Wellness Policy

El Paso ISD
071902
STUDENT WELFARE FFA
WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES (REGULATION)
DATE ISSUED: 5/8/2007 1 of 5
LDU 2007.05
FFA(REGULATION)-X
As required by law and Board policy, the District shall establish and
maintain a wellness program through nutrition education, physical
activity, and other school-based activities, with involvement of student
representatives, parents, Board, school food service, school
administration, and the public.
For additional information regarding:
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), see BDF(LEGAL) and
EHAA(LEGAL);
Coordinated Health Programs for elementary students, see EHAB
(LEGAL);
Coordinated Health Programs for middle and junior high school
and grades 9–12 students, see EHAC(LEGAL); and
To promote a healthier nutrition environment in schools, see
CO(LEGAL) and (LOCAL) and the Texas Public School Nutrition
Policy (TPSNP) at www.squaremeals.org.
Each campus will support the District’s efforts to promote healthy
eating and daily physical exercise by educating parents/guardians,
staff, and community through seminars, take-home information,
and information posted on District or campus Web sites.
At the beginning of each school year, the SHAC will provide lists
and guidance related to, but not limited to, the following issues:
1. Healthy food ideas for after school sales in vending machines
and for fundraising;
2. Healthy food ideas for celebrations or parties;
3. Nonfood rewards;
4. Physical activity goals, suggestions, and programs before,
during, and after school;
5. Hydration and healthy habits; and
6. Wellness issues.
The District program shall maintain liaisons with community health
resources.
Lists of these resources will be posted on the District’s Web site.
The District shall endeavor to teach, encourage, and support
healthy eating by students and staff. Schools will provide nutrition
education that:
GENERAL
REQUIREMENTS
COMMUNICATION
PARENT OR
GUARDIAN
COMMUNITY HEALTH
RESOURCES
NUTRITION
EDUCATION
El Paso ISD
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• Is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, standards-
based program designed to provide students with the
knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their
health;
• Permeates the entire instructional program including classroom
instruction in subjects such as math, science, language
arts, social science, and elective subjects;
• Includes activities that are enjoyable, developmentally appropriate,
culturally relevant, and participatory, such as art displays,
contests, taste testing events, farm visits, and school
gardens;
• Promotes fruits, vegetables, low sugar products, whole grains
products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food
preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;
• Emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy
expenditure, i.e., physical activity or exercise;
• Links with school meal programs, other school foods, and
nutrition-related community services;
• Teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing;
and
• Includes teacher and staff training.
School-based marketing and sales will be consistent with District
nutrition education and health promotion. Schools will limit food
and beverage marketing and/or sales to those that meet the
TPSNP standards established for meals or for foods and beverages
sold individually. School-based marketing of brands promoting
predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages will be prohibited.
Ongoing availability of healthy foods and beverages, including
water, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products
will be encouraged. See policy CO(LEGAL) and (LOCAL).
To embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students
need opportunities for physical activity beyond the required
physical education classes. Accordingly:
• Classroom health education must complement physical education
by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management
skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to
reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching
television.
FOODS / BEVERAGES
SOLD IN SCHOOLS
INTEGRATING
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
INTO CLASSROOM
SETTINGS
El Paso ISD
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• Opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into
other subject lessons.
• Classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks
between lessons or classes.
• Campuses must discourage extended periods (i.e.: two hours
or more) of physical inactivity. When events such as mandatory
schoolwide testing make it necessary for students to
remain indoors for long periods of time, students will be given
periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand
and be moderately active.
Students in kindergarten–grade 5, including students with disabilities,
special health-care needs, and in alternative educational settings,
will receive a minimum of 30 minutes of daily health/physical
education or its equivalent of 150 minutes per week throughout the
school year.
Students in grades 6–8 will receive daily opportunities for physical
activity before, during, or after school as outlined in local policy. All
students will meet health and physical education time requirements
outlined by the District and directed by the Texas Education Code.
Students in grades 9–12 must meet statutory health/physical education
requirements. See EIF(LEGAL)
Elementary students will have at least 20 minutes of supervised
recess each school day, preferably outdoors, during which time the
campus should promote moderate to vigorous physical activity by
providing space, equipment, and verbal encouragement.
All elementary, middle, and high schools will offer extracurricular
programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs.
High schools and middle schools will offer interscholastic sports
programs. Campuses will offer a range of activities that meet the
needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including students
with disabilities and students with special health-care needs.
Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use
physical activity (e.g.: running laps or pushups) as punishment, nor
will they withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g.: recess,
physical education) as disciplinary measures.
District students in physical education classes will participate in
health-related fitness testing on an annual basis. The District will
collect data from selected grade levels in order to make curricular
and programmatic improvements.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
OPPORTUNITIES
DAILY PHYSICAL
EDUCATION
DAILY RECESS
BEFORE AND
AFTER SCHOOL
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
AS PUNISHMENT
HEALTH-RELATED
FITNESS TESTING
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• Campuses will encourage students to start the day with a
healthy breakfast through a variety of means including newsletters
and take-home information.
• The District/campus will arrange bus schedules and use
methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage participation.
Campuses will use electronic identification and payment systems,
promote the availability of school meals to all students, and/or use
nontraditional methods for serving school meals, as necessary.
If eligible, the campuses that provide snacks through after-school
programs will pursue receiving reimbursements through the
National School Lunch Program. See CO(LOCAL).
Hydration is an important factor in student health. Students will be
allowed access to water during the school day and will be allowed
to drink bottled water in the classroom. Sponsors and coaches for
extracurricular activities (including band, intramurals, and interscholastic
athletics) will provide, encourage, and mandate water
breaks.
Bathroom breaks will be allowed as needed so the health of the
student is not compromised.
Campuses will use nonfood items as rewards. Campuses will not
withhold school meals as punishment.
The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy allows a policy exemption
during the school day as follows: students may be given foods with
minimal nutritional value (FMNV), candy items, or other restricted
foods during the school day for up to three different events each
school year as determined by the District. During these events,
FMNV may not be given during meal times in the areas where
school meals are being served or being consumed, and regular
meal service (breakfast and lunch) must continue to be available to
all students in accordance with federal regulations.
Foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events
(such as, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or performances)
outside the school day are encouraged to meet the current
nutrition standards outlined in current Texas Public School Nutrition
Policy.
Foods and beverages sold for fundraising, either through organizations
or vending machines, are encouraged to meet the District’s
SHAC healthy snack guidelines.
FOODS AND
BEVERAGES ON
CAMPUS
BREAKFAST
SCHOOL MEALS
SNACKS
HYDRATION
BATHROOM BREAKS
REWARDS AND
PUNISHMENTS
SCHOOL EVENTS
SCHOOL-SPONSORED
EVENTS
El Paso ISD
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DATE ISSUED: 5/8/2007 5 of 5
LDU 2007.05
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REVIEWED:
The campus will:
• Provide a pleasant eating environment that does not socially
isolate individual students;
• Provide students with at least ten minutes to eat after sitting
down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for
lunch;
• Schedule meal periods at appropriate times, i.e., lunch
between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.;
• Not schedule tutoring, club, organizational meetings, or activities
during mealtimes, unless students are allowed to eat during
such activities;
• Schedule elementary school lunch periods to follow recess
periods when possible; and
• Take reasonable steps to accommodate postmeal toothbrushing
regimens of students with special oral health needs,
e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk.
Hand washing is an important component of student health
because it reduces the spread of communicable diseases and
reduces absenteeism. It will be the responsibility of the classroom
teacher to provide access to hand washing or hand sanitizing
before each meal or snack.
Each campus coordinated school health leadership team is
responsible for an annual evaluation. Utilization of the school
health index from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is
encouraged. [www.cdc.gov ]
MEAL TIMES
HAND WASHING
MEASUREMENT AND
EVALUATION