§ 38–827.01. Establishment of the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission.
(a) There is established the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission with the purpose of advising the Mayor and the Council on health, wellness, and nutritional issues concerning youth and schools in the District, including:
(1) School meals;
(2) Farm-to-school programs;
(3) Physical activity and physical education;
(4) Health education;
(5) Environmental programs;
(6) School gardens;
(7) Sexual health programming;
(8) Chronic disease prevention;
(9) Emotional, social, and mental health services;
(10) Substance abuse; and
(11) Violence prevention.
(b) Specific functions of the Commission shall include the following:
(1) Advising on the operations of all District health, wellness, and nutrition programs;
(2) Reviewing and advising on the best practices in health, wellness, and nutrition programs across the United States;
(3) Recommending standards, or revisions to existing standards, concerning the health, wellness, and nutrition of youth and schools in the District;
(4) Advising on the development of an ongoing program of public information and outreach programs on health, wellness, and nutrition;
(5) Making recommendations on enhancing the collaborative relationship between the District government, the federal government, the University of the District of Columbia, local nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and the private sector in connection with health, wellness, and nutrition;
(6) Identifying gaps in funding and services, or methods of expanding services to District residents;
(7) Engaging students in improving health, wellness, and nutrition in schools; and
(8) Participating in the selection process for any grants provided under the Healthy Schools Fund established pursuant to § 38-821.02.
(c) On or before November 30 of each year, the Commission shall submit to the Mayor and the Council a comprehensive report on the health, wellness, and nutrition of youth and schools in the District. The report shall:
(1) Explain the efforts made within the preceding year to improve the health, wellness, and nutrition of youth and schools in the District;
(2) Discuss the steps that other states have taken to address the health, wellness, and nutrition of youth and schools; and
(3) Make recommendations about how to further improve the health, wellness, and nutrition of youth and schools in the District.
(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 701, 57 DCR 4779; Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 4062(n), 59 DCR 8025; Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-240, § 2(z), 66 DCR 912; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 7160, 66 DCR 8621.)
This section is referenced in § 38-821.01.
Effect of Amendments
The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 substituted “November 30” for “September 30” in the first sentence of the introductory language of (c).
Applicability of D.C. Law 22-240: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-240 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(z) 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).
For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4062(n) 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(n) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).
Section 4063 of D.C. Law 19-168 provided that § 4062 of the act shall apply as of June 20, 2012.
§ 38–827.02. Composition and organization of the Commission.
(a) The Commission shall be composed of 13 members who are experts in health, wellness, or nutrition; parents; teachers; or students. The Mayor shall appoint 10 members, no more than 5 of whom shall represent District agencies. The Chairman of the Council shall appoint one member. The chair of the Council committee with oversight of education shall appoint one member. The Chair of the Public Charter School Board shall appoint one member.
(b) Members shall serve 3-year terms on the Commission, except that:
(1) Of the Mayor’s first 10 persons appointed, 4 shall be appointed to serve 3-year terms, 3 shall be appointed to serve 2-year terms, and 3 shall be appointed to serve one-year terms; and
(2) Students shall serve for one year.
(c) The Mayor shall designate one member of the Commission to serve as its Chairperson.
(d) A member shall serve for no more than 2 consecutive, full terms.
(e) Unless excused by the Chairperson, any member who fails to attend 3 consecutive meetings shall be deemed to be removed from the Commission, creating a vacancy.
(f) Each member of the Commission shall serve without compensation; provided, that each member may be reimbursed for actual expenses pursuant to § 1-611.08.
§ 38–827.03. Rules of procedure.
(a) The Chairperson of the Commission, or his or her designated representative, who shall be a member of the Commission, shall convene all meetings of the Commission. Seven members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted.
(b) All meetings, reports, and recommendations shall be a matter of public record.
(c) The Commission shall establish its meeting schedule; provided, that the Commission shall meet at least 4 times during each calendar year.
(d) The Commission may establish subcommittees as needed. Subcommittees may include persons who are not members of the Commission; provided, that each subcommittee shall be chaired by a Commission member.
§ 38–827.04. Administration.
Subject to appropriations, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall provide administrative and technical support to the Commission as necessary.