Policy & Procedures
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ENROLLMENT REQUIRMENTS
    •        The State requires that the Enrollment File containing health, immunization, birth certificate, withdrawal slip
            from prior school, emergency numbers, etc. be FULLY complete before any child may be permitted to attend.
    •        It is the Parents responsibility to keep the school informed (in writing) of any change of address or phone!!!!

HOURS
    •        Students not enrolled in the Early Risers’ Club may arrive at 8:00, not before.  Parents will need to wait with
            them until staff opens the gate.  The morning is a valuable preparation/meeting time for the teachers and they
            are not available for playground supervision.  If this is inconvenient, parents may sign-up for the Early Risers’
            Club.  A daily drop-in rate is also available to accommodate unforeseen work or schedule changes.
    •        Daily after-school staff curriculum and student tutoring sessions are scheduled.  It is important that the students
            be picked up promptly at 2:45pm (NOT earlier please ) to provide the teachers with much needed coordinating
            and one-on-one time.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated


ATTENDANCE
    •        Many educational opportunities are missed due to absence.  Also, our budget is based upon daily full-time
            attendance.  PLEASE schedule vacations to match our calendar.  Dentists are usually available before and
            after school or during school breaks.  Your thoughtful scheduling will assist in your child’s educational
            experience, as well as the schools materials & equipment.
    •        It is critical that students not be late, as they miss vital instructions for the day.  A student arriving late must get
            a pass from the office to be allowed in class.
    •        The beginning and end of the school day is designated on the annual school calendar.  Except for
            emergencies or pre-arranged appointments, students would best benefit by not being dismissed prior to that
            time.
    •        Weekly PERFECT Attendance will be rewarded with 1 free slice of Friday delivery-day pizza the next week.
    •        In the case of absence, please let the office or the homeroom teacher know what it was due to cold/flu, etc.
            Call the office that morning please.


ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE PROCEDURE
    •        We have a CLOSED CAMPUS.  The gates will be open from 8:00 – 8:45 and locked again from 8:45 – 2:15.
            (The side gate is unlocked all day.)  Specific arrival and departure procedures must be followed by everyone.
            We will not jeopardize the safety of the children for the convenience and personal preference of parents.  
    •        Students may NOT walk to school or be dropped off in the parking lot or along the street.  Parental supervision
            is required to and from the campus.
    •        Children must be signed in and out by the responsible guardian.
    •        Please sign-in daily with your arrival and departure time, a first initial and legible last name.
    •        Please help your students get their snack to the Snack Tub, sack lunch to the Lunch Crate, and water bottle to
            the Water Tub.  Their backpack remains on the rack outside the window, while their schoolwork is hand carried
            to class.  These little details help our day run more smoothly, with fewer misplaced items.  Thank you for your
            help!
    •        For STUDENT SAFETY, please park in the Church’s WEST parking lot (19th Ave.).  The small lot at the back
            is reserved for staff.  When congested, child-visibility is dangerously limited. (Additional parking is available
            behind the houses next to the school – not in the teachers’ lot.)


SNACKS & LUNCHES
    •        Please send a daily healthy snack:  cheese and crackers, peanut butter and crackers, cream cheese or peanut
            butter on celery, fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled egg, cream cheese on a graham cracker, peanut butter on an apple,
            cucumbers, broccoli or carrots with ranch dip, string cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cottage cheese
            with fruit…  for your child.  Please avoid: candy, sugar, Kool-Aid, sodas, Gator-aide, donuts, Rice-Krispy treats,
            etc. Also avoid red dye (Hot Cheetos)
    •        Snacks should be in a baggie with the students name on it.  Homeroom Teachers keep the bags in the snack
            tub.
    •        Students may bring their lunch or sign-up for the year’s hot lunch program.  (Hot lunch is not available on a
           day-by-day basis.  It is an annual commitment, paid for monthly.)  We do participate in the National School
            Lunch Program.  Hot lunch includes milk and utensils.
    •        The school cannot heat or cook any meals or soups for the students.  A thermos will keep food warm if a hot
            meal is preferred for your child.
    •        Please send two labeled water bottles daily.  One should be frozen and put in the student’s lunch box to keep it
            cool, as well as for cold water later in the day. (Label it b-4 freezing.)
    •        Be sure all snacks, water bottles, backpacks and lunch boxes are labeled with the student’s name.  Permanent
            black markers are always available from the homeroom teacher.


CLOTHING
    •        The Dress Code is simple:  clean, appropriate and not a disruption to the learning process or environment. No
            inappropriate T-shirts or gang attire of any kind.  Clothes must stay on at all times and not expose
            undergarments.
    •        To avoid accidents on the playground or at PE, shoes should at least have a strap.  No flip-flops please.
            Tennis shoes with Velcro or ties are best.  Heelies are not welcome on campus.
    •        Younger students should leave a set of spare clothes with the teacher in a large, labeled ziplock baggie (just in
            case it is needed). Kindies are required to leave a set of clothes.


DISCIPLINE
    •        Midtown Primary staff believes that discipline is an educational opportunity, not a punishment.  We provide a
            life-skills, value-based program of discipline, involving the students in the resolution of problems,
            demonstration of responsibility, willingness and ability to be part of the school community.
    •        Parents are only involved in the process if the classroom efforts are not effective.
    •        Continued open defiance of authority, continued disruptive or disorderly behavior, or violent behavior
            constitutes grounds for expulsion.  (ARS 15-841)
    •        A pupil who cuts, defaces or otherwise injures any school property may be suspended or expelled. (ARS 15-842)
    •        Midtown Primary staff have the right to search backpacks/bags and remove any weapons, drugs or any item
            that is not allowed on campus.
    •        If a pupil withdraws from the school after receiving notice of possible action concerning discipline, expulsion or
            suspension, the governing board may choose to drop the action. (ARS 15-843)
    •        Should a situation arise wherein the parents are unable to support the schools Discipline Policies, removal will
            become necessary.
    •        Physical violence will not be tolerated at school and may result in immediate suspension or expulsion.


TOYS & PERSONAL ITEMS
    •        Toys, balls, games, radios, phones, purses, make-up, etc. are NOT to be brought to school unless a special
            request is forwarded (personally or in writing) to the parent for their use in an activity.  In these instances they
            should be given to the teacher by the parent.  The school cannot accept responsibility for their damage or loss.
    •        “Show and Tell” items should be of an educational nature.
    •        Pets may not be brought to school without prior special permission.  Please do not bring animals into the
            school at any time.  (Some children and parents are afraid of animals.)


MISCELLANEOUS
    •        We do not provide daily transportation services.
    •        No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, handicap or sex be excluded from participation.
            Title VI Civil Rights Acts of 1964 (45USC 2000d et seq.);Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC 1681-1683)Sect 504 of the Rehab. Act of 1973
                   (29SUC 794); the Age Discrimination Act (42 USC 6101 et seq.) & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 USC 12101 et seq.)
    •        Access to the student’s education records shall be granted to the legal parents/guardians of the student and
            eligible students.  All information regarding the student shall only be disclosed upon consent of the
            parent/guardian and with written notification, excepting certain State and local officials.  (per the FAMILIY EDUCATION
                   RIGHTS AND PRIVATCEY ACT OF 1974 AND 1996) and per 99.31 (a)(5) AND 99.38).
    •        Teacher qualifications, certificates, and resumes are kept in a notebook in the school office and available upon
            request.  All staff have Department of Public Safety security clearance (fingerprint and background checks).  
    •        The State of AZ produces an annual school report card for each public school in the state.  A few copies are
            mailed to us at the end of the year and will be posted on the bulletin board.  They will also be available for
            viewing at the final awards ceremony of the year.  They can also be viewed on the Department of Education’s
            website at www.ade.state.az.us.
    •        Promotion Release:  All students in Midtown Primary will be an active participant in our educational and
            promotional photos, videos, slides and brochures.  This enrollment grants permission for such participation.



VISITORS
    •        All visitors to the school campus must report to the office to identify themselves and indicate the purpose of
            their presence on campus.  Loitering in or about a school (ARS 13-2905) is unlawful.  For the safety of the children,
            visitors may not roam in and out of classrooms.
    •        Abuse of a teacher or other school employee while the teacher or employee is engaged in the performance of
            his duties (ARS 15-502) is unlawful.
    •        Parents are always welcome to visit!  Please sign in at the office.  (The most successful, constructive visit is
            one where a guide, other than the busy classroom teacher, can be available to answer your questions.  Where
            possible, the courtesy of a call ahead, will allow someone to make themselves available to you.)  
    •        Parents are welcome to participate in the program on a regular basis.  If you would care to do classroom or
            campus volunteering, please contact your Homeroom Teacher or the Office.  Your help is very appreciated.  A
            regular routine is especially useful!


PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES
    Parents are responsible for:
    1.        Getting their children to school on time
    2.        Well fed (if this is a problem please inform the office staff)
    3.        Ensuring their student does the homework and returns it the next day
    4.        Maintaining communication with the teacher
    5.        Letting the teacher or office know if there is any kind of concern about how the student is doing
    6.        Providing daily snack and water (if this is a problem, we do provide snack)
    7.        Updating phone numbers, turning in permission slips and office forms, etc.
    8.        Calling in your child’s absence and reason for absence


SPECIAL EDUCATION
    We are responsible for providing a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) which includes special education
    and related services for students with disabilities at public expense, under public supervision and direction and
    without charge to the parents.

    We are also responsible for identifying all children with disabilities within our school and for making appropriate
    referrals to:
    1.        Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) for children birth through 2 years of age for evaluation and
              services if needed; and
    2.        School district of residence for children aged 3 through 5 for evaluation and services if needed.


FEES
    •        Public School is FREE: K–4th grades is 8:15–2:45.
    •        Early Risers’ Club (7:30 – 8:00 a.m.) and Hot Lunch are Paid for Services.
    •        Please pay all fees the first Monday of each month.
    •        Hot Lunch costs vary according to the number of school days.  A chart is issued at the beginning of each year.
            Any Hot Lunch that is 2 weeks past due will automatically be cancelled.  That does not relieve the financial
            obligation.  Please communicate with the office.
    •        Hot Lunch cannot be extended to families with outstanding fees.  Thank you for your understanding and
            assistance with this issue.  To keep the caterer, we need to pay promptly.
    •        We offer Free & Reduced Lunch pd for by the Federal Government.  Applications are in the office.
                                     Midtown Primary School's Charter Wellness Policy on Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Midtown Primary School (hereafter known as Charter) is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-
being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and appropriate physical activity.  The Charter recognizes that children need access to healthful foods and
opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive.  We also know that good health fosters increased student attendance, improved behavior
and involvement in education.  We recognize that many of our students may be at-risk for a number of diseases later in life because of unhealthy eating habits,
physical inactivity, and obesity.  We also believe that education and modeling are the best methods of changing behavior and recognize the importance of involving
all stakeholders, including community partners, in this process.  

Therefore, it is the policy of the Charter that:

•        We will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing,
implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.

•        All students in grades K-4 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.

•        Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

•        Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet their health and
nutrition needs; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate
time for students to eat.

•        The Charter will participate in the following federal school meal programs: National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program.

•        We will provide nutrition education and physical education that fosters lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages
between health education, school meal programs, and available community physical fitness programs.
      

A Healthy Campus.  The Charter is aware that the movement toward a “Healthy Campus” will require on-going education and changes in procedures and
practices over time.  Parents, teachers, and community partners will be encouraged to look for affordable, healthy alternatives at events that currently include non-
acceptable food or beverage items and to incorporate physical activities into planned events.  The Charter will discuss alternatives at staff meetings, and Site
Council meetings.   Students will participate in this dialogue via Student Council meetings, Service Learning classes, and classroom meetings so they have “buy-in”
and support the transition to a healthier campus.  Charter staff also recognize the financial and scheduling constraints of implementing systemic change.  The
Administration will consider school wellness policies and procedures when developing school budgets and schedules.  Charter personnel policies and procedures
will assist staff members in becoming positive role models in this process.  

I.  School Health Council

Elementary Charter Site Council will function as the School Health Council.  Members will implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition
and physical activity policies.  The CHARTER Site Council includes: parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, members of the school board,
school administrator, teachers, health professionals, and members of the public.

II.  Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold and Served on Campus

School Meals: The Charter Will Offer a Lunch Program that Is Accessible to All Students Regardless of their Ability to Pay.   

Meals served through the National School Lunch will:

•        be appealing and attractive to children;

•        be served in clean and pleasant settings;

•        meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;

•        offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;

•        serve only low-fat,1% or 2% milk; and

•        ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.

The Charter will engage students and parents, through taste-tests of new entrees and surveys, in selecting foods sold through the school meal programs in order to
identify new, healthful, and appealing food choices.  In addition, when available, Charter will share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents
and students.  The Charter currently serves a catered lunch.  Food service staff will work with our caterer to ensure that the preferences of our students are
considered when menus are planned and will provide the caterer with feedback on student preferences throughout the year.   

Breakfast.  To ensure that all children have breakfast, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, the Charter will:

•        Utilize methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage participation such as serving immediately before class starts.
•        Provide fresh fruits and vegetable during morning recess.
•        Notify parents and students of the availability of the School Snack Program via newsletter, registration packet, flyers, and at Open House. (this is the school’
s plan for a morning recess and healthy snack, not the ADE’s program)

•        Encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, flyers, or other means.

Free and Reduced-priced Meals.  The Charter will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the identification of, students who are
eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.  Procedures are in place that ensure that neither students nor instructional staff are aware of the free or reduced
status of students receiving these services.  All students will be encouraged to participate in the food program.

Meal Times and Scheduling.  The Charter will:

•        Provide students with at least 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch;

•        Schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunches will be scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.;

•        Avoid scheduling tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students are permitted to eat during such activities;

•        Schedule lunch periods to follow recess periods;

•        Provide students access to hand washing or sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks;

•        Take steps to accommodate tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).

Qualifications of School Food Service Staff.  Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal programs.  As part of the school’s responsibility to
operate a food service program, we will provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals in schools.  Staff development programs will
include appropriate certification and training programs for the Food Manager, teachers and administrative support staff, and cafeteria workers and volunteers,
according to their levels of responsibility.

Sharing of Foods and Beverages.  The Charter will not permit students to share their food or beverages with one another during meal or snack times.  This is an
issue that takes on added importance when considering bullying or aggressive behavior.  We are aware that food brought from home can become an issue that
encourages bullying. For this reason, Charter students will not be permitted to share food brought from home or procured in the lunch program with other
students.  

Vending Machines and A La Carte Purchases.  The Charter does not permit students to use vending machines or to purchase a la carte food.

Fundraising Activities.  To support children’s health, Charter fundraising activities during regular school hours will only offer foods that meet acceptable standards
for foods and beverages sold individually on elementary school campuses.  Charter staff will encourage fundraising activities that promote physical activity. At this
time, after-school fundraising activities may include donated food items that do not meet acceptable food standards; however, parents will be provided with a list
of “acceptable food items” with every request for donations and teachers will be requested to promote healthy donations.   

Snacks.  Snacks purchased with school budget and served during the school day will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis
on fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water or 100% fruit juice as the primary beverages.  We will evaluate if and when to offer snacks based on
timing of school meals, children’s nutritional needs and ages, and other considerations.  We will disseminate a list of healthful snack suggestions to teachers and
parents.  The Charter accepts family donations of snack items such as 100% juice, peanut butter, crackers, pretzels and cereals that meet USDA standards.  

Rewards and Celebrations.  Charter staff will be discouraged from using foods or beverages that do not meet acceptable nutrition standards as rewards for
academic performance or good behavior.  Since there are a number of traditional events already in place that allow this practice (“Caught-Ya” ice cream parties,
popsicles at “Field Days,” “Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party”, etc.) and some events require donations from parents and community members,  the Charter will not
immediately ban all such events and celebrations.  Teachers, parents, and community partners will be encouraged to look for affordable, healthy alternatives to
including non-acceptable food and beverages in these events.  Charter staff will discuss ways to encourage this transition such as providing water at family events
instead of sugared drinks, fruit parfaits or smoothies in place of ice cream, and frozen juice in place of popsicles.  If an after-school event traditionally features a
banned food item, a healthy alternative will also be offered to families.  The Charter will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.  
Classroom celebrations that feature food will not be offered in competition with scheduled lunches unless they meet the required guidelines for nutritional
components and portion size.  

Charter staff will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.  High-sugar snacks brought from home will be
held in the office for after school use and replaced with healthy snack choices offered by the school

III. Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing

Nutrition Education and Promotion.  The Elementary Charter aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students and will provide nutrition education
and engage in nutrition promotion that:

•        is offered at each grade level designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;

•        is part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective
subjects;

•        includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and
school gardens;

•        promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition
practices;

•        emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);

•        links with school meal programs and nutrition-related community services;

•        teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and

•        includes training for teachers and other staff.

Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting.  For students to receive the nationally-recommended amount of daily physical activity (i.e., at least 60
minutes per day) and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical
education and dance classes.  Toward that end:

•        classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-
active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;

•        opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons; and

•        classroom teachers will be encouraged to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

•        When appropriate, Charter elective and arts teachers will be encouraged to include ten minutes of class time that offers moderate physical activity.  

Communications with Parents.  The Charter will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children.  The Charter will
offer healthy eating seminars for parents, send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on school websites, and provide nutrient analyses of school menus if
available.  We will encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the acceptable
nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages.  The Charter will provide parents a list of foods that meet the school’s snack standards and ideas for
healthy celebrations/parties, rewards, and fundraising activities.    

The Charter will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and
support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.  Such supports will include sharing information about
physical activity, sports leagues and clubs, and physical education through newsletters, flyers, special events, or physical education homework, as well as teachers
periodically attending student after-school games.  


Food Marketing in Schools.  School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion.  The Charter will limit food and beverage
marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually.  School-based
marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages is prohibited.  The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, and low-fat dairy products is encouraged.

Staff Wellness.  Elementary Charter highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and therefore, will establish a Staff Wellness Committee in the
2015 school-year.  This Committee will be composed of teachers, non-certified staff, school food service personnel, Administration, and a member with expertise
in the area of health and recreation.   The purpose of this committee will be to develop, implement, and support activities and policies during the regular school day
that encourage personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The Committee may develop a School-Wide Staff Wellness Plan.  

Members will recommend and help implement activities, policies, and opportunities that encourage staff health and wellness.  In addition to physical and nutritional
health, the Committee may consider recommendations that promote staff mental health and reduce workplace stress.  Examples may include: duty-free lunches,
healthy snacks at staff meetings, extending lunch time by scheduling plan time directly before or after lunch periods, substituting a healthy lifestyle video or speaker
in place of a staff meeting, organizing “pot-lucks” that promote healthy eating, planning staff group sports events, extra release time for staff to purchase healthy
lunch items at local restaurants, and opportunities for group or individuals to exercise during the regular school day.  The Administrator and Food Manager will
strive, to every extent possible, to offer a variety of healthy choices that respect individual nutritional needs at meetings and trainings that include a meal.  Staff
members should inform the Administrator or Food Manager of specific nutritional concerns so they can be integrated into staff meals.  Any information regarding a
staff health or nutritional issue will be held as confidential.  

IV.  Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education

Physical Education and Opportunities for Physical Activity.  All students in grades K-4, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs, and in
alternative educational settings, will receive a minimum of 40 minutes a week of structured physical education.  Students will spend at least 50 percent of physical
education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.  All physical education will be taught by a qualified teacher.  Charter academic teachers
are encouraged to provide students in K – 4th grades with opportunities and breaks for moderate physical activities throughout the academic day.  While it is
recommended that these opportunities equal at least an additional 20 minutes each day, it is understood that this will be a learning process for teachers,
Administration, and students.  Charter Administration will initially provide suggestions, training, and advice in how to integrate physical activity throughout the day
while maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning.  This subject will be discussed at staff meetings and teachers will be encouraged to share successes
and concerns.  

Daily Recess.  All elementary school students will have at least 15-20 minutes a day of supervised recess in addition to the lunch recess 20-25 minutes prior to
eating, preferably outdoors, during which the school will encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and
equipment.  Teachers also provide 5 -15 minute recesses as needed throughout the day.

The Charter discourages extended periods (i.e., periods of two or more hours) of inactivity.  When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it
necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, teachers should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be
moderately active.

Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School.  Charter parents and students are encouraged to participate in on-site after-school activity programs
when they are offered.   These programs offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with
disabilities, and students with special health-care needs.  To ensure all students have equal access to these programs, the Charter will pay any fees.

Physical Activity and Punishment.  Teachers and other school personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for
physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) as punishment.  Students who are in-school-suspended will, to the extent possible, be provided with an alternate
activity that provides them with moderate physical activity.

Safe Routes to School.  The Charter has a policy that parents must bring the students to school and walk them in.

Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours.  If facility is available to students, staff, and community members before, during, and after the school day, on
weekends, and during school vacations, Charter families will be informed of these opportunities.

V.  Planning, Monitoring, and Policy Review

Planning.  The process of educating Charter teachers, staff, and parents about wellness was begun in the 2006 school year.   At pre-service trainings, teachers
were made aware of acceptable classroom practices relating to nutrition and future policy changes in food that could be offered during school hours.  The Food
Manager visited every classroom to educate students on healthy nutrition and teachers were encouraged to support those lessons within their curriculum.  
Procedures (such as not permitting the sharing of food and snacks brought from home) were put in place.  Two of the six elementary classes were offered recess
before lunch during the 2006 school-year.  This had positive results on students’ willingness to sit and eat a full lunch.   Lunch tables were moved to cut down on
noise and increased effective monitoring.  To increase the “eat time” during primary lunches, students started lunch five minutes earlier and teachers volunteered
with serving to move students through the lunch line at a faster pace.   Teachers were permitted to order non-food items for classroom prize boxes to reward good
behavior and academic achievement.  The team also identified existing community programs that support and extend Charter wellness activities.

For 2009 the group changed the lunch sequence to eating after recess rather than before, thus encouraging slower, calmer eating and calmer students arrive back
to class.

Charter Administration was aware of the mandate to have compliant nutrition and physical activity policies in place by June 2006 that includes specific policies that
meet Federal and State guidelines.  To ensure compliance in this area, in spring of 2006, school staff attended training in how to develop these policies.  In
addition, a team was formed to research required policies, review recommended templates, research “best practice” procedures, and evaluate current Charter
policies and practices in the areas of health and wellness.  This team included: the Administrator, Food Service Manager, Prevention Coordinator who is also the
Bi-Lingual Parent Liaison, two parents, and a teacher.  Members included representation from Site Council.  After research, review, and discussion, the team
drafted an initial Wellness Policy that meets minimal requirements and addresses current Charter practice in the areas of nutrition and fitness.  This plan was
disseminated to board members for review and adoption at the July School Board meeting.  

All staff are trained as food handlers and update their certification before it expires.

It is understood by all stakeholders that this document is not comprehensive and contains elements that will require changes in some Charter procedures.  The
Team felt that the best way to bring about systemic change (a Healthy Campus) was through education and dialogue over time, not immediate forced compliance.  

Monitoring.  The Administrator or designee will ensure compliance with established school-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. Food service staff
will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the Administrator.  The school will report on the
most recent USDA School Meals Initiative (SMI) review findings and any resulting changes.  If the Charter has not received a SMI review from the state agency
within the past five years, the district will request from the state agency that a SMI review be scheduled as soon as possible.  The Administrator or designee will
develop a report to the School Board and Site Council every three years on compliance with the Charter’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness
policies.   Parents and staff members will be made aware of the report and how to access it.  

Staff will be made aware of the school’s semi-annual Maricopa County grade based on inspection.  The grade will be posted in the office.

Policy Review.  The assessments will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of
improvement.  As part of that review, the Charter will review nutrition and physical activity policies; the provision of an environment that supports healthy eating
and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements.  The Charter will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop
work plans to facilitate their implementation.


Updated 12-10-14