School Health Program

Physical Activity Policy
Grades K-5
The District requires students in kindergarten through grade 5 to participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes throughout the school year, as part of the District’s physical education program or through structured activity during a campus’s daily recess. If the District determines, for any particular grade level, that requiring moderate or vigorous daily physical activity is impractical due to scheduling concerns or other factors, the District may as an alternative require a student in that grade level to participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity for at least 135 minutes during each school week.
From EHAB(LEGAL) 9/11/2007
Grades 6-8
The District requires students in grades 6–8 to participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes for at least four semesters during those grade levels as part of the District's physical education curriculum. The District may as an alternative require a student enrolled in a grade level for which the District uses block scheduling to participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity for at least 225 minutes during each period of two school weeks.
From EHAC(LEGAL) 9/11/2007
 
The Board has established a local school health advisory council to assist the District in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the District’s health education instruction.
The council’s duties include recommending:
1. The number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education;
2. Curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes through coordination of health education, physical education and physical activity, nutrition services, parental involvement, and instruction to prevent the use of tobacco;
3. Appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction; and
4. Strategies for integrating the curriculum components specified by item 2, above, with the following elements in a coordinated school health program: a. School health services; b. Counseling and guidance services; c. A safe and healthy school environment; and d. School employee wellness.
From EHAA(LEGAL) 11/7/2006
 
Student Fitness Assessment
Annually, the District shall assess the physical fitness of students in grades 3 through 12, using an assessment instrument adopted by the Commissioner. The District is not required to assess a student for whom, as a result of disability or other condition identified by Commissioner rule, the assessment instrument is inappropriate. Each student must be assessed based on factors related to student health, including aerobic capacity; body composition; and muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility, unless a particular factor is inappropriate for that student because of a health classification.
From FFAA(LEGAL) 11/7/2008
Liberty Hill ISD used the FITNESSGRAM®, created by The Cooper Institute of Dallas, to test students in grades 3-12 during spring 2008. The assessment measures body composition, aerobic capacity, strength, endurance and flexibility. Students are considered to be in the “Healthy Fitness Zone” if they achieved certain levels on six tests, with performance targets tied to a student’s age and gender. The tests include activities such as a one-mile run, curl ups, push-ups, trunk lift, shoulder stretches.
FitnessGram Results
Parents may submit a written request to the principal to receive individual reports on their children.
 
Tobacco Policies
The Board prohibits smoking or using tobacco products at a school-related or school-sanctioned activity on or off school property. Students are prohibited from possessing tobacco products at a school-related or school-sanctioned activity on or off school property. School personnel shall enforce these policies on school property.
The District shall not permit smoking within any indoor facility used for provision of routine or regular kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education or library services to children; or regular or routine health care or day care or early childhood development (Head Start) services to children or for the use of employees who provide such services.
A person commits an offense if he or she is in possession of a burning tobacco product or smokes tobacco in a facility of a public school or an elevator. Each District facility displays a notice that smoking is prohibited and punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.
From GKA(LEGAL 1/11/08
 
Nutrition
The District shall ensure that nutrition guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall be at least as restrictive as federal regulations and guidance and that all foods available on each campus are in accordance with the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy.
From FFA(LOCAL) 5/22/06
Effective August 1, 2004, all districts participating in the federal Child Nutrition Programs must comply with the nutrition policies outlined by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
From CO(LEGAL) 6/7/06
Child Nutrition Services
 
Vending
LHISD follows the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Public School Nutrition Policy - Competitive Foods (All food and beverages that are not provided by school food service, including vending.) Vending machines in cafeterias contain only water and 100 percent fruit juice.
LH Elem, BB Elem, LH Inter: Vending machines are not available to students any time anywhere on school premises until after the end of the last scheduled class. All food, beverages, and snack items must comply with the nutrition standards and portion size restrictions in the policy.
LH Junior High: Vending machines are not available to students anywhere on school premises from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after meal periods. All food, beverages and snack items must comply with the nutrition standards and portion size restrictions in the policy.
LH High School: Not allowed during meal periods in areas where reimbursable meals are served and consumed.

Human Sexuality Instruction
Certified health teachers present the sexuality curriculum as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Health Education

The district currently uses the Scott & White Wellness and Sexual Health Program, an abstinence-plus program, at the High School that "empowers teens with information necessary to develop healthy habits and relationships." The program helps "students, parents and communities engage in honest, open, fact-based communication about adolescent wellness and sexual health." 

The district also partners with Austin LifeGuard to present an abstinence-based sexuality program at the Junior High and High School. The program strives to empower teens "with accurate information and practical tools to help them make healthy decisions, build strong relationships, and fully experience the benefits of saving sex for marriage.".

LHISD uses health textbooks as a resource. The current High School textbook is Lifetime Health by Holt, Rinehart and Winston., and the Junior High textbook is Decisions for Health by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Parents may contact the campus principal or  Toni Hicks, Assistant Superintendent, (thicks@libertyhill.txed.net) to schedule a time to preview the curriculum materials.