A local school wellness policy (“wellness policy”) is a written document that guides 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.
USDA Local School Wellness Policy Toolkit
New resources are now available to help school districts engage parents and school staff in Local School Wellness Policy efforts. A Local School Wellness Policy is a written document that guides school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being and ability to learn. It’s important for parents and school staff to be a part of this process so the wellness policy is representative of both the community and student’s needs.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Team Nutrition initiative has developed a free Local Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit that school districts and schools can customize to communicate information about their Local School Wellness Policy to parents and staff. The kit includes:
- A letter to the wellness coordinator;
- Sample letter to school principals;
- Informational flyers, in English and Spanish;
- Presentations for parents and school staff;
- Sample newsletter article; and
- Social media posts and graphics.
KDE Guidance for Annual Reporting related to KRS
The Local School Wellness Policy
requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act
of 2004, and further strengthened by the final ruling this summer of the
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. It requires each local LEA participating in the
National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a
local school district 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.
Furthermore, with the passing of the Final Rule, greater emphasis is placed at
the local level by requiring the LEA to establish wellness policy
leadership. Leadership is defined as one or more LEA and/or school
official(s) who have the authority and responsibility
to ensure each school complies with the policy.
The Local School Wellness Policy
(LSWP) is an opportunity to address school learning environments and to best
equip districts and schools to equitably address the nutritional and physical
activity needs of all students. The LSWP should be aligned to the annual
district reporting requirements of KRS 158.856 and KRS 160.345. The
Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Program Standards recommends
that superintendents ensure that their district is utilizing a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach with shareholders in the development and implementation of the
order to best utilize local decision making processes, KDE recommends districts
have schools complete the Healthy Schools Program
assessment to provide school level data for the public forum. (702 KAR 6:090
Section 5 (1,a) / Section 6 (1) This process aligns and contributes to school
level expectations in the Practical Living/Career Studies (PLCS) Program Review
for schools. The Action Steps to complete before
October 28th are as
follows if districts choose to use this process for the 2016-2017 school year.
Steps to working on your District Report Card:
access as the District Administrator to your district on the Healthy Schools
Program website and then work on the
district assessment where applicable.
out to the school building level contact and/or the Coordinated School Health
Committee at each school and have them complete or update, if the school
already used the assessment in the past (only required to complete Modules 1,
2, 3, 4, 7 and 8). For assistance on the assessment, please encourage your
schools to check out the help section of the website
and/or refer to the paper version of the
assessments are complete, you will receive a notification from the Member
Support Team with the Healthy Schools Program to complete a request form for a
District Report. Please watch out for the communication by the beginning to
middle of November. If you have any questions about the steps above, please
reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
For questions regarding the
annual nutrition and physical activity report, please contact Jamie.email@example.com. For questions regarding the federal requirements of
a local school wellness policy and the National School Lunch Program, please
contact Katie Embree-Cleveland, Kathryn.Embree-Cleveland@education.ky.gov.
for Wellness Policy and Coordinated School Health connections.
for the proposed rule.
for Program Review Comparison chart.
for Administrative Review Guidance document.