The Del Mar Union School District is required by state law to have in place a Student Wellness Policy. The state law was passed to address Californian’s concerns about childhood obesity, which is linked to poor food choices and lack of exercise. Recognizing the link between student health and learning, the Governing Board on July 24, 2006, passed Student Wellness Policy 5030 with the following legally required components.
- Students will be seated for a minimum of 15 minutes to eat lunch
- Students will be asked not to share food/beverages.
- All food made available by the district will follow all nutritional guidelines outlined in Board Policy 3550.
- School fundraising activities either will not involve food or will use only foods that meet the nutrition and portion size outlined in Board Policy 3550.
- Snacks served during the school day or in after school care or enrichment will emphasize fruits, vegetables and water.
- Rewards for academic performance and good behavior will discourage the use of foods or beverages.
- Celebrations that involve food (including student birthdays) during the school day are limited to no more than one per class per month. Each occasion may include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards. Please see the DMUSD Pupil Services web site for healthy party ideas.
- Food served as part of instructional activities (science, cooking class, math activities) will offer healthy choices.
- All students will receive 200 minutes of vigorous physical activities every two weeks.