Wellness Policy Highlights
It is a coordinated school health system that includes health education, physical education and nutrition education.
It was developed with input from a variety of parents/guardians, teachers, students, food service professionals, school administrators, Board representatives and members of the public.
Each school site has a site Wellness Committee, one member of whom serves on the District Wellness Committee. These committees provide support and guidance for implementation of the Wellness Policy.
School staff, parents/guardians and other members of the school community are encouraged to assist in strengthening the link between student health and learning by understanding the policy and modeling a healthy lifestyle. District curriculum for health, nutrition and physical education is based on California standards and frameworks.
Hemet Unified School District is interested in engaging our stakeholder groups in the development, implementation and evaluation of our Local School Wellness Policy. If you are interested in participating in this process please contact Student Support Services at (951) 765-5100 Ext. 3501 for more information on how to get involved.
Wellness Policy Assessment
The Hemet Unified School District Wellness Policy has been evaluated using the The WellSAT 2.0 Assessment Tool, which evaluates the quality of written school wellness policies based on the degree to which they address various policy items related to: (1) Nutrition Education, (2) Standards for USDA Child Nutrition Programs and School Meals, (3) Nutrition Standards for Competitive and Other Foods and Beverages, (4) Physical Education and Physical Activity, (5) Wellness Promotion and Marketing, and (6) Implementation, Evaluation, and Communication.
Click here to see how our district's policy scored.
For information on how WellSAT scores are obtained, please visit http://www.wellsat.org.
Board Policy for Foods Available at School
Foods and beverages available to students at district schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health.
Nutrition standards adopted by the district for all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided throughout the district’s food service program, student stores, vending machines, fundraisers, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and federal nutrition standards. Organizations are encouraged to use non-food items, or healthy foods where appropriate, for fundraising.
Staff are encouraged to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as a reward for students’ academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.
Parents/guardians or other volunteers are encouraged to support the district’s nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties, and by eliminating foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards and are not commercially prepared. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period, and no more frequently than once per month.
School Health Education
The district’s health education curriculum is designed to motivate and help students maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid health-related risk behaviors.
Quality and effective health education helps students develop “health literacy”, the capacity of a person to obtain, interpret and understand basic health information and services and the ability to use such information and services in ways that are health-enhancing.
K-8 Health Adoption: Physical education teachers will be providing health instruction in newly adopted health texts. At the elementary level, Harcourt’s Health and Fitness series for grades K-5 will be used; at the middle school level, Holt, Rinehart and Winston’s Decisions for Health for grades 6-8 has been selected.
Physical Education Program
Our district has Elementary and Secondary Physical Education Teachers who are specialists in fitness.
The physical education curriculum is based upon the State Physical Education Content Standards.
These standards emphasize physical fitness and nutrition.
Lifetime sport and fitness activities are taught so students will be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle after they leave our school district.
The Fitnessgram Test is given to all 5th, 7th and 9th grade students to assess fitness levels.
Physical activity is used as positive rewards for student behaviors.
Opportunities for participation on athletic teams are offered in middle schools as well as the high school level.
The 21st Century Afterschool Program incorporates physical activity through the Sparks Physical Education program.
Physical Education instruction is differentiated so that all students learn to enjoy physical activity.