Local Wellness Policy 2017-2018

12606 E. Main Street
Mayer, Arizona  86333
Local Wellness Policy
Date Created: 05/31/2017
Last Updated: 05/31/2017


  1. Wellness Policy Goals

Goal for Nutrition Promotion: MUSD goal will provide parents/students the opportunity to access valuable information pertaining to healthy lifestyle strategies in the form of School/District websites, newsletters, handouts, presentations, and/or postings.       

Goal for Nutrition Education: MUSD goal is to influence students/staffs eating behaviors by providing nutrition education that is appropriate for all students/staff.  

Goal for Physical Activity: MUSD goals are to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain students’ physical fitness, to ensure students’ regular participation in physical activities.     

Goal for Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness: Our  primary goal is to provide a positive, safe, and healthy environment that encourages a physically active and healthy lifestyle for students, staff members, parents, and communities associated with Mayer Unified School District.       


  1. Nutrition Standards

School Meals

The school meal programs aim to improve the diet and health of school children, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs.

  1. All schools in the district will participate in the National School Lunch Program.

  2. All meals will, at a minimum, meet the New Meal Pattern requirements.

  3. Free, potable water will be available to all students during meal periods.

  4. Additional standards include:

    1.  MUSD schools will provide daily a fruit and vegetable bar.





Competitive Foods and Beverages

  1. Nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages must, at a minimum, meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines. These guidelines apply to all foods sold in the following locations:

    1.  Mayer Elementary School      

    2.  Mayer High School



  2. List any additional criteria the district has established for competitive foods here:

    1.  Mayer Elementary School Store     

    2.  Mayer High School Store     



Celebrations and Rewards

Arizona Law (ARS 15-242) states that all food and beverages served to students in grades K-8 must meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines.

  1. Describe your standards for all foods and beverages provided, but not sold, to students during the school day:

A celebration that occurs within a given classroom is limited to only those students enrolled in that one classroom.  Examples of classroom parties are holiday parties and birthday parties that occur in the classroom limited to only those enrolled students.

  1. Classroom parties and celebrations shall be considered exempt from all nutrient and competitive food guidelines and standards, if provided by parents.

  2. Food and beverages provided for classroom parties must comply with local food safety and sanitation guidelines.

  3. All foods offered must come from a commercial source with an approved Yavapai County Health permit; no food or drink items form any households will be allowed.


  1. These guidelines apply to (check all that apply):

    School-sponsored events

    Celebrations and parties

    Classroom snacks provided by parents

    Classroom rewards and Incentives


  1. Describe your policy on food and beverage related fundraisers sold to students on school campus during the school day, including the frequency and duration of exempt fundraisers as appropriate:                                 

  1. Food and beverage items sold at MUSD schools that do not meet the competitive food standards will be required to submit a waiver/exempt request 2 weeks prior to the Food Service Department and it will be submitted to ADE.

  2. Regulations state that no exempted fundraiser foods or beverages maybe sold in competition with school meals in the food service area during the meal service.

  3. All grades may request an exemption once every quarter maximum 4 times per year.

Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools


Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in schools. Food and beverage marketing often includes an oral, written, or graphic statements made for the purpose of promoting the sale of a food or beverage product made by the producer, manufacturer, seller or any other entity with a commercial interest in the product. All products marketed on the school campus must, at a minimum, meet the Smart Snacks guidelines.


  1. Describe your policies for food and beverage marketing: Vending machines are kept up by an outside source Mile High Vending 928-277-7267     

  2. Describe any additional policies for foods and beverages marketed to students: Mile High Vending will provide documentation from the Smart Snack Calculator at the beginning of the school year and if any new items are added.


  1. School Wellness Committee

Committee Role and Membership

The District will convene a representative district wellness committee that meets to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy.  

  1. Describe frequency of meetings: MUSD will conduct School Health Advisory Council meetings 2 times a school year.  Tentatively September & April


  2. Description of who the LEA permits to participate in the wellness policy process. (e.g. parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, and school administrators):                                                                                 

  1.  The MUSD Wellness Committee Members will include community and school representatives.  The recommended members will include, at a minimum, the following: School Health Aide(s), physical education teacher(s), parent(s). Principal, administrative representative(s), and the Food Service Supervisor.

  1. Description of how the public is notified that their participation is permitted: MUSD District/Schools website, Advertisement on menus, Read a Board @ HS     



The district has designated one or more LEA and/or school official(s) who have the authority and responsibility to ensure each school complies with the local wellness policy.

  1. The designated official for oversight of implementation at each school is: Dean Slaga Superintendent

  2. The designated official for convening the wellness committee is: Susie Allen, Food Service Director, Shelly Feltmann Food Service Manager

  3. The person designated for informing the public about the wellness policy is: Christina Symington Human Resources, Naomi Gutierrez High School Asst Admin.


  1. Wellness Policy Implementation, Monitoring, Accountability and Community Engagement


Implementation of the Wellness Policy

  1. Describe the District’s plan for implementation to manage and coordinate the execution of this wellness policy.

    The Superintendent shall appoint a District Wellness Team Council/committee to assess, plan, implement and improve the nutrition and physical activity environment of MUSD schools.

Triennial Progress Assessments

At least once every three years, the LEA must conduct an assessment of their wellness policy. To accomplish this, the District will evaluate compliance with their wellness policy and assess progress toward meeting the goals of the District Wellness policy. Additionally, USDA requires that the District will compare their policy to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s model wellness policy.


  1. The District will assess compliance and progress of their local wellness policy at least once every 3 years.

    1. Provide a description of how the District will assess the progress made in attaining the goals of the District’s wellness policy:

      MUSD Wellness Committee will identify areas for improvements at each meeting, submit an annual report to make changes.

      1. (Optional) The person responsible for this assessment is:      


    2. Provide a description of how the District will assess each school’s compliance with sections I-IV of this wellness policy.

      Each school’s principal shall be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the MUSD Wellness Guidelines through teacher/staff meetings with agendas and sign in sheets.

      1. (Optional) The person responsible for this assessment is:      


  2. The District will assess how their wellness policy compares to model wellness policies. 

    1. Provide a description of how the District will compare their policy with the model policies.

      Committee to review the Alliance for a Healthier Generations Model Wellness Policy


      1. (Optional) The person responsible for this assessment is:      

Revisions and Updating the Policy

The District will update or modify the wellness policy as appropriate.


  1. Describe how often the LEA will update or modify the wellness policy: MUSD will update or modify the wellness policy as deemed necessary.

Notification of Wellness Policy, Policy Updates and Triennial Assessment

The District will inform families and the public each year of any updates to the wellness policy and every three years their compliance with the written wellness policy.

  1. Describe how the LEA will make the district wellness policy available to the public:

    MUSD District/School websites

  2. The annual progress reports and updates can be found at: www.mayerschools.org

  3. The District will make the Triennial Assessment available at: www.mayerschools.org