Health and Wellness

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Student health and wellness are important characteristics for student success. To support these important developmental areas, the Edmonds School District adopted a Local Wellness Policy in conjunction with Federal Food Regulation guidelines. The following district and school guidelines are in place for students at Edmonds Elementary School:

Physical Activity and Physical Education

  • Daily recess periods for physical activity. Students have access to playground structures, blacktop play areas, walking track, and athletic fields. Classrooms teachers provide movement breaks during classrooms hours as often as possible.
  • Access to school's physical activity facilities will be available outside of normal school hours. This includes the playground structures, athletic fields, blacktop area and walking track.
  • Encouragement to voluntarily participate in after school physical activities such as MOVE 60. MOVE 60 is a district sponsored program funded by the Verdant Health Commission. This program provides 60 minutes of physical activity over four school days per week. Three program sessions (fall, winter and spring) are scheduled yearly. Program information and participant sign-up forms are provided to all families.
  • School instructed physical education programs to teach skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle. Physical education teachers assess student knowledge, motor and social skills and provide a safe and supportive learning environment.

Parties and Celebrations

  • Birthday parties in classrooms may be celebrated with non-food treats and favors for students. No food is allowed as part of a birthday celebration. Non-food treats could include pencil erasers, stickers, pencils, or a book donation to the classroom library in honor of your student's birthday. Other options are possible and can be confirmed with the classroom teacher.
  • Food may be served at (3) three classroom celebrations (seasonal, cultural or curriculum related) per classroom per year. The theme and schedule is up to the discretion of the classroom teacher. Due to the prevalence of students with food allergies, foods with nuts or tree nuts are strongly discouraged.
  • Birthday balloons and/or flowers are not allowed in the classroom for celebrations. Students have allergies and the presence of these items distracts from student learning. If these items are brought to school, they will be kept in the office during the school day and students can pick them up when school concludes.

School Meals

  • Menu offerings comply with the nutritional requirements of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast and Summer Feeding Program.
  • Meals are nutritionally balanced to meet the age-appropriate dietary needs of students and menus are regularly reviewed and modified as needed.
  • The dining area (gym) is clean, orderly and inviting allowing students adequate time to eat breakfast and lunch. Adult supervision is provided during these times.
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