Board Policy S-16
Paramount Bard Academy
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The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide
a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for Paramount Bard Academy
students. The Principal or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports
and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services,
nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and
healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.
To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, the Principal or
designee may disseminate health information to parents/guardians through school newsletters,
handouts, parent/guardian meetings, the school web site, and other communications. Outreach to
parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.
School Health Council/Committee
The Principal or designee may appoint a school health council or other committee consisting of
parents/guardians, students, food service employees, administrators, Board representatives, health
professionals, school nurses, health educators, physical education teachers, counselors, members of
the public, and/or others interested in school health issues.
The school health council or committee shall advise Paramount Bard Academy on health- related
issues, activities, policies, and programs. At the discretion of the Principal or designee, the
council's charge(s) may include the planning and implementation of activities to promote health
within the school or community.
Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals
The Board shall adopt goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school- based
activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that Paramount Bard Academy
determines appropriate. (42 USC 1751 Note)
The school's nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research,
consistent with the expectations established in the state's curriculum frameworks and content
standards, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a
healthy lifestyle. Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program in
grades 6-12 and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into other academic subjects in the regular
All students in grades 6-12 shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a regular
basis. Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through physical
education, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before-
and/or after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.
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The Principal or designee shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models. He/she shall
promote and may provide opportunities for regular physical activity among employees. Professional
development may include instructional strategies that assess health knowledge and skills and
promote healthy behaviors.
The Board prohibits the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages through
signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school
publications, coupon or incentive programs, or other means.
Nutritional Guidelines for Foods Available at School
The Board shall adopt nutritional guidelines for all foods available on each campus during the
school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. (42 USC
The Board believes that foods and beverages available to students at Paramount Bard Academy should
promote and protect students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. Therefore, it is the policy
of Paramount Bard Academy that:
• Nutritional standards adopted by the Paramount Bard Academy for all foods and beverages sold
to students, including foods and beverages provided through the school’s food service program,
student stores, vending machines, fundraisers, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and
federal nutritional standards;
• Meals will be attractive and appealing to children;
• Meals will be served in clean and pleasant settings;
• A variety of fruits and vegetables will be offered;
• All milk served will be low-fat (1%) and/or non-fat milk as defined by USDA;
• Half of the served grains will be whole grain.
In an effort to ensure that all children have an opportunity to eat a nutritionally balanced
breakfast at school Paramount Bard Academy will:
• Operate a School Breakfast Program;
• To the extent possible, arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve school breakfast
that encourage participation;
• Notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast program.
Meals Times and Scheduling Paramount Bard Academy will:
• Provide students with adequate time to eat breakfast and lunch;
• Schedule meal periods at the appropriate times, e.g. lunch will be scheduled between 11am and
• Not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtime, unless
students may eat during such activities;
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• Provide students with appropriate access to hand washing before they eat meals or snacks.
Qualifications of Food Service Staff
Qualified professionals will administer the school meals programs. As part of Paramount Bard
Academy’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school will provide continuing
professional development for all nutrition professionals in the school. Staff development programs
shall include appropriate certification and/or training for child nutrition directors, school
nutrition managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility.
Sharing of Foods & Beverages
Paramount Bard Academy will discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one
another during the school day.
Individual Sales of Foods and Beverages
The school food service program will approve and provide all food and beverage sales to students in
the form of nutritionally balanced meals. A la carte items may also be available for purchase by
students in grades 9-12. There will be no competitive food or beverage sales during the school day.
To support children’s health and school nutrition efforts, school fundraising activities will not
involve food or beverage sales on campus during the school day. The Principal or designee shall
encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising
School Sponsored After-School Day Activities
The sale of food by student organizations is permitted only if the Principal or designee approves
the sale of the food item; and
• The sale is conducted after the end of the school day;
• The food item is not sold in the food service program that day at the school; and
• The food is not prepared on the school premises.
The Principal or designee shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as
a reward for students' academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior. Paramount Bard
Academy will limit celebrations that involve food and beverages during the school day. When
planning celebrations, teachers will discuss options of healthy alternatives to the usual
School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support Paramount Bard
Academy’s nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks
which they may donate for occasional class parties and by limiting foods or beverages that do not
meet nutritional standards to no more than one such food
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or beverage per party. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period
Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals
Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or
exceed federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and 1779(a)
and (b), as they apply to schools. (42 USC 1751 Note)
In order to maximize Paramount Bard Academy’s ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, the
school shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National
School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, to the extent possible.
Paramount Bard Academy will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and
prevent overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced- priced meals. To
achieve this, Paramount Bard Academy will utilize electronic identification and payment systems and
promote the availability of school meals to all students.
Program Implementation and Evaluation
The Board shall establish a plan for measuring implementation of this policy. The Principal shall
designate at least one person within the Paramount Bard Academy who is charged with operational
responsibility for ensuring that the school implements this policy. (42 USC 1751 Note)
The Principal or designees shall report to the Board at least every two years on the implementation
of this policy and any other Board policies related to nutrition, physical activity, and overall
student wellness. To determine whether this policy is being effectively implemented at the
Paramount Bard Academy, the following indicators shall be used:
1) Descriptions of the school's nutrition education, physical education, and health education
2) Number of minutes of physical education instruction offered at each grade span
3) Number and type of exemptions granted from physical education
4) Results of the state's physical fitness test
5) An analysis of the nutritional content of meals served based on a sample of menus
6) Student participation rates in school meal programs
7) Any sales of non-nutritious foods and beverages in fundraisers or other venues outside of the
school's meal programs
8) Feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, the school health council,
parents/guardians, students, and other appropriate persons
9) Any other indicators recommended by the Principal and approved by the Board.