FFA(REGULATION) - STUDENT WELFARE: WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES

Wellness Plan

This document, referred to as the "wellness plan" (the plan), is intended to implement policy FFA(LOCAL), which has been adopted by the Board to comply with the requirements for a school wellness policy. [Section 9A(a) of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 U.S.C. 1758b; 7 C.F.R. Part 210]

Strategies to Solicit Involvement

Federal law requires that certain stakeholders be involved in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness plan. The District has chosen to consult with the local school health advisory council (SHAC) to review and consider evidence-based strategies and techniques in order to develop and implement nutrition guidelines and wellness goals as required by federal law. The District will permit the following persons to work on the District's wellness policy and plan: parents, students, representatives of the District's food service department, physical education department, school health professionals, Board members, administrators, and members of the public. The District will solicit involvement and input of these other interested persons by:

Creating a SHAC subcommittee dedicated to the review and development of the wellness plan and related documents.

Submitting the wellness plan to the full SHAC for review and comment.

Implementation

Each campus principal is responsible for the implementation of FFA(LOCAL) and this wellness plan at his or her campus, including the submission of necessary information to the SHAC for evaluation.

The Departments of Comprehensive Health Services, Health and Physical Education, and Nutrition and Food Services are responsible for the overall implementation of FFA(LOCAL), including the development of this wellness plan and any other appropriate administrative procedures, and ensuring that each campus complies with the policy and plan.

Evaluation

At least every three years, as required by law, the District will measure and make available to the public the results of an assessment of the implementation of the District's wellness plan, the extent to which each campus is compliant with the wellness plan, a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness plan, and the extent to which the wellness plan compares with any state- or federally designated model wellness policies and plans. This will be referred to as the "triennial assessment."

Annually, the District will notify the public about the content and implementation of the wellness plan and any updates to these materials.

The District will consider evidence-based strategies when setting and evaluating goals and measurable outcomes. The District may use any of the following tools for this analysis:

Smarter Lunchrooms' website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index

AISD Coordinated School Health Information Reports

Public Notification

To comply with the legal requirement to annually inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the local wellness plan, the District will include the following information on its website to document information and activity related to the school wellness plan:

A copy of the wellness policy [see FFA(LOCAL)];

A copy of this wellness plan, with dated revisions;

Notice of any Board revisions to policy FFA(LOCAL);

The name, position, and contact information of the District official responsible for the oversight of the wellness policy and implementation of this plan;

Notice of any SHAC meeting at which the wellness policy or corresponding documents are scheduled to be discussed;

The District's triennial assessment; and

Any other relevant information.

The District will also publish the above information in appropriate District or campus publications.

Records Retention

Records regarding the District's wellness policy will be retained in accordance with law and the District's records management program. Questions may be directed to the Administrative Supervisor of Public Information, the District's designated records management officer.

Guidelines and Goals

The following provisions describe the District's nutrition guidelines and activities and objectives chosen by the District to implement the Board-adopted wellness goals in policy FFA(LOCAL).

Nutrition Guidelines

All District campuses participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Federal law requires that the District establish nutrition guidelines for foods and beverages sold to students during the school day on each campus that promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.

The District's nutrition guidelines are to ensure all foods and beverages sold or marketed to students during the school day adhere to all federal regulations and guidance and are designed to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.

Foods and Beverages Sold

The District will comply with federal requirements for reimbursable meals. For other foods and beverages sold to students during the school day, the District will comply with the federal requirements for competitive foods. Competitive foods and beverages are not part of the regular meal programs and occur through sales such as a la carte options or vending machines. For purposes of this plan, these requirements will be referred to as "Smart Snacks" standards or requirements. The following websites have information regarding meal and Smart Snacks requirements:

Nutrition Standards

Smart Snacks

Square Meals (see the Complete Administrator Reference Manual [ARM], Section 20, Competitive Foods)

No sale of competitive foods from any organization or vendor other than the District food service department or approved vending machine contracts is permitted during the school day.

The District has also incorporated the following stricter standards that are not prohibited by federal or state law:

The sale of sodas or other caffeinated beverages to students is prohibited, with the exception of coffee or tea provided at meal services on high school campuses.

No preparation of food by deep-fat frying.

The District will promote the procurement of clean label products free of the Harmful 7; trans fats and hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, hormones and antibiotics, processed and artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and flavors, artificial preservatives, and bleached flour.

Vending machines are provided by Healthy Vending by h.u.m.a.n (Clint Capps, (512) 740-3174). Healthy foods are provided in all vending machines District-wide for student and staff access.

There are no student accessible vending machines in elementary schools; however, campuses may request a vending machine for the staff lounge by contacting the vendor.

In middle school, vending machines must be turned off during meal times.

In high school, vending machines located in areas where reimbursable meals are served and/or consumed, must be turned off during meal periods.

Exception—Fundraisers

All campuses, prekindergarten–grade 12, will not be involved in the sale of food or beverages for any fundraising activity during the school day. Fundraising activities that involve the sale of food and/or beverages will take place outside the school day, which is defined as 30 minutes before the first bell and after the last bell.

Foods and Beverages Provided

There are no federal or state restrictions for foods or beverages provided, but not sold, to students during the school day. However, each school district must set its own standards. The District will comply with state law, which allows a parent or grandparent to provide a food product of his or her choice to classmates of the person's child or grandchild on the occasion of the student's birthday or to children at a school-designated function. [See CO(LEGAL)]

Birthday and/or school celebrations will not occur in the cafeteria during meal serving time. Such events may take place at the end of the school day after the last scheduled class or after school.

A campus may develop additional guidelines concerning birthday celebrations, such as number of celebrations per month and certain time to celebrate, so as not to interfere with instructional time.

In addition, the District has established the following local standards for foods and beverages made available to students:

All food and beverages provided to students will meet Smart Snack standards. Healthy options, fruits, vegetables, and water for example, are preferred and should be offered.

Elementary School

Campuses may not allow food or beverages to be provided to students at any time during the school day, with the exception of a healthy snack and water.

Campuses may not use food as a reward, unless documented in a student's individualized education program (IEP).

Middle School

Campuses may not allow food or beverages to be provided to students anywhere on campus 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after meal serving times.

High School

Campuses may not allow food or beverages to be provided to students during meal times where meals are served or consumed.

Foods and/or beverages will not be used as rewards for academic performance, except when provided in a specific student's IEP or behavior intervention plan (BIP).

Food should not be used for instructional purposes, unless the food is required for teaching students about nutrition, gardening, the food system, or foods of different cultures.

If foods are used for instructional purposes, the foods may not be FMNV's or candy at any time (including chocolate).

Food given during a classroom lesson is to be for a taste only, and not be in the place of a meal provided during the student's breakfast or lunch period.

Measuring Compliance

The District will measure compliance with the nutrition guidelines by reviewing meal reimbursement submissions from the food services department to the TDA, reviewing the Coordinated School Health Information Report, reviewing foods and beverages that are sold in competition with the regular school meals, reviewing items sold as part of approved District fundraisers, and monitoring the types of foods and beverages made available to students during the school day.

Nutrition Promotion

Federal law requires that the District establish goals for nutrition promotion in its wellness policy. The District's nutrition promotion activities will encourage participation in the NSLP, the SBP, and any supplemental food and nutrition programs offered by the District.

The District will ensure that any food and beverage advertisements marketed to students during the school day meet the Smart Snacks standards.

The District will monitor this by:

Recommending the continued use of FFA(EXHIBIT), Coordinated School Health Information Report at all campuses to be completed by the principal and parent representative.

Reviewing and evaluating FFA(EXHIBIT), Coordinated School Health Report data.

Although the District is not required to immediately remove or replace food and beverage advertisements on items such as menu boards or other food service equipment, or on scoreboards or gymnasiums, the SHAC will periodically monitor these and make recommendations when replacements or new contracts are considered.

In accordance with FFA(LOCAL), the District has established the following goals for nutrition promotion.

Nutrition Education

Federal law requires that the District establish goals for nutrition education in its wellness policy. State law also requires that the District implement a coordinated school health program with a nutrition services and health education component at the elementary and middle school levels. [See EHAA]

In accordance with FFA(LOCAL), the District has established the following goals for nutrition education.

Physical Activity

The District will implement, in accordance with law, a coordinated health program with physical education and physical activity components and will offer at least the required amount of physical activity for all grades. [See BDF, EHAA, EHAB, and EHAC]

The following addresses how the District meets the required amount of physical activity:

Students in prekindergarten–grade 5 participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes daily or 135 minutes weekly as part of the District's physical education program.

Each elementary school provides 30 minutes of recess on a daily basis [see EHAB(LOCAL)].

Students in grades 6–8 participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes for at least four semesters for at least 225 minutes during each period of two school weeks as part of the District's physical education program.

Students in grade 9–12 are required to complete 1 credit of physical education as part of the District's physical education program, or an approved substitution.

Federal law requires that the District establish goals for physical activity in its wellness policy.

In accordance with FFA(LOCAL), the District has established the following goals for physical activity.

Other School-Based Activities

Federal law requires that the District establish goals for other school-based activities in its wellness policy to promote student wellness.

In accordance with FFA(LOCAL), the District has established the following goals as part of its student wellness policy to create an environment conducive to healthful eating and physical activity and to promote and express a consistent wellness message.

Austin ISD

FFA(REGULATION)-X

LDU 2017.07

DATE ISSUED: 8/24/2017