The Board of Education (Board) is committed to supporting a safe and healthy work and learning environment that is conducive to student and employee well-being. The Board recognizes that schools play an integral part in educating and exposing students to wellness practices, health-enhancing behaviors, good nutrition, and physical and other school-based activities that lend to student achievement and learning.

The Department of Education (Department) has a fundamental responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all public school students, employees, and persons under its jurisdiction. The Department shall establish regulations or guidelines to implement this policy. The regulations or guidelines shall include, but shall not be limited to, the establishment of:

(1) goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness, as deemed appropriate by the Department; (2) nutrition guidelines for all foods that are available on each school campus during the school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity; and (3) a plan for measuring implementation of the wellness policy.

The Department shall also maintain a Safety and Accident Prevention Program that complies with federal and state laws, safety standards, and rules.

Approved: 11/16/95; Amended: 08/17/06