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Texas Public School Nutrition Policy at a Glance Jr. High. Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV).
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Federal regulations state that ALL CAMPUSES may not serve or provide access to FMNV and all forms of candyat anytime and anywhere on school premises until the end of the last scheduled class. Such foods and beverages may not be sold or given away to students on school premises by school administrators or staff (principals, coaches, teachers, etc.), students or student groups, parents or parent groups, guest speakers, and any other person, company or organization.
Examples of FMNV:
For Jr. High Schools –
Not allowed anywhere on school premises from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after meal periods.
Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP) states that it does not restrict what food or beverages parents may provide for their own children’s consumption. Parents may notprovide restricted items to other students at school and students may not share these items. Example: cupcakes, bbq, pizza, soft drinks, etc.
Instructional Use of Food in Classroom
For instructional purposes, teachers may use foods as long as the food items are not considered FMNV or candy. Students may consume food prepared in class for instructional purposes. However, this should be on an occasional basis, (stated in your lesson plans and approved by the principal) and food may not be provided or sold to other students or classes. Regular meal service must continue to be available to all students in accordance with federal regulations.
Snacks or Rewards
The classroom snack or rewards may be provided by the school food service, the teacher, parents or other groups and should be at no cost to students. These prepackaged snacks must not be considered FMNV or candy andcomply with the fat and sugar limits of the TPSNP, and must be single-size servings. Ala carte items sold in the cafeteria have passed all the requirements through the nutritional calculator . If you are in doubt about an item please email me and I will put the information into the nutritional calculator. For healthy snack ideas, see TDA’s listing of “Suggestions for Nutritious Snacks,” available at ww.squaremeals.org.
Foods otherwise restricted by the policy are permitted at student birthday
parties. Such parties are to be scheduled after the end of the class lunch period so that these celebrations will not replace a nutritious lunch and not in areas that reimbursable meals are served/consumed.
Field Trips, Athletic, UIL, Band and Other Competitions
The nutrition policy does not apply to students who leave campus for
campus-approved field trips or to travel to athletic, UIL, band or other
competitions. The school day is considered to have ended for these
students. School activities, athletic functions, etc. that occur after the normal
school day are not covered by the policy.
Certain exemptions are allowed for school nurses, students with special
needs and up to three school wide events preapproved by campus officials.
(NOTE: Federal regulations do not allow FMNV's to be sold or given away
during meal periods where reimbursable meals are served/consumed,
including during any exempted events.)
Information in this presentation was provided by Square Meals. Square Meals is the Texas Department of Agriculture’s school nutrition education and outreach program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.