The Academy Charter School Wellness Policy

              The Academy Charter School is committed to providing a school environment that

promotes and protects student health, wellbeing and the ability to learn by supporting

healthily eating and physical activity. In understanding the importance of nutritious foods and

the need to be physically active to thrive in the Academy charter school, we have established

guidelines to be developed and utilized in a successful wellness program that meets the needs

of all our students. This is our plan:

The School will engage students, parents, staff, food service professionals’ health

professionals and other interested community members in developing and implementing,

monitoring and reviewing a school wide nutrition and physical policy.

All students will be given opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically

active on a regular basis.

Food and Beverage sold or served will meet the nutritional standards and

recommendations of New York State Child Nutrition Program and USDA Guidelines.

The academy will provide nutritional and physical education to ensure a healthy life style

that will embraces our student’s habits of healthy eating and physical activity.

1. School Health Committee

The committee will consist of the Principle, Nurse, Food Service Director, Gym Teacher,

Representative of the School Board and PTO.

2. Nutritional Foods and Beverages served at the Academy Charter School

A. The Academy Charter school Child Nutritional Program will:

1. Will meet the State requirements on Nutrition and Federal regulations.

2. Offer a verity of fresh fruits and vegetables.

3. Use local products.

4. Participate in the National Breakfast, Lunch and Snack programs.

5. Participate in the National Summer Feeding Program.

6. Forster an environment where the teachers are encouraged develop a training

program of physical activity and child nutrition.

7. Reach out to the Parents with news letters on helpful suggestion encouraging good

nutrition and activities with their children.

8. Ensure all snacks and Birthday parties’ foods meet an approved list of Healthy Items.

A*Food Safety

1. Foods brought into the school must be prepared in a recognized state legal food service

establishment or your school food service.

2. No Home prepared food items allowed.

3. Store bought food items must be free of all types of nuts and nut oils.

4. Food Services preparation areas will be restricted to food service staff and authorized


3. Nutritional and Physical activity Promotion

A. Nutrition Education and Promotion

The Academy Charter School plans are to teach, encourage and support healthy eating habits

of students by:

1. Offering at each grade level a standards based program that provides the students with

the necessary skills and knowledge to promote and protect their health. This will be

achieved through health education classes, science class and food service programs.

2. Promoting the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat and fat free

products. Healthy food preparation methods.

3. Providing educational information and encouraging healthy eating and physical activity

for families, both within the home and outside the home.

4. Making training available to the teachers and staff to effectively deliver quality nutrition


B. Staff Wellness:

The Academy supports and truly cares about the health and wellbeing of every staff

member by:

1. Offering a comprehensive Health Insurance program.

2. Employee assistance Program.

3. Health Gym Discounts.

4. Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education

A. Physical Education

1. All students will receive a physical education that meets the New York State Department

of Education mandates and aligns to the New York State Standards.

2. All Physical education will be taught by a certified physical education teacher.

B. Daily Recess

1. Students will have twenty minutes of supervised daily recess.

2. Equipment will be provided and personal supervised recess.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation

A. At the committee meetings a selfevaluation of the programs will be discussed.

1. Food Service Director will ensure that the standards and food policies are adhered to.

2. A rotating committee member will be assigned the task of monitoring the program on a

monthly basis.