or program administrator, the pupil will remain under the supervision of the after-school program until the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or designated escort arrives and signs the pupil out of school.  In this circumstance, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may be subject to after-school program fees.

The school will provide parent(s) or legal guardian(s) information regarding any supervised after-school services, if any, that may be available to pupils at the school’s facilities after formal school dismissal.

This Policy shall be published in pupil/school handbooks.  In addition, the school district shall provide to parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the beginning of the school year, the school’s calendar to include the starting and dismissal times for full session, half-session, and early dismissal days due to weather or other emergencies.  Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall be required to return to the school a signed acknowledgement of receipt of the pupil/school handbook, which shall include this Policy and the school calendar.  In addition, any changes to the school’s calendar made during the school year shall also be provided to parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Adopted:  13 November 2008

8820 | OPENING EXERCISES

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8820 OPENING EXERCISES

The Board of Education requires that the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States be conducted during each day’s opening exercises in each school classroom in accordance with law.  A pupil who has conscientious objections that interfere with his/her full participation in the salute to the flag and the pledge of allegiance shall be exempted from the exercise but shall be required to maintain a respectful attitude throughout the ceremony.

The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of any pupil who refuses to salute the flag shall be so informed by the Building Principal, and any such parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or the adult pupil shall be required to furnish a written statement of the pupil’s conscientious objection.

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-3

Adopted:  13 November 2008