|Policy Title||Student Wellness|
|Policy Category||Education Services for the Deaf and Blind (ESDB)|
|Statutory Reference||G.S. 115C-264|
The Education Services for the Deaf and Blind (ESDB) shall establish a policy to enhance the healthy eating and activity patterns essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being at the Education Services for the Deaf and Blind residential schools.
I. School Health Advisory Councils (SHAC)
ESDB shall establish, coordinate and maintain a local School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) at each school to support the education services for the deaf and blind’s commitment to provide sound nutritional meals, physical activities, and a comprehensive health educational program to its students. The SHAC will lead implementation of the State Board of Education’s Coordinated School Health Program which includes representation from the following eight areas:
- Health Education
- Physical Education
- Health Services
- Nutrition Services,
- Healthy School Environment
- School Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
- Staff Wellness
- Family/Community Involvement in Schools
The Council will serve as an advisory committee regarding student health issues.
The Council will provide periodic reports to the Superintendent or his/her designee regarding the status of work. In addition, the council will assist the Superintendent in creating an annual report which includes the minutes of physical activity and the minutes of physical education and/or healthful living education received by students in the Education Services for the Deaf and Blind’s programs, and any other information required by the State Board of Education.
ESDB shall promote a food service program to ensure ALL students have access to the varied and nutritious food needed to stay healthy and strengthen their learning ability. This food services shall provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks while adhering to the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Education Services for the Deaf and Blind shall ensure nutrition education within the Healthful Living Standard Course of Study and Grade Level Competencies adopted by the State Board of Education. The nutrition education shall be designed to help students learn nutritional knowledge including but not limited to principles of healthy weight management and the benefits of healthy eating reducing childhood obesity. The nutrition education shall be integrated and extended in the residential program.
III. Physical Activity and a Healthy School Environment
ESDB shall support the development of programs for students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grades to participate as a part of the school’s physical education curriculum which will address such issues as overweight, obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. This program will strive to provide opportunities for age and developmentally appropriate physical activity during the day and incorporated within the residential program. Such activity may be achieved through a regular physical education class, recess, dance, classroom curriculum, as well as after school/residential life programs. The program should consider the benefits of having 150 minutes per week for elementary students and 225 minutes for middle school student’s physical activity. This includes a minimum of every other day of physical education throughout the 180 days of school year. The Education Services for the Deaf and the Blind schools will provide information to families to help them incorporate physical activity in to their student’s lives and encourage the community to institute programs that support physical activity. Education Services for the Deaf and the Blind schools shall develop a program to include physical activity in the residential programs. These programs shall provide a physical environment that includes a safe and enjoyable activity for ALL students including those who are not athletically gifted.
IV. School Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
ESDB shall provide services that include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals designed to address problems early and enhance healthy social/emotional and psychological development.
V. Other School – Based Activities
- Administrators, teachers, food service personnel, students, parents/guardians and community members will be encouraged to serve as positive role models and promote student wellness.
- Schools will provide a clean and safe meal environment.
- Drinking water will be available at all meal periods and throughout the school and residential program.
- Professional development will be provided for all nutritional staff, academic and residential staff.
- Food will not be used in the schools as reward or punishment.
- Schools will not deny student participation in recess or other physical activities as a form of discipline or for classroom make-up time.
- As appropriate, the goals of this student wellness policy will be considered in planning all school-based activities.