TITLE 6 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
CHAPTER 12 PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY
PART 6 SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY
22.214.171.124 ISSUING AGENCY: Public Education Department.
[126.96.36.199 NMAC - N, 02-28-06]
188.8.131.52 SCOPE: This regulation applies to public schools in New Mexico unless otherwise expressly limited.
[184.108.40.206 NMAC - N, 02-28-06]
220.127.116.11 STATUTORY AUTHORITY: This regulation is adopted pursuant to Sections 22-2-1 and 9-24-8 NMSA 1978.
[18.104.22.168 NMAC - N, 02-28-06]
22.214.171.124 DURATION: Permanent.
[126.96.36.199 NMAC - N, 02-28-06]
188.8.131.52 EFFECTIVE DATE: February 28, 2006, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.
[184.108.40.206 NMAC - N, 02-28-06]
220.127.116.11 OBJECTIVE: This rule requires the adoption of local school district wellness policies.
[18.104.22.168 NMAC - N, 02-28-06]
A. “Coordinated school health approach” means the framework for linking health and education. The focus is healthy and successful students. There are eight interactive components of coordinated school health: health education; physical education and activity; nutrition; social and emotional well-being; healthy and safe environment; health services; staff wellness; and family, school and community involvement.
B. “Family, school and community involvement” means an integrated family, school and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students by establishing a district school health advisory council that has the responsibility to make recommendations to the local school board in the development or revision, implementation, and evaluation of the wellness policy.
C. “Fund raiser” means a sale on a school campus to benefit a school or school organization of beverage or food products limited by a United States department of agriculture school meal program for use, consumption or sale during the school day in competition with school meals. A fundraiser may be conducted only for up to one school day on two occasions per semester or trimester term in a school that participates in United States department of agriculture school meal programs. The wellness policy implemented through 6.12.6 NMAC shall include annual assurances to the New Mexico public education department of compliance with limitations on “fund raisers” pursuant to this subsection and subject to review as part of the administrative review of a school food authority.
D. “Health education” means the instructional program that provides the opportunity to motivate and assist all students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. It meets the content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 22.214.171.124 NMAC.
E. “Health services” means services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health. These services are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care or behavioral health services or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services, behavioral health services, prevent and control communicable diseases and other health problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health.
F. “Healthy and safe environment” means the physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school. It supports a total learning experience that promotes personal growth, healthy interpersonal relationships, wellness, and freedom from discrimination and abuse.
G. “Nutrition” means programs that provide access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals and snacks that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students.
H. “Physical activity” means body movement of any type which include recreational, fitness, and sport activities.
I. “Physical education” means the instructional program that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas. It provides the opportunity for all students to learn and develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity. It meets the content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in Section 126.96.36.199 NMAC.
J. “Social and emotional wellbeing” means services provided to maintain or improve students’ mental, emotional, behavioral, and social health.
K. “Staff wellness” means opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities. These opportunities encourage school staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health status, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to the school's overall coordinated school health approach.
L. “Emergency Operation Plan (EOP)” means the document which outlines and explains functions, resources and coordination procedures for responding to and supporting crisis, emergency, terrorist-response, and disaster operations, and is that portion of a safe school plan that details risk assessments and establishes the plans or procedures to manage a crisis, emergency, terrorist or disaster event before, during and after it has occurred and includes, but is not limited to, emergency routes and staff assignments as they relate to immediate actions, delayed actions, mitigation actions, facility evacuations and facility reentry.
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A. This section applies to local school boards, local school districts, and charter schools and governs policies to be implemented by local school districts with regards to student and school employee wellness.
B. Each school district and charter school shall develop and implement a policy that addresses student and school employee wellness through a coordinated school health approach.
C. Each school district and charter school shall submit the wellness policy to the public education department for approval.
(1) Sections of the wellness policy that meet the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (3), (4), (5) and (10) of Subsection D and the requirements set forth in Subsection E of this section shall be submitted to the public education department on or before August 30, 2006.
(2) Sections of the wellness policy that meet the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (1), (2), (6), (7), (8) and (9) of Subsection D of this section shall be submitted to the public education department on or before January 30, 2007.
D. The wellness policy shall include, but shall not be limited to:
(1) a planned, sequential, K-12 health education curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health and is aligned to the health education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 184.108.40.206 NMAC;
(2) a planned, sequential, K-12 physical education curriculum that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in lifetime healthful physical activity and is aligned to the physical education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 220.127.116.11 NMAC;
(3) guidelines to provide physical activity opportunities to students before, during and after school;
(4) nutrition guidelines meeting standards established by federal rules at 7 CFR 210.11 and 7 CFR 210.11a, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966;
(5) guidelines for fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC and an annual assurance of compliance with limitations on fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC;
(6) a plan addressing the behavioral health needs of all students in the educational process by focusing on students’ social and emotional wellbeing;
(7) school safety plans at each school building focused on supporting healthy and safe learning environments; the school safety plan must be submitted to the public education department for approval on a three-year cycle and must include the following minimum components:
(b) school policies and procedures;
(c) prevention; and
(d) a school EOP;
(8) a plan addressing the health services needs of students in the educational process;
(9) a plan addressing the staff wellness needs of all school staff that minimally ensures an equitable work environment and meets the American with Disabilities Act, Part III;
(10) a plan for measuring implementation and evaluation of the wellness policy, including the designation of one or more persons within the school district, or at each school, as appropriate, charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that each school fulfills the district’s wellness policy.
E. Family, school and community involvement. Each local board of education shall establish a district school health advisory council that consists of parent(s), school food authority personnel, school board member(s), school administrator(s), school staff; student(s); and community member(s). The school health advisory council shall have the responsibility to make recommendations to the local school board in the development or revision, implementation, and evaluation of the wellness policy consistent with this rule. The school health advisory council shall meet for this purpose a minimum of two times annually.
[18.104.22.168 NMAC - N, 02-28-06; A, 11-30-06; A, 05-15-14; A, 12-30-14]
History of 6.12.6 NMAC: [Reserved]