A policy is a way of ensuring ongoing commitment and support. Your school needs to develop a formal Crunch&Sip policy. The process of developing the policy is as important as the program itself. All sectors of the school community need to be consulted and given an opportunity to comment. You are more likely to be successful if everyone involved has participated in the policy development and agree and understand its intent.
Steps in Developing a School Policy:
Step 1: Form a committee
The committee may include school representatives such as: principal, teachers, students, parents, school health nurse, health/physical education coordinator and school canteen representative. Committees of 6 to 10 people work best - enough people to express different views and do the work. Your school may choose to include Crunch&Sip in another existing committee, such as a School Health or Student Welfare Committee.
Step 2: Talk to people
Some people are really keen to get involved in Crunch&Sip but others may need a bit more convincing. If this is the case, you may need to run some information sessions and be prepared to provide detailed information to all members of the School community to educate them on the benefits.
Step 3: Write a draft document
On behalf of the school community, it is the committee's role to:
- Review the Crunch&Sip policy template. Available for download here school policy
- Develop a policy by using the template or creating your own
- Circulate a draft to your school administration
- Prepare the final version of the document
- Check progress in implementing the policy
The school policy should contain clear goals, outline how Crunch&Sip will be implemented (including lists of permitted food and drink) and how the school will check progress.
A sample Crunch&Sip policy is available to assist schools in this process.
Cancer Council WA together with Act Belong Commit have also developed sample Health and Wellbeing Policies for schools who would like to incorporate multiple health program elements within a single policy. These policies aims to be adaptable for schools and includes sun protection, nutrition, physical activity and mental health. Inclusion of the relevant sections (clearly marked) will enable your participation in the Crunch&Sip program.
Health and Wellbeing Policy - includes sun protection, nutrition and physical activity
Health and Wellbeing Policy (+Act Belong Commit) - includes sun protection, nutrition, physical activity and mental health
Step 4: Sign off
Once the document has been written, circulated and reviewed, the policy can be signed off. Each school will have a different process. Some schools require the parent associations or committees and the principal to sign off. Check your school's approach.