Local School Wellness Policy

A local school wellness policy is a written document of official policies that guide a local educational agency (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

The Local School Wellness Policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It requires each local LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local school wellness policy that promotes the health of students and addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity. The responsibility for developing a local school wellness policy is placed at the local level so the unique needs of each school under the jurisdiction of the LEA can be addressed.

A new Model Local Wellness Policy is under development to reflect new requirements including the added provisions for local school wellness policies related to implementation, evaluation, and publicly reporting on progress of local school wellness policies. 

 

Resources for Schools


Administrative Review

As part of the Administrative Review (AR) process, analysts will review a School District’s Local School Wellness Policy and associated supporting documentation PRIOR TO THE ONSITE VISIT.

 

Monitoring Process:

Districts should keep Supporting Documentation on file.

Documentation will be requested in electronic format prior to onsite visit.

Monitoring Language

Expectation – What to provide to AR Analyst

Provide a copy of the current Local School Wellness Policy. *1000

Provide a copy of the current Local School Wellness Policy

 

Example – Emailed to analyst in a PDF or Word document. NOT faxed or mailed.

How does the public know about the Local School Wellness Policy?

Provide documentation to support the response (or appropriate web address(es)). *1001

Provide documentation demonstrating the Local School Wellness Policy has been made available to the public.

 

Example - If on a webpage, provide the direct link; if part of a handbook, provide documentation on how the public has access.

When and how does the review and update of the Local School Wellness Policy occur?

Provide documentation to support the response (or appropriate web address(es)). *1002

Provide documentation of the district’s efforts to review and update the Local School Wellness Policy.

 

Example - This may include meeting minutes listing specific topics discussed and reviewed and a copy of any associated assessments. If on a webpage, provide the direct link.

Who is involved in reviewing and updating the Local School Wellness Policy?

What is their relationship with the School Food Authority (SFA)?*1003

 

Provide a list of who is involved in the update of the Local School Wellness Policy and their relationship to the SFA.

 

Example - This may include meeting minutes listing of attendees and each person’s role.

How are potential stakeholders made aware of their ability to participate in the development, review, update, and implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy?

Provide documentation to support the response (or appropriate web address(es)). *1004

Provide documentation of the methods the district uses to make stakeholders aware of their ability to participate in the development, review and update of the Local School Wellness Policy.

 

Example - A copy of an announcement alerting stakeholders of their ability to participate in a print or email newsletter - If on a webpage, provide the direct link.

Provide a copy of the most recent assessment on the implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy. *1005

Provide documentation demonstrating that assessment on the implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy occurred.

 

Example - A copy of an assessment of a specific policy goal, objective or activity

How does the public know about the results of the most recent assessment on the implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy?

Provide documentation to support the response (or appropriate web address(es)).

*1006

Provide documentation demonstrating that the district’s most recent assessment on the implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy has been made available to the public.

 

Example - If on a webpage, provide the direct link; if a part of a newsletter or other electronic/print announcement, provide documentation on how the public has access.

*Administrative Review Offsite Assessment Question Numbers