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Wellness Policy & Administrative Procedures

Wellness Policy

The district acknowledges the strong relationship between students' health and learning, and is committed to providing an environment where students and staff are supported in making healthy choices for lifelong health. This Wellness Policy and corresponding Framework expands upon requirements to offer a truly comprehensive school health model, which serves to coordinate the many parts of school health into a systematic approach.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach, outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), comprises ten components including: Nutrition Services; Physical Education and Activity; Health Education; Health Services; Safe Physical Environment; Safe Social and Emotional Climate; Counseling, Psychological and Social Services; Staff Wellness; Family Engagement, and Community Involvement. This Wellness Policy complies with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

If you would like to be involved in the ongoing review and implementation of the district's Wellness Policy, please contact the Nursing and Wellness Program at [email protected].

Wellness Policy

Framework for Wellness Policy

Competitive Foods

In California, any food or beverage sold to students outside of the NSLP and SBP is considered to "compete" with those meals and is referred to as a "competitive food" or beverage. Districts participating in the USDA meal programs are mandated to establish rules and regulations to control the sale of food in competition with the breakfast and lunch programs. San Diego Unified's AR 3554 and BP 3554 (replaced Administrative Procedure 2270) was revised to meet all state and federal regulations regarding competitive foods and to ensure that students be given adequate time for meals.

Allowable Foods Information -- English -- Spanish -- Vietnamese

List of Approved Snacks -- English -- Spanish
High School Smart Snacks List

California Competetive Food Standards Compliance Calculator

Effective & Healthy Rewards for Kids

Rewards and performance accomplishments reinforce desirable behavior and encourage its repetition. There are many non-food rewards that your students will enjoy! Check out this flier for ideas on alternatives to food as rewards.

Healthy Fundraising

Candy, baked goods, soda and other foods have little nutritional value, but are frequently used in school fundraising events. An environment that consistently provides students with sweets promotes unhealthy eating habits that can have lifelong impact. Check out this flier for ideas on healthy fundraising alternatives.

Healthy Classroom Celebrations

Classrooms have many celebrations throughout the year from birthday celebrations to holiday parties. With these celebrations, often comes unhealthy food, which can contribute to unhealthy eating patterns. Check out this infographic, Food at School Parties, to better understand the impact of what one year of food at school parties can have on a child. However, with the help from teachers, parents, and school staff the focus can be shifted from unhealthy food to healthy fun. Check out this flier for ideas on healthy school celebrations.

Healthy Classroom Celebration Parent Information -- English -- Spanish -- Arabic -- Cambodian -- Somali --Tagalog -- Vietnamese

Food and Nutrition Services Administrative Procedures

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the Filing a Program Discrimination Complaint as a USDA Customer page, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3) email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.