Local School Wellness Policy: Guidance and Q&As
Local educational agencies (LEA) participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program are required to develop a local school wellness policy that promotes the health of students and addresses the problem of childhood obesity. Wellness policies are tailored to the unique needs of each LEA and present an opportunity to improve the health of each community.
On July 29, 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) finalized regulations to create a framework and guidelines for written wellness policies established by LEAs. The final rule requires LEAs to begin developing a revised local school wellness policy during school year 2016-2017. The revised policy must be in place by June 30, 2017.
The final regulation offers LEAs flexibility in determining how best to implement policies that reflect their unique circumstances. This memorandum provides Questions and Answers (Q&As) to address the local school wellness policy final rule.
The local school wellness policy resource center available at https://healthymeals.fns.usda.gov/school-wellness-resources provides extensive resources school officials at the local, State, and Federal level may use to better understand the local school wellness policy requirements and their positive benefits.