The Mid-Prairie School Board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The Mid-Prairie School District supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students. Improved health optimizes student performance potential.
The Mid-Prairie School District provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with Mid-Prairie’s healthy school district goals to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity.
The Mid-Prairie School District supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students’ health status and academic performance. All school prepared foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the Mid- Prairie School District nutrition standards. Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety, and packaging to ensure high-quality meals and snacks.
The Mid-Prairie 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 meals. Toward this end, the Mid-Prairie School District may use electronic identification and payment systems; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or nontraditional methods for serving meals.
The Mid-Prairie School District will develop a local wellness policy committee comprised of representatives of the school board, parents, students, staff, PE teachers, school food service, school nurses, and community members. The local wellness policy committee will develop a plan to implement and measure the local wellness policy and monitor the effectiveness of the policy. The committee will designate an individual to monitor implementation and evaluation of the policy. The committee will report to the Mid-Prairie School Board regarding the effectiveness of this policy.
Legal Reference: Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (2005)
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.,
Iowa Code 256.7(29), 256.11(6) (2013)
281 IAC 12.5(19), 12.5(20), 58.11
Cross Reference: 504.6 Student Activity Program
710 School Food Services
Reviewed: 11-9-09, 1-26-15, 2-22-2021
Revised: 10-13-14. 7-10-17