Our Wellness PolicyWellnessPolicy.pdf
Why a Wellness Policy?Childhood Obesity
& Diet Related Illness
How we accomplish our goals
Partners for School Wellness
The School Health Advisory Committee or SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. The SHAC will assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction. For more information on SHAC, please click Here.
Other information pertaining to District Nutrition Policies, please click Here
SMART SNACKS IN SCHOOL
Starting in school year 2014-15, all foods sold to students at school during the school day will need to meet Smart Snacks in School Regulations nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. This new federal ruling is intended to help offer healthier items to students with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins.
The definition of a school day: Midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the school day.This is applied to the entire school campus. These rule do not cover foods served, such as celebrations, and will not cover evening, weekend or community events
To see if a desired item to sell meets the Smart Snacks requirements, please access the online Smart Snacks Calculator. Type in the nutritional information it asks for and it will easily report back to you if it meets the standards. The information below explains what nutrient standard each food or beverage item should meet.
Below are the nutrient standards that Smart Snacks in School provide:
Below are the nutrient requirements per serving for Calories, sugar, fat/saturated/trans fat, and sodium
Below are the nutrient standards and serving size limits for beverages sold
Schools that participate in the NSLP or SBP may sell food and beverages that do not meet nutritional standards outlined in 7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220 as part of a fundraiser, during the school day, for up to six days per school year on each school campus, provided that no specially exempted fundraiser foods or beverages may be sold in competition with school meals in the food service area during the meal service. 4 TAC 26.2.
A district may not adopt any rule, policy, or program under Education Code 28.002 that would prohibit a parent or grandparent of a student from providing any food product of the parent’s or grand-parent’s choice to:
1.Children in the classroom of the child on the occasion of the child’s birthday; or
2.Children at a school-designated function.
Adequate Meal Service Periods
USDA encourages schools to make every effort to establish meal periods that are long enough for children to fully consume their meals and to provide an environment conducive to eating those meals. It is important, both nutritionally and socially, to give children sufficient time, a conducive atmosphere, and a safe environment to eat nutritious meals.
Meal Times for Breakfast & Lunch
Regular meal times specified in regulations for the NSLP have been identified as 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast hours would be identified as meal service prior to 10 a.m. in most circumstances. CEs are encouraged to allow students to eat breakfast when they are late arriving at school. However, this is not a requirement.
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: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.