6700 Nutrition and Physical Fitness

The Board recognizes that a healthy school environment prepares students for college, careers, and successful futures. Students who eat well-balanced meals and engage in regular exercise are more likely to learn in the classroom. The Board supports increased emphasis on nutrition, health, and physical education at all grade levels to enhance the wellness of the district’s students. Therefore, it is the policy of the Board to provide students with access to nutritious food; emphasize health education and physical education; and provide students with opportunities for physical activity.
Wellness Policy
The district, through a wellness committee, will develop and implement a comprehensive wellness policy in compliance with state and federal requirements for districts participating in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
Nutrition and Food Services Program
The Board of Directors supports the philosophy of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program and will provide wholesome and nutritious meals for children in the district’s schools. The Board authorizes the superintendent or designee to administer the food services program, provided that any decision to enter into a contract with a food service management company will require the approval of the Board. Expenditures for food supplies will not exceed the estimated revenues.
The superintendent/designee is responsible for:
  • Distributing meal applications and determining eligibility for school meals;
  • Protecting the identity of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals;
  • Ensuring meals meet USDA meal pattern requirements;
  • Ensuring meal periods are in compliance with USDA regulations;
  • Establishing a Food Safety Plan;
  • Determining meal prices annually;
  • Using the full entitlement of USDA Foods;
  • Maintaining a nonprofit school food service account;
  • Ensuring all revenues are used solely for the school meal program;
  • Establishing a meal charge policy;
  • Accommodating children with special dietary needs;
  • Ensuring compliance with USDA nondiscrimination policies;
  • Following proper procurement procedures; and
  • Ensuring compliance with the Smart Snacks in School standards.
Health and Physical Education Program
The district’s K-12 health and physical education programs will be aligned with the Washington State Health and Physical Education K-12 Learning Standards and will include, but not be limited to, the development of knowledge and skills to be physically active, eat nutritiously, access reliable health information and services, communicate effectively, and set health-enhancing goals.
The district will ensure that the following requirements are met:
  • All students have equal and equitable opportunities for health and physical education;
  • All high school students are required to complete a minimum of three semesters (1.5 credits) of physical education and one semester (.5 credit) of health education; and
  • OSPI-developed assessments or other strategies will be used in health and physical education, formerly known as classroom-based assessments (CBAs).
Legal References:
RCW 28A.210.365 Food choice, physical activity, childhood fitness — Minimum standards — District waiver or exemption policy
RCW 28A.230.040 Physical Education — Grades 1-8
RCW 28A.230.050 Physical Education in High Schools
RCW 28A.230.095 Essential academic learning requirements and assessments — Verification reports
RCW 28A.235.120 Meal Programs — Establishment and Operation — Personnel — Agreements
RCW 28A.235.130 Milk for children at school expense
RCW 28A.235.140 School breakfast programs
RCW 28A. 235.145 School breakfast and lunch programs – Use of state funds
RCW 28A. 235.150 School breakfast and lunch programs – Grants to increase participation – Increased state support
 RCW 28A.235.160 Requirements to implement school breakfast, lunch and summer food service programs — Exemptions
RCW 28A.235.170 Washington grown fresh fruit and vegetable grant program
RCW 28A.623.020 Nonprofit program for elderly — Authorized — Restrictions
RCW 69.04 Intrastate Commerce in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics
RCW 69.06.010 Food and beverage service worker’s permit — Filing, duration — Minimum training requirements
RCW 69.06.020 Permit exclusive and valid throughout state — Fee
RCW 69.06.030 Diseased persons — May not work — Employer may not hire
RCW 69.06.050 Permit to be secured within fourteen days from time of employment
RCW 69.06.070 Limited duty permit
WAC 180-51-068 State subject and credit requirements for high school graduation — Students entering the ninth grade on or after July 1, 2015
WAC 392-157-125 Time for meals
WAC 392-410-135 Physical Education — Grade school and high school requirement  
WAC 392-410-136 Physical Education Requirement — Excuse
2 CFR Part 200 Procurement
7 CFR, Parts 210 and 220
7 CFR, Part 245.5
Adoption Date: 6/21/05
Franklin Pierce Schools
Revised: 8/15/06; 12/9/08; 7/3/14; 1/16/18
Classification: Essential