The Marana Unified School District (hereto referred to as the District) is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment are essential for students to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success.
The Local Wellness Guidelines outline the District’s goals and approach to fostering a healthy environment and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and active living.
Wellness Guidelines Goals
Goal for Nutrition Promotion:
- The District will continue to encourage participation in meal programs such as School Breakfast, Lunch, and After School Snack, as appropriate.
- The District will continue to inform parents and community members of foods served to students by posting menus on MyLunchTray and links to the menu on individual school sites, as well as, on District application. The menus will include information on nutrient content, ingredients, carbohydrate counts, and allergens.
- The District may promote participation in the meal programs by using email, social media and individual site webpages, as well as, promotional flyers during the “Back to School” timeframe.
- The District will encourage all schools to include positive messaging about the school meals program during morning announcements and school-wide events where parents and community members are present.
- The District will reinforce more schools to participate in the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) and/or implement 1-2 of the SLM techniques to further promote healthy foods served in the cafeteria and assist in decreasing food waste.
Goal for Nutrition Education:
- The District aims to reinforce age and culturally appropriate nutrition education that may be provided across grade-levels by offering professional development opportunities to classroom teachers and/or connecting schools to external community partners/agencies with nutrition education resources.
- It is the goal of the District to encourage the offering of sequential nutrition education or at the very least, integration of nutrition education concepts in subjects like math, science, language arts, social sciences, and electives through grades K-6.
- The District will encourage the utilization of hands-on experiences and experiential learning as often as possible. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, food guidance from the MyPlate, beverage choices, balancing food intake, food safety, importance of water consumption, nutrition fact labels, etc.
Goal for Physical Activity:
- The District will reinforce physical activity throughout the school day using the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) framework particularly before, during, and after school programming. The District will encourage its schools to have physical activity available for at least 30 minutes per day for all students.
- The District will provide schoolteachers and other staff with a list of alternative ways to discipline students; in turn, the District will ensure that physical activity during the day (including but not limited to recess, classroom physical activity breaks, or physical education) shall not be used or withheld as punishment for any reason.
- To the extent that is practical, the District will ensure that its grounds and facilities are safe and that equipment is available for all students to be active.
- The District will offer opportunities for students to participate in physical activity after school.
- The District will provide students with formal, age-appropriate physical education, consistent with national and state standards for physical education.
- Students in grades K-6 will participate in physical education for 60 minutes per week.
- Students are moderately to vigorously active for at least 50% of class time during most of all physical education class sessions.
- The District will reinforce that all physical education teachers participate in professional development at least once per year.
- The District will ensure that licensed teachers who are certified or endorsed to teach physical education teach physical education classes.
- The District will ensure that elementary schools provide at least 20 minutes of daily recess during the school year to its students. The District will also ensure that the following best practices are implemented:
- If recess if offered before lunch, proper hand washing measures are in place.
- Recess is held outdoor when weather is feasible.
- Recess is a compliment to, not substitute for physical education.
- The District will support and/or encourage active transport to and from school such as walking or biking.
- The District will promote activities such as participation in International Walk to School Week to schools that are ready to integrate this type of practice.
- The District will ensure that crosswalks on the streets leading to school and crossing guards are used at all times.
- The District will ensure that secure storage facilities for bicycles and helmets are available on school grounds upon participation in a Walk or Bike to School program.
- The District will ensure that instruction on walking/bicycling safety is provided to student by working with school principals/leadership and/or other external community agencies.
Goal for Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness:
- The District will ensure that all school sponsored wellness events will include physical activity and healthy eating opportunities.
- The District will develop, enhance, and continue relationships with community partners as appropriate.
- The District will promote to parents/caregivers, families, and the general community the benefits of and approaches to healthy eating and physical activity throughout the school year.
- The District will encourage school-level leaders and administration to inform and invite families and community members to participate in school-sponsored activities and receive information about health promotion efforts. The District will use electronic and non-electronic mechanisms to ensure that all families are actively notified of opportunities to participate in school-sponsored activities and receive information about health promotional efforts.
- The District Wellness Committee (DWC) will have a staff wellness subcommittee that focuses on staff wellness issues, identifies and disseminates wellness resources, and performs other functions that support staff wellness in coordination with human resources.