2019 Triennial Wellness Policy Assessment

“Each local education agency (LEA) that participates in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program is required to develop a wellness policy. 

LEAs must conduct an assessment of the wellness policy every 3 years, at a minimum.  This assessment will determine:

  • Compliance with the wellness policy,
  • How the wellness policy compares to model wellness policies, and
  • Progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy.”

-From USDA Local Wellness Policy Summary


Triennial Wellness Policy Assessment results:

1. Does the Etiwanda School District Wellness Policy contain all the elements required by federal law?

2. How well is the District implementing our own wellness policy?

Findings:  The Etiwanda School District identified seven areas in which Wellness policy implementation could be improved. See table below. 

 

Area to Address

Suggested Action

Next Steps/Person Responsible

Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) scores for 5thand 7thgraders are place in cumulative record and provided to parent/guardian.

Determine how PFT scores are received and requirements for distributing PFT scores and provide training or update policy to be accurate.

1.Discuss with Jackie Joye, PFT Data coordinator.

2.Provide training or update AR 6142.7 as needed.

Nutrition Education

Develop new wellness goal for 2019-20 to target specific grade level span

Include on draft Wellness goal for committee review.

Parents are provided with a list of suggested healthy foods or non-food items and other items that meet the ideas for healthy parties, celebrations, rewards, and fundraising activities.

District to provide information to include in school newsletters and on district website.

Instruction/Child Nutrition to prepare materials for 2019-20 school year.

The district shall distribute to each student, annually, and post on the district website, a list of suggested items that parents/teachers should consider when planning class parties/celebrations.

See above action. Provide information to teachers as well.

Instruction/Child Nutrition to prepare materials for 2019-20 school year.

The district shall provide teachers and school staff with a list of non-food incentive and reward items on an annual basis.

District to provide information to teachers and staff at start of school year

Instruction/Child Nutrition to prepare materials for 2019-20 school year.

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain records, and shall require organizations selling foods and beverages to maintain records, to document compliance with federal nutrition standards for all competitive foods and beverages sold through and outside the district’s food services program. At a minimum, these records shall include receipts, nutrition labels, and/or product specifications. (7 CFR 210.11)

Provide training to site administrators regarding Smart Snacks and need to maintain receipts and nutrition labels for any foods sold on campus.

Training provided to Principals on December 4, 2018. Provide training annually in future, including requirements to keep receipts and nutrition labels.


Links to Triennial Assessments:

Site Level – Wellness Policy Implementation and Evaluation

District Level – Wellness Policy Implementation and Evaluation

Wellness Policy Definitions

 

3. How does our district policy compare to the model wellness policy identified by the USDA?

Findings:  The Etiwanda School District identified twelve areas for the Wellness Committee to consider regarding the Wellness policy. See table below. 

 

 

Area to Address

Suggested Action

Next Steps/Person Responsible

Complete

District Wellness Committee

Consider adding a mental health representative to the Wellness Committee

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

District Wellness Committee

Consider adding a section to the district website with the names/roles of Wellness Committee members

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Item for Wellness Committee Discussion

Record Keeping

Add section to AR 6140 indicating the Wellness Policy is to be posted on the district website.

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

Triennial Progress Assessments

Add heading and new language to AR 6140 to identify that assessment is completed every 3 years and the results are available on-line.

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

Revisions and Updating the Policy

Add language indicating that the policy will be updated based upon the triennial assessment.

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Add language regarding education/training of child nutrition staff to meet the USDA professional training standards for child nutrition professionals to AR 3550.

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 3550

Drinking Water

This is such a long-standing practice it is not in our AR 6140. Wording is in AR 3550. Add model policy wording back in to our AR 6140 on page 3

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

Competitive Foods and Beverages

Add language to AR 6140 reinforcing that foods sold to students during the school day outside of the lunch and breakfast must meet USDA Smart Snacks requirements.

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

Nutrition Education

While our language is sufficient, are we meeting the language in our BP and AR. Do we need to specify grade levels or provide curriculum?

Establish new wellness goal to develop nutrition/wellness unit at two elementary grades - Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

New goal for 2019-20

Before and After School Activities

Remove the “interscholastic sports programs” reference on p. 2 of AR 6140 since those programs are not offered.

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

Professional Learning

Consider changing “will offer” to “may offer”

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140

Fundraising

Add language to AR 6140 stating that foods and beverages sold through fundraisers on the school campus during the school day must meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

Discuss with Wellness Committee at April Meeting

Change made in draft AR 6140


Link to USDA identified Model Wellness Policy (Alliance for a Healthier Generation)

Links to Triennial Assessments:

ESD Wellness Policy – Model Policy Template Comparison

 

4. Progress Towards Wellness Goals.