Last updated: 05/30/2019
Legacy Traditional Schools are committed to providing all students access to affordable and nutritious meals that adhere to the National School Lunch, National School Breakfast, and Summer Meals Program in accordance with the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act of 1966 as amended, and applicable laws and regulations of the State of Arizona. The food service program will provide free and reduced prices for students who qualify at participating school campuses.
Legacy Traditional Schools will hold food safety as paramount, while also offering appealing meals that meet or exceed nutrition standards and are offered in a clean and attractive environment.
Our Wellness Policy is designed to support student wellness, encourage healthy food choices, and promote nutrition education and regular physical activity. The Wellness Committee hopes to help students adopt and foster healthy lifestyles starting in adolescence to achieve lifelong wellness.
Goal for Nutrition Promotion: School meals will be promoted and advertised to parents on the school website. Menu planning and meals are designed to be as appealing to students as possible within the National School Lunch Program Guidelines. Healthy choices will be prominently displayed in the school cafeterias utilizing poster and bulletin boards. Food and beverages that do not comply with nutrition standards, with the exception of food or beverages sold as an exempt fundraiser will not be marketed or advertised on school grounds.
Goal for Nutrition Education: Schools will promote and support nutrition education by integrating nutrition into health education, and core curricula. Schools will share nutrition information with parents in menus on the Food and Nutrition portion of the website, wellness committee meetings, and other school-based wellness activities. Messages that encourage healthy eating will be displayed throughout school cafeterias.
Goal for Physical Activity: Schools will encourage and promote students to participate in physical activity to educate students on the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Schools provide students with a variety of age and developmentally appropriate opportunities to participate in physical activity.
All students are provided at least 15 minutes for recess before or after their lunch period. In addition, Kindergarten through fifth grade receive two- 15 minute breaks for physical activity. The playgrounds are open a half hour before school begins and students are encouraged to be active during this time.
Goal for Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness: All Legacy Traditional schools host a field day event annually and all students are encouraged to participate. Schools are encouraged to provide other physical activity opportunities such as Turkey Trots and Fun Runs for their students. Schools are encouraged to take their students on fieldtrips to local farms and to team up with organizations in the community to provide nutrition and wellness education to their students. Schools are also encouraged to educate parents and teachers to consider the wellness policy goals when planning school or classroom parties, celebrations, and events. Teachers are offered an incentive of free school lunch if they eat with their students, and are encouraged to serve as role models and advocates for the school lunch program.
The school meal programs aim to improve the diet and health of school children, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs.
Nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages must, at a minimum, meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines. These guidelines apply to all Ala Carte Snack items sold in the cafeteria during lunchtime.
Following Arizona Law (ARS 15-242) all food and beverages provided and served, but not sold, to students in grades K-8 by school staff must meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines.
These guidelines apply to school-sponsored events but exclude celebrations and parties, classroom snacks provided by parents, and classroom rewards and incentives.
Staff and parents will be encouraged to serve Smart Snacks for parties and celebrations. They will be provided with healthy snack and beverage ideas as well as alternative non-food celebration ideas in the Legacy Traditional handbook as well as on the school website.
Food and beverage related fundraisers are not to be sold on Legacy Traditional school campuses during the school day unless it is an approved exempt fundraiser. Exempt fundraisers are to be rare and under special circumstances and approval must be obtained from the district. Exempt fundraiser food or beverages may not be sold in competition with school meals in the food service area during meal service. Schools may choose to sell food and beverages after school hours for fundraising, i.e. concession stands at sporting events, or food truck events but not within the hours of midnight through the start of the next school day.
Legacy Traditional Schools will promote healthy choices and participation in the school lunch program by providing attractive meals to the students and displaying healthy foods in the cafeterias using posters and bulletin boards to promote the school lunch menu. There is no marketing in Legacy schools for any food or beverage outside of school lunch meals and snacks sold Ala Carte which meet the Smart Snacks guidelines. The only exemption is advertising for fundraising food and/or beverages to be sold outside of school hours or to be sold off campus.
Legacy Traditional Schools will convene a representative district wellness committee that meets to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy.
Legacy Traditional Schools has designated one or more LEA and/or school official(s) who have the authority and responsibility to ensure each school complies with the local wellness policy.
A primary goal of the Wellness Committee is to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of this policy in promoting healthy eating and physical activity and changing the program as appropriate to increase its effectiveness. During the first three years of implementation assessments will be made annually by the Legacy Traditional School’s Food Service Director and members of the food services and nutrition staff. School administrators will be encouraged to participate. A goal of the Wellness Committee is to engage and encourage community and staff involvement in the regular review of the policy. Results will be measurable and determined using the Arizona Department of Education’s Assessment Tool. The results of each evaluation, including the extent to which schools are in compliance with the policy, the extent to which the policy complies with federal regulations, and a description/summary of the progress made in attaining the goals of the policy will be available to the public.
Following the first three years of implementation, assessments of the wellness policy compliance and progress will move to once every three years as required by the USDA and the policy will be compared to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s model wellness policy.
Legacy Traditional Schools will update or modify the wellness policy as appropriate following annual and triennial assessments.
Legacy Traditional Schools will inform families and the public annually of any updates to the wellness policy and every three years their compliance with the written wellness policy.
The wellness policy and annual assessments will be posted on the school’s website.
Legal: A.R.S. 15-242
National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751, et. seq. Child Nutrition Act, 42 U.S.C. 1771, et. seq.