March 5, 2020
Cold and Flu season is well upon us with the Oklahoma State Department of Health reporting that influenza (flu) activity levels have increased over the past several weeks. We continue to keep the health and well-being of our students and staff as a priority. To that end, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. Keeping your child home when they are ill will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer these tips to prevent influenza and other respiratory viruses:
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
The 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by the emergence of a , or COVID-19. We have recently received several inquiries about the impact of the coronavirus on our school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out as well as an InfoGraphic on preventing the spread of germs.
To date, in the State, which is confirmed by the . As always, thank you for your continued support and feel free to contact the school if you have further questions.
Darlington Public School
The Darlington Public School District (“the District”) recognizes the important role that schools play in the development of children’s lifelong health habits, their ability to learn, and their overall well-being. Schools can improve the health of students not only by educating them about the importance of healthy behaviors, but also by implementing policies that promote those behaviors.
Therefore, the District establishes the following policy to promote the health and wellness of students and staff and to ensure its schools comply with those standards established by federal and state law. Specifically, this policy requires all schools in the District to:
School Meal Requirements
The District will make nutritious foods available on campus during the school day to promote student and staff health. At a minimum, the District Child Nutrition Program will serve reimbursable meals that meet the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) requirements and follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).
Specifically, the District will ensure that all meals are the following:
The District will also do the following:
Schools will make clean drinking water available and accessible without restriction and at no charge at every district facility (including cafeterias and eating areas, classrooms, hallways, playgrounds, and faculty lounges) before, during, and after school. Schools will also ensure the following:
Information and Promotion
As required under the National School Lunch Program (7 CFR 210.12), the District will promote activities to involve students and parents in the School Lunch Program. In addition, the District will do the following:
Adequate Time To Eat:
The District will allow students at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast and 20 minutes to eat lunch from the time they are seated.
COMPETITIVE FOODS AND BEVERAGES
All competitive foods and beverages sold to students during the school day must meet or exceed the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards.
High energy drinks with elevated levels of caffeine will not be available for sale anywhere on campus.
A variety of healthy food choices that meet Smart Snacks standards will be available whenever food is sold or served on district property or a district-sponsored.
OTHER FOODS PROVIDED AT SCHOOL (standards required but not specified)
Other foods and beverages provided (not sold) on campus (e.g. for classroom parties, celebrations, and after-school programming) must meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards.
The District will provide parents and teachers with a list of ideas for healthy food as well as non-food alternatives for classroom parties (e.g., the USDA’s resources on “Healthy Celebrations”) and after-school programming (including celebrations).
A student celebrating a birthday will be allowed to bring one non-Smart Snack item for the classroom celebration.
Qualifying after-school programs will participate in the USDA’s After-School Snack.
Fundraising on Campus During the School Day
Only fundraisers that feature non-food items or foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks standards will be permitted.
The District will allow one exempted fundraiser per school year.
The following will also occur:
After-School Concessions and Fundraisers
At least 50% of foods and beverages offered at after-school concessions or as part of fundraisers held outside of school hours must comply with the USDA’s Smart Snack standards.]
The District will offer – and integrate into the core curriculum – nutrition education to all grades (K-8), providing students the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong healthy eating behaviors, including the following:
In addition, the District will ensure that nutrition education:
REWARDS AND PUNISHMENT
Food, beverages, and candy will not be used to reward or punish academic performance or student behavior.
NUTRITION AND HEALTHY FOOD PROMOTION
The District will promote healthy food and beverage choices and appropriate portion sizes by doing the following:
FOOD AND BEVERAGE MARKETING
Only foods and beverages that meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards may be marketed in schools. The marketing of any brand, without reference to a specific product, is prohibited unless every food and beverage product manufactured, sold, or distributed under the corporate brand name meets the Smart Snacks standards.
Marketing includes the following:
If the non-compliant advertising is a permanent feature of a permanent fixture (e.g., a scoreboard), such advertising can remain until the permanent fixture is removed or replaced.
STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
The District will follow the USDA’s Professional Standards for State and Local Nutrition Programs in selecting local school nutrition program directors. Also, the District will require all personnel in the school nutrition programs to complete annual continuing education and training.
In addition, Child Nutrition Staff will do the following:
FARM-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND SCHOOL GARDENS (encouraged)
The District will allow school gardens on District property.
The following will also occur:
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The District will ensure that all [elementary school students (K-8) participate in a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day, whether through physical education, exercise programs, after-school athletics, fitness breaks, recess, classroom activities, or wellness and nutrition education.
RECESS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BREAKS
Recess: The District will require schools to provide elementary school students (K-8) at least 20 minutes of recess each day (in addition to PE requirements). Additionally, the District will do the following:
Physical Activity Breaks: The District will require schools to provide all students (K-8) short breaks (3 to 5 minutes) throughout the day to let them stretch, move around, and break up their time spent sitting. These physical activity breaks may take place during and/or between classroom time.
The District will require all schools to establish a comprehensive, standards-based PE curriculum for each grade (K-8). Schools will ensure that PE classes and equipment afford all students an equal opportunity to participate in PE.
Elementary school students (K-5) will participate in at least 90 minutes of PE per week throughout the entire school year.
Middle school students (6-8) will participate in at least 120 minutes of PE per week throughout the entire school year.
The District will implement the physical activity program for fifth grade students as established by the State Board of Education; fitness challenges will be incorporated into the program.
In addition, the following requirements apply to all students (K-8):
TEACHER QUALIFICATION, TRAINING, AND INVOLVEMENT
PUNISHMENTS AND REWARDS
GROUNDS, FACILITIES, AND EQUIPMENT
The District will ensure the availability of proper equipment and facilities that meet safety standards, and the District will conduct necessary inspections and repairs.
The District will provide adequate equipment (e.g., balls, rackets, and other manipulatives) for every student to be active.
COMMUNITY USE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
The District will encourage school staff, students, and their families to participate in physical activity outside of the school day by promoting the use of school facilities for physical activity programs offered by the school and/or community-based organizations outside of school hours.
Allowing staff, students, and their families to use school recreational facilities during non-school hours is one way to increase opportunities to engage in physical activity. Consistent with State law and District policies and procedures regarding use of school facilities during non-school hours, the District will work with and community-based organizations to coordinate and enhance opportunities for staff, students, and their families to engage in physical activity using school facilities before and after the school day, during weekends, and during school vacations.
AFTER-SCHOOL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SCREEN TIME
After-school programming will do the following:
OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE SCHOOL WELLNESS
The District recognizes that employee health is essential to student health and to creating healthy school environments. Accordingly, the District will implement an employee wellness program that promotes healthy eating, physical activity, and overall health. The District may partner with community agencies and organizations (e.g., local health departments, hospitals, health insurance companies, and local chapters of national organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Red Cross, and YMCA) to assist in providing education, services, and resources for staff.
The District will do the following to support staff wellness:
The District will provide staff with educational resources and annual training in health and health-related topics.
Where applicable, schools’ health education curriculums will follow the Oklahoma Academic Standards.
IMPLEMENTATION, MONITORING, AND LEADERSHIP
The District will designate one or more official(s) to facilitate the development of the local school wellness policy, oversee appropriate updates to the policy, and ensure each school’s compliance with the policy. The District will ensure that the designated official(s) fully understand(s) the federal and state laws related to wellness policies.
Include the name(s), position(s), and contact information of the designated official(s) here:
(Email address is sufficient)
Dean of Students
Athletic Director/PE Teacher
Girls & Boys Club Director/PE Teacher
The District will permit parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, physical education teachers, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to serve on the local school wellness policy committee and participate in the development, implementation, review, and update of the local school wellness policy. To encourage broad public participation in the process, the District will do the following:
ASSESSMENTS, REVISIONS, AND POLICY UPDATES
At least once every three years, the District will measure the extent to which schools are in compliance with the local wellness policy, as well as progress made in attaining the policy’s goals. Additionally: