Wellness Policy



            The District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and the ability to learn by fostering healthy eating, physical activity, and sharing of community resources.  Staff will be encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.  The District has established a wellness committee to develop the District’s proposed local wellness policy, making such policy recommendations for the review and the adoption by the Board of Education and monitor and evaluate the implementation of the policy.  The District’s wellness committee includes, but is not limited to, representatives from each of the following groups:

a.                   Parents

b.                  Students

c.                   Food Service Director

d.                  The School Board

e.                   School Administrators

f.                   Faculty/Staff

g.                  Members of the Public

h.                  Health Insurance Representative

The District Wellness Committee will assess current activities, programs and policies available in the district; identify specific areas of need within the district; develop the policy; and provide mechanisms for implementation, evaluation, revision and updating the policy.  The Wellness Committee is established to represent the local community’s perspective in developing the wellness policy for the district.

Goals to promote student wellness

            Taking into account the parameters of the School District (academic programs, annual budget, staffing issues, and available facilities) as well as the community in which the District is located (the general economy, socioeconomic status, local tax bases, social cultural and religious influences, geography, and legal political and social institutions) the Wellness Committee recommends the following District goals relating to nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities:

Nutrition Education

            The District will provide nutrition education to facilitate the voluntary adoption of healthy eating habits and other nutrition-related behaviors conductive to health and well being adopting the following standards for:

a.   Instructional: In District

·         Is offered as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health including but not limited to education lessons that cover topics such as reading a nutrition label, etc. 

·         Curriculum Classes Offered:

o   7th & 8th Grade Science

o   7th & 8th Grade Health Education

o   6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Home and Careers

o   Physical Education K-12

o   High School Food Elective Classes (Food & Nutrition, Gourmet Foods, Business of Baking, Food Science, International Foods)

·         Is part of not only the classes listed above, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences and other elective subjects

·         Follows National Health Standards, NYS Teaching Standards, as well as the NYS Guidance Document for Health Education (See Appendix A, B, C).

·         Meets NYS Healthy Snack mandates

·         Breakfast/Lunch options meet NYS mandates


b.  Instructional: Outside of Classroom

·         Includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens

·         Links with the following outside resources:

                                                                          i.      Excellus (Health Insurance Representative)

                                                                        ii.      Cornell Cooperative Extension

                                                                      iii.      Choosemyplate.gov

                                                                      iv.      Farm to Families

                                                                        v.      Fuel Up To Play 60



c.   Fundraising activities:

The district encourages clubs and organizations to participate in fundraising activities that market healthy foods.

·         Fundraising will be made available to organizations throughout the school year but will be in accordance with section 915 of the New York State Education Law that says:

“Prohibiting the sale of certain sweetened foods. From the beginning of the school day until the end of the last scheduled meal period, no sweetened soda water, no chewing gum, no candy including hard candy, jellies, gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, spun candy and candy coated popcorn, and no water ices except those which contain fruit or fruit juices, shall be sold in any public school within the state.”


d. Training:

·         Teacher training that is comprehensive in nature and standards-based will be made available to teachers in grades K – 12.

·         Curriculum based teachers will attend state conferences that offer training on nutrition education

·         Shall ensure that professional development in the area of food and nutrition is provided for food service managers and staff.

Physical Activity

            The District will provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain physical fitness, to regularly participate in physical activity, and to understand the short-term and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.  In addition, the District will ensure all students are knowledgeable of health and wellness resources available within their community. Staff members shall not deny participation in recess or other physical activity opportunities as a form of discipline or punishment unless the safety of students is in question.

a.                   Physical education graduation requirements:

·         All students must complete two units of Physical Education at the High School level to meet graduation requirements.

·         All students must complete the Senior Fitness Project

·         All students must participate in FitnessGram testing, unless medically excused

                                                                          i.      Analyzing test results is part of the Physical Education Curriculum

                                                                        ii.      All test results will be shared with students and their parents/guardians

b.   Physical education class requirements:

·         Physical education classes will have on average, the same student/teacher ratios used in other classes.

·         All students in grades K – 12, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs, and in alternative educational settings, will receive physical education that meets New York State educational requirements for the entire school year.  A certified physical education teacher will teach all physical education.  Student involvement in other activities involving physical activity (e.g., interscholastic or intramural sports) will not be substituted for meeting the physical education requirement. Students will spend at least 50 percent of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.

·         Physical Education classes in grades K-12 will meet every other day for 40 minutes.  In addition, classroom teachers are required to incorporate physical and movement activity, as directed by the health coordinator, for at least 10 minutes on the days students do not receive physical education.

·         Adapted physical education is made available to all students in grades K-12 when necessary.

·         Physical Education curriculum will follow NYS Standards as well as use the curriculum guides available through New York State Association for Health Physical Education and Dance.

·         The Physical Education program shall be provided adequate space and equipment and conform to all applicable safety standards.

c.     Staff training / certification for physical education:

·         A certified physical education teacher will teach all physical education classes.

·         Ensures physical education staff will receive professional development on a yearly basis

·          Physical Education teachers will be given the opportunity to attend professional development each year at the state and local level.

·         All coaches will be certified through the state of NY and will have first aid and CPR certification in accordance with NYS rules and regulations.


d.   Physical activity outside physical education classes:

·         Daily Recess.   All elementary school students will have daily-supervised recess, of at least 10 minutes, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment under the direction of the Physical Education Staff.

·         Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School. All elementary, middle and high schools will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs.  All high schools and middle schools, as appropriate, will offer interscholastic sports programs.  Schools will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, and students with disabilities and students with special health-care needs.

 Mental/Emotional and Social Health

            The District acknowledges the importance of mental/emotional and social health in maintaining and building a safe and positive environment for all students.  Incorporated within our wellness goals, Pavilion strives to educate students on the important topics of bullying, character building, conflict, appropriate social interaction, and aspects of health that relate to personal mental/emotional well-being.

·         Elementary:

o   PreK-5th Grade: Character Education Program, Character Cards, 6 Pillars

o   K-5th Grade: Second Step Program

·         Middle School/High School:

o   6th Grade Home & Career Class Curriculum (Body Image/Goals)

o   6th Grade Monthly Character Traits

o   7th and 8th Grade Character of the Month

o   9th Grade Check-In Program

o   Advisement Groups

o   MS/HS Health Curriculum

§  NYS mandated bullying, mental/emotional curriculum

Other School-Based Activities

            The District wishes to establish a school environment that presents consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity for all.  In order to present a coordinated school approach where District decision-making related to nutrition and physical activity encompasses all aspects of the school, the Wellness Committee has determined that the following standards are necessary to achieve this goal.

A.        Federal school meal programs:

        The District will participate to the maximum extent practicable in available federal school meal programs [School Breakfast Program, Nation School Lunch Program (including after-school snacks), Summer Food Service Program, Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (including suppers)].

B.                 Access to school nutrition programs:

·         PCS 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. Specifically identified school personnel will be the only individuals that will have knowledge of a student’s free or reduced meal status and shall keep that information confidential. PCS will make the school meal program available to every student in the district through information provided by the district with regards to free and reduced-meal eligibility.

·         The school district will make every effort to meet dietary requirements for students with dietary needs and students with culturally diverse backgrounds.

C.        Meal environment:

·         PCS will provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast and 20 minutes to eat lunch

·         PCS will not schedule classes, tutoring, club, organizational meetings or activities during meal times, unless students may eat during such activities

·         PCS will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks

·         Will be appealing and attractive to children by appealing to their taste preferences.

·         Students will have the opportunity to provide input on local, cultural, and ethnic favorites.

·         Will be served in a clean and pleasant setting

·         Parents and staff are welcome to join students at lunch at any time.

D.        After-school programs for students:

·         Any district sponsored after school activity is encouraged to provide the opportunity for healthy snacks and/or physical activity.

·         Food available after school will meet guidelines established under Nutritional Value of Food and Beverages section (b)

E.         Community access to District Facilities for physical activities:

·         PCS will provide facility access to students, families, staff and the community for physical activity.

·         The JR/SR High is open in the winter time for community members to utilize the facilities for walking.  During the spring and summer months the track is available for community use.

·         The fitness and weight rooms are open at night for the community to use at no cost throughout the school year.

·         The elementary building has an outdoor classroom that encourages learning aligned with physical activity.

·         Sand volleyball courts and playground facilities at the elementary building promote opportunities for safe physical activity outside of regular physical education time.

F.         Community involvement:

·         PCS encourages community involvement in wellness planning and wellness related activities through various means such as: Newsletters, mailings and website, events, and bulletin boards.

·         School Wellness Policy is posted on PCS District website.

G.        Sustainable food practices:

·         PCS provides recycling opportunities for student organizations in grades K – 12.

·         PCS encourages the use of school gardens and the use of locally grown foods.

·         Rather than using disposable products, the cafeteria uses plates and utensils that can be washed, sanitized and reused on a daily basis.

·         Food Link- Girls Service League

Nutrition Guidelines

            The District Wellness Committee and the USDA Standards will recommend which nutritional standards will be established for all food available on school campus during the school day based upon the unique needs of the student body and the community.  The goal is to encourage healthy lifelong eating habits by providing foods that are high in nutrients, low in fat and added sugars and of moderate portion size.

Nutritional Values of Foods and Beverages

  1. It is recommended that organizations operating concessions at school functions market healthy food choices at a lower profit margin to encourage student selection.  Schools shall label/mark healthy food items available so students know which have a higher nutritional value.
  1. Display and advertising of foods with minimal nutritional value is strongly discouraged on school grounds.  Soft drink logos are not allowed on school material or on school property.
  1. Students and staff will have access to free, safe, and fresh drinking water throughout the school day.
  1. Reimbursable school meals served at school will meet the USDA requirements and nutrition standards of the National School Lunch Program.
  1. Food of minimal nutritional value on the school campus will be replaced with more nutritional options by adhering to the following standards for nutritional value of foods and beverages:

1)     Calories from total fat – No more than 30% of total calories from fat.

2)   Calories from saturated fat – No more than 10% of total calories from saturated fat.

3)    Total sugar – No more than 35% by weight (except fresh, dried or canned fruits and vegetables)

4)    Whole grain – ensure that ALL of the served grains are whole grains.

5)     Portion size –

·         One and one-quarter ( 1 ¼ )ounces for chips, crackers, popcorn, cereal, trail mix, nuts, seeds, dried fruit or jerky

·         One (1) ounce for cookies

·         Two (2) ounces for cereal bars, granola bars, pastries, muffins, doughnuts, bagels and/or other bakery items

·         Four (4) fluid ounces for frozen desserts, including, but not limited to, low-fat or fat-free ice cream

·         Eight (8) ounces for non-frozen yogurt

·         Twelve (12) fluid ounces for beverages, excluding water and

·         The portion size of a la carte entrees and side dishes, including potatoes, will not be greater than the size of comparable portions offered as part of school meals.  Fruits and non-fried vegetables are exempt from the portion size limits.

6)             Fruits and Vegetables – choice of at least two (2) fruits and non-fried vegetables will be offered for sale at any location where foods are sold on campus.  Such items could include, but are not limited to, fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, fruit-based drinks that are at least 50% fruit juice and that do not contain additional caloric sweeteners, cooked, dried, or canned fruits (canned in fruit juice or light syrup), and cooked dried, or canned vegetables

7)                  Beverages – Beverages that contain at least 50% fruit juice with no added sweeteners, water, and low-fat / non-fat milk.

  1. All snacks sold in the cafeteria are Smart Snack approved

Vending machines, snack bars, school stores, concession stands and other food outlets. 

            Access to vending machines, concession stands and other food outlets on school property will be limited to outside of the school day (12:01-4:00pm) - after 2:35PM; and items will be Smart Snack approved and meet guidelines set forth in Section B of Nutritional Values of Foods and Beverages.


            Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than applicable federal regulations and guidance issues pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools.

Implementation and Evaluation of the Wellness Policy

            In accordance with law, the District’s wellness policy must be established by July 1, 2006 and be re-visited every two years; the District will ensure school and community awareness of this policy through various means such as publication in District newsletters and/or the District calendar.  Further, professional development activities for staff and student awareness training will be provided, as appropriate, on the goals of the District’s wellness program, including activities/programs for the development of healthy eating habits and the incorporation of physical activity as part of a comprehensive healthy lifestyle.  The district will evaluate and collect data using tool such as the HECAT, PECAT, School Health Index, and Excellus Workplace Tools.

            The District shall establish an implementation and evaluation plan for the wellness policy in order to monitor the effectiveness of the policy and the possible need for further modification over time.  Accordingly, the Superintendent shall designate one or more staff members within the District or at each school as appropriate to have operational responsibility for ensuring that the District meets the goals and mandates of its local wellness policy. 

Designated staff members (Food Service Director, Wellness Coordinator) shall periodically report to the Superintendent on the District’s compliance with the wellness policy (or, if done at the building level, to the School Principal) and the Superintendent shall inform the Board of such findings.  The Superintendent/designee shall prepare a summary report on District-wide compliance with the District’s wellness policy based on input from schools within the District.  That report will be provided to the School Board and also distributed to the wellness committee, parent-teacher organization, building Principals, and school health services personnel within the District.  The report shall also be available to community residents upon request.

These designated school officials will also serve as a liaison with community agencies in providing outside resources to help in the development of nutrition education programs and physical activities.

Evaluation and feedback from interested parties, including an assessment of student, parent, teacher and administration satisfaction with the wellness policy is essential to the District’s evaluation program.  Further, the District shall document the financial impact, if any, to the school food service program, school stores or vending machine revenues based on the implementation of the wellness policy.

District schools will provide nutrition education and physical education with an emphasis on establishing lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.  Communication with and training for teachers, parents, students and food service personnel will be an integral part of the District’s implementation plan.

To the extent practicable, students and parents shall be involved in the development of strategies designed to promote healthy food choices in the school environment; and the school cafeteria will provide a variety of nutritionally sound meal and beverage choices.  The school will encourage student activity, age appropriate participation in decisions regarding healthy lifestyles and choices.  Positive reinforcement such as letters of recognition and acknowledgement will be utilized as a means to encourage healthy eating patterns among the student population.  In addition, the school will share information about nutritional content of meals with parents and students; such information may be made available on menus, a website or such other “point-of-purchase” materials.

Assessment of the District’s wellness policy and implementation efforts may be repeated on an annual basis, but it is recommended that such assessment occur no later than every two years, to help review policy compliance, assess progress and determine areas in need of improvement.  The District, and individual schools within the District, will, as necessary, revise the wellness policy and develop work plans to facilitate its implementation.