Wellness Policy

The Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence Board of Directors recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to student’s well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, studenets will learn about and participate in a positive and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement. We believe that healthy students ad staff members create an atmosphere and culture that helps our school perform better and more effectively. This policy encouages wellness for all individauls in our school community.

Development of Local Wellness Policy

In accordance with the federal law, the school has involved parents, students and representatives of food services, the Board, school administrator, and stakeholders in developing a school-wide wellness policy. After considering input from the various stakeholders intesrested in the promotion of overall student health and well-being, the Board of Directors establishes in this policy goals to promote student wellness.

Nutrition Guidelines

To the extent practicable, Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence shall participate in available federal school meal programs. All foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day, including school nutritional services and contract vendors shall be consistent with the requirements of federal and state law. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the U.S. Secretary pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the National School Lunch Act, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools. The Executive Director or designee shall develop procedures for operation of food services at the school during the day with the objectives of promoting school health and reducing child obesity.

Nutrition Education

It is the intent of the Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence Board of Directors that the school shall teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. The school shall provide nutrition education consistent with federal and state requirements and engage in nutrition promotion aimed attainment goals: The school shall provide opportunities for a health education program accordingly with state standards and benchmarks. Students shall have opportunities for valid and useful health information and health promotion products and services. Students shall have the opportunity to practice behaviors that enhance and/or reduce health risks during the school day and as part of extracurricular activities.

Physical Education

All students in grades K-4 shall have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. The school will provide physical education consistent with federal and state requirements and engage in promotion of physical activities aimed at attainment of the following goals: The Physical Education Program shall stress physical fitness and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for all students. The Physical Education Program will provide safe and enjoyable activities for all students including those who are not athletically gifted.

Other School-based Activities

The Executive Director or designee shall develop procedures that promote attainment of the following goals related to other school-based activities to promote wellness. School building and grounds, buses, and equipment shall meet all current health and safety standards. Safety procedures and appropriate training for students and staff support personal health and safety. School and School offices shall maintain an environment that is free of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Implementation

The Executive Director or designee will ensure compliance with the established wellness policy. The Headmistress or designee will ensure compliance with the policy on a daily basis and will report on the school’s compliance to the Executive Director