(a) As required by federal law, each local educational agency shall collaborate with parents, students, food service providers, and community organizations to develop, adopt, and update a comprehensive local wellness policy. Local wellness policies shall be revised at least once every 3 years.
(b) Local wellness policies shall include:
(1) The requirements set forth in federal law; and
(2) Goals for:
(A) Improving the environmental sustainability of schools;
(B) Increasing the use of locally grown, locally processed, and unprocessed foods from growers engaged in sustainable agriculture practices;
(C) Increasing physical activity; and
(D) Developing and implementing an Environmental Literacy Program.
(c) Public schools and public charter schools shall promote their local wellness policy to faculty, staff, parents, and students. A copy shall be:
(1) Posted on each school’s website, if it has one;
(2) Distributed to food service staff members;
(3) Distributed to the school’s parent/teacher organization, if it has one; and
(4) Made available in each school’s office.
(d)(1) The Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall review each local wellness policy to ensure that it complies with federal requirements and shall examine whether schools comply with their policies.
(2) The Office of the State Superintendent of Education may deem a school ineligible for grants from the Healthy Schools Fund if the Office of the State Superintendent of Education finds that the school's local wellness policy does not conform with the federal requirements or that the school has not complied with its local wellness policy.
(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 601, 57 DCR 4779; Dec. 17, 2014, D.C. Law 20-142, § 311(c), 61 DCR 8045; Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-240, § 2(w), 66 DCR 912; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 7160, 66 DCR 8621.)
Effect of Amendments
The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-142 added (b)(2)(D) and made related changes.
Applicability of D.C. Law 22-240: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-240 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(w) 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.
For temporary (90 days) repeal of applicability provision of D.C. Law 22-240, see § 7160 of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-112, Sept. 4, 2019, 66 DCR 11964).