Wellness Plan & Smart Snacks InformationIn FEBRUARY 2017, the GCISD School Health Advisory council approved changes to the District Wellness Plan. These changes have also been approved by GCISD Administration and added as part of the GCISD Wellness Plan. You may access the GCISD Wellness Plan by clicking HERESmart Snacks in Schools: Guidelines for Foods and beverages provided and sold during the school day:
All food items and beverages provided to students in grades Pre-K to 8 during the school day must meet USDA Smart Snack guidelines. Exceptions include exempt days limited to 5 event and 6 fundraising days per campus and school year. During these exempt days, food and beverages that are provided and/or sold to students may not be done so in competition with breakfast and/or lunch service. In addition, the items should not be consumed in areas where reimbursable meals are sold and or consumed.Guidelines for School Fundraisers:
Fundraisers conducted at GCISD schools must meet all nutritional requirements* according to the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services Federal Code 7 CFR parts 2010 and 220 (FNS-2011-0019) and the Texas Department of Agriculture Administrative Code (Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 26 Subchapter A), and shall comply with one of the categories listed below:
- Food items that meet competitive food service nutrition standards. Smart Snacks: http://www.squaremeals.org/Programs/NationalSchoolLunchProgram/SmartSnacks.aspx
- Food items that are not intended to be consumed at school such as ready-to-bake cookie dough or ready-to-heat pizza
- Non-food items
Elementary and Middle Schools may sell food and/or beverages as part of a fundraiser that does not meet the Nutritional Requirements, as outlined above, during the school day for up to six (6) days per school year on each school campus. Such fundraisers must comply with the rules listed below:
On Campus Birthday Celebrations:GCISD has developed guidelines surrounding food items provided for Birthday Celebrations. Please see link below for more information.Wellness Tools for Schools:We have a few outreach tools for PTA's, principals and school wellness advocates:
- Food and beverages sold during an exempt fundraiser must not be sold in competition with school meal service (breakfast and lunch)
- Food and beverages sold during an exempt fundraiser must not be consumed in the school meal service area (i.e, school cafeteria).
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