Heron Lake-Okabena School Dist. #330
Adopted: July 18, 2006
Revised: October 15, 2007
Reviewed: November 6, 2008
Reviewed: October 26, 2009
Reviewed: November 15, 2010
Reviewed: December 12, 2011
Reviewed: November 14, 2012
Reviewed: October 9, 2013
Reviewed: February 21, 2014
Reviewed: October 3, 2015
Reviewed: August 16, 2016
Amended: September 9, 2016 Under III A-1, C-2, C-3, and D-2. Under IV D
The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’
health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. The school board recognizes that nutrition education and physical education are essential
components of the educational process and that good health fosters student attendance
B. The school environment should promote and protect students’ health, well-being, and
ability to learn by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.
C. The school district encourages the involvement of students, parents, teachers, food
service staff, and other interested persons in implementing, monitoring, and reviewing
school district nutrition and physical activity policies.
D. Children need access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in order
to grow, learn, and thrive.
E. All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be
physically active on a regular basis.
F. Qualified food service personnel will provide students with access to a variety of
affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of
students; try to accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student
body, while meeting the medical needs, i.e. allergies, special dietary requirements, etc.,
of the individual students, in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant
settings and adequate time for students to eat.
A. Foods and Beverages
1. All foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day (8:05-
3:15) will be consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
2. Food service personnel will take every measure to ensure that student access to
foods and beverages meet or exceed all federal, state, and local laws and
3. Food service personnel shall adhere to all federal, state, and local food safety
and security guidelines.
4. The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached
to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and
reduced-price school meals.
5. The school district will provide students access to hand washing before they eat
meals or snacks.
6. The school district will make every effort to provide students with sufficient
time to eat after sitting down for school meals and will schedule meal periods at
appropriate times during the school day.
7. The school district will not allow tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or
activities during mealtimes, unless students are provided the opportunity to eat
during such activities.
B. School Food Service Program/Personnel
1. The school district will provide healthy and safe school meal programs that
strictly comply with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.
2. The school district shall designate an appropriate person to be responsible for the
school district’s food service program, whose duties shall include the creation of
nutrition guidelines and procedures for the selection of foods and beverages
made available on campus to ensure food and beverage choices are consistent
with current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
3. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program,
the school district will ensure that all food service personnel in schools are
provided continuing professional development.
C. Nutrition Education and Promotion
1. The school district will encourage and support healthy eating by students and
engage in nutrition promotion that is:
a. offered as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students
with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
b. part of health education classes as well as classroom instruction in
subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and
elective subjects, where appropriate; and
c. enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and includes
participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and
2. The District is committed to ensuring that all foods and beverages available to the students on the school campus, during the school day support healthy eating. The food and beverages sold outside the school meal will meet the USDA Smart snack in School nutritional standards at a minimum.
3. The school district will discourage the use of food or beverages as rewards for academic performance. We will provide all staff with the Smart Snack list and an alternative rewards list.
D. Physical Activity
1. Students need opportunities for physical activity and to fully embrace regular
physical activity as a personal behavior. Toward that end, health education will
reinforce the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a
healthy lifestyle and reduce sedentary activities.
2. Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject
lessons, where appropriate.
3. Classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks during lessons or
classes, as appropriate.
E. Communications with Parents
1. The school district recognizes that parents and guardians have a primary and
fundamental role in promoting and protecting their children’s health and wellbeing.
2. The school district will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and
daily physical activity for their children.
3. The school district encourages parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and
refrain from including beverages and foods without nutritional value.
4. The school district will provide information about physical education and other
school-based physical activity opportunities and will support parents’ efforts to
provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of
IV. IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING
A. After approval by the school board, the wellness policy will be implemented throughout
the school district.
B. School food service provider will ensure compliance within the school’s food service
program and will report to the building principal, the superintendent or the
superintendent’s designee, as appropriate.
C. The superintendent or designee will ensure compliance with the wellness policy and will
provide an annual report of the school district’s compliance with the policy to the school
D. The Wellness Committee will meet as necessary and once annually to review and make necessary revisions to the wellness policy
Legal References: 42 U.S.C. § 1751 et seq. (Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act)
42 U.S.C. § 1771 et seq. (Child Nutrition Act of 1966)
P.L. 108-265 (2004) § 204 (Local Wellness Policy)
7 U.S.C. § 5341 (Establishment of Dietary Guidelines)
7 C.F.R. § 210.10 (School Lunch Program Regulations)
7 C.F.R. § 220.8 (School Breakfast Program Regulations)
Local Resources: Minnesota Department of Education, www.education.state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Health, www.health.state.mn.us
County Health Departments
Action for Healthy Kids Minnesota, www.actionforhealthykids.org and