Health and Wellness Information

  • HCCHS School Wellness Policy             (2014)

    Rationale:

    The link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning is well documented. Healthy eating and activity patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being.

    Hopkins County Public Schools is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

    Therefore it is the goal of this policy that all students in Hopkins County Central high school possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices involving nutritious food, physical activity, and risky behaviors. All staff at Hopkins County Central High School is encouraged to model healthful eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.

    Commitment to Nutrition:

    -          School meals and snacks will the meet the meal patterns and nutrition recommendations of the Federal and State Laws and Regulations and local requirements.

    -          Every effort will be made to provide affordable, healthy, and appealing foods to children in a clean, pleasant setting than minimizes distractions.

    -          School Nutrition Personnel will work closely with the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) to make reasonable accommodations for students with disability or other special dietary needs.

    -          For the security of food and beverages available to students, only authorized personnel will have access to school nutrition facilities.

    -          School cafeteria managers shall annually receive at least two (2) hours of continuing education in applied nutrition and healthy meal planning and preparation (KY Senate Bill 172)

    -          Vending machines will not be available to students until the end of the instructional day. After-school vending will comply with the guidelines in (702 KAR 006:090).

    -          Foods during school day activities will promote positive health habits and will comply with the guidelines in (702 KAR 006:070).

    -          Schools will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast and Lunch Program.

    -          School staff will encourage students to choose fruits and vegetables and model healthy behaviors.

    -          Drinking water is available to students free of charge at all times during the school day.

    -          Sports drinks are not available in the school setting except when provided by the school for student athletes participating in sport programs involving vigorous activity of more than one hour.

     

     

    Commitment to Physical Activity:

    -          School will provide physical education for all students as required by Federal and State Laws and Regulations and local requirements.

    -          Schools will provide a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students, in particular students with chronic health conditions or special needs.

    -          Provide a comprehensive physical education curriculum that is sequential and aligned to the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for practical living.

    -          Curriculum will provide differentiated learning strategies and activities that ensure all students develop competency and confidence in motor skills.

    -          Teachers are encouraged to incorporate physical activity into subject areas and in attempt to ensure physical education curriculum is integrated and includes regular opportunities for cross-disciplinary connections.

    -          Students will be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 50% of physical education class time.

    -          Physical education requirements are not waived for other activities or classes.

    -          All teachers who teach physical education will participate in annual professional development on effective practices for physical education if resources and funding are available.

    Commitment to Health Education:

    -          School will provide physical education for all students as required by Federal and State Laws and Regulations and local requirements.

    -          Provide a comprehensive physical education curriculum that is sequential and aligned to the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for practical living.

    -          Health Education Curriculum will provide learning strategies and activities that ensure students receive instruction in all health education content areas (e.g. family life and human sexuality, alcohol and other drugs, tobacco, nutrition, mental and emotional health, injury and violence prevention, diseases and disorders, physical activity, personal/consumer health, community/environmental health).

    -          Teachers are encouraged to incorporate health education into subject areas and in attempt to ensure physical education curriculum is integrated and includes regular opportunities for cross-disciplinary connections.

    -          Students will be assessed in health education and results reported on the report card every term that health education is required.

    -          All teachers who teach health education participate in annual professional development on effective practices for health education if resources and funding are available.

     

       

    Commitment to Employee Wellness:

    -          The school will do a bi-annual interest assessment with all staff including teachers and other personnel.

    -          The school will make efforts to provide physical activity opportunities and healthy eating programs.

    -          Staff lounge areas, trainings, and other meetings will offer healthy food choices.

    -          Staff will be given information on preventive health, physical activity, and good nutrition throughout the year.

    Commitment to Implementation:

    -          A School Health Committee consisting of a group of individuals representing the school and community will meet 3-4 times a year to assess school wellness efforts.

    -          School will provide feedback via the school program review.

    -          The school’s wellness goals will be monitored and reviewed through the program review process.

    -          Staff will be encouraged to model healthy behaviors and encourage students to make good nutrition choices and promote the benefits of physical activity.