Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–822.06. Healthy vending, fundraising, and prizes in public schools.

(a) Except as provided by subsection (b) of this section, all beverages and snack foods provided by or sold in public schools, public charter schools, and participating private schools or provided by organizations participating in the Afterschool Meal Program, whether through vending machines, fundraisers, snacks, after-school meals, or other means, shall meet the requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge program at the Gold Award Level for competitive foods, as may be revised from time to time and notwithstanding any termination of the HealthierUS School Challenge program.

(b) The requirements of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to:

(1) Food and drinks available only to faculty and staff members; provided, that school employees shall be encouraged to model healthy eating;

(2) Food provided at no cost by parents;

(3) Food sold or provided at official after-school events;

(4) Adult education programs; and

(5) Food not consumed or marketed to students.

(c) The Office of the State Superintendent of Education may adopt standards that exceed the requirements set forth in subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

(d) Foods and beverages sold in public school, public charter school, and participating private schools stores shall meet the requirements of subsection (a) of this section.

(e) Public schools, public charter school, and participating private schools shall not permit third parties, other than school-related organizations and school meal service providers, to sell foods or beverages of any type to students on school property from 90 minutes before the school day begins until 90 minutes after the school day ends.

(f) Foods and beverages that do not meet the nutritional requirements of subsection (a) of this section shall not be:

(1) Used as incentives, prizes, or awards in public schools or public charter schools; or

(2) Advertised or marketed in public schools and public charter schools through posters, signs, book covers, scoreboards, supplies, equipment, or other means.

(g) After first issuing a warning, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education may impose a penalty, not to exceed $500 per day paid to the Healthy Schools Fund, on public schools and public charter schools that violate this section, subject to the right to a hearing requested within 10 days after the notice of imposition of the penalty is sent.


(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 206, 57 DCR 4779; Oct. 20, 2011, D.C. Law 19-37, § 2(h), 58 DCR 6841; Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 4062(f), 59 DCR 8025; Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-240, § 2(i), 66 DCR 912.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-821.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-37, in subsec. (a), substituted “public schools, public charter schools, and participating private schools” for “public schools, public charter schools, and participating private schools”; in subsec. (d), substituted “public school, public charter school, and participating private school” for “public school, public charter school, and participating private school”; and, in subsec. (e), substituted “Public schools, public charter schools, and participating private schools” for “Public schools, public charter schools, and participating private schools”.

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added (b)(5); and made related changes.

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-240: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-240 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(i) of D.C. Law 22-240 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(h) of Healthy Schools Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-143, August 9, 2011, 58 DCR 6814).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4062(f) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4062(f) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).

Editor's Notes

Section 4063 of D.C. Law 19-168 provided that § 4062 of the act shall apply as of June 20, 2012.