Health and Wellness

KIPP Austin Public Schools believes in supporting healthy initiatives for our students.

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Wellness Policy

KIPP Austin Public Schools founds its Wellness Programs on the following values:

We believe…

  • that healthy children are the foundation of a healthy society.
  • that well-nourished and physically-fit children are better able to learn.
  • that eating and exercise habits developed in childhood will affect our students’ health throughout their lives.
  • that growing, preparing and sharing food nourishes both our bodies and minds. Few things are more pleasurable than growing our own food, preparing it with friends and family and sharing it together. These simple acts feed our bodies and nourish our spirits.
  • that all people deserve equal access to nutritious, fresh foods, regardless of the neighborhood they live in, or their income level.
  • that beautifully-prepared meals communicate care. Cooking a good meal for someone is one way we show students, their families, and our staff that we care about them.
  • in celebrating food traditions and cultures. No celebration is complete without delicious food, one of the most enriching and fun ways to better understand and experience culture.
  • that we have the power to restore our environment through our food choices. Caring for the earth and the animals that provide us food are important steps toward restoring the health of our planet.
  • that purchasing foods from local farmers and businesses creates a strong community. We build relationships with our neighbors and contribute to our local economy by making this a priority. Plus, locally grown food is healthier for our bodies!
  • that the cafeteria is a classroom. In the cafeteria we teach what balanced, nutritious meals look like and how to demonstrate positive character traits at mealtimes.

Statement of Responsibility

KIPP Austin Public Schools Board recognizes that there is a link between nutrition education, the food served in schools, physical activity, and environmental education, and that student and staff wellness is affected by all of these. The Board also recognizes the important connection between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school.

The Board recognizes that it is the District’s role, as part of the larger community, to model and actively practice, through policies and procedures: the promotion of family health, physical activity, good nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and environmental restoration.

The Board further recognizes that the sharing and enjoyment of food, and participation in physical activities are fundamental experiences for all people and are a primary way to nurture and celebrate our cultural diversity. These fundamental human experiences are vital bridges for building friendships, forming inter-generational bonds and strengthening communities.


  • Whereas, a healthy diet is connected to a student’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school;
  • Whereas, students who are physically fit are more likely to do well on the state’s standardized tests;
  • Whereas, an African American or Hispanic boy born in 2000 has a two in five lifetime risk of being diagnosed with diabetes and an African American or Hispanic girl has a one in two lifetime risk ;
  • Whereas, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%;
  • Whereas, Texas is second in the nation for having the most food-insecure children, which means children do not know where their next meal is coming from;
  • Whereas, each day students and their parents trust that the foods offered at school are wholesome and safe, and that the school is responsible for ensuring the safety of foods provided there;
  • Whereas, fresh, seasonal, local and sustainably grown foods are a recommended source of nutrition, and prepackaged, highly processed foods are typically higher in sugar and transfats and, additionally, create a solid waste packaging management problem and expense for school districts;
  • Whereas, public school is an excellent place to nurture and preserve food traditions through garden-based learning experiences, food served in the cafeteria, connections to the core curriculum, cooking classes and/or clubs, storytelling, recipe swapping and rediscovering healthier food systems.

School Health Advisory Council

What is a School Health Advisory council (SHAC)?

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of individuals, representing segments of the community and school district, which provides advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. Every independent school district is required by law to have a SHAC of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district.

KIPP Austin Public Schools (KAPS) is committed to having a safe and healthy environment for students, families and staff. By addressing nutrition, physical activity, health education and substance abuse prevention in a variety of ways and to a variety of audiences, we hope to raise the awareness levels and the skills for all to live a healthy life.

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) meets quarterly to share information and to increase awareness of programs and policies that address the health and wellbeing of students, staff, and families.

KIPP Austin Public School’s SHAC meets a minimum of four times per year. Beginning in 2011-12, SHAC will work to develop eight committees, each representing one of the eight components of Coordinated School Health: Nutrition Services, Health Services, Health Education, Physical Education, Social Services & Counseling, School Safety, Parent & Community Involvement and Staff Wellness. These committees will meet more frequently to develop, implement, monitor or review their specific CSH component.

At least one Shared Services team member that represents one of the eight components of CSH will be required to attend full SHAC and their committee meetings. Physical Education, Health teachers and Social Workers or Counselors from each campus are encouraged to participate in SHAC. It is recommended that a Business Manager, Assistant Principal, or other staff member with decision-making authority attend SHAC meetings.

The goal of SHAC is to determine CSH areas of growth in our district and to make recommendations for improvement. Texas Education Agency requires that SHAC proposals be presented to the Board at the end of each school year for approval and implementation for the following school year.

2017-2018 SHAC meeting dates:

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:30am at KIPP Austin Ridge campus Cabana #31)
  • January 31st, 2018 at 11:30 am at KIPP Austin’s South Campus (KIPP Austin Obras room #317)
  • March 7th, 2018 at 11:30 am at KIPP Austin’s North Campus (room #408)
  • May 2nd, 2018 at KIPP Austin Ridge Campus (Cabana #21)

2016-2017 SHAC meeting dates:

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 11:30am, Austin Ridge campus portable room 31
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 11:30am, Austin Ridge campus portable room 31
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:30am, Austin Ridge campus portable room 31
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 11:30am, Austin Ridge campus portable room 31

SHAC Laws:

Every independent school system is required by law to have a School District Health Advisory Council; of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district. Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code details the specifics of this mandate and can be found by clicking here.

If the public would like to obtain a copy of the previous year’s SHAC final report, please email with a formal request.


KIPP Texas Public Schools – Austin (KTX – Austin) is working hard to maintain compliance mandated by both Federal and State laws governing asbestos in school buildings. A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan can be found in the main office at each campus. If you have any questions or would like to examine the KTX – Austin’s Asbestos Management Plan in more detail, please contact Erica Beck, the district’s Asbestos Designated Person at 512-818-1865.