Wellness Policy

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    WELLNESS PLAN

    (also see SHAC page for minutes)

    This document, referred to as the “wellness 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]

    Federal law requires that certain stakeholders be involved in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy. The District has chosen to use the local school health advisory council (SHAC) to work on behalf of the District 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 SHAC will permit the following persons to work with the SHAC on the District’s wellness policy and plan: parents, students, the District’s food service provider, physical education teachers, school health professionals, Board members, administrators, and members of the public. The SHAC will solicit involvement and input of these other interested persons by:

    1. A minimum of 4 SHAC meetings every school year

    2. Website and other communication formats

    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 Directors of Nutrition and School Health are the District officials 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

    In accordance with law, the District will periodically measure and make available to the public an assessment of the implementation of the District’s wellness policy, the extent to which each campus is compliant with the wellness policy, a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy, and the extent to which the wellness policy compares with any state- or federally designated model wellness policies. Absent federal regulations to the contrary, the District commits to the evaluation activities described below.

    At least annually, the SHAC will prepare a report on the wellness policy and this plan by gathering information from each principal and appropriate District administrators. The SHAC will assess the District’s and each campus’s progress toward meeting the goals of the policy and plan by reviewing District- and campus-level activities and events tied to the wellness program. The SHAC may use any of the following tools for that analysis:

    * Coordinated School Health implementation

    * Campus Improvement Plans

    * Fitnessgram results

    Public Notification

    To comply with the legal requirement to inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the local wellness policy, the District will create a wellness page on its website to document information and activity related to the school wellness policy, including:

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

    2. A copy of this wellness plan, with dated revisions;

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

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

    5. The SHAC’s annual report on the District’s wellness policy and plan; and

    6. 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 Purchasing Coordinator, 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 SHAC to implement the Board-adopted wellness goals in policy FFA(LOCAL).

    NUTRITION GUIDELINES

    All District campuses participate in the United States 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 made available on each campus that are consistent with the federal standards and that promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.

    The District’s nutrition guidelines are to ensure all foods and beverages sold, otherwise made available, 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 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: * http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/nutrition-standards-school-meals * http://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-focusing-smart-snacks * http://www.squaremeals.org/Publications/Handbooks.aspx

    EXCEPTION—FUNDRAISERS

    State rules adopted by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) allow an exemption to the Smart Snacks requirements for up to six days per year per campus when a food or beverage is sold as part of a District fundraiser. [See CO(LEGAL)]

    FOODS MADE AVAILABLE

    There are currently no federal requirements for foods or beverages made available to students during the school day. 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)]

    MEASURING COMPLIANCE

    The District will measure compliance with the nutrition guidelines by reviewing meal reimbursement submissions from the child nutrition department to the TDA, 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 National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and any supplemental food and nutrition programs offered by the District.

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

    GOAL: The District’s food service staff, teachers, and other District personnel shall consistently promote healthy nutrition messages in cafeterias, classrooms, and other appropriate settings.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * posters displayed in various locations on each campus that promote healthy nutrition

    * monthly calendar of Coordinated School Health curriculum focusing on healthy choices

    GOAL: The District shall share educational nutrition information with families and the general public to promote healthy nutrition choices and positively influence the health of students.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * a district representative will participate in community organizations (ex. Lampasas Health and Wellness Partnership, Community Resource Coordination Group)

    * Promotion of healthy living ideas, recommendations, information, opportunities, etc will be provided through a variety of media resources (i.e. – campus newsletters, social media, district’s website) and at family and parent events

     

     

    GOAL: The District shall ensure that food and beverage advertisements accessible to students during the school day depict only products that meet the federal guidelines for meals and competitive foods.

     

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Only approved nutrition signage will be displayed on each campus (approval may be Director of Nutrition and/or campus administration)

    * District informational sites (website, newsletters, etc) will be monitored to ensure promotion of healthy products

     

    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 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 goal(s) for nutrition education.

     

    GOAL: The District shall deliver nutrition education that fosters the adoption and maintenance of healthy eating behaviors.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Promotion of healthy living ideas, recommendations, information, opportunities, etc will be provided through a variety of media resources (i.e. – campus newsletters, social media, district’s website) and at family and parent events

    * monthly calendar of Coordinated School Health curriculum focusing on healthy choices will be provided to staff to incorporate into lessons

     

    GOAL: The District shall make nutrition education a District-wide priority and shall integrate nutrition education into other areas of the curriculum, as appropriate.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * monthly calendar of Coordinated School Health curriculum focusing on healthy choices will be provided to staff to incorporate into lessons

    * a district representative will participate in community organizations (ex. Lampasas Health and Wellness Partnership, Community Resource Coordination Group) and will share that information with district staff as needed

     

    GOAL: The District shall provide professional development so that teachers and other staff responsible for the nutrition education program are adequately prepared to effectively deliver the program.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * District Professional Development will include training on nutrition education programs during summer and August PD

    * Information will be provided in the employee wellness newsletters

    * Campus Professional Development will include departments meetings and campus level opportunities for training

    * Nutrition department will participate in national and state recognition of school lunch programs

     

    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]

    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 goal(s) for physical activity.

    GOAL: The District shall provide an environment that fosters safe, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate fitness activities for all students, including those who are not participating in physical education classes or competitive sports.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Elementary campuses provide recess opportunities

    * Structured physical activities are planned campus wide (campus wide walks, dance announcements, etc)

    * Alternate PE credits (Dance, Band, etc)

    * Physical Education in elementary level at least 135 minutes a week

    * Middle school enrollment in at least 4 semesters of physical education

    * High school enrollment in at least 2 semesters of physical education

     

    GOAL: The District shall provide appropriate staff development and encourage teachers to integrate physical activity into the academic curriculum where appropriate.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Professional Development to include Instructional strategies incorporating movement when possible

    * provide staff with evidence based research on the benefits of movement with learning

     

    GOAL: The District shall make appropriate before-school and after-school physical activity programs available and shall encourage students to participate.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * LISD will inform students about opportunities to participate in community based sports (little league) and physical activities (community races) and encourage participation. LISD will contract available facilities for practice and games as available and appropriate.

    * Middle and High school athletics are offered before and after school

    * Elementary school have a variety of physical activities before and after school (ex run clubs)

     

    GOAL: The District shall make appropriate training and other activities available to District employees in order to promote enjoyable, life-long physical activity for District employees and students.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Live Well Employee and Family Wellness Program is promoted through emails, newsletters, and district website

    * Health, Nutrition, and Physical Education departments will provide professional development on health, wellness, and importance of activity.

     

    GOAL: The District shall encourage parents to support their children’s participation, to be active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Advertise community programs (ex. marathons, 5Ks, walks), community sports teams, summer activity camps (ex. tennis, flames, cheer camps)

    * Athletic department will schedule parent meetings for the middle school and high school sports programs

     

    GOAL: The District shall encourage students, parents, staff, and community members to use the District’s recreational facilities, such as tracks, playgrounds, and the like, that are available for use outside of the school day.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * LISD will unlock some facilities at pre-arranged times to allow public access (track, playgrounds, tennis courts, gyms)

    * LISD will provide some facilities on a contract or agreement basis (softball and baseball fields, football fields)

     

     

    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 goal(s) 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.

     

    GOAL: The District shall allow sufficient time for students to eat meals in cafeteria facilities that are clean, safe, and comfortable.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Each campus schedules lunches to meet state and federal guidelines

    * Custodial services are provided to the cafeterias on each campus on an appropriate schedule

     

    GOAL: The District shall promote wellness for students and their families at suitable District and campus activities.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Promotion of healthy living ideas, recommendations, information, opportunities, etc will be provided through a variety of media resources (i.e. – campus newsletters, social media, district’s website) and at family and parent events

     

    GOAL: The District shall promote employee wellness activities and involvement at suitable District and campus activities.

    ACTION STEPS:

    * Employee invitations to campus run clubs, Live Well membership, community health events, and health clubs

    * Live Well Employee and Family Wellness Program is promoted through emails, newsletters, and district website

     

     

     

    UPDATED 08/2016 KK