Wellness Policy

As required by law, the County Board of DD establishes the following wellness policy for the Guernsey County Board of DD and Golden Rule School.

The County Board understands that proper nutrition and physical activities do affect health, well-being and quality of life of Golden Rule School students. The County Board also recognizes the correlation between good health and readiness to learn. Helping educate children and families about proper nutrition, and health and the relationship to growth and development is a priority.

The entire community needs to be a part of educating families. All community agencies, school staff, parents and the public need to take part in establishing high expectations, being good role models, and promoting healthy behaviors.

The following goals are established by the County Board in order to help students develop sound habits of health and nutrition.

1. Nutrition Education

      • Nutrition education will be used by classroom staff to reinforce the strands and bands established for health education.
      • When appropriate nutrition education will be incorporated into other subject areas.
      • Nutrition information will be shared with staff and families in order to educate the community and promote healthy behaviors.
      • Families will be encouraged to provide their children with a healthy breakfast every day.
      • Nutritious snacks will be provided to students.
      • When students are preparing meals, the staff will compare healthy to un-healthy foods and give explanations.
      • Nutrition education will develop into an awareness program that will allow information to be made available as part of the curriculum to the parents, students, and community.

2. Physical Fitness

      • Physical Education shall be addressed in all Individual Education Plans (IEPs) Guernsey County Board of DD Policy Number: 12:13.F Policy Reference: Wellness Policy
      • Board Adopted: 06/27/06 Board Amended: 06/28/07
      • Board Amended: 06/27/2013
      • ORC Reference:
      • Ohio Administrative Code Reference: 2
      • Physical Education will be integrated into other subject areas.
      • All students will be given opportunities for physical activity throughout the school day.
      • Physical activities will include competitive and noncompetitive sports. Families will be encouraged to carry over these activities after school hours.
      • School grounds will be maintained so that all activities can be conducted in a safe manner.

3. After School Activities

      • Golden Rule School will provide a safe and clean environment for activities to ensure student and staff safety.
      • When snacks are provided, they will be healthy and nutritious
      • Students will be given ample time (30 to 45 minutes) to feed themselves or be fed in accordance with their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
      • Feeding goals will be included in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
      • Lunch for students will be scheduled as close to the middle of the school day as possible.
      • The school RN will support the health of all students by checking immunizations, contacting physicians when appropriate, attending to students’ needs, and completing required ODE and DODD trainings.
      • School staff will refer families to WIC, Medicaid, BCMH, Healthy Start, etc. when students have a need.
      • The County Board will consider organizing a program wellness committee welcoming family members, staff, students, and adult consumers to establish nutrition and health expectations.

4. The following guidelines are established regarding enhancing students’ health, well-being and physical fitness (reducing childhood obesity)

      • The Food Service Program will comply with all State and Federal regulations that pertain to selection of menu items, food preparation, food consumption and proper disposal of foods, drinks and pricing.
      • The Food Service Program will comply with all the State and Federal regulations pertaining to fiscal management.
      • The guidelines for reimbursing school meals comply with the regulations put forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
      • The student lunch program will strive to be financially self supporting but profit will not take precedence over the health and nutritional needs of the students.
      • Records will be available documenting the SFA’s efforts to meet paid lunch pricing requirements.
      • When applicable, the documentation will reflect the source of non-federal funds.
      • All revenue from the sale of non-program foods accrues to the nonprofit school food service account.
      • It is recommended that all food choices available to students comply with USDA Dietary Guidelines.
      • Continuing education opportunities will involve health education.
      • All food safety and sanitation regulations will be followed to prevent food illnesses.
      • Any and all records pertaining to the documentation of the SFA’s efforts to meet non-program food cost and revenue will be available for review.

The Board designates the Director of Children’s Programs as the individual charged with responsibility for measuring and evaluating progress under this policy.

The Director of Children’s Programs shall report on the compliance to this policy and progress made toward reaching set goals.

Review of this policy will occur on odd years by the programs management team with parent, school administrators, health professional and teacher input. Recommended changes to the County Board will be made.