FSPS Wellness Policy

  • Fort Smith Public Schools Wellness Policy

    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 demonstrably linked to reduced risk for premature mortality and development of many chronic diseases as adults. Schools have a responsibility to help students develop 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 should possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious and enjoyable food choices for a lifetime.  In addition, staff members are encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of life. The Fort Smith Public School District will take positive steps to encourage such healthy eating habits and physical activities. The district Wellness Committee, also known as SNPAA-School Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee, is put in place to facilitate these steps.  They meet four times each school year to discuss the districts wellness policy and bring knowledge to students and parents alike.

    Our actual Wellness Policy follows:

    I. Goals for nutrition, physical activity, and other school based activities that are designed to promote student wellness:

        A. Nutrition Education

             1. The Fort Smith Public Schools will provide a comprehensive learning environment for developing and                                                               practicing lifelong wellness behaviors.

             2. The Fort Smith Public Schools will promote a comprehensive approach to nutrition in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

        B. Nutrition Promotion

             1. Fort Smith Public Schools work to improve the health and well-being of its students by developing and promoting nutrition                        guidance and education that links scientific research to the nutritional needs of students.

        C. Physical Activity

             1. A quality physical education program is an essential component for all students to learn about and participate in physical activity.              Physical activity should be included in a school’s daily education program from grades K through 12.  Physical activity should                      include regular instructional physical education, co-curricular activities, and recess as appropriate.

             2. Fort Smith Public Schools will meet or exceed all physical activity requirements as described in the Arkansas Department of                       Education Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards in Arkansas Schools.

        D. Other School Based Activities

             1. School Dining Areas

                 a. School dining areas will have sufficient space for students to sit and consume meals.

                 b. School dining areas will be clean, safe and pleasant.

                 c. Adequate time will be given for students to enjoy eating healthy.

             2. Fundraising

                 a. All fundraising projects for sale and consumption of food items within the school day will follow the district’s nutritional                                standards when determining the items being sold.

                 b. Groups doing fundraisers outside the school day will be encouraged to consider non-food sales and/or items supportive of                       healthy eating when possible.

             3. Professional development

                 a. Nutritional and physical activity education opportunities will be a part of the district’s regular professional development                                 program.

    II. Nutrition guidelines for all foods available on school campuses during the school day:

        A. The Fort Smith Public Schools support and promote proper dietary habits contributing to student’s health status and academic                  performance.

        B. The District will ensure that drinking water is available without charge to all students throughout the school including, but not                       limited to, in the District’s food service areas. The policy is as follows:

    Fort Smith Public Schools Water Bottle Policy

    At Fort Smith, we will allow students to have water in the classrooms with the following considerations:

    · The container must contain water and water only. No juice, soda, addables, or energy drinks. 

    · The container must have a closeable lid of some sort; this will be a screw on lid or a push top. 

    · Water may only be consumed at the discretion of the teacher.

    · Classroom rules regarding the use of the restroom will be in effect. Students need to take care of restroom needs before class starts and one must be responsible for the amount of water that is taken in during classroom time.

    · Bottles are not to be in close proximity to any technology (computers, overheads, document cameras, smart writes, or projectors). Water will not be allowed in any computer class or computer lab, as well as the library. 

    · Water bottles are not to be played with on school grounds. This includes throwing the bottle or pouring the contents of the bottle onto another student or teacher. Any failure to follow the policy will result in the student losing the privilege of having water in the classrooms.

       C. All food and beverages sold to students on school campus during the school day by school administrators or school non-licensed or licensed staff; students or student groups; parents or parent groups; or another person, company, or organization associated with the school shall meet the Federal Smart Snacks requirements. These restrictions include, but are not limited to, food and beverages sold in vending venues (machines, ice chests, cabinets) in school stores or as part of school fundraisers.

       D. All food and beverages provided, but not sold, to students on the school campus during the school day by school administrators or school non-licensed or licensed staff; students or student groups; parents or parent groups; or another person, company, or organization associated with the school shall meet the Federal Smart Snacks requirements. These restrictions include, but are not limited to, food and beverages provided in vending venues (machines, ice chests, cabinets) in school stores or as part of school fundraisers.

       E. Schools may provide special food and/or beverages for up to nine different school events each year as determined and approved by school officials.

       F. All foods and beverages served during the “9 Special Event Days” must be commercially prepared, and packaged by establishments subjected to Arkansas Department of Health Food Establishment Rules & Regulations.  (Home-made foods, and foods provided by parents are prohibited.)

       G. When planning school events, schools are encouraged to include, along with other snacks, nutrient-dense snack foods including yogurts, cheeses, milk, fresh fruits, and whole grains.

    III. Assurance that guidelines for reimbursable meals shall not be less restrictive than regulation and guidance as defined in the federal Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B Russell National School Lunch Act:

          A. The Fort Smith Public Schools will offer breakfast, lunch and after school snacks programs and will adhere to guidelines for reimbursable meals not to be less restrictive than the most current regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture.

          B. The full meal school breakfast and lunch programs will continue to follow the USDA Requirements for Federal School Meal Programs.

    IV. Plan for measuring the implementation of the local wellness policy:

    The Fort Smith Public Schools will comply with all state regulations pertaining to nutrition and physical activity including annual assessment and modification of the wellness plan.

    V. Involvement of parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public in development and maintenance of the school wellness policy:

    The Fort Smith Public Schools will include all the necessary shareholders in the creation and maintenance of the wellness policy.

     

    Updated FSPS School Board June 2021
    Updated FSPS School Board July 2012
    Reviewed SNPAA Committee May 2013
    Reviewed SNPAA Committee May 2014
    Reviewed SNPAA Committee May 2015
    Reviewed SNPAA Committee May 2016
    Reviewed SNPAA Committee May 2017
    Reviewed SNPAA Committee May 2019