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Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy

Lake Erie International High School has a strict anti-harassment, anti-intimidation, and anti-bullying policy. The school's commitment to addressing harassing, intimidating, and bullying is a multi-faceted approach, which includes education and the promotion of a school atmosphere in which this behavior will not be tolerated by students, faculty or school personnel. Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms and can include many different behaviors having an overt intent to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate another student. Any misconduct by one student against another student, whether or not appropriately defined as harassment, intimidation, or bullying will result in appropriate disciplinary consequences for the perpetrator. Lake Erie International High School is dedicated to promoting a safe, positive learning environment for all of our students and we believe that our cohesion and morale help us to achieve excellence in our schools.
It is the policy of the Board of Directors that openness leads to a better
an informed citizenry, which leads to better government and better public policy. It is the policy of the Board of Directors to strictly adhere to the State of Ohio’s Public Records Act. All exemptions to openness are to be construed in their narrowest sense, and any denial of public records in response to a valid request must be accompanied by an explanation, including legal authority, as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. If the request for public records is in writing, the explanation of denial must also be in writing.
 
PUBLIC RECORDS
 
Section 1. DefinitionThe Board of Directors, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, defines records as including the following: Any document, paper, electronic (including, but not limited to, e-mail), or another format that is created or received by, or comes under the jurisdiction of the Board of Directors that documents the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the Board of Directors. All records of the Board of Directors are public unless they are specifically exempt from disclosure under the Ohio Revised Code or federal law.
 
Section 1.1 Organization and Maintenance
It is the policy of the Board of Directors that, as required by Ohio law, records will be organized and maintained so that they are readily available for inspection and copying (See Section 4 for the e-mail record policy). Record retention schedules are to be updated regularly and posted prominently.
 
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS & RESPONSES
Section 2. Evaluation of a Public Records RequestEach request for public records should be evaluated for a response using the following guidelines:
 
Section 2.1 Identification of Public Records Requested
Although no specific language is required to make a request, the requester must at least identify the records requested with sufficient clarity to allow the Board of Directors to identify, retrieve, and review the records. If it is not clear what records are being sought, the records custodian must contact the requester for clarification and should assist the requestor in revising the request by informing the requestor of the manner in which the Board of Directors keeps its records.
 
COSTS FOR OBTAINING COPIES OF PUBLIC RECORDS
 
Section 3. Charges for Copies and PostageThose seeking public records will be charged only the actual cost of making copies, as follows:
Section 3.1 The charge for paper copies is 10 cents per page.
Section 3.2 The charge for downloaded computer files to a compact disc is $3 per CD.
Section 3.3 There is no charge for documents e-mailed.
Section 3.4 Requesters may ask that documents be mailed to them. They will be charged the actual cost of the postage and mailing supplies.
 
E-MAIL AS PUBLIC RECORDS
Section 4. Documents in electronic mail format are records as defined by the Ohio Revised Code when their content relates to the business of the office. E-mail is to be treated in the same fashion as records in other formats and should follow the same retention schedules.
 
FAILURE TO RESPOND TO A PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST
Section 5. Legal and Non-Legal ConsequencesThe Board of Directors recognizes the legal and non-legal consequences of failure to respond to public records requests properly. In addition to the distrust in government that failure to comply may cause, failure to comply may also result in a court ordering the Board of Directors to comply with the law and to pay the requester’s attorney’s fees and damages.
 
With the passing of the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act
of 2004 and the Healthy, Hunger-­‐Free Kids Act of 2010 by Congress, the School recognizes the role
it can plan in the building nutrition knowledge and skills in children to promote healthy eating
and physical activity choices. This law requires local education agencies participating in a
program authorized by the objectives of the wellness policy is to improve the school nutrition
environment, promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.
 
The main goal of nutrition education is to influence student’s eating behaviors. Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-­‐being. Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk for mortality and the development of many chronic diseases. Schools and school communities have a responsibility to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain lifelong healthy eating patterns.
 
Schools also have a responsibility to help students establish and maintain lifelong habits of being physically active. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to maintain and improve their physical health, mental health,
and overall well-­‐being. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature death in general and of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure a total school environment that promotes and supports
student health and wellness helps to reduce childhood obesity and meets the requirements of the
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Healthy, Hunger-­‐Free Kids Act of
2010. The School 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 physical activity.
 
Therefore, it is the policy of the School that:
 
• The School will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing nutrition and physical activity policies.
• All students will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a
regular basis.
• Foods and beverages sold or served at School will meet the nutrition recommendations of the
U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
• The School will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits
of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and
school meal programs, and with related community services.

TO ACHIEVE THESE POLICY GOALS:
I. School Wellness Committee
 
The School will create a School Wellness Committee to develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies. The Committee also will serve as a resource to the School for implementing those policies. (The Wellness Committee should consist of
a group of individuals representing the School and community, and should include parents, students,
and representatives of the school food authority, members of the school board, School
administrators, teachers, health professionals, and members of the public.)
 
II. Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold and Served on Campus

School Meals
Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs 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%) and fat-­‐free milk and nutritionally-­‐equivalent non-­‐dairy
alternatives (to be defined by USDA); and
• ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.
 
The School should 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, the School should share information about the nutritional
content of meals with parents and students. Such information could be made available on menus, a
website, on cafeteria new boards, placards, or other point-­‐of-­‐purchase materials.
 
III. Nutritional and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing
Nutrition Education and Physical Promotion. The School aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. The School should provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion
that:
• is offered at each grade level of a part of the sequential, comprehensive, standard-­‐based
a program 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
like 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;
• emphasize caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical
activity/exercise);
• links with school meal programs, other schools foods, and nutrition-related community
services;
• teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and
• includes training for teachers and other staff.

Staff Wellness: The School value the health and well-­‐being of
every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal
efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
 
IV. Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education Goals
 
The School will identify opportunities for physical activity to be incorporated into the school day
Students in preschool through grade 12 shall participate in daily physical education that enables
them to achieve and maintain a high level of personal fitness; emphasizes self-­‐management skills
including energy balance (calories in minus calories out); is consistent with state/district’s
standards/guidelines/framework; and is coordinated within a comprehensive health education
curriculum.Special emphasis should be placed on promoting an active lifestyle in preschool through primary grades as health habits are established at a young age. Accommodations shall be made for students with disabilities, 504 plans, and other limitations.
Students shall be provided opportunities for physical activity through a range of before-­‐ and
after-­‐school programs, including intramurals, interscholastic athletics, and physical activity clubs.
 
V. Monitoring and Policy Review

Monitoring. The School Letter will ensure compliance with nutrition and physical activity wellness
policies.
School food service staff at the School will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the School Letter.
The School Letter will develop a summary report every year on compliance with the School’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. That report will be provided to the
Board of Directors
and also distributed to the Wellness Committee, parent/teacher organizations, and school services
personnel.
Policy Review: To help with the initial development of the School’s wellness policies, the School
will conduct a baseline assessment of the existing nutrition and physical activity environment and
policies.
Assessment 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 School will review its
provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and the nutrition
and physical
education policies, and program elements.