The West Babylon community has made great strides in promoting heatlh and wellness in our schools and our community at large. The District has improved its physical education programs and health education programs to provide students with sound information to support a healthy lifestyle. Increased physical activity is encouraged. Our food service particpates in both the National School Lunch program and the National School Breakfast program serving healthy meals to students.
West Babylon Schools has been nationally recognition by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Wst Babylon Junior High School was acknowledged at the Bronze level. Forest Avenue School, J.F.Kennedy School, Santagpogue School, South Bay School, Tooker Avenue School and West Babylon High School were among the first schools in the nation to receive Silver Level recogition.
Dr. Dominick Palma, Assistant Superintendent, was selected as one of the first nne National Healthy Schools Program Champion.
West Babylon Schools also promotes social and emotional well-being. The District launched a Character Education/Social Emotional Learning iniative at all schools.
West Babylon School District’s Wellness Policy
West Babylon School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating habits and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the West Babylon School District that:
The school district will engage students, parents, teachers, administrators, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district-wide nutrition and physical activity policies. This group will serve as the West Babylon District-wide Wellness Committee.
All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
Foods and beverages served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the West Babylon Wellness Policy.
Only healthful foods and beverages in appropriate portions may be used in classroom celebrations. All snack foods provided to students at parties or other events during the school day shall meet either the nutrition guidelines set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation or the New York State Nutrition Association’s Choose Sensibly guidelines. Items must be commercially prepared. These items must be in original sealed package with labeling of ingredients and nutritional content. Whole fruits are permissible. If the fruit must be cut-up, this should be done at school following appropriate food handling standards.
Items containing ingredients to which a member of a classroom is allergic must be avoided. Under no circumstances should a student be served foods that contain ingredients to which he or she is allergic.
Homemade foods are for personal consumption only. These items are not to be shared, served or sold to students during school hours.
All foods sold by student organizations for fundraisers must meet the nutrition guidelines set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation or the New York State Nutrition Association’s Choose Sensibly guidelines. Items must be commercially prepared. These items must be in the original sealed package with labeling of ingredients and nutritional content. During the school day only foods compliant with these guidelines shall be sold to students.
The exception to the above provisions is food produced as part of course work and instruction. All foods prepared as part of classroom instruction shall follow appropriate food handling standards.
Organizations affiliated with the District (e.g., the PTA, Sports Parents Association, and Music Parents Association) are encouraged to offer healthy choices among the foods served or sold at after school events.
Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will provide clean, safe and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat; and will comply with federal, state and local child nutrition program requirements.
Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
Each school will maintain a School Wellness Committee that meets at least every other month. These committees shall seek to include members who are representative of the diversity of our community. At least one parent/guardian representative shall be part of the committee. The committees will solicit input from the community at large, including students, parents/guardians and staff members. The committees will promote activities that further the goals of the policy. To accomplish this, the committees will be committed to reflecting the importance of diversity and culturally inclusive practices.
All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
The superintendent (or designee) will develop a summary report on district-wide compliance with the district’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based upon input from schools within the district following the first year of policy implementation and every three years thereafter.
West Babylon Schools Allergy Policy - Files: JHCDB and JHCDB-R
Letter from the Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services - October 6, 2009
Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Healthy Snacks Product Navigator
Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Healthy Schools Product Calculator
Healthy School Celebrations
List of "Choose Sensibly" Foods
Snack Items That Contain Peanuts