Lake Washington School District (LWSD) was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.
Lake Washington School District is committed to providing an educational environment that supports students’ health and well-being. In order to enhance the educational environment needed to support this goal the following guidelines are established.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The district will implement a comprehensive health and physical education curriculum consistent with the Washington State Health and Physical Education K-12 Learning Standards. The health and physical education curriculum will promote the benefits of a physically active lifestyle and help students develop skills to engage in lifelong healthy habits. The curriculum will provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate instruction for grades K-12.
The physical education curriculum shall include instruction and practice in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns; knowledge of concepts related to movement and performance, knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness, responsible personal and social behavior; and values physical activity for health and enjoyment.
The school environment should be conducive to and promote learning. Students who have nutritious food and appropriate physical activity are better prepared to learn. As such, the Lake Washington School District is committed to the following:
National School Lunch/Breakfast Program will provide students the opportunity to purchase a healthy school lunch and breakfast in accordance with the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program Guidelines.
The School Lunch/Breakfast Program will:
- Comply with state and federal nutrition standards and guidelines.
- Serve meals that include a variety of foods that are low in fat, saturated fat and trans-fat; that include a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products and that use sugars and sodium in moderation.
- Develop and implement a program to promote and enhance an individual student’s ability to make nutritious choices from menu offerings.
- Develop, test, and implement effective healthy menu options, which balance cost, participation, nutrition, and food safety.
- Provide nutrition information on school meals and food service a la carte items.
- Offer schools educational materials and on-site nutrition activities.
Competitive Food Sales are defined as those foods and beverages sold to students, other than as a meal, through the school lunch and breakfast program, during school hours. School hours are defined as the period from midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day. This includes lunch a la carte items, vending machines, student stores and other foods sold to students. Foods sold should assist students in meeting their recommended dietary allowances for growth and development.
Food and beverage items sold to students must meet USDA requirements.
Classroom Parties, Rewards, and/or Incentives
Food provided to students other than through the school lunch/breakfast program or through competitive food sales include foods provided for school sponsored parties, events, rewards, and/or incentives. Such foods shall comply with the restrictions for food sales, except that occasional school sponsored class parties and celebrations or school-wide events shall be exempt from the above guidelines, however, providing healthful options is strongly encouraged. No more than three such exceptions shall take place in a given school year.
If parents provide food for classroom consumption for individual student recognition, they will be strongly encouraged to bring healthy treats. Parents will also be encouraged to provide healthy meal and snack options for students when providing these from home. School staffs, parent organizations, and families will be asked to consider nutrition when food products are given to students in classroom settings for celebrations, rewards or as fund-raising incentives. Healthy food or non-food choices should be considered as an alternative. If snack foods are provided, students of any parent not wishing their child to receive a food reward or incentive should be provided a suitable alternative.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Student health and well being is a shared responsibility between schools and families. In order to promote family and community involvement in and support of student’s nutrition and physical fitness the Lake Washington School District is committed to:
- Encouraging parents to support nutritious food choices and daily physical activity, and promote participation in the school’s physical education programs and after school activities.
- Providing information to families on nutrition and healthy eating habits as well as family physical fitness activities.
- Encouraging staff to consider various cultural preferences in nutrition and physical fitness programs.