OUHSD Wellness Policy: Updated February 2017
Oxnard Union High School District is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success, we need to create positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year.
Therefore, this policy outlines the District’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy lifestyles through healthy food and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day. This wellness policy establishes goals and procedures to ensure that:
- OUHSD will engage stakeholders, including but not limited to, students, parents, teachers, nutrition service professionals, school health professionals, the Board of Education, school administrators, physical education teachers and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing District-wide nutrition, health, wellness and physical activity policies.
- Students receive quality nutrition education that helps them develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors.
- Students have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
- Foods and beverages sold or served at school starting at midnight and up to one half hour after the school day, including fundraisers, will meet the state and federal nutrition regulations that pertain to Nutrition Services (Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act 2010).
- Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; school sites will provide a clean, safe and pleasant setting in which to enjoy the meals, including adequate time (at least 20 minutes) and seating for all students to eat.
- The schools’ nutrition education and physical education programs shall be consistent with the expectations established in the state’s curriculum frameworks in content standards and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into other academic subjects.
- This policy applies to all students, staff, and schools in the District.
Background on the Wellness Policy Committee
Under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, (including the final 2016 ruling) the federal government reauthorized child nutrition programs in school districts nationwide and included a section that specifically addresses Local School Wellness Policies. The objectives of the HHFKA include enhancing existing Local School Wellness policy requirements by strengthening implementation and assessment of the policies, and expanding public input in both wellness policy development and reporting.
As a result of the new regulations, OUHSD began the process of updating its existing Wellness Policy. As with the previous policy, OUHSD formed a Wellness Policy Committee. The committee was composed of community and district stakeholders. The task of this committee was to update the existing Wellness Policy by incorporating new federal and state objectives.
The overarching goal of the Wellness Policy Committee is to promote health and wellness, and to convey positive, consistent messages to all District students in accordance with current law. Our goal is to support students and enable them to achieve more by learning healthy behaviors that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Wellness Policy Committee Members
Frances Adams, Healthcorp Member, Hueneme High School
Diane Garcia, Nurse, Health Services, Rio Mesa High School
Stephanie Gillenberg, Director, Nutrition Services
Hilda Gomez, Compensatory Parent Liaison, Compensatory Education
Claudia Grafenstein, Teacher, Science/Physical Education, Adolfo Camarillo High School
Maricruz Hernandez, Director Instructional Support Services, Education Services
Anna Jackson, Farm to School Coordinator, Nutrition Services
James Koenig, Director, Student Services and Intervention
Shelley Ragland, Cafeteria Manager, Rio Mesa High School
Elizabeth Tobias, Counselor, Condor High School
Tom Voshell, Teacher, Physical Education, Channel Islands High School
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