Wellness Policy

Boundary County School District No. 101


Local School Wellness
It is the goal of the Boundary County School District to strive to make a significant contribution
to the general well-being, mental and physical capacity, and learning ability of each student and
afford them the opportunity to fully participate in the education process. The Boundary County
School District promotes healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular
physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The District supports a healthy
environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By
facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, our
school contributes to the basic health status of children. Improved health optimizes student
performance potential.
Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk of mortality and development of many
chronic diseases as adults.
The Board directs the Superintendent to inform and update the public, including parents, students,
and others in the community, about the content and implementation of the wellness policy. Such
information may be provided on the District website, through dissemination of student handbooks,
or in any other manner the Superintendent may deem appropriate.
For the purposes of this policy, the school day is defined as midnight before to 30 minutes after
the end of the instructional school day.
Goals for Wellness Promotion

The District shall review and consider evidence-based approaches in establishing goals for school-
based activities to promote student wellness. This may include review of the “Smarter

Lunchroom” tools and strategies.
To ensure the health and well-being of all students, it is the policy of the District to:
1. Ensure that foods sold at school during the school day meet or exceed the nutritional
standards required by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program, the National School
Breakfast Program, and the Smart Snacks in Schools regulations. Exceptions can be made
for infrequent food sales fundraisers that occur no more than the number of times
determined appropriate by the Idaho State Department of Education during the school year
and are not held during school meal times. Fundraisers will be tracked at each school site
by a designee of the Superintendent in charge of compliance at that site;
3. Ensure that non-compliant and non-exempt fundraising food sales will not occur on school
grounds during the school day. The District operates under United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) program regulations of the National School Lunch Program, National
School Breakfast Program, and the Smart Snacks in Schools regulations. These regulations


apply to food sold during the school day in school stores, vending machines, and other
venues. (Note: There are many healthy fundraising options available to schools including
selling books, fresh produce, school spirit merchandise, or other non-food items during the
school day. Fundraising activities involving the sale of food consumed outside of school,
such as frozen pizza sales, are exempt from the nutrition standards.);
4. The USDA has no role in regulating foods brought from home, but school districts are
required to set nutrition guidelines for foods served at school other than those that are sold.
The Smart Snacks in Schools regulations only affect foods that are sold on school grounds
during the school day. Time honored traditions like treats for birthdays, or foods at an
afterschool sporting event, are not subject to those standards.
The District shall also take measures to promote nutrition and physical activity, engage in nutrition
education, and conduct wellness activities. For this purpose, the District may:
1. Host at least one health fair each year;
2. Draft and regularly distribute a wellness newsletter for students and parents
3. Review Smarter Lunchroom Movement best practices and evaluate each school’s ability
to implement them;
4. Promote healthy eating patterns through classroom nutrition education coordinated with
the comprehensive health education program including education, health, and food
5. Provide 120 minutes of physical activity per week to elementary students and 120
minutes per week to middle school students;
6. Offer a recognition or reward program for students who exhibit healthy behaviors.
7. Start a walking or physical activity club at each school;
8. Offer at least one after school physical activity program;
9. Ensure students have access to hand-washing facilities prior to meals;
10. Annually evaluate the marketing and promotion of the school meal program;
11. Share school meal nutrition information with students and families;
12. Offer students taste-testing or menu planning opportunities;
13. Advertise and promote nutritious foods and beverages on school grounds;
14. Offer nutritious foods and beverages at lower prices than other foods and beverages;
15. Offer fruits or non-fried vegetables everywhere foods are sold;
16. Use student feedback to improve the quality of the school meal program;
17. Offer a staff wellness program;
18. Provide District staff with adequate pre-service and ongoing in-service training that
focuses on program administration, nutrition, physical activity, safety, the importance of
modeling healthy behaviors, and strategies for behavioral change; and


19. Participate in community partnerships to support wellness programs, projects, events, or
Nutrition Standards
To promote student health and reduce childhood obesity, the District requires all schools within
the District to comply with the nutrition standards established by the USDA with respect to all
food that is available on school grounds during the school day.
Community Participation
The District shall invite parents/guardians, students, representative food service staff of the school
food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the Board, school
administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, and
periodic review of this policy.
The Superintendent shall annually make available to the public the content of the policy and an
assessment on the implementation of this policy including:
1. The extent to which schools under the jurisdiction of the District are in compliance with
the wellness policy;
2. The extent to which the District’s wellness policy compares to model local school
wellness policies; and
3. A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy.
Methods of providing this information to the public may include developing or disseminating
printed or electronic materials to families of school children and other members of the school
community at the beginning of the school year, or posting the local wellness policies and an
assessment of their implementation on the District or school website. The assessment of the
implementation of the policy shall be conducted at least once every three years.
Record Retention
The District shall retain the following records relating to the wellness policy:
1. The written local school wellness policy;
2. Documentation demonstrating the community was involved in the development,
implementation, and periodic review of the wellness policy;
3. Documentation of the assessment of the wellness policy; and
4. Documentation to demonstrate the public was notified annually as required by this
Monitoring Compliance
The Superintendent shall designate one or more District officials or school officials to ensure that
each school complies with this policy.
Cross-Reference: § 2310 Nutrition Education

§ 2315 Physical Activity Opportunities and Education
§ 4175 Required Annual Notices
§ 8230 Nutrition Standards


Legal Reference: P.L. 108-265 The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act

of 2004

42 USC § 1758b Local School Wellness Policy
42 USC § 1771 et seq. Child Nutrition Act of 1966
42 USC § 1751 et seq. National School Lunch act
7 CFR §§ 210 & 220 Nutrition School Lunch and School Breakfast

Programs: Final Rule

7 CFR § 210.30 School Nutrition Professional Standards

Other References:

Smart Snacks in School Regulations by the United States Department of
Idaho Wellness Policy Progress Report, Idaho State Department of Education
Implementing and Monitoring Plan, Idaho State Department of Education
Wellness Policy Guidelines – Elements of Implementation for Final Rule,
Idaho State Department of Education
Idaho State Department of Education

Policy History:
Adopted on: 4/13/2015
Revised on: 1/23/2023