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Cohoes City School District

STUDENT WELLNESS POLICY

5405 - adopted April 2014

The Superintendent or her designee shall be responsible for ensuring that the provisions of this policy are carried out throughout the district. The Board also designates each building principal to ensure that the wellness activities and actions are being implemented at the building-level.


MONITORING AND REVIEW

The Superintendent or her designee shall develop reports annually to the Board and the public on the implementation and effectiveness of this policy. Every year, the Superintendent or her designee, in consultation with appropriate personnel and advisory committees, shall monitor and review the district’s wellness activities to determine whether this policy is having a positive effect on increasing student wellness and decreasing childhood obesity in the district. Based on those results, this policy and the specific objectives set to meet its goals may be revised as needed.

Parents, students, food service professionals, physical education teachers, school health professionals, school administrators and the school board shall participate in the development, implementation and periodic review and update of this wellness policy. The district shall provide information to the public (including parents, students and others in the community) about the content and implementation of this wellness policy.

The district shall monitor and review the implementation and effectiveness of this policy by conducting:

1. Periodic informal surveys of Building Principals, classroom staff and school health personnel to see the progress of wellness activities and their effects.

2. Periodic checks of the nutritional content of food offered in the cafeterias for meals and a la carte items and sales or consumption figures for such foods.

3. Periodic checks of the nutritional content of food available in vending machines and sales or consumption figures for such foods.

4. Periodic checks of the amount of time students spend in Physical Education classes and the nature of those activities.

5. Periodic checks of extracurricular activities of a physical nature, in the number of offerings and rates of participation by students.

6. Periodic checks of student mastery of the nutrition education curriculum.

7. Periodic completion of relevant portions of the CDC School Health Index.

8. Periodic review of data currently collected by the district, including:

 attendance data, particularly absences due to illness
 test scores
 rates of suspension, discipline and violent incidents
 physical education scores on flexibility, endurance and strength (i.e., fitness test results)
 student BMI (Body Mass Index) statistics, as collected in accordance with the State Department of Health efforts
 revenue generated from vending machines and a la carte food items.

9. Periodic surveys of student/parent opinions of cafeteria offerings and wellness efforts.

10. Periodic review of professional staff development offered which focuses on student wellness.

11. Use NYSSBA’s Student Wellness Assessment Checklist annually to review the effectiveness of this policy.