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Wellness Committee Meeting Agenda December 16, 2019

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

Wellness Committee Agenda

December 16, 2019


District Office P-17​

  1. Welcome

  2. Purpose of the Committee

a. Required for all districts participating in the National School Lunch Program

b. Committee appointed by the Superintendent or designee to:

  1. Assist with policy development on student wellness

  2. Advise the District on health-related issues, activities, policies and programs

  3. May include planning and implementing activities to promote health within the school community

  4. Child Nutrition Services Update - Johnna Jenkins, Director of Child Nutrition Services

  5. Update on Physical Education Programs

a. Presentation from Shandrea Degen, Physical Education Teacher at VCHS

b. Summary of Programs that Promote Physical Activity outside the Normal PE Program – Jon Petersen, Chief Business Officer

  1. Update on the Activities of the HOSA-Future Health Professionals at VCHS – Sarah Bowling

2019-2020 VCPUSD Wellness Committee Roster

VCPUSD 2019 - 2020

Wellness Committee Roster

Chairman:           Jon Petersen, Chief Business Officer

 Administration: Maria Cordero, Director of Special Projects

 School Board Representative: Julie Stroh

School Principal: Mark Hailwood, Valley Center High School

 School Food Service Professional: Johnna Jenkins, Director of Child Nutrition Services

Teacher Representative: Kathy Yarush, Valley Center Primary School

Classified Staff: Estela Torres, LVN at Valley Center Middle School

Student Representative: Sarah Bowling, Valley Center High School

Parent Representative: Julie Peyton, Valley Center High School

Health Professional: Zahra Rassouli, District Nurse

Wellness Committee Meeting - December 16, 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Valley Center-Pauma Unified District Office, P-17

Previous Wellness Committee Agendas

5-14-19 Wellness Committee Agenda.docx

6-4-18 Wellness Committee Agenda.docx

4-19-18 Wellness Committee Agenda.docx

5-8-17 Wellness Committee Agenda.docx

3-7-17 Wellness Committee Agenda.docx

1-31-17 Wellness Committee Agenda.docx




Wellness Policy Designated Contact & USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

Designated Wellness Policy Contact: 

John Petersen, CBO

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

28751, Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center, CA  92082

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)      mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
                   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                   1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                   Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)      email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Board Policy BP 5030 Students Wellness

Student Wellness 

The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The Superintendent or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.

Wellness Committee

The Board’s policy related to student wellness shall be developed with the involvement of parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, Board representatives, and members of the public.  (42 USC 1751 Note)

The Superintendent or designee may appoint a wellness committee consisting of representatives of the above groups.  The committee may also include district administrators, health professionals, school nurses, health educators, physical education teachers, counselors, and/or others interested in school health issues.

The wellness committee shall assist with policy development and advise the district on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs. At the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, the charges may include planning and implementing activities to promote health within the school or community.

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals

The Board shall adopt goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the district determines appropriate.  (42 USC 1751 Note)

The district’s nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research, consistent with the expectations established in the state’s curriculum frameworks, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Skills based nutritional education shall be integrated within the curriculum and taught at every grade level (K-12), enabling students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy food choices for a lifetime. Nutrition education will incorporate lessons helping children acquire skills for reading food labels and menu planning.

Students will be provided adequate time (minimum of 20 minutes) to eat lunch.  Appropriate supervision shall be provided in cafeterias and lunch areas, and rules for safe behavior shall be consistently enforced.

All students in grades K-12 shall be provided physical education per the California educational codeThis includes a minimum of 200 minutes per 10 school days for grades 1 - 6, 400 minutes per 10 school days for grades 7-8 and two years of physical education for grades 9-12.   Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through physical education, recess, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage staff to serve as positive role models.  He/she shall promote and may provide opportunities for regular physical activity among employees.

All staff involved in physical education shall be provided adequate training in PE.  Professional development shall include instructional strategies that assess health knowledge and skills and promote healthy behaviors.  These measures shall include an analysis of physical education participation.   

The Superintendent or designee will establish a district procedure for site principals, physical education and all teachers concerning authorized student activities during adverse weather conditions. This policy will delineate approved activities based on rising heat-index ratings, as well as activities during other adverse conditions such as cold, wet and windy conditions.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that ongoing professional development in the area of food and nutrition is provided for food service managers and staff.  

To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, the Superintendent or designee may disseminate health information to parents/guardians through district or school newsletters, handouts, parent/guardian meetings, the district or school web site, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance.  Information about the nutritional content of meals will be publicized and shared with students, parents, and staff.

The Board prohibits the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages through signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school publications, coupon or incentive programs, or other means.

Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at School (From midnight to one-half hour after school)

The Board shall adopt nutrition guidelines selected by the district for all foods available on each campus during the school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.  (42 USC 1751 Note)

The Board believes that foods and beverages available to students at district schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health.  Nutrition standards adopted by the district for all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided through the district’s food service program, student stores, vending machines, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and federal nutrition standards.  Schools shall label/mark healthy food items available so students know which items are healthy. The healthiest choices, such as salads and fruit, will be prominently displayed in the cafeterias to encourage students to make healthy choices.  

The Child Nutrition Department shall provide periodic food promotions to encourage taste testing of healthy new foods being introduced on the menu.  Students shall have the opportunity to provide input on local, cultural, and ethnic favorites.

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. He/she also shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as a reward for students’ academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide access to free, potable water during meal times in the food service area in accordance with Education Code 38086 and 42 USC 1758, and shall encourage students’ consumption of water by educating them about the health benefits of water and serving water in an appealing manner.

School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district’s nutrition education program by focusing classroom celebrations on activities, rather than food.  Foods and beverages served at school or classroom celebrations are encouraged to meet the District’s Nutritional Standards for fat, sugar, calories, and sodium content.  Class parties or celebrations should be held after the lunch period when possible.  Nutritional standards will be listed on the District’s website.

Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals

Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and 1779(a) and (b), as they apply to schools. (42 USC 1751 Note)

In order to maximize the district’s ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all district schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, to the extent possible.

Program Implementation and Evaluation

The Superintendent shall establish a plan for measuring implementation of the policy.  The Superintendent shall designate at least one person within the district and at each school who is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school sites implement the district’s wellness policy.  (42 USC 1751 Note)  The Wellness Committee shall include stakeholders and shall meet a minimum of two times annually to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the policy.

The Superintendent or designee shall recommend for Board approval specific quality indicators that will be used to measure the implementation of the policy districtwide and at each district school. These measures shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the nutritional content of meals served; student participation rates in school meal programs; any sales of non-nutritious foods and beverages in fundraisers or other venues outside the district’s meal programs; results from physical fitness assessments, descriptions of wellness activities, and feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, the school health council, parents/guardians, students, and other appropriate persons.

The Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board at least every two years on the implementation of this policy and any other Board policies related to nutrition and physical activity.  This policy shall be revised as necessary.

Posting Requirements

Each school shall post the district’s policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas.  (Education Code 49432)

A summary of nutrition and physical activity laws and regulations prepared by the California Department of Education, will be posted on the district website.  

Legal Reference:


33350-33354 CDE responsibilities re: physical education

49430-49434  Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001

49490-49493  School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505  School meals

49510-49520  Nutrition

49530-49536  Child Nutrition Act

49540-49546  Child care food program

49547-49548.3  Comprehensive nutrition services

49550-49561 Meals for needy students

49565-49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program

49570  National School Lunch Act

51222 Physical education

51223 Physical education, elementary schools

51795-51796.5  School instructional gardens

51880-51921 Comprehensive health education


15500-15501  Food sales by student organizations

15510  Mandatory meals for needy students

15530-15535  Nutrition education

15550-15565  School lunch and breakfast programs


1751-1769 National School Lunch Program, especially:

1751 Note Local wellness policy

1758b Local wellness policy

1771-1791 Child Nutrition Act, including:

1773 School Breakfast Program

1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act


210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program

220.1-220.23 National School Breakfast Program

Management Resources:


Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools, Policy Brief, March 2013

The New Nutrition Standards: Implications for Student Wellness Policies, November 2005


Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. 2005


Healthy Children Ready to Learn, January 2005

Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003

Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade 12, 1994


School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide for Elementary and Middle/High Schools, 2004


Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000


Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

Team Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Services, Changing the Scene, Improving the School Nutrition Environment:  A Guide to Local Action, 2000


CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu

California Department of Health Services: http://www.dhs.ca.gov

California Healthy Kids Resource Center: http://www.californiahealthykids.org

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition): http://www.californiaprojectlean.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov

Dairy Council of California:  http://www.dairycouncilofca.org

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity: http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/nana.html

National Association of State Boards of Education: http://www.nasbe.org

National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org

School Nutrition Association: http://www.schoolnutrition.org

Society for Nutrition Education: http://www.sne.org

U.S. Department of Agriculture: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Healthy/wellnesspolicy_steps.html

Adopted:   June 8, 2006

Revised:   August 9, 2007

Revised:  April 19, 2012

Revised:  May 12, 2016  

Designated Wellness Policy Contact- Jon Petersen, Chief Business Officer, 28751 Cole Grade Rd. Valley Center, CA  92082 (760-749-0464)