Every independent school district is required by law to have a School Health Advisory Council.
A SHAC is a group of individuals that represent the community. They provide advise on coordinated school health programming and its imapct on student health and learning. The majority of the members are parents and community members not employed by the school district.
Jo Ellen Allen, District Social Worker serves as the coordinator for the DISD School Health Advisory Council, to ensure that the community's local values are reflected in the district's educationl programs. Mrs. Allen's contact information is: 281-229-6085
District Wellness Policy and Nutritional Guidelines:
Federal Public Law (PL 108.265 Section 204) states that by the first day of the 2006 school year beginning after June 30, 2006 all schools must develop a local wellness policy that involves parents, students, a representative from the School Food Authority, school board, school administrators and the public. The Local Education Authority (LEA) will establish a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy.
Subject: Wellness Policy
One of the most important ways in which the Dickinson Independent School District can actively help children perform better as students is to provide them with the nutrition, the knowledge and the skills necessary for the healthy growth and development of their minds and bodies. Wellness education involves both an educational and an implementation process and takes place within the total school environment. Healthy eating and physical activity, essential for a healthy weight, are also linked to reduced risk for many chronic diseases. Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity. Schools have a responsibility to help students and staff establish and maintain lifelong, healthy eating and exercise patterns. Well-planned and well-implemented school wellness policies have been shown to positively influence students' eating and physical activity levels.
To establish a policy that addresses nutrition education goals, physical activity goals, nutrition standards for all foods available on school campuses during the school day when school is in session, and other school-based activity goals designed to promote student and staff wellness. This plan shall make effective use of school and community resources and equitably serve the needs and interests of all students and staff, taking into consideration differences in cultural norms.
The Dickinson Independent School District is committed to providing a school environment that enhances the learning and the development of lifelong wellness practices. We recognize that good health fosters student attendance and education. We also recognize the vital part that schools play in influencing and promoting wellness, protecting children's health, and supporting their ability to learn through healthy eating and physical activity. We recognize that a healthy school environment goes beyond nutritious school meals in the cafeteria, and engages staff and community in the pursuit of activities and strategies to improve the long term health and well-being of our students. It is within this frame of reference that this policy is designed and will be implemented.
A. Nutrition education goals: designed to exert a positive influence on students' eating behaviors.
Physical activity goals: to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to understand the short and long term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.
Nutrition standards: to ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutrition standards set forth under USDA. Additionally, these standards will address all foods and beverages sold or served to students during the school day while school is in session, including those available outside of the school meal programs.
D. School-based activity goals: to create and maintain a school enviroment that provides consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.
Nutrition and Wellness Policy
Dickinson Independent School District will comply with Section 204 of the Federal Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.
Nutrition Education Goals
Dickinson Independent School District will follow health education curriculum standards and guidelines as stated by the Texas Education Agency. Schools will link nutrition education activities with a coordinated health program required in S.B No. 1357 Section 38.013. The program will be designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes in elementary school students. One such program is CATCH.
Dickinson Independent School District will participate in USDA nutrition programs including Team Nutrition and the HealthierUS School Challenge. The Nutrition Educator will conduct nutrition activities and promotions that involve students, parents, and the community. The Nutrition Educator will coordinate the activities with help as needed from the child nutrition staff, school nurses, health and physical education teachers, coaches, and additional staff, as appropriate.
The Nutrition Educator will offer age appropriate nutrition education classes, hands on activities, special school presentations and guest speakers for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Students will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors. Teachers are encouraged to have the Nutrition Educator come to their classrooms at least two times in the school year. Teachers are encouraged to integrate nutrition education into core curriculum areas such as math, science, social studies, and language arts as applicable.
Nutrition education will be offered in the school dining area, with coordination between the Nutrition Educator, Cafeteria Manager, School Principal and Teachers. The Nutrition Educator will provide positive "Wellness Programs" in the dining area during the lunch period for students and staff. Child nutrition staff will display posters and other media materials that provide positive, motivating messages about healthy lifestyle practices.
Nutrition education will involve sharing information with families and the broader community to positively impact students and the health of the community.
Nutrition education includes training for teachers and other staff.
Nutrition education will promote fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health enhancing nutrition practices. This will be based on the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.
Physical Activity Goals
Time allotted for physical activity will be consistent with research, and state standards. Thirty minutes of structured daily physical activity or one hundred and thirty five minutes a week in grades K-6 will be scheduled.
Students are given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through physical education (PE), classes, daily recess periods for elementary school students, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum.
Students are given opportunities for physical activity through a range of before- and/or after-school