The school district is committed to a healthy school environment that offers children nutritious food choices, provides and promotes sequential and interdisciplinary nutrition education, and connects meaningful physical activity to students' lives outside of physical education. The healthy, physically active child is more likely to be academically successful. The school environment will therefore be safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allow ample time and space for instruction, for eating meals and for physical activity.
The goal of this policy is to provide an environment that promotes health and wellness in the areas of nutrition and physical activity by doing the following contingent upon state funding.
Schools in Lexington School District One are encouraged to take a positive approach to wellness, nutrition, and physical activity that will impact students' health and the school environment. Our schools will follow state standards for physical education in our instruction. In all aspects of district wellness, the school staff will be encouraged to model good nutrition and physical activity behaviors.
Nutrition education will be integrated into health education and into other areas of the curriculum. The staff responsible for nutrition education will provide basic knowledge of nutrition combined with skill practice activities and will use instructional techniques and strategies designed to promote healthy eating habits.
Physical education will be the environment where students learn, practice, and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills, and knowledge.
Physical education will include the instruction of individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage life-long physical activity.
Information will be provided to families to help them incorporate physical activity into their children's lives.
Each elementary school will specify a physical education teacher as the physical education activity director to plan, coordinate, and report on opportunities for additional physical activity for students to exceed the designated PE instruction time.
After-school programs will encourage physical activity and healthy habit information. District wellness policy goals will be considered in planning all school-based activities; e.g. school events, field trips, dances and assemblies.
Each school will organize wellness committees comprised of parents/legal guardians, teachers, administrators, and students to plan, implement, and improve nutrition and physical activity in the school environment.
If you have any questions or comments about the health curriculum in Lexington County School District One, please contact:
Coordinator of Science, Health, and PE