Rochester School for the Deaf Wellness Policy
Given the documented connection between proper nutrition, adequate physical activity and educational success, the Rochester School for the Deaf adopts the following goals and actions to provide students with a school environment that promotes student health and wellness and reduces childhood obesity. Rochester School for the Deaf supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices.
Rochester School for the Deaf will provide a learning environment that promotes lifelong habits of healthy eating, physical activity and responsible decision-making. Improved health optimizes student performance potential. Rochester School for the Deaf will periodically convene an advisory board to include at least one member of the following stakeholder groups: parents, students, food service representative, faculty, administration, and health service representative.
- All students at Rochester School for the Deaf will have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
- Foods and beverages sold or served at Rochester School for the Deaf will meet the nutrition recommendations of the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
- To the maximum extent practicable, Rochester School for the Deaf will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast and Lunch program).
- Rochester School for the Deaf will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
Food and Beverages Available in School
Rochester School for the Deaf recognizes that a nutritious, well-balanced, reasonably portioned diet is essential for student wellness. To help students possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices for a lifetime, Rochester School for the Deaf shall ensure that foods and beverages available in school promote good nutrition, balance, and reasonable portion sizes. Rochester School for the Deaf shall ensure that reimbursable school meals meet or exceed the program requirements and nutrition standards found in federal regulations.
To accomplish this, Rochester School for the Deaf will serve healthy and appealing foods and beverages following state and federal nutrition guidelines. Rochester School for the Deaf will make the best effort to:
- Promote fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, whole grains, and low fat items.
- Encourage students to try new or unfamiliar food.
- Serve only low-fat (1%) and/or fat free milk.
- Make the best effort possible to schedule lunchtime between normal lunch hours (11am -1:00 pm).
To support children's health and school nutrition-education efforts, the majority of school fundraising activities will not involve food or will only use foods that meet the nutrition and portion size standards. All fundraising activities, which include food, that does not meet the nutrition standards, will occur after school hours. Rochester School for the Deaf will encourage the use of non-food fund raisers.
Rochester School for the Deaf will evaluate our celebration practices that involve food during the school day and encourage foods or beverages that meet nutrition standards.
Rochester School for the Deaf will encourage staff to not use foods or beverages; especially those that do not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually as rewards for academic performance or good behavior and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.
Rochester School for the Deaf believes that physical activity is as important factor in staying healthy and being ready to learn and encourages every student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform physical activities, to regularly participate in physical activity, and to appreciate and enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, staff, family, and community are encouraged to participate in and model physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.
- Rochester School for the Deaf will make the best effort to encourage students inphysical education for at least the minimum of hours per week under State requirements.
- Promote, teach, and provide opportunities to practice activities that students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives.
- The performance of physical activity shall not be used as a form of discipline or punishment.
- Maintain daily allotment of recess time for elementary school.
Physical Activity in Classroom
- Promote the integration of physical activity in the classroom.
Extracurricular Opportunities for Physical Activity
- Promote clubs and activities that meet the various physical activity needs, interest and abilities of all students.
Rochester School for the Deaf believes that nutrition education is a key component in introducing and reinforcing healthy behaviors in students. Rochester School for the Deaf will make the best effort to integrate nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skills, and values needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors into the curriculum; provide nutrition education information throughout the school including, but not limited to, school dining areas and classrooms; ensure staff members who provide nutrition education shall be appropriately certified and trained.
Other School Based Activities
Rochester School for the Deaf may implement other appropriate programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, health forums or fairs, health newsletters, parent outreach, employee health and wellness, limiting the use of food as a reward.
For assistance in applying to RSD, to arrange for a campus tour, or for general intake referral information, call 585-336-5854; 585-286-2806 (Videophone), or e-mail: Info@RSDeaf.org.