Massachusetts - Wellness policy: Federal Requirement

Area: 
Federal Requirement
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law recommends that school districts adopt local wellness policies.

Code of Massachusetts Regulations 105 CMR 215.100: Standards for School Wellness Committees

(1) The committee on an annual basis shall recommend and/or review district-wide policies to promote student wellness, such as those addressing health education and services, school nutrition, the nutrition environment, physical education, and opportunities for physical activity around the school environment. Such policies shall include:

  • (a) goals and objectives for the coming year, which shall be observable and measurable;

  • (b) a process for evaluating the progress to be made in the coming year in reaching the annual goals and objectives, which may include the use by the school district of a self-assessment tool;

  • (c) any recommendations concerning the establishment or functioning of school building-based wellness teams and school building-based initiatives.

(2) The committee on an annual basis shall provide to the superintendent and school committee a copy of the policies developed pursuant to 105 CMR 215.100(B)(1), including goals and objectives for the coming year. The report shall include:

  • (a) an action plan which details ways in which the committee may work with the school district and school personnel, including school nurses, to achieve the annual goals and objectives on a school district and/or school building level;

  • (b) ways that the school district and/or committee might best monitor and evaluate progress toward reaching the annual goals and objectives;

  • (c) ways of developing community support for school wellness initiatives and coordinating school and community initiatives on physical activity and nutrition;

  • (d) an assessment of the accomplishments of the previous year and identification of work still needed in order to accomplish the previous year's goals and objectives;

  • (e) a review of membership and membership participation in the previous year and, as appropriate, a request to the Superintendent for replacements.


Code of Massachusetts Regulations 105 CMR 215.100: Standards for School Wellness Committees

(1) The committee on an annual basis shall recommend and/or review district-wide policies to promote student wellness, such as those addressing health education and services, school nutrition, the nutrition environment, physical education, and opportunities for physical activity around the school environment. Such policies shall include:

  • (a) goals and objectives for the coming year, which shall be observable and measurable;

  • (b) a process for evaluating the progress to be made in the coming year in reaching the annual goals and objectives, which may include the use by the school district of a self-assessment tool;

  • (c) any recommendations concerning the establishment or functioning of school building-based wellness teams and school building-based initiatives.

(2) The committee on an annual basis shall provide to the superintendent and school committee a copy of the policies developed pursuant to 105 CMR 215.100(B)(1), including goals and objectives for the coming year. The report shall include:

  • (a) an action plan which details ways in which the committee may work with the school district and school personnel, including school nurses, to achieve the annual goals and objectives on a school district and/or school building level;

  • (b) ways that the school district and/or committee might best monitor and evaluate progress toward reaching the annual goals and objectives;

  • (c) ways of developing community support for school wellness initiatives and coordinating school and community initiatives on physical activity and nutrition;

  • (d) an assessment of the accomplishments of the previous year and identification of work still needed in order to accomplish the previous year's goals and objectives;

  • (e) a review of membership and membership participation in the previous year and, as appropriate, a request to the Superintendent for replacements.

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