Wellness Policy

Utah International Charter School Wellness Policy

Enforcement and Implementation

The Wellness Policy for Utah International Charter School is approved by the leadership team and implemented by the school principal, food service director, and other staff.  A wellness committee comprised of the health/ PE teacher, a representative from student council, a representative from the leadership team and at least one parent will meet annually (in August) to review progress, identify areas for improvement and revisions to the policy, and make recommendations to the leadership team.  This meeting is open to the public and to anyone in the school who wants to participate.  It will be publicized via this website and directly to parents during school registration.  The principal is responsible for ensuring that the school wellness policy is enforced and implemented.  Progress and compliance will be formally assessed every three years.  Annual goals from the previous year will be assessed at each August meeting.   Committe meeting minutes, goal progress and assessment results will be linked to this webpage when they become available.

2019 Goal(s)

By April 15, 2019, Utah International administration will ensure that the student council’s vending machine serves only Smartsnack-compliant items.  By September 1, 2019, the wellness committee will complete the School Health Index and create at least one wellness goal for the 2019-20 school year.

School Lunch and Breakfast

Utah International will follow the policies of the Child Nutrition Program in the provision of healthy school meals.  The school will work with meal providers to ensure maximum use of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, locally-produced foods, lowfat dairy products, and organic foods.  The school will work with meal providers to encourage a wide variety of menus from varied cultures, and will encourage students to try new, healthy menu items.

Lunch periods will be scheduled between 11 AM and 1 PM and will be at least 30 minutes long. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria five minutes before the starting bell and eaten in the classroom in order to maximize student participation.  Staff and students will strive to provide a clean, orderly, peaceful and relaxed environment for eating school meals.

The school will work closely with meal providers to ensure that nutrition-related medical and religious needs are met.

Nutrition and Food Outside of School Meals

Food available to students during the school day, outside of school meal service  (vending machines, celebrations) will meet the Smart Snack nutrition requirements.    Staff will avoid associating food with reward or punishment, and will strive to set a good example of healthy eating behavior.

Foods and beverages will not be marketed in or on the school building.

Staff will refer students with eating or nutrition-related medical and psychological problems to appropriate services.

Food Safety

Utah International will comply with all state and local food safety and sanitation regulations,
will implement Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans and guidelines to prevent food illness in school, and will ensure that all food service equipment and facilities meet applicable local and state standards concerning health, safe food preparation, handling and storage, drinking water, sanitation, and workplace safety.

Physical Activity and Health, Nutrition, and Fitness Education

Utah International will provide high-quality physical education instruction to 7th and 8th graders at least one period per week, and a minimum of 1.5 credits of physical education to students in grades 9 to 12.  Students will participate in .5 credit of health education in junior high and .5 credit in high school.  PE and health curricula will emphasize development of lifelong healthy nutrition and fitness habits supported by current research.

The school will develop an array of athletic and fitness activities as part of its after-school program, will encourage walking and other daily physical activity for all its students, and will make outdoor space available and safe for athletic activity during breaks and before and after school.  Staff are encouraged to model and promote physical fitness and regular physical activity.