State law requires creation of health or wellness council at the district-level.
216-RICR-20-10-4 Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs
4.4.2 Health and Wellness Subcommittee The school committee for each school district is required to establish a district- wide coordinated school health and wellness subcommittee in accordance with the requirements of R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-21-28.
Rhode Island District Health & Wellness Subcommittee Toolkit
"This toolkit was developed to help RI school districts meet various state and federal requirements for District Health & Wellness Subcommittees, local wellness policies, and nutrition requirements for snacks and beverages."
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-2-9. General powers and duties of school committees.
(a) The entire care, control, and management of all public school interests of the several cities and towns shall be vested in the school committees of the several cities and towns. School committees shall have, in addition to those enumerated in this title, the following powers and duties:
- (24) To address the health and wellness of students and employees.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-28. Health and wellness subcommittee.
(f) The Rhode Island department of elementary and secondary education and the Rhode Island department of heath will provide technical assistance and support to the school health and wellness subcommittees on best practices, professional development on coordinated school health issues, suggested initiatives, and will support communication among the school health and wellness subcommittees by sharing information on the activities, efforts, and experiences of subcommittees across the state.