Massachusetts - Wellness/WSCC Council (district level): Stakeholders

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statute; regulation

State law requires creation of health or wellness council at the district-level.

General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 111. Section 223: Nutrtional standards for sale or provision of foods or beverages in public schools

(f) The department, in collaboration with the department of elementary and secondary education, shall promulgate regulations facilitating the establishment of school wellness advisory committees within school districts in order to maximize school districts’ eligibility as recipients of federal grant awards. The regulations may require the wellness advisory committees to develop and recommend district-wide wellness policies addressing school nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity. The regulations may further require the wellness advisory committees to periodically review the district-wide wellness policies and implement any recommendations made as a result of this review prior to the following school year. Committee members may include school administrators, school nurses, food service directors, food service staff, parents of students in the school district, students, physical and health education teachers, dietitians, health care professionals and interested community members.

Code of Massachusetts Regulations 105 CMT 215.001: Purpose

The purpose of 105 CMR 215.000 is to set standards for the establishment and operation of School Wellness Advisory Committees. These committees are intended to ensure that each public school district has an established group of school staff and concerned community representatives to recommend, review and help implement school district policies addressing school nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity and related issues that affect student health.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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

(1) Each public school district shall have a School Wellness Advisory Committee to encourage development of a program that actively promotes wellness in schools and to maximize the school district's opportunities for grant awards.

  • (a) A regional school district may establish a regional school wellness advisory committee to cover the schools within that district. To the maximum extent feasible, each community within the region shall be represented on the committee.

  • (b) Where a regional school district is responsible only for middle and/or high schools, the regional school wellness committee established by the school district also may cover the elementary schools which send students to the middle and/or high schools.

  • (c) School districts that share a superintendent may establish a single school wellness committee that covers the school districts under the direction of that superintendent.
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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