As required by law, the Governing Authority of Franklinton Preparatory Academy establishes the following Wellness Policy:
The Governing Authority recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the heath and well being of the Community School’s students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student’s health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools’ meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The Governing Authority, however, believes this effort to support the students’ development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the school alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
The Governing Authority sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:
A. With regard to nutrition education, FPA shall:
Include Nutrition Education in the Health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives; and
Nutrition education shall extend beyond the school by engaging and involving families and the community.
B. With regard to physical activity, FPA shall:
- Physical Education
High School Graduation Requirements: The state of Ohio requires students to earn 0.5 physical education credits (120 hours of course instruction) in order to meet the graduation requirement.
Substitutions: The state permits school districts the use of credit flexibility in order to earn physical education credits.
Exemptions/Waivers: Franklinton Preparatory Academy may, depending upon circumstances and in compliances with Ohio law, allow a waiver.
State Curriculum: The state does not require the use of specific curricula for elementary, middle school/junior high or high school physical education. School districts have the option of using commercial curriculum.
Class Size: The state does not specify that Franklinton Preparatory Academy adopt a teacher-to-student ratio.
Online Physical Education Courses: The state of Ohio allows online courses to earn physical education credit. Student eligibility for this option is approved on a case-by-case basis by the Franklinton Preparatory Academy.
- Substitutions: The state of Ohio permits school districts the use of credit flexibility in order to earn physical education credits. Student eligibility for this option is approved on a case-by-case basis by the Franklinton Preparatory Academy.
2. Physical Activity
- Physical activity shall not be employed as a form of discipline or punishment.
- FPA encourages families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by community agencies or organizations, and in lifelong physical activities like bowling, swimming, or tennis.
The Governing Authority designates the Principal as the individual charged with operational responsibilities for measuring and evaluating the FPA’s implementation and progress under this policy. The Principal shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy.
The Principle shall report on the Franklinton Preparatory Academy’s compliance with policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Governing Authority.