FFA(REGULATION) - STUDENT WELFARE: WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES
Nutrition and Wellness Plan
The District will follow applicable state and federal nutrition guidelines that advance student health and will promote the general wellness of all students through nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities.
Goals and Guidelines
The District will maintain wellness goals and nutritional guidelines in consultation with the local school health advisory committee (SHAC) and with representatives of the District's nutrition services department, school administration, the Board, and parents. Goals will be accomplished through nutrition education, physical education and activity, and the foods and beverages served by the nutrition services program.
In accordance with law, the District will implement a coordinated school health program with a nutritional education component and will use health course curriculum that emphasizes the importance of proper nutrition.
Nutrition education will include:
- Nutrition messages promoted throughout the school, including the cafeteria and classrooms.
- Nutrition education periodically available on the District website.
In accordance with law, the District will implementa coordinated school health program that complies with the state-mandated time for daily/weekly physical education. Students in high school will meet the physical education component as required for graduation. The District will provide an environment that fosters safe and enjoyable fitness activities for students, including those who are not participating in competitive sports. Time allotted for moderate to vigorous physical activity will be consistent with state standards and District policy and regulations, to include at a minimum:
- Elementary (kindergarten–grade 6): 30 minutes daily or 135 minutes weekly
- Middle High (grades 7–8): 30 minutes daily for four semesters;
- High School (grades 9–12): Two 0.5 credits (1 credit total) of physical education. Exemptions for middle and high school will be in accordance with District policy and state mandates.
- Schools will not remove or pull students from physical education classes unless for administrative reasons such as discipline or counseling issues.
- State-certified physical education instructors who will participate in professional staff development opportunities that are aligned with district requirements will teach all Physical Education courses.
- Schools are encouraged to hold family events that will promote the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices. Information will be provided periodically on campus and district websites about local health and wellness activities in the community.
The District will establish an environment conducive to healthful eating and physical activity and express a consistent wellness message through school-based activities:
- Wellness for students and their families will be promoted at suitable school activities.
- Employee wellness education and involvement will be promoted at suitable school activities.
Health Education is a component of the Coordinated School Health Model, which consists of a planned, sequential, kindergarten–grade 12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health. The curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The comprehensive health education curriculum includes a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environmental health, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse. Qualified, trained teachers provide health education. The District will continually review the state and national standards for current updates and research.
The District has adopted a state-approved coordinated school health curriculum for kindergarten–grade 8. This program provides lessons and strategies aligned with the state curriculum.
The District will provide quality health screening and services to students at all levels. Goals of the screening program include:
- Teaching prevention and developmental health
- Staff trained in CPR and AED
- Assigning registered nurses to all schools
- Conduct AED drills on each campus
Guidance and Counseling
The District will help students develop positive, decision-making skills related to health and wellness in order to maximize educational opportunities to function, contribute, and compete in a changing world.
School counselors will provide:
- Responsive services which may include group and individual counseling, coordination of services, and/or referral to external agencies as needed.
- Individualized student planning, including goal setting, transitional services between grade levels, college and career investigation, and course selection and graduation planning.
- The District will encourage schools and counseling personnel to maintain a system of support, which includes relevant training for teachers and parents.
School Facilities and Staff Wellness
The District will make outdoor areas and facilities, that are not otherwise subject to an interlocal agreement or contract for use or are in use for school programs and activities, available for exercise and recreational activities. Use will be in accordance with District policy and regulations. Examples of available areas and facilities include:
- Playgrounds and field spaces at elementary schools that are not locked.
- Outdoor spaces at middle schools and high schools that are not locked, such as tracks, fields, and tennis courts.
The District will ensure that nutritional guidelines for reimbursable school meals will be at least as restrictive as applicable state and federal regulations and guidance and that all foods available on each program subscribing campus are in accordance with the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, including:
- Provide each campus with education and guidelines on the use of food as a reward.
- Comply with the applicable sections of the Texas School Nutrition Policy and USDA Smart Snacks, including:
- Elementary schools will not have or use vending machines;
- Middle school vending machines may offer snacks and beverages that comply with Smart Snack guidelines;
- High School vending machines may offer snacks or beverages except for sodas and candy except during the established daily breakfast period;
- Elementary and middle schools may not give away foods or beverages that do not meet the Smart Snack guidelines during any part of the school day, except on the six designated days per school year as determined by the principal;
- Food brought in for class parties will be commercially prepared; and
- Outside lunches brought in by a student's parent cannot be shared with other students.
Except for the District's high school, foods sold at all other District schools, will meet the federal and state nutrition requirements. The District has established local nutritional guidelines for foods and beverages sold at high schools. Third party individuals or groups may not sell competitive foods and beverages at any time during the school day in elementary and middle schools.
Fundraisers conducted at District schools must meet all nutritional requirements in accordance with law and will comply with one of the categories listed below:
- Food items that meet competitive food service nutrition standards—Smart Snacks;
- Food items that are not intended to be consumed at school such as ready-to-bake cookie dough or ready-to-heat pizza; and
- Non-food items.
Exempt School Sponsored Fundraising
The District has adopted guidelines set forth by the state to allow each campus up to six fundraisers per year that sell foods or beverages that do not meet the nutrition standards. These items may be sold anytime during the school day but not in same area where Nutrition services is providing meals to students. These dates will be documented on a campus calendar and available for monitoring as needed.
Read Smart Snacks in School Fundraisers for more information.
Monitoring and Implementation
The School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) will help the District oversee this administrative regulation and periodically review the implementation of the wellness regulation with input from: health services, nutrition services, counseling services and the athletics/physical education department. The campus administration will be responsible for implementation.
For a list of the Smart Snack compliant foods and beverages currently sold by nutrition services please visit the nutrition services wellness and student health webpage. Additional foods and beverages in question can be analyzed with the smart snack calculator.