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Local School Wellness Policy Revision and Updates

What Is a Local School Wellness Policy?

A Local School Wellness Policy is a document that outlines and describes policies and procedures to promote students’ health and wellness.  Att schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program are required to develop a wellness policy. 

Local Wellness Policy Requirements

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service requires that all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) fully comply with the following requirements by June 30, 2017.

  • Wellness Policy Content
    • Identify specific goals for nutrition, physical activity and other activities to promote student wellness
    • Food and beverages sold on campus during school hours must meet Federal guidelines for School Meal Nutrition Standards and Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards.
    • Standards for food and drinks provided (but not sold) during the school day (class parties, snacks, incentives, etc)
    • Marketing and advertising only food and drinks that meet Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards
    • Reporting of stakeholder involvement, and policy updates, leadership and evaluation
  • Wellness Policy Leadership
    • One or more school officials have authority and responsibility to make sure schools comply with the policy
  • Involvement of Stakeholders
    • Permit participation by parents, students, food service staff, physical education teachers, school health professionals, school administrators, and school board members in the Local School Wellness Policy process
  • Assessment, and Updates
    • LEAs conduct assessment of Wellness Policy compliance, effectiveness and progress at least every 3 years
    • The California Department of Education (CDE) will conduct an Administrative Review of Local School Wellness Policies’ current draft of the policy, public access to the policy and assessments, the most recent assessment of implementation and documentation of efforts to review and update the policy (including stakeholder involvement)
    • LEAs must update or modify the policy ass appropriate
    • The wellness policy and the triennial assessment by CDE must be available to the public

Local Wellness Policy Resources

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