Summit Academy - Wellness Policy
Summit Academy Schools Local Wellness Policy
Summit Academy Schools are committed to creating a healthy school
environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices
to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student
Every year, all students, PreK12, shall receive nutrition education
that is aligned with the Michigan Health Education Content Standards
and Benchmarks. Nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skills,
and values needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors shall be integrated
into the curriculum. Nutrition education information shall be offered
throughout the school campus including, but not limited to, school
dining areas and classrooms. Staff members who provide nutrition
education shall have the appropriate training.
The district shall ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the
program requirements and nutrition standards found in federal
regulations. The district shall encourage students to make nutritious
The district shall monitor all food and beverages sold or served to
students, including those available outside the federally regulated
child nutrition programs.
The district Program Director shall continually evaluate vending
policies and contracts. Vending contracts that do not meet the intent
and purpose of this policy shall be modified accordingly or not renewed.
Physical Education and Physical Activity Opportunities
The district shall offer physical education opportunities that
include the components of a quality physical education program. Physical
education shall equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values
necessary for lifelong physical activity. Physical education instruction
shall be aligned with the Michigan Physical Education Content Standards
Every year, all students, PreK-12, shall have the opportunity to
participate regularly in supervised physical activities, either
organized or unstructured, intended to maintain physical fitness and to
understand the short and long term benefits of a physically active and
Other School Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness
The district may implement other appropriate programs that help
create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages
and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.
Implementation and Measurement
The district Program Director shall implement this policy and
measure how well it is being managed and enforced. The district Program
Director shall develop and implement administrative rules consistent
with this policy. Input from teachers (including specialists in health
and physical education), school nurses, parents/guardians, students,
representatives of the school food service program, school board
members, school administrators, and the public shall be considered
before implementing such rules. A sustained effort is necessary to
implement and enforce this policy. The district Program Director shall
report to the local school board, as requested, on the district’s
programs and efforts to meet the purpose and intent of this policy.
Administrative Rules Regarding Summit Academy Schools Local Wellness Policy
In order to enact and enforce Summit Academy Schools Local
Wellness Policy, the Program Director and administrative team, with
input from teachers (including specialists in health and physical
education), parents/guardians, students, representatives of the school
food service program, school board members, school administrators, and
the public, will have developed these administrative rules.
To assist in the creation of a healthy school environment, the
District shall establish a Coordinated School Health Team that will
provide an ongoing review and evaluation of The Summit Academy Schools
Local Wellness Policy and these administrative rules.
The Program Director shall appoint a member of the administrative
staff of the District to organize the Coordinated School Health Team and
invite appropriate District stakeholders to become members of the
Coordinated School Health Team. A Coordinated School Health Team may
include representatives from the following areas:
Physical education Staff shall be reminded that healthy students come in
all shapes and sizes. Students should receive consistent messages and
- Counseling/psychological/and social services.
- Food services.
- Health education.
- Health services.
- Parent/guardian, student and community (including health care providers,
hospital and public health department staff, nonprofit health
organizations, physical activity groups, community youth organizations,
and university or other governmental agencies).
Students, staff, and community will be informed about the Local Wellness Policy annually.
- Self respect.
- Respect for others.
- Healthy eating.
- Physical activity.
Nutrition education, a component of comprehensive health education,
shall be offered every year to all students of the District. The
District may offer age appropriate nutrition education classes. In
addition, nutrition education topics shall be integrated into the entire
curriculum when appropriate.
The District shall implement a quality nutrition education program that addresses the following:Curriculum- has a curriculum aligned with the Michigan Health Education Content Standards and Benchmarks.
Equips students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to engage in sound nutrition behavior.
Instruction and Assessment:
- Aligns curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
- Builds students’ confidence and competence in making healthy nutrition choices.
- Engages students in learning that prepares them to choose a healthy diet.
- Includes students of all abilities. Is taught by "highly qualified teachers of health education.”2
Opportunity to Learn:
- Includes students of all abilities.
- Provides adequate instructional time to build students’ confidence and competence in health enhancing skills.
Nutrition education should also be made available to
parents/guardians and the community. This nutrition education may be
provided in the form of handouts, wall or bulletin board posters or
banners, postings on the District website, community and student
oriented presentations or other communications focused on promoting
proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
The District shall offer school meal programs with menus meeting
the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The District shall encourage
students to make food choices based on the most current Dietary
Guidelines for Americans. Food and beverages that compete with the
District’s policy of promoting a healthy school environment shall be
Each school building in the District shall offer and promote the
following food and beverages in all venues outside federally regulated
child nutrition programs:
- Whole and enriched grain products that are high in fiber, low in
added fats and sugars, and served in appropriate portion sizes
consistent with the current USDA standards.
- Fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruits and vegetables using healthy food
preparation techniques, and 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice in
12ounce servings or less.
- Nonfat, lowfat, plain and/or flavored milk and yogurt, nonfat and/or low
fat real cheese, rather than imitation cheese. Offer the following
serving sizes: yogurt in 8 ounce servings or less
- Milk in 16 ounce servings or less, cheese in 1.5ounce (two ounce, if processed cheese) servings or less.
- Nuts, nut butters, seeds, trail mix, and/or soybean snacks in one ounce
portions or less; portions of three ounces or less of cooked lean meat,
poultry, or fish using healthy food preparation techniques.
- Accompaniments (sauces, dressings, and dips), if offered, in one ounce servings or less.
The District shall monitor food service distributors and snack vendors
to ensure that they provide predominantly healthy food and beverage
choices that comply with this policy’s purpose in all venues. (See
The District shall discourage using food as a reward. Alternatives to using food as a reward are found in Appendix B.
The District shall encourage serving healthy food at school
parties. Notices shall be sent to parents/guardians either separately or
as part of a school newsletter, reminding them of the necessity of
providing healthy treats for students and/or encouraging the use of
nonfood treats for classroom birthday or award celebrations. (See
The District shall encourage healthy fundraisers as alternatives to
fundraising that involve selling food items of limited nutritional
value, such as candy, cupcakes, or sugary beverages. Example: Sales of
candy items (candy bars, sugar coated chocolate snacks, or the like) as a
school or grade level fundraising project should be replaced with
nonfood items such as candles, wrapping paper, greeting cards, etc. (See
(Vending sales of soft drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, and
candy will not be permitted on school grounds prior to the start of the
school day or throughout the instructional day, but may be permitted at
special events that begin after the conclusion of the instructional day.
For suggestions on healthier foods, see Appendix E. For the federal law
memorandum stating, "it is not permissible for a school to serve foods
of minimal nutritional value during a meal service period...” please click here