State Board Seeks Public Input on Policy Updates

November 16, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education voted at its November meeting to place three policies on public comment for 30 days.  

Board members are seeking public input on Policy 4321.1: Standards for School Nutrition. This policy establishes statewide standards and procedures for foods and beverages sold, served or distributed to students during the school day. The policy relates both to nutritional standards for meals and other foods.

The revisions would comply with federal requirements adopted in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. The proposed changes also include many recommendations issued by the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on nutrition Standards for Food in Schools in regards to competitive foods, such as those sold in vending machines. Such foods shall contribute to a student’s nutritional requirements and should not add unnecessary calories, fat, sugar or sodium.

The policy changes also call for school lunches to provide at least one-third of a student’s recommended dietary allowances for calories, protein, calcium, iron, as well as vitamins A and C. The revisions also limit calories from fat to no more than 30 percent, saturated fat to no more than 10 percent and trans fat to no more than .5 grams per product.

Also placed on 30-day comment is Policy 2436.10: Participation in Extracurricular Activities. This policy revision clarifies when the rule applies and which grades are to be used in determining eligibility when students have a break in their public school educations.

Policy 8200: Purchasing Policies and Procedures also is up for revision. The proposed changes are in response to a legislative subcommittee’s request to delete a requirement that purchase orders be issued for purchases made using a purchasing card. The change would make the purchasing process more efficient. Other proposed changes would clarify certain other requirements and update sample forms.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions. Policies can be viewed and comments can be submitted by logging onto the West Virginia Department of Education Web site at .

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.