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The Los Angeles County Board of Education recognizes the link between student health and learning and is committed to providing a safe and health-promoting learning environments for Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) students. The County Superintendent or designee coordinates a school wellness program to support and reinforce health literacy through nutrition education, health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.61 - Drug Testing)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 5141.27 - Food Allergies/Special Dietary Needs)

(cf. 5141.31 - Immunizations)

(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

The County Superintendent or designee may disseminate health information to parents/guardians through newsletters, handouts, parent/guardian meetings, website, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance

(cf. 1113 - Web Sites)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

School Wellness Committee

The County Superintendent or designee will permit parents/guardians, students, food service employees, physical education teachers, school health professionals, County Board members, school administrators, and members of the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of LACOE's student wellness policy. (42 USC 1758b; 7 CFR 210.30)

The County Board acknowledges that LACOE schools play a vital role in childhood nutrition and fitness, and therefore supports collaboration among the following components of coordinated school health:

1. Nutrition services

2. Health/nutrition education

3. Physical education and physical activity

4. Health services

5. Mental health/counseling services

6. Safe and healthy school environment

7. Parent and community involvement

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals

The County Board shall adopt goals and programs for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that LACOE determines appropriate. (42 USC 1751)

(cf. 0200 - Board Priorities for LACOE)

Nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on research, consistent with the expectations established in the state's curriculum frameworks and content standards, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into other academic subjects in the regular educational program.

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

Students shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis. Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through physical education, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and/or after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

The County Superintendent may enter into a joint use agreement to make LACOE facilities or grounds available for recreational or sports activities outside the school day and/or to use community facilities to expand students' access to opportunity for physical activity.

Nutritional Guidelines for Foods Available at School

For all foods and beverages available on each campus during the school day, LACOE shall adopt nutrition guidelines which are consistent with 42 USC 1758, 1766, 1773 and 1779 and support the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. (42 USC 1758b)

The County Board shall adopt nutritional guidelines for all foods available on each campus during the school day, with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. (42 USC 1751)

The County Board believes that foods and beverages available to students at LACOE schools should support the health curriculum and promote optimal health. Nutritional standards adopted by LACOE for all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided through LACOE's food service program, student stores, vending machines, fundraisers, or other venues, shall meet or exceed state and federal nutritional standards.

(cf. 3312 - Contracts)

(cf. 3550 - Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 5148.3 - Birth to Five Early Care and Education)

In order to maximize LACOE's ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and after-school snack programs, to the extent possible. When approved by the California Department of Education, LACOE may sponsor a summer meal program.

(cf. 3552 - Summer Meal Program)

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

The County Superintendent or designee will encourage school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. He/she also shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as a reward for students' academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the LACOE's nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties and by limiting foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards to no more than one such food or beverage per party. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period when possible.

Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals

Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and 1779(a) and (b), as they apply to schools. (42 USC 1751 Note)

In order to maximize LACOE's ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all LACOE schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, to the extent possible.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

Program Implementation and Evaluation

The County Board shall establish a plan for measuring implementation of this policy. The County Superintendent shall designate at least one person within the county office and at each school who is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that each school site implements this policy. (42 USC 1751 Note)

The County Superintendent shall designate one or more employees, as appropriate, to ensure that each school site complies with this policy. (42 USC 1758b)

(cf. 3555 - Nutrition Program Compliance)

The County Superintendent or designee shall inform and update the public, including parents/guardians, students, and others in the community, about the contents and implementation of this policy. He/she shall periodically measure and make available to the public an assessment of the extent to which schools are in compliance with this policy, the extent to which this policy compares to model wellness policies available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy. (42 USC 1758b)

The County Superintendent or designee will report to the County Board at least every two years on the implementation of this policy and any other County Board policies related to nutrition and physical activity.

Posting Requirements

Each school shall post LACOE's policies and regulations on nutrition and physical activity in public view within all central eating areas. (Education Code 49432)

Legal Reference:


33350-33354 CDE responsibilities re: physical education

49430-49436 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001

49490-49494 School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505 School meals

49510-49520 Nutrition

49530-49536 Child Nutrition Act

49540-49546 Child care food program

49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services

49550-49561 Meals for needy students

49565-49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program

49570 National School Lunch Act

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51222 Physical education

51223 Physical education, elementary schools

51795-51796.5 School instructional gardens

51880-51921 Comprehensive health education


15500-15501 Food sales by student organizations

15510 Mandatory meals for needy students

15530-15535 Nutrition education

15550-15565 School lunch and breakfast programs


1751-1769 National School Lunch Program, especially:

1751 Note Local wellness policy

1771-1791 Child Nutrition Act, including:

1773 School Breakfast Program

1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act


210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program

220.1-220.21 National School Breakfast Program


Frazer v. Dixon Unified School District, (1993) 18 Cal.App.4th 781

Management Resources:


Nutrition Standards for Schools: Implications for Student Wellness, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

Food Safety Requirements, Fact Sheet, October 2007

Physical Education and California Schools, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

Monitoring for Success: Student Wellness Policy Implementation Monitoring Report and Guide, 2007

Promoting Oral Health for California's Students: New Roles, New Opportunities for Schools, Policy Brief, March 2007

Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. April 2006

School-Based Marketing of Foods and Beverages: Policy Implications for School Boards, Policy Brief, March 2006


Healthy Children Ready to Learn, January 2005

Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003

Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade 12, 1994


Policy in Action: A Guide to Implementing Your Local School Wellness Policy, October 2006


School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide for Elementary and Middle/High Schools, 2004

Making It Happen: School Nutrition Success Stories, 2005


Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000


Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

Team Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Services, Changing the Scene, Improving the School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action, 2000



Action for Healthy Kids:

California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division:

California Department of Public Health:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition):

California School Nutrition Association:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Dairy Council of California:

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity:

National Association of State Boards of Education:

National School Boards Association:

School Nutrition Association:

Society for Nutrition Education:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Nutrition Service, wellness policy:


adopted: October 20, 2020 Downey, California