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Newcastle ISD Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy: Newcastle ISD

 


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]

STRATEGIES TO SOLICIT INVOLVEMENT

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. Posting on the District’s website the dates and times of SHAC meetings at which the wellness policy and plan are scheduled to be discussed.

  2. Listing in the student handbook the name and position of the person responsible for oversight of the District’s wellness policy and plan along with an invitation to contact that person if the reader is interested in participating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the wellness policy and plan.

IMPLEMENTATION

The 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 superintendent is the District official responsible for the overall implementation of FFA(LOCAL), including the development of this wellness plan and any other appropriate administrative procedures, and ensuring that the District 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 the 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 the principal and appropriate District administrators.  The SHAC will assess the District’s progress toward meeting the goals of the policy and plan by reviewing District level activities and events tied to the wellness program.

The SHAC may use any of the following tools for that analysis:

  • Relevant portions of the WellSAT 2.0 (www.wellsat.org)

  • Relevant portions of the Center for Disease Control’s School Health Index (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/shi/in-dex.htm)

  • A District-developed self-assessment

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION

The District shall inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the wellness policy, including posting on its website a copy of the wellness policy and the wellness plan, as well as a copy of the annual report.

RECORDS RETENTION

The District shall retain all records associated with the wellness policy, in accordance with law and the District’s records management program. [See CPC and FFA(LEGAL)]

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

The District’s nutrition guidelines for reimbursable school meals and all other foods and beverages sold, otherwise made available, or marketed to students during the school day shall be designed to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity and shall be at least as restrictive as federal regulations and guidance, except when the District allows an exemption for fundraising activities as authorized by state and federal rules. [See CO and FJ]

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:

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)]

 

The District will allow the following exempted fundraisers for the 2018–19 school year:

Campus or Organization

Food/Beverage

Number of Days

     
     

 

 

 

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 and Educatioin

 

 

Federal law requires that the District establish goals for nutrition promotion and education in its wellness policy.  The District’s nutrition promotion and education 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.

Objective 1:  The District will encourage participation in the federal child nutrition program.

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Distribute flier regarding school food program within the first two weeks of the school year.

Baseline or benchmark data points:

  • Participation rates at the beginning and end of the school year

Resources needed:

  • Development of fliers

Obstacles:

  • Fliers and letters sometimes do not reach the parents

Objective 2:  The CATCH Curriculum will be used to support Nutrition Education in grades K-5.

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Designate teachers to  teach the CATCH lessons to grades K-5

Baseline or benchmark data points:

  • Lessons taught will be documented and  filed

Resources needed:

  • CATCH materials grades K-5

Obstacles:

  • None

 

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.  

Objective 1:  Post on the District’s website the monthly school breakfast and lunch menus.

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Work with District food director to develop/provide menus that are in compliance with this objective and are designed at least one month in advance.

Baseline or benchmark data points:  

  • The manner in which the menus are communicated to parents.

  • The number of times the menus were viewed on the website.

Resources needed:

  • Staff to create and post menus

  • Website location and metrics to tabulate number of viewers.

Obstacles:

  • Not all families have internet access

Objective 2:  Post on the District’s website the semi-monthly Parental Connections

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Assigned school staff will post semi-monthly Parental Connections newsletters received from Region 9 ESC.

Baseline or benchmark data points:

  • The manner in which the Parental Connections are communicated to parents

Resources needed:

  • Staff

Obstacles:

  • Not all families have internet access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Objective 1:  Required Physical Education classes for PK-8

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Schedule daily  Physical Education classes

Baseline or benchmark data points:

  • Schedule

Resources needed:

  • Staff

Obstacles:  

  • None

Objective 2:  Field Day of PK-6 and Physical Fitness test for grades 3-12

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Schedule Field Day for May of each year

 

Schedule Fitness test for April or May of each year.  

Baseline or benchmark data points:

  • Schedule

  • Fitness gram results

Resources needed:

  • Staff

Obstacles:

  • None

 

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.

Objective 1:  The District will offer at least one event annually either during or outside of normal school hours that involves physical activity and includes parents and students in the event.

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Develop a list of ideas to submit to administrators to meet this objective

Baseline or benchmark data points:

  • Participation rates

Resources needed:

  • Dissemination of a list of events

  • Informational material about the event

Obstacles:

  • Staff time

  • Participation rates may be low

Objective 2:  Post on the district’s website Parental Connections

Action Steps

Methods for Measuring Implementation

Assigned staff will post semi-monthly Parental Connections newsletters from Region 9 ESC

Baseline or benchmark data points:

  • Manner in which Parental Connections is communicated to parents

Resources needed:

  • Staff

Obstacles:

  • Not all families have internet access

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 #1

 

The District will provide a healthy learning environment for all students.

 

Guidelines:

 

1A. The District will schedule lunch time as near the middle of the school day as possible.

1B. The District will educate students on the importance of grooming and proper hygiene.  

 

Goal #2

 

The District will create a total school environment that is conducive to healthy eating.

 

Guidelines:

 

2A. The District will provide sufficient time for students to eat meals in cafeteria facilities that are clean, safe and comfortable.

2B. The District makes drinking fountains available, so that students can get water at meals and throughout the day.

2C. The District will allow students to bring bottled water into the classrooms.

 

Goal #3

 

The District will create a total school environment that is conducive to being physically active.

 

Guidelines:

 

3A. The District will limit denying participation in recess or other physical activities as a form of discipline.

3B. The District will make efforts to keep school owned physical activity facilities open for use by students outside school hours.

 
 

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