General statement of purpose:
The District shall follow Texas Education Agency nutrition guidelines that advance student health and reduce childhood obesity and shall promote the general wellness of all students through nutrition, physical education, physical activity, and other school based activities.
Development of Guidelines and Goals:
The District shall develop nutritional guidelines and wellness goals in consultation with the local school health advisory council and with involvement from representatives from the school food services, administration, the Board, parents and Education Service Center Region 9.
GUIDELINES AND GOALS
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). As required by federal law, the District has established nutritional guidelines to ensure that all foods and beverages sold or marketed to students during the school day on each campus adhere to all federal regulations and guidance and are designed to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.
The District shall ensure that nutritional guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall be at least as restrictive as federal regulations and guidance and that all foods available on each campus are in accordance with the HHFKA of 2010. The Nutrition standards should focus on increasing nutrient density, decreasing fat and added sugars, and moderating portion size. Schools must ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutrition standards set forth under USDA and TDA regulations. The Forestburg ISD will offer breakfast, and lunch meals that meet the USDA/TDA standards. Students and staff are highly encouraged to promote and participate in these programs. In addition to legal requirements, the District should:
Monitor food and beverages at classroom parties, or school celebrations;
Provide teacher with civil rights training regarding food service.
Monitor school-sponsored fund raising activities that involve serving or selling food; and
Monitor food and beverage options included at concessions at school-related events outside the school day.
Prohibit the withholding of food as For example, restricting a child's selection of flavored milk at mealtime due to misbehavior in the classroom.
GUIDELINES and GOALS
All students shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious and enjoyable food choices for a lifetime. In addition, staff is encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life. The Forestburg ISD shall develop a wellness plan to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. This plan shall make effective use of school and community resources that will help meet the needs and interests of all students and staff.
Students shall receive nutrition education that fosters the adoption and maintenance of healthy eating behaviors.
Nutrition education will be a District wide priority and will be integrated into other areas of the curriculum, as appropriate. Ex. Health class
Staff responsible for nutrition education will be adequately prepared using researched based curriculum and will participate in professional development activities to effectively deliver the program as planned.
The food service staff, teachers and other school personnel will coordinate the promotion of nutrition messages in the cafeteria, the classroom, and other appropriate settings
Educational nutrition Information will be shared with families and the general public to positively influence the health of students and community members.
GUIDELINES and GOALS
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, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity and understand the short and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle. A comprehensive physical activity program encompasses a variety of opportunities for students to be physically active, including: physical education, recess, walk-to-school programs, health education that includes physical activity as a main component and physical activity breaks within the regular classrooms. Forestburg ISD will use national or state developed standards for physical education.
The District will provide an environment that fosters safe and enjoyable fitness activities for all students, including those who are not participating in competitive sports.
Physical education classes will regularly emphasize moderate to vigorous activity.
The District will encourage teachers to integrate physical activity into the academic curriculum where appropriate.
The District will encourage families to support their children's participation, to be active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.
SCHOOL BASED ACTIVITIES:
Drinking fountains will be available for students to get water at meals and throughout the day.
Sufficient time will be allowed for students to eat meals in lunchroom facilities that are clean, safe and comfortable.
Employee wellness education and involvement will be promoted at suitable school activities.
School personnel will assist alt students in developing the healthy practice of washing hands before eating.
Adequate time to eat in a pleasant dining environment will be provided. The minimum eating time for each child after being served will be 10 minutes for breakfast and 20 minutes for lunch.
School personnel will property supervise the students in the cafeteria and serve as role models to students by demonstrating proper conduct and voice level. Parents will be highly encouraged to dine with students in the cafeteria.
The Administration shall oversee the implementation of this policy and shall develop administrative procedures for periodically measuring the implementation of the wellness policy.
MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION
Forestburg ISD will have regular SHAC meetings, one per semester, to discuss and monitor Wellness activities and goals. SHAC will ensure the promotion of student & staff health related activities. Recognition should be given to those students, families, faculty and campus principals who promote wellness. Every three years, a triennial assessment will be conducted. Results will be posted on the district website.
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