In 2010, School District 146 established an initiative called “District 146 Gets Fit” in response to Illinois School Code that has the State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, develop guidelines for school boards to be able to manage students with life-threatening food allergies and to promote healthy practices among students. The District 146 Wellness Committee (made up of stakeholders from across the district including administrators, parents, students, nursing staff and teachers) has been informing families and staff about healthy habits through newsletters and other educational methods for the past three years.

As a district, we recognize our responsibility to help students acquire the knowledge and skills to make informed choices necessary to establish and maintain healthy habits for a lifetime. We are committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition and an active lifestyle. We recognize we cannot eliminate all allergic reactions due to food, and we cannot “cure” the obesity epidemic or other health conditions associated with poor nutrition and lack of activity, but in accordance with the School Code we have developed a Wellness Policy that will take the necessary steps to create a school environment that does not contribute to these possibilities.

The following procedures were created with the safety of our children in mind, and are aligned with best practices, and are responsive to changes to the Illinois School Code in Illinois.

NUTRITIONAL RULES

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY POLICIES

  • Movement breaks- Recognizing that students need a break from sitting for extended periods of time, every effort will be made to have a daily organized movement break. Students in elementary schools will have a 20 minute supervised recess period.
  • Physical activity and discipline- Staff will prioritize disciplinary consequences that do not interfere with recess, PE, or movement breaks. Additionally, staff may not use physical activity as a form of consequence during the school day.

By making health and wellness a district priority, we are confident our students will thrive in the classroom and maintain a healthier lifestyle and school and at home.

For more information regarding medical information and policies, please visit the following link: Nurse’s Corner


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