Local Wellness Policy 2019-2020
CE Name: Harmony School of Excellence-District
CE ID: 00508
Schools Operating Under the Local Wellness Policy
Harmony School of Excellence- 001
Harmony School of Endeavor -002
Harmony Science Academy- Bryan- 003
Harmony School of Advancement – 004
Harmony School of Discovery- 005
Harmony School of Technology (formerly known Northwest) – 006
Harmony School of Achievement- 007
Harmony School of Enrichment- 008
Harmony Science Academy – Cypress – 081
Harmony School of Excellence District shall follow nutrition guidelines that advance student health and reduce childhood obesity and shall promote the general wellness of all students through nutrition education, physical activity, and other school based activities.
A- Nutrition Education and Promotion
The school shall implement, in accordance with law, a coordinated health program with nutrition education component and shall use health course curriculum that emphasizes the importance of proper nutrition.
In addition, the district establishes the following goals for nutrition education.
1- Students will receive nutrition education that fosters the adoption and maintenance of healthy eating behaviors.
2- Nutrition education will be a district wide priority and will be integrated into other areas of the curriculum, as appropriate.
3- Staff responsible for nutrition education will be adequately prepared and will participate in professional development activities to effectively deliver the program as planned at least once per semester.
4- The Child Nutrition staff, teachers, and other school personnel will coordinate the promotion of nutrition messages in the cafeteria, the classroom, and school-wide events and other appropriate events.
5- Educational nutrition information will be shared with families and the general public to positively influence the health of all stakeholders. This will include but is not limited to Child Nutrition information in the school newsletter.
B- Physical Activity and Promote Wellness
The district shall implement, in accordance with law, a coordinated health program with physical education and physical activity components and shall offer at least the required amount of physical activity for all grades.
In addition, the district establishes the following goals for physical activity:
1- The district will provide an environment that fosters safe and enjoyable fitness activities for all students, including those who are not participating in competitive sports.
2. Physical education classes will regularly emphasize moderate to vigorous activity.
3. The district will encourage teachers to integrate physical activity into the academic curriculum where appropriate.
4. The district will encourage parents to support their children’s participation, to be active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.
C- School Based Activities to Promote Wellness
The district shall create an environment conducive to healthy eating and physical activity through implementation of the following policies.
Students shall be allowed sufficient time to eat meals.
The lunchroom facilities shall be safe, clean, and visually promote a message of healthy eating and wellness.
Students shall have access to free potable water during mealtimes. The water may be provided through water fountains inside or directly adjacent to the cafeteria, water dispenser, or water pitcher and cups.
Nutrition and physical activity shall be promoted to students and their families at suitable school sponsored events.
The Child Nutrition Assistant will give an annual presentation to teachers and staff informing them about ways to promote healthy living in daily classroom life.
D- Nutrition Guidelines for All Foods Available
The nutrition guidelines for foods served by the district during the school day shall be adequate to advance students health and reduce childhood obesity and shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance, and that all foods available on each campus are in accordance with Texas Department of Agriculture policy and school‐established standards.
TDA policy allow for 6 days per school year for fundraising events that are exempt from the USDA Smart Snack Guidelines. These 6 days will be designated independently by the school principals and published in the school website.
-October 31, 2019
-December 19 & 20, 2019
-February 14, 2020
-April 9, 2020
-May 22, 2020
Fundraising Events Other Than Exempt Days:
Fundraising events other than exempt days must be in compliance with USDA Smart Snack Guidelines and Texas Department of Agriculture regulations. The dates for non-exempt fundraising events will be designated by school principals. These non-exempt fundraising events may occur any days of school.
Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals
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 Department of Agriculture regulations.
Negative Balance Policy
All students in the district are allowed to carry a negative balance up to $10 in their lunch and breakfast accounts. Until each student reaches that dollar amount, he or she will continue to get regular lunch and breakfast service.
The Superintendent or designee shall oversee the implementation of this policy and shall develop administrative procedures for periodically measuring the implementation of the wellness policy. The
Wellness Committee will conduct a yearly review of implementation, to (1) determine if the schools are in compliance with the LWP and (2) determine if the CE’s LWP aligns to model local wellness policies which use evidence-based strategies as well as (3) distribution of assessments results to the public with the results published on the schools’ websites.
Revisions and Updating the Policy
The District Health Committee will update or modify the district wellness policy based on the results of the annual progress reports and triennial assessments, and/or as district policies and priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; and new Federal or State guidance or standards are issued. The wellness policy will be assessed and updated as indicated at least every three years, following the triennial assessment.
The district shall also seek to involve parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the
Board, administrators, physical education teachers, school health professionals, and the public in the continued development and implementation of this school wellness policy
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative (T-STEM)
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. T-STEM Academies are demonstration schools and learning labs that develop innovative methods to improve science and mathematics instructions.
Prior to the 2011-2012 school year, the only path to become a T-STEM Academy was a T-STEM Academy grant through the Texas Education Agency or one of the private partners in the Texas High School Project.
Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, a second pathway was created. Campuses, using local or other sources of funding, that are implementing the T-STEM Design Blueprint with fidelity may apply to be designated as a T-STEM Academy. T-STEM campuses are designated based on a rigorous designation process. Once a campus is designated, professional development and technical assistance are provided to designated T-STEM academies to serve as demonstration schools and learning labs to showcase innovative instruction methods which integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction. Designated T-STEM campuses serve students in grades 6-12 or 9-12.
- Website Accessibility
Harmony Public Schools (“Harmony”) is committed to making the information on its website accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Harmony website, please contact HPS Webmaster by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the following when communicating with Harmony regarding accessibility issues:
A description of your accessibility concern.
The format in which you prefer to receive the materials.
The web page address of the requested material(s).
The best way to contact you (email address or phone number, or both).
Harmony will make appropriate accommodations to facilitate access to any website content.
Complaints regarding website accessibility may be submitted through the Public Complaint process outlined in Board Policy PG-1.12 (Public Complaints).
Please note that some pages on the Harmony website contain links to third-party sites, which are not within Harmony’s control. If you notify Harmony of problems with accessing a third-party site that is necessary to participate in one of Harmony’s programs or activities, we will make the material or information available in an accessible format.
- Report Bullying
If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Harmony, or have other discipline-related concerns regarding one of our schools, please fill out the form at the link below for the Dean of Students.
- HPS Child Find Policy
It is the policy of the Harmony Public Schools to ensure that
- All children with disabilities enrolled in the charter school regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated; and
- A practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services.
These requirements apply to:
- Homeless children;
- Children who are wards of the state;
- Highly mobile children (including migrant children); and
- Children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(A); 34 CFR 300.111(a)(1)(i), (c).
- Non-discrimination Statement as Part of the School's Admission Policy
It is the policy of HPS not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator at (713) 343-3333 located at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099.
- Non-discrimination Statement in Career and Technical Education Programs
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS secondary schools.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, CHARLES LAMBERT, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, IHSAN KARA, at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Phone: (713) 343-3333.
- Aviso de No discriminación en los Programas de Educación Profesional y
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony ofrecen programas vocacionales en Agricultura, Alimentación y Recursos Naturales; Arquitectura y Construcción; Artes, Tecnología de Audio / Video y Comunicaciones; Administración de Negocios y Administración; Educación y Entrenamiento; Finanzas; Gobierno y Administración Pública; Ciencias de la salud; Hospitalidad y Turismo; Recursos Humanos; Tecnología de la Información; Derecho; Seguridad Pública, Correccionales y Seguridad; Manufactura; Mercadeo; Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas; Transporte, Distribución y Logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el número de estudiantes de secundaria registrados en las Escuelas Públicas Harmony.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony tomarán las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, CHARLES LAMBERT, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, IHSAN KARA, a la siguiente dirección: 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Teléfono: (713) 343-3333.
- TX Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.
Access the guide — in English and Spanish — at the Texas Transition Website.