2017-2020 Triennial Assessment - Wellness Policy

Norton City Schools

Wellness Policy 2017-2020 Triennial Assessment
 

Overview & Purpose

In accordance with the Final Rule of the Federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 and the Virginia Administrative Code: 8VAC20-740, Norton City Schools presents the 2017-2020 Triennial Assessment which includes the timeframe from 2020 – 2021 school year. The Triennial Assessment indicates updates on the progress and implementation of Norton City Schools Wellness Policy and wellness initiatives, and provides required documentation of actions, steps, and information as outlined in the Final Rule. The school(s) included in this Triennial Assessment are:

 Norton Elementary and Middle Schools

John I. Burton High School

Wellness Policy

The Norton City Schools Wellness Policy can be found at https://www.nortoncityschools.org/. Norton City Schools updates and/or modifies the Wellness Policy as appropriate. The policy is made available to the public through Norton City Schools website.

School Wellness Committee

Norton City Schools established a Wellness Policy leadership of one or more school officials who has the authority and responsibility to ensure each school complies with the Wellness Policy. The Wellness Policy committee meets at least 3 times per year for periodic review and update of the Wellness Policy. The general public and the school community are allowed and encouraged to participate in the Wellness Policy process.. A committee has been formed that includes: parents, students, community members, representatives of the School Food Authority, teachers, school health professionals, School Board members and school administrators. The Wellness Committee welcomes any community member who would like to be part of the committee. If interested, please contact the school board office at 540-679-2330.

Wellness Policy Compliance

Norton City Schools must conduct an assessment of the Wellness Policy every three years, at a minimum. The final rule requires State Agencies to assess compliance with the Wellness Policy requirements as a part of the general areas of the Administrative Review every three years.

 

Standards and Nutrition Guidelines for all Foods and Beverages Sold

(Question IV on VDOE School Level Report Card)

Standard/Guideline

Met

Not Met

We follow federal school meal nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available for sale on campus during the school day.

 

       X

We have implemented Smart Snacks nutrition standards for ALL items sold during school hours, including: a la carte offerings, items in school stores, and items in vending machines.

        X

 

We follow Norton City School’s policy on exempt fundraisers as outlined in our Division’s Wellness Policy. Fundraising during and outside school hours will sell only non-food items or foods and beverages that meet or exceed the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. These fundraisers may include but are not limited to, donation nights at restaurants, cookie dough, candy and pizza sales, market days, etc.

        X

 

All food and beverages sold on school campus during the school day must meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks.

  

        X

Standards and Nutrition Guidelines for all Foods and Beverages Sold

(Question V on VDOE School Level Report Card)

Standard/Guideline

Met

Not Met

We follow Norton City Schools policy on standards for all foods and beverages provided, but not sold, as outlined in our Division’s Wellness Policy.

       X

 

If a school decides to sell a food or beverage that does not meet the Smart Snack nutrition standards, then the fundraising item must be picked up after school by a parent. This will prevent the distribution of the fundraising item during the school day (which violates the wellness policy) and allows the parent to make decisions on the allocation of the product and nutritional needs for their child.

       X

 

 

Policy for Food and Beverage Marketing

(Question VI on VDOE School Level Report Card)

Standard/Guideline

Met

Not Met

All food and beverage marketing meets Smart Snacks standards.

      X

 

 

 

 

Description of Public Involvement

Standard/Guideline

Met

Not Met

Norton City Schools permits participation by the general public and the school community in the Wellness Policy process. This includes parents, students, and representatives of the School Food Authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the School Board, and school administrators.

        X

 

Description of Public Updates

Standard/Guideline

Met

Not Met

The Wellness Policy is made available to the public on an annual basis, at minimum. This includes any updates to and about the Wellness Policy.

       X

 

The Triennial Assessment, including progress toward meeting the goals of the policy, will be made available to the public on or before June 30, 2021.

       X

 

Description of Policy Leadership

Standard/Guideline

Met

Not Met

Norton City Schools established a Wellness Policy leadership of one or more LEA’s and/or school official(s) who have the authority and responsibility to ensure each school complies with the policy.

       X

 

 

Description of Evaluation Plan

Standard/Guideline

Met

Not Met

Norton City Schools will develop and maintain a plan within each school for determining roles and responsibilities, actions and timelines, as well as meeting specific goals for nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available on the school campus food and beverage marketing, nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and other school based activities that promote student wellness.

       X

 

Quality of Wellness Policy

Thoroughly reviewed by USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s model policy template is in compliance with the requirements set forth in the final rule.

Progress towards Goals

Norton City Schools recognizes the importance of health and wellbeing for students’ academic and future success in addition to the staff. In supporting the whole child and meeting the needs of staff, we are initiating the following goals

GOALS

PROGRESS

Increase awareness for students on healthy eating

Ongoing – committed to serving healthy meals to children and all meals sold will meet the USDA Smart Snack Standards

Increase awareness for students on physical activity/fitness

Ongoing through Health and Physical Education Classes and additional enrichment activities such as: Morning Mile Program.

Promote healthy food and beverage choices

Ongoing – Promote “vegetables first” in cafeteria line, Rev Your Bev Program which encourages the benefits of children making the choice to drink more water.

Increase community partnerships in school health

Involvement with the community agencies is ongoing

All food and beverages meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks

All food and beverages sold at NEMS meet USDA Smart Snacks, JIB is in progress of meeting this goal 

Students have opportunities to be physically active before, during and after school

Ongoing – students have the Morning Mile Program, Physical Education, and Interscholastic athletics

 

 

Progress towards Nutrition Promotion and Education Goals

(Question I on VDOE School Level Report Card)

Description

Met

Not Met

Norton City Schools is committed to serving healthy meals to children, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk that are moderate in sodium, low in saturated fat, and have zero grams trans-fat per serving as well as meeting the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements.

 

        X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress towards Physical Activity Goals

(Question II on VDOE School Level Report Card)

Description

Met

Not Met

Students have opportunities to be physically active before, during and after school:

  • Morning Mile Program
  •  Physical Education
  • Interscholastic athletics

       X

 

School staff are encouraged and supported to practice healthy nutrition and physical activities outside the classroom:

  • Fit One gym membership discount
  • Water fountains with features for filling water bottles

        X

 

 

Progress towards other School-Based Wellness Activity Goals

(Question III on VDOE School Level Report Card)

Description

Met

Not Met

  • Morning Mile Program
  • Walk to School Day
  • Outdoor recreations Opportunities
  • Summer Camps

 

         X