Learn more from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about serving your child nutritious meals by going to the Choose My Plate program.
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Student Health Advisory Council Meeting Dates
The Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) provides an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing an age-appropriate health education program and early intervention and prevention strategies for our children and community. Every parent and community member is encouraged to participate in the SHAC.
This year, the SHAC will recommend and rewrite our Local Wellness Policy. Your input is needed. The SHAC will meet on the following dates this school year:
- September 26, 2019
- March 26, 2020
- April 23, 2020
- May 12, 2020
Student Nutrition/Wellness Policy
Approved by School Board last on September 19, 2014
Purpose and Goal:
The link between nutrition and learning is well documented. Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being. Healthy eating is linked to reduced risk for mortality and development of many chronic diseases as adults. Schools have a responsibility to help students and the staff, establish and maintain lifelong, healthy eating patterns. Well-planned and well implemented school nutrition programs have been shown to positively influence students eating habits.
All students shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious and enjoyable food choices for a lifetime. In addition, staff is encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life. Faith Family Academy shall prepare, adopt, and implement a comprehensive plan to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. 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.
Component 1: A Commitment to Nutrition and Physical Activity
- A.Faith Family Academy Board of Trustees shall appoint a School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). One of its missions shall be to address nutrition and physical activity issues and to develop, implement, and evaluate guidelines that support a healthy school nutrition environment.
- B.This committee shall offer revisions to these guidelines annually or more often if necessary.
- C.Principals will address concerns such as kinds of foods available on their campus, sufficient mealtime, nutrition education, and physical activity.
- D.Nutrition education shall be integrated across the curriculum and physical activity will be encouraged.
- E.The school food service staff will participate in making decisions and guidelines that will affect the school nutrition environment.
Component 2: Quality School Meals
- A.Faith Family Academy will offer breakfast and lunch programs. Students and staff are highly encouraged to promote and participate in these programs.
- B.School food service staff will be properly qualified according to current professional standards. Food service staff will regularly participate in professional development activities.
- C.Food safety will be a key part of the school foodservice operation.
- D.Menus will meet the nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture, conforming to good menu planning principles, and featuring a variety of healthy choices that are tasty, attractive, of excellent quality, and are served at the proper temperature.
- E.Students will be given the opportunity to provide input on local, cultural, and ethnic favorites.
- F.School personnel, along with parents, will encourage students to choose and consume full meals. Positive nutrition statements will be provided to students.
Component 3: Other Healthy Food Options
- A.The SHAC will develop and recommend to the administration, guidelines on nutrition standards for food and beverages offered through parties, celebrations, social events, and any school functions (including concession stands at sporting and academic events) in compliance with Smart Snacks.
- B.No foods or beverages other than those provided through the school food service department may be made available to students at any time except for birthday celebrations (parent initiated) and three celebrations/party days per year to be determined by campus personnel. Parents may provide snacks purchased from a grocery store, bakery or School Food Service for their child’s class for his/her birthday. If parents bring in food from the outside, they must notify the teacher AND supply a list of ingredients to the campus nurse one week in advance of the birthday. This is due to food allergies that students may have. The form is provided in the front office. Parents have the option of purchasing birthday snacks from the School Food Service; snacks follow the Smart Snack Guidance.
- C.School staff shall not use food as a reward for student’s accomplishments.
- D.The withholding of food as punishment for students is prohibited. For example, restricting a child’s selection of flavored milk at mealtime due to misbehavior in the classroom is prohibited.
- E.The school district will provide nutritional information to parents that will encourage parents to provide safe and nutritious foods for their children.
- F.Follow Smart Snack Guidance for all fundraising activities.
Component 4: Pleasant Eating Experiences
- A.Drinkable water will be available for students at meals and throughout the day.
- B.A short snack-free recess for elementary campuses is encouraged to be scheduled sometime before lunch so that children will come to lunch less distracted and ready to eat.
- C.School personnel will assist all students in developing the healthy practice of washing hands before eating.
- D.The school should not schedule tutoring, pep rallies, assemblies, club/organizations meetings, fire drills or other activities during meal times.
- E.Adequate time to eat in a pleasant dining environment should be provided. The minimum eating time for each child after being served will be 10 minutes for breakfast and 20 minutes for lunch.
- F.Schools will encourage socializing among students, and between students and adults. Adults will properly supervise dining rooms and serve as role models to students by demonstrating proper conduct and voice level. Parents are highly encouraged to dine with students in the cafeteria.
- G.Creative and innovative methods will be used to keep noise levels appropriate.
Component 5: Nutrition Education
- A.Faith Family Academy will follow health education curriculum standards and guidelines as stated by the Texas Education Agency. Schools will link nutrition education activities with the coordinated school health program.
- B.Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12th grade will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors. Teachers are encouraged to integrate nutrition education into core curriculum areas such as math, science, social studies, and language arts as applicable.
- C.Nutrition education will be offered in the school dining room and in the classroom, with coordination between school foodservice staff and teachers
- D.Teachers can display posters, videos, websites, etc. on nutrition topics.
- E.Faith Family Academy campuses will participate in nutrition education activities and promotions that involve students, parents, and the community. The school nutrition team responsible for these activities will be composed of Child Nutrition service staff, student services staff, school nurses, health teachers, PTSO and physical education coaches.
Component 6: Marketing
- A.Students will receive positive, motivating messages, both verbal and non-verbal, about healthy eating and physical activity throughout the school setting. All school personnel will help reinforce these positive messages.
- B.Schools will consider student’s needs in planning for a healthy school nutrition environment. Students will be asked for input and feedback and attention will be given to their comments.
- C.Schools will promote healthy food choices and will not allow advertising that promotes less nutritious food choices.
- D.Healthy eating and physical activity will be actively promoted to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at registration, PTSO meetings, Open Houses, Health Fairs, teacher in-services, etc.
Component 7: Implementation
- A.The SHAC shall be composed of parents, students, and school district staff. Each campus principal shall select parents, teachers, and a nurse, a representative from the cafeteria staff, public representatives, and students to serve on the SHAC.
- B.The SHAC members from each campus will conduct a review of their respective campuses in the fall semester of each year to identify areas for improvement and report their finding to the campus principal and develop with him/her a plan of actions for improvement.
- C.The SHAC will meet a minimum of 4 times per school year.
Faith Family Academy Lunch Account Charge Policy and Student Account Reconciliation
Faith Family Academy will only accept cash for meal payments. Any cafeteria manager may accept meal payments on campus. Meal payments may be made in advance or at the point of service. Negative balances greater than $5.00 are not allowed. Students with high negative balances may be offered lower cost meals that comply with the standards of the NSLP, until their balances fall below $5.00. Students with high negative balances will not be allowed to purchase snack bar items.
When a student’s meal account exceeds $5.00, the following efforts will be made to collect:
- 1.The student will be told the amount he or she owes and given two school days to make payment.
- 2.If payment is not made within two school days, the student’s parent or guardian will be notified.
- 3.The student should be offered only lower cost meals that comply with the standards of the NSLP.
- 4.If high negative balances are not paid within five school days, a letter will be sent to the administration and the student’s principal will be informed.
- 5.The principal will contact the student’s parent or guardian to reconcile his or her account.
- 6.Students with high negative balances may experience processing delays for school services.
Negative Student Account Balances & Bad Debt
The Food Services Director will work with campus administration and make every effort to collect negative lunch balances. When the Food Services Director determines that a negative account is uncollectible, he or she will debit the amount to Bad Debt. At the end of each school year, but before the end of the fiscal year, the Food Services Director will report the total amount of Bad Debt to the Business Manager. The Business Manager will reimburse the NSLP for the full amount of the bad debt. Reimbursement will not come from NSLP fund accounts but may come from the school’s general fund.
Positive Student Account Balances & Refunds
Whenever a student withdraws and leaves a positive balance, the Food Services Director will notify the Business Manager of the amount and request a check be mailed to the parent or guardian of record. The Food Services Director will provide all necessary mailing information to the Business Manager so that the check can be processed within ten business days. The Food Service Director will be responsible for refunding all positive amounts and he or she will make every effort to contact the parent or guardian. When the Food Services Director deems that the parent or guardian cannot be contacted, he or she will request a check from the Business Manager payable to the Texas Comptroller for the full amount of the refund. The Food Services Director will forward the check with all necessary information to be posted on the Texas Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Website.
Faith Family Academy Lunch Account Charge Policy for Adults
Adults may purchase meals from the cafeteria. All meals will be purchased at the adult prices determined by the Food Services Director. Adults may pay for their meals with cash at the point of service, or they may add the charges to their lunch accounts. All FFA employees will submit a Payroll Deduction Authorization form to the payroll department to allow payroll deductions for their lunch charges. At the end of each month, the Food Services Director will submit all negative adult balances to the payroll department with the employees’ names. The payroll department will deduct the respective amounts from the employees’ monthly payroll.
Employees who work in the operational departments of FFA may eat a reimbursable meal each day they work and charge the amounts to their accounts. At the end of each month the Food Services Director will submit those amounts with their respective names to the payroll department. The payroll department will submit the total amount each month to the Business Manager. The Business Manager will credit the NSLP food account with the total amount of those employee meals.
Negative Adult Account Balances & Bad Debt
Whenever an employee is terminated and leaves a negative balance in his or her lunch account, the Food Services Officer will make every effort to collect the amount. When the Food Services Director determines that the amount is uncollectible, he or she will debit the amount to Bad Debt. At the end of each school year, but before the end of the fiscal year, the Food Services Director will report the total amount of Bad Debt to the Business Manager. The Business Manager will reimburse the NSLP for the full amount of the bad debt. Reimbursement will not come from NSLP fund accounts but may come from the school’s general fund.
Positive Adult Account Balances & Refunds
Whenever an employee is terminated and leaves a positive balance, the Food Services Director will notify the Business Manager of the amount and request a check be mailed to the employee’s home of record. The Food Services Director will provide all necessary mailing information to the Business Manager so that the check can be processed within ten business days. The Food Service Director will be responsible for refunding all positive amounts and he or she will make every effort to contact the former employee. When the Food Services Director deems that the former employee cannot be contacted, he or she will request a check from the Business Manager payable to the Texas Comptroller for the full amount of the refund. The Food Services Director will forward the check with all necessary information to be posted on the Texas Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Website.
USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Forms
Letter to Parents Regarding School Meals
Special Provision Options and the Community Eligibility Provision
Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to inform you that Faith Family Academy will operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) during the 2019-2020 school year. The CEP is for select schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
What does this mean for your child or children attending Faith Family Academy Schools?
Every student enrolled in any Faith Family Academy school is eligible to receive healthy breakfasts and lunches each school day of the 2019-2020 school year. There is no charge to your family. No action is required from you. Your child or children will be eligible when they enroll in any Faith Family Academy school. No fees or applications are required.
Faith Family Academy is proud to offer this valuable program to your family. If you have questions, please contact Leticia Yanez at 214-837-2577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Nutrition Director
Faith Family Academy
Carta a Los Padres Sobre Las Comidas Escolares Opciones de
Provisión Especial y la Disposición de Elegibilidad Comunitaria
Estimado Padre o Tutor:
Nos complace informarle que Faith Family Academy operará el Programa de elegibilidad comunitaria (CEP) durante el año escolar 2019-2020. El CEP es para escuelas seleccionadas que participan en los Programas nacionales de almuerzo escolar y desayuno escolar.
¿Qué significa esto para su hijo o hijos que asisten a las Escuelas de la Academia de Familias de Fe?
Cada estudiante matriculado en cualquier escuela de Faith Family Academy es elegible para recibir desayunos y almuerzos saludables cada día escolar del año escolar 2019-2020. No hay cargo para tu familia. No se requiere ninguna acción de usted. Su hijo o hijos serán elegibles cuando se inscriban en cualquier escuela de Faith Family Academy. No se requieren tarifas ni solicitudes.
Faith Family Academy se enorgullece de ofrecer este valioso programa a su familia. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Leticia Yanez al 214-837-2577 o email@example.com.
Director de Nutrición Infantil
Faith Family Academy