School Policies

School Policies

School policies for Barack Obama Charter School students and their families are included with the complete enrollment packet. Each family will receive a handbook during orientation and the school’s office staff is happy to review with you or answer any questions.
Parent - Student Handbook

Click here to download the current Parent-Student handbook.

Youth Suicide Prevention Policy

Click here to download the current Ingenium Schools Youth Suicide Prevention Policy.

Health & Safety Plan
 You may also view and download the current Safe School Plan here. The school’s Plan is subject to review and change by Ingenium Schools as required. Parents will be notified when changes are implemented.
Uniforms

Students attending Barack Obama Charter School are required to wear uniforms every day that they attend class. School uniforms help maintain student’s focus on their education and contributes to their safety during the school day.

Information about uniform choices and where to purchase them are included in every student’s complete enrollment packet.

Uniform Policy Reminder
  • Our uniform is a maroon collared polo shirt with the Barack Obama Charter School logo and khaki twill pants (No jeans, skinny jeans or tights.)
  • All uniform accessories must be a solid color. (white,black,brown,tan,maroon or white.) This includes undershirts, jackets, belts, socks, hair bows, hats scarves, gloves, mittens, etc,
  • Shoes must be one solid color with no spikes, studs, buckles, or sparklers. (The soles and laces are a part of the shoe.)
Helpful Tips
  • Please write your child’s name on all jackets. There are numerous unclaimed items in the office lost and found.
  • Please lay out your uniform at night so it is ready to go and your child is not “slipping”by you out of uniform or in their “birthday shoes”.
  • Remember the colors for all accessories are MAROON, GOLD, TAN, WHITE, BLACK, and BROWN.
  • Please do not send your students to school wearing jewelry. Only stud earrings are allowed and one watch in a solid color may be worn.
Our policy is meant to assure a few things:  
  • All of our community neighbors know we are only here to learn.
  • The focus is only on academics in class.
  • To show that the school and parents are in partnership.
  • When students are allowed to come out of uniform it communicates that the rules established by the school don’t apply to them because their parents will over-ride things they don’t agree with.
**Students who are not in proper uniform will not be admitted on campus.**

 

Lunch Program

Barack Obama Charter School participates in the federally assisted National School Lunch Program. This program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. A School Breakfast Program is offered as well.

Additional information about these programs is available to our enrolled students, and menus are updated regularly on our daily menu calendar. Click here to view menu.


School Wellness Policy

The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for students. Ingenium Schools or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.

School Wellness Committee

Ingenium Schools’ Wellness Committee consists of parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, a health professional (school nurse), physical education teacher, and members of the public. Additionally, the committee will receive input from the Board. The School Wellness committee shall assist with development, implementation, and review and update of the wellness policy and advise Ingenium Schools on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs. The committee’s responsibilities also include planning, implementing and evaluating activities to promote health within the school or community.

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals

Ingenium Schools’ nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on current research, consistent with the expectations established in the state’s curriculum standards, guidelines and frameworks, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The primary goal of nutrition education is to increase student’s knowledge regarding healthy eating choices to enable them to adopt healthy eating behaviors. Students shall receive nutrition education consistent with the Health Framework for California Public Schools and current legislation. Instruction shall be age-appropriate, based on accurate and current information, and provide the skills and motivation to focus on health promotion. Students shall receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the school campus.

The primary goal for a school’s physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain a fit and healthy body, to participate in regular physical activity, and to understand the short and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

All students in grades K-8 shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a daily basis. In addition to and not substituting for the formal PE program, opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through recess, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.

Ingenium Schools or designee shall encourage employees to serve as positive role models. Staff shall promote and may provide opportunities to support fitness and wellness among employees.

To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, Ingenium Schools may disseminate health information to parents/guardians through school newsletters, handouts, student homework assignments, parent/guardian meetings, or school web site, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance. To that end, related state-mandated physical fitness test and survey results shall be disseminated to the public.

Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at School

The Board shall adopt nutrition guidelines that meet or exceed state and federal nutrition standards for all foods available on each campus during the school day. These nutritional standards shall also apply to all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided through Ingenium Schools’ food service program.

Ingenium Schools will ensure that foods and beverages used for fundraisers and rewards meet at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by SSIS. All foods used for fundraising purposes will be SSIS compliant and not sold or distributed from midnight to thirty minutes after the end of the school day.
Ingenium School staff is directed to limit the use of food as a reward for students’ academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior. Students shall not be denied access to school meals or adequate time to eat as a form of punishment. The objectives of these guidelines shall be to promote student health, reduce childhood obesity, support the health curriculum, make the school environment safe for those with allergies and other medical conditions, and promote optimal health.

Food may not be donated to the classroom. Any events where food is included shall be held after the lunch period whenever possible.

The Board discourages the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages on school property though signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school publications, coupon or incentive programs, or other means.

Nutrition Promotion and Communication

Ingenium Schools aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating. Schools should promote nutrition at each grade level as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.

Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals

Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and 1779(a) and (b), as they apply to schools. In order to maximize Ingenium Schools’ ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, to the extent possible.

Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools

Ingenium is committed to providing a school environment that ensures opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing commercial distractions. ICS strives to teach students how to make informed choices about nutrition, health and physical activity. These efforts will be weakened if students are subjected to advertising on school property that contains messages inconsistent with the health information ICS is imparting through nutrition education and health promotion efforts. It is the intent of ICS to protect and promote student’s health by permitting advertising and marketing for only those foods and beverages that are permitted to be sold on the school campus, consistent with the wellness policy.

Any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus* during the school day* will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in schools. Food and beverage marketing often include 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. This term includes, but is not limited to the following:

 Brand names, trademarks, logos or tags, except when placed on a physically present food or beverage product or its container.
 Displays, such as on vending machine exteriors
 Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on school equipment, such as marquees, message boards, scoreboards or backboards
 Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on cups used for beverage dispensing, menu boards, coolers, trash cans and other food service equipment; as well as on posters, book covers, pupil assignment books or school supplies displayed, distributed, offered or sold by ICS.
 Advertisements in school publications or school mailings.
 Free product samples, taste tests or coupons of a product, or free samples displaying advertising of a product.

Program Implementation and Evaluation

Ingenium Schools shall establish a plan for measuring implementation of the policy. School administration shall designate at least one person at each school who is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school sites implement and comply with the wellness policy.

The specific quality indicators that will be used to measure the implementation of the policy shall include, but not be limited to, state health and physical fitness assessments; nutrition and wellness education; an analysis of the nutritional content of meals served; student participation rates in school meal programs; feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, school staff, the School Wellness committee, parents/guardians, students, and other appropriate persons.

Ingenium Schools or designee shall report to the Board annually on the implementation of this policy and make recommendations for policy modifications, if indicated. The School Wellness Committee and the general public is also permitted to participate in the implementation, review and update of the policy.

Posting Requirements

Each school shall post a summary of the Wellness Policy in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas. (Education Code 49432) These policies and regulations shall also be posted on the school’s website.

Legal Reference:
EDUCATION CODE
49430-49436 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001
49490-49493 School breakfast and lunch programs
49500-49505 School meals
49510-49520 Nutrition
49530-49536 Child Nutrition Act
49540-49546 Child care food program
49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services
49550-49560 Meals for needy students
49565-49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program
49570 National School Lunch Act
51222 Physical education
51223 Physical education, elementary schools
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
15500-15501 Food sales by student organizations
15510 Mandatory meals for needy students
15530-15535 Nutrition education
15550-15565 School lunch and breakfast programs
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
1751-1769 National School Lunch Program, especially:
1751 Note Local wellness policy
1771-1791 Child Nutrition Act, including:
1773 School Breakfast Program
1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 7
210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program
220.1-220.21 National School Breakfast Program

Management Resources:
CSBA POLICY BRIEFS
The New Nutrition Standards: Implications for Student Wellness Policies, November 2005
CSBA PUBLICATIONS
Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. 2005
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Healthy Children Ready to Learn, January 2005
Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003
Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade 12, 1994
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL PUBLICATIONS
School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide for Elementary and Middle/High Schools, 2004
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION (NASBE) PUBLICATIONS
Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PUBLICATIONS
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
Team Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Services, Changing the Scene, Improving the School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action, 2000
WEB SITES
CSBA: http://www.csba.org
California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu
California Department of Health Services: http://www.dhs.ca.gov
California Healthy Kids Resource Center: http://www.californiahealthykids.org
California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition): http://www.californiaprojectlean.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov
Dairy Council of California: http://www.dairycouncilofca.org
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity: http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/nana.html
National Association of State Boards of Education: http://www.nasbe.org
National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org
School Nutrition Association: http://www.schoolnutrition.org
Society for Nutrition Education: http://www.sne.org
U.S. Department of Agriculture: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Healthy/wellnesspolicy_steps.html

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Barack Obama Charter School participates in the federally assisted National School Lunch Program. This program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. A School Breakfast Program is offered as well.

Additional information about these programs is available to our enrolled students, and menus are updated regularly on our daily menu calendar. Click here to view menu.



In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

 

 

 

 

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: intake@usda.gov

 

 

 

 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.