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Wellness and Nutrition Policy

Team Success A School of Excellence establish a policy for wellness to promote the long-term health and well being of children in accordance with federal law and shall establish a plan for measuring the implementation of the policy

Team Success A School of Excellence is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and their ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. We also believe that healthy staff can more effectively perform their assigned duties and model appropriate wellness behaviors for students.  Furthermore, healthy students, teachers and staff are keys to reducing costs related to school operations.


Team Success A School of Excellence will establish and maintain a student/staff wellness committee:


  • The committee will be composed of at a minimum: one administrator, one instructional staff member, one food service staff member, a physical education instructor, and parent.
  • Wellness programs should include opportunities for continuing education, exercise and behavior modification initiatives.


The school will provide training, tools and information to enable effective implementation of the Local Wellness Policy.




Part I:  Nutrition and Nutritional Education



   A.School Meals
    • All school meals comply with USDA regulations and state policies.
    • Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture.
    • Students with special dietary needs will be accommodated as required by USDA regulations.
    • The school 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 by:
        • Promoting the availability of meals to all students.
    • Barriers to student participation in the Child Nutrition Programs are eliminated:
    • Students will have at least 15 minutes to eat breakfast and at least 15 minutes to eat lunch. This does NOT include time spent walking in/to/from class or waiting in line for food service.  If time is a concern, alternate arrangements will be made which could include grab and go, or other identified initiatives.
    • On site deep fat fried foods will not be offered as a component of the SBP or NSLP.
    • Fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat milk (1% and less), healthy food preparation methods and health-enhancing nutrition practices will be promoted.                                                 
    • Breakfast
      • At least 50% of prepackaged cereals offered will contain no more than 35% of weight from total sugar, or less than 9 grams/100 calories, and all will be whole grain.
    • Lunch
      • Entrees served over the course of the week will have no more than 30% calories from fat, 10% calories from saturated fat.
   B. Vending
    • Vending of food and beverages items is not allowed on school property in areas accessible to students
   C. During the School Day (Classroom Parties, Celebrations, Classroom Rewards, Fundraisers):
    • Students are allowed to have individual water bottles in the classroom, unless disciplinary issues dictate otherwise.
    • On site fundraiser sales of food and beverages may only take place after the normal school day is finished.
    • Parents, teachers, and staff are encouraged to provide non-food alternatives for activities during the school day.
    • Refreshments provided for students participating in classroom parties and celebrations should come in closed containers from inspected facilities.
   D. Nutrition Education
    • All students in grades K-10, including students with disabilities, special healthcare needs and in alternative education settings, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences that support development of healthful eating habits.
      • At least one full school day of nutrition education is provided for all students in every course across all disciplines during the Spring Team Success Nutrition Education Week.
      • Lessons will utilize the Florida Department of Education Health Education Benchmarks for each grade level.
      • Lessons will include pre- and post-test evaluations
    •  Cafeteria
      • Attractive, current nutrition education materials are prominently displayed in dining areas.
      • Teachers collaborate with the school food and nutrition staff to use the cafeteria as a learning laboratory that allows students to apply critical thinking skills.
      • The school encourages each member of the staff (certified and non-certified) to serve as healthy role models for students.

Part II: Physical Activity



   A. In order for students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity (i.e. at least 45 minutes per day) and to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:
    • Classroom nutrition education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television.
    • Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons.
    • School physical education programs will provide:
      • Opportunities to participate in lifetime physical activities, such as walking, aerobics, dance, etc..
   B. Teachers and other school and community personnel will not withhold opportunities for physical activity as punishment. 
   C. The school provides a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable physical activity for all students including those who are not athletically gifted.




Part III: Monitoring & Evaluation



   A. The Principal or the principal’s designee will ensure compliance of the Team Success A School of Excellence Wellness Policy
   B. Food service manager at the school will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within food service areas and will report on this matter to the committee.
   C. The Wellness & Nutrition Policy Committee will use annual evaluation of pre/post tests and lesson plans to be implemented before or during the school’s spring Nutrition Education Week. Lesson plans should include an evaluation component and be submitted to the Committee no later than November 15th; all plans should include an intended implementation date. A review of these school-wide lesson plans and their evaluations will be used to create recommendations for program improvement and evaluation. 
   D. The Local Wellness Policy Committee will meet no less than three times per year: August to set the plan, January to evaluate progress on the plan, May to evaluate outcomes of the plan.
   E. The Report of the lesson plan and evaluation review results will be presented to the Board of Directors in May of each year.  
Approved by Education Board of Directors.
Team Success A School of Excellence Wellness & Nutrition Policy Committee

Armando Viota - Coordinator

Althea Harrell- Food Service Manager

Alisander Ayala- Physical Education Director

Maria Rodriguez - Parent representative



Principal’s Designee to oversee compliance of the Wellness Policy: A. Viota