Fort Bend ISD Wellness Handbook
The Fort Bend ISD Wellness Policy exists to develop a culture where students can reach their full potential in a climate that promotes students’ learning, leadership, and well-being. Students shall be inspired and equipped with skills to make healthy life choices about nutrition, health, and physical activity during their years in Fort Bend ISD and throughout their lives.
The District shall follow wellness and nutrition guidelines that advance student health and reduce childhood obesity. The District’s wellness plan shall promote the general wellness and safety of all students through nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities. School-based activities shall include, but not be limited to, bullying prevention, social-emotional competency, mental health competency, and interpersonal communication skills.The District shall develop a wellness plan in consultation with the local school health advisory council and with involvement from representatives of the student body, school food service, school administration, the Board, parents, and the public. The wellness plan shall address wellness goals as described herein regarding nutrition education, nutrition promotion, marketing food and beverages to students, physical activity, and school-based activities. [See BDF, EHAA, and FFA(REGULATION)]
The District shall ensure that nutrition guidelines for reimbursable school meals should at least meet the minimum guidelines for the federal regulations and guidance and that all foods sold on each campus during the school day are in accordance with District, state, and federal standards. [See CO(LEGAL)]
The Superintendent, in coordination with the Teaching and Learning Department and the Child Nutrition Department, shall oversee the implementation of this policy and shall develop administrative regulations for periodically measuring and monitoring the successful implementation of the wellness policy. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) shall review the policy annually and make implementation recommendations to the Superintendent.
The District shall actively inform families, the public, and the SHAC each year of basic information about this policy, including its content, any updates to the policy, and its implementation status. The District shall make this information available via the District website and/or District-wide communications.
At least once every three years, the District shall evaluate compliance with the wellness policy and assess the implementation of the District wellness plan.
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. Additional District Guidelines
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 (Coordinated Approach To Children’s Health program and curriculum) 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.
GOAL 1: The District shall deliver nutrition education that fosters the adoption and maintenance of healthy eating behaviors.
GOAL 2: Nutrition education shall be age-appropriate and reflect the diversity within the school environment.
GOAL 3: Nutrition education shall be a District-wide priority and shall be integrated into other areas of the curriculum, as appropriate.
GOAL 4: Educational nutrition information shall be shared with families and the public to positively influence the health of students and community members.
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Campus Resources: Elementary School Nutrition Education Guidelines; Middle School Nutrition Education Guidelines; High School Nutrition Education Guidelines
District Department Guidelines: Child Nutrition Department Guidelines; Teaching and Learning Department Guidelines
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.
Healthy eating promotions activities may include visual cues, marketing materials, food services, line placement, and incentives to encourage healthy food selection.
In accordance with FFA(LOCAL), the District has established the following goals for nutrition promotion.The District will comply with all federal and state laws regarding all food and beverage advertisements.
GOAL 1: The District shall implementing evidence-based, healthy food promotion techniques.
GOAL 2: The District shall ensure that all foods sold to students during the school day meet all district, state and federal standards.
GOAL 3: The District ensures that food service staff, all instructional staff, and other school personnel coordinate the promotion of nutrition messages in the cafeteria, classroom, and other appropriate settings.
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Campus Resources: Elementary School Nutrition Promotion Guidelines; Middle School Nutrition Promotion Guidelines; High School Nutrition Promotion Guidelines
District Department Guidelines: Child Nutrition Department Guidelines
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]
In accordance with FFA(LOCAL), the District has established the following goals for physical activity.
GOAL 1: Elementary-aged students shall participate in a minimum of 135 minutes of structured physical activity weekly as required by Texas Education Code 28.002(l). Students shall not be denied participation in physical activities conducted during the minimum time requirement.
GOAL 2: In addition, elementary campuses shall provide unstructured recess on a daily basis. Unstructured recess time may not count toward the 135 minutes of required structured physical activity.
GOAL 3: Middle school students shall be offered structured physical education classes and fitness/sports clubs that meet the needs of all students, including those students that do not excel athletically
GOAL 4: Each high school campus shall offer structured physical education classes and fitness clubs that encourage and support the development of the skills, behaviors, and confidence needed to live a physically active life.
GOAL 5: All schools shall help students understand the short and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.
GOAL 6: The District shall provide an environment that fosters safe and enjoyable physical activity for all students including those not enrolled in a physical education class or competitive sports.
GOAL 7: The district shall encourage parents and guardians to support their children’s participation in physical activities.
GOAL 8: The District shall encourage students, parents, staff, and community members to use the available recreational facilities at their neighborhood campus that are available outside of the school day.
GOAL 9: Physical education classes shall encourage students to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 50% of the physical education class time.
GOAL 10: The District shall encourage all instructional staff to integrate physical activity into the academic curriculum where appropriate.
GOAL 11: The District shall not permit the denial of the required 135 minutes of physical activity, physical education class, and/or unstructured recess as punishment for inappropriate behavior and/or failure to complete assignments with the exception of severe discipline consequences assigned by the principal or assistant principal (ISS, OSS, and the like).
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Campus Resources: Elementary School Physical Activity Guidelines; Middle School Physical Activity Guidelines; High School Physical Activity Guidelines
District Department Guidelines: Teaching and Learning Department Guidelines; Facilities Department Guidelines
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 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: Each campus administrator shall create a campus-based school health advisory council (Campus Wellness Committee) to coordinate health and wellness initiatives in compliance with this policy.
GOAL 2: Each shall provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment, where students are provided with sufficient time to eat their meals. [See FFA(REGULATION)]
GOAL 3: Wellness for students, families, and staff shall be promoted at suitable school events.
GOAL 4: The District shall provide opportunities for ongoing professional training and development for all instructional staff in all areas of coordinated school health.
GOAL 5: The District shall provide other coordinated school health services that support the overall wellness of students, staff, and community members.
GOAL 6: Each campus shall include in the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) strategies and performance objectives related to coordinated school health implementation.
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Campus Resources: Elementary School Other School-Based Activities Guidelines; Middle School Other School-Based Activities Guidelines; High School Other School-Based Activities Guidelines
District Department Guidelines: Teaching and Learning Department Guidelines; Counseling and Postsecondary Readiness; Athletic Department Guidelines; Staff Wellness Guidelines; Human Resources Guidelines