by Coy Holcombe.
Yes, it is true that the state will no longer require a health course to graduate. This seems to go against the emphasis that has been placed on health related matters in recent years. Even though health will no longer be required by the state, local districts will still have the flexibility to have health be a local requirement. This topic will be discussed at the July board meeting.
On a related topic, stricter guidelines will be in effect for preparing food and for foods of minimum nutritional value (FMNV) for the 09-10 school year. First, all deep-fat frying must be eliminated in all schools (actually, EISD eliminated this last year). Second, high schools may not serve or provide access for students to FMNV and all other forms of candy at any time anywhere on school premises until the end of the last scheduled class. According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, "Such foods and beverages may not be sold or given away to students on school premises by school administrators or staff, students or student groups, parents or parent groups, guest speakers, and any other person, company or organization." Finally, the guidelines provide that, "High schools may not serve or provide access for students to FMNV and all other forms of candy at any time anywhere on school premises until after the end of the last scheduled class. This includes candy bars and packaged candies."
There are certain exemptions to the policies (for example birthday parties, snacks on TAKS testing days, field trips, etc.). A copy of the Policy at a Glance document is attached to this blog.