Goals for Nutrition Education
CSDR participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. The school meal programs are committed to serving healthy meals to children with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk, and meats that are moderate in sodium, low in fats and saturated fat and to meeting the nutrition needs of school children with their calorie requirements. The objectives of the meal programs are to improve the diet and health of school children and model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns and support healthy choices.
All students have access to school meals:
- School meals meet current nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal laws and regulations including the USDA nutrition standards and guidelines.
- Meals are prepared and served in a safe and sanitary manner consistent with all local, state and federal health codes.
- Meals as well as snacks are healthy and appealing.
- School provides a safe and healthy school environment that meals are served and in a clean and pleasant environment.
- Water is available in the cafeteria where school meals are served during mealtimes.
- Adequate time to eat is provided during each school day, during each meal period (at least 10 minutes for breakfast & 20 minutes for lunch).
- School enforces a peanut/tree nut free campus environment to minimize incidence of life threatening allergies.
- School staff are encouraged and supported to practice healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors in and out of school.
- Only foods & beverages that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School may be sold through fundraisers on school campus during the school day (midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day).
Health Education and Life Skills
Healthy living skills shall be taught as part of the regular instructional program, and provide the opportunity for all students to understand and practice concepts and skills related to health promotion and disease prevention.
- Students shall be taught to analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, and technology for their health behaviors to foster a sense of control that promotes the acceptance of personal responsibility.
- Students shall be taught goal setting and decision making skills that enhance personal, family and community health and demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to practice healthy habits.
- Students shall have access to valid and useful health information and health promotion products and services.
Physical Education and Activity
A certified specialist shall teach physical education, and all physical activity shall be provided under the guidance of a qualified staff member. The school recognizes the positive benefits of physical activity for student health and academic achievement. Additionally, the school will provide physical education programs which build interest and proficiency in movement skills, and encourages lifelong fitness through physical activity.
The physical education program shall include the following components:
- Grades/evaluation of student achievement.
- Students shall be provided nutrition and physical education as part of a Comprehensive Health Education Program.
- Athletic competition and/or elective activities that allow students to set and meet personal fitness goals that result in achievement and maintenance of health-enhancing levels of physical fitness, provide balance, and allow for self-expression and social interaction that will lead to physically active lifestyles.
- Students have the opportunities to be physically active during and after school.
- At least 200 minutes of physical education every 10 school days in grades 1-6, in addition to required daily recess. (See appendix) The state also mandates at least 400 minutes every 10 school days of physical education in grades 7-8 and for all four years of high school.
- Student engagement in healthful levels of vigorous activity.
- The school shall establish specific learning goals and objectives for physical education. A developmentally appropriate curriculum shall be designed, implemented, and evaluated to help students develop the knowledge, motor skills, self-management skills, attitudes, and confidence needed to become and remain throughout the community.
Staff Safety & Wellness
The School shall provide a Wellness Program and information about wellness resources, as well as establish a Health & Safety Committee to assist in identifying and supporting the health, safety and well-being of all school staff.
- CSDR shall establish a Health & Safety Committee to help reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses and to promote and maintain the interest of employees when it comes to Health & Safety issues. The committee is also in place to educate managers, supervisors and employees through awareness and training activities that they are primarily responsible for, to help in the prevention of workplace accidents.
- As part of the School’s Staff Safety & Wellness program, the School shall develop and put in place an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (See appendix). CSDR must consistently be aware of conditions in all work areas that can produce injuries or illnesses to employees. No employee is required to work at a job he/she knows is not safe or healthy. Safety is the result of careful attention to all departmental operations by all employees and management personnel. The Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) has been developed for effectiveness and improvement, and for providing the safeguards required to ensure safe conditions for our staff members. All employees are responsible for all aspects of the Health and Safety Program, including complying with all rules and regulations and for continuously practicing safety while performing their duties.
- As part of the Employee Wellness Program employees shall be encouraged to engage in daily physical activity during the workday on work breaks and/or lunch periods, before or after workhours in site-sponsored programs or as part of discounted memberships in local fitness facilities. There is also a monthly Wellness Blog that is submitted via campus email to help inform and encourage employees regarding Wellness not only in the workplace but as a whole.
- Employees will comply with all drug, alcohol and tobacco free policies while on campus. (See appendix)
- Each school department shall provide an accessible and productive work environment, free from physical dangers or emotional threats that are as safe as possible and consistent with applicable occupation and health laws, policies and rules through regular Health and Safety inspections and training.
- The school performs regular fire, earthquake, and emergency preparedness drills throughout campus so that our staff and students are ready and prepared for any unforeseen danger that might occur on campus. A CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) made up of our staff has been developed and trained to help prepare our school for a natural disaster or emergency throughout our local community or on campus.
- School engages in nutrition and physical activity promotion and other activities that promote student and staff wellness.
Safe & Healthy School Environment
A healthy and safe environment for all, before, during and after school supports academic success. Safe schools promote healthier students. Healthier students do better in school and make better contributions to society, and ultimately their community.
- School buildings, dormitories, grounds, structures, vehicles and equipment shall meet all current health and safety standards , including environmental air quality, and be kept inviting, clean, safe and in good repair. School buildings, offices and all workspaces shall maintain an environment that is free of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
- Safety procedures and appropriate training for students and staff shall support personal safety in a non-violent and harassment free environment.
- Schools meals meet current nutrition requirements established by local, state and Federal laws and regulations including the USDA nutrition standards and guidelines.
- Snacks provided to students shall meet the USDA Smart Snacks Standards in school.
- Only foods & beverages that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School may be sold through fundraisers on school campus during the school day (midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day.)
- Not less than 400 minutes of physical education every ten school days. At least 200 minutes of physical education every 10 school days in grades 1-6, and also required daily recess. (Education Code 51210). The state also mandates at least 400 minutes every 10 school days of physical education in grades 7-8 and for all four years of high school. (Education Code 51222)
- Students in grades 5, 7, and 9 are required to take the Physical Fitness Test, whether or not they are enrolled in a physical education class. Students who are physically unable to take the entire test battery are to be given as much of the test as his or her condition will permit. (Education Code 60800).
- All Physical education and activity requirements in the California Education Code are met. (Vision Screening State Requirements (CA Education Codes 49452 and 49455. Immunization Requirements (CA Health and Safety Codes 120325, 120400,120405, 120410 and 120415). Tuberculosis Skin Test Requirements for State Special Schools (CA Education Code 59150). Scoliosis Screening Requirements (CA Education Code 49452.5)
- As part of the School’s Staff Safety & Wellness program, the School shall develop and put in place an IIPP (CSDR - Injury & Illness Prevention Program Manual).
- Employees shall comply with all drug, alcohol and tobacco free policies while on campus. (CSDR – Drug Free Workplace Policy Section 112, Smoking Policy Section 111)