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Coordinating or Advisory Councils

Alaska

Last Updated: 8/14/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: No state policy.


Alabama

Last Updated: 8/14/2008

State-level: Code 22-5-2 (1979) creates a State Commission on Physical Fitness, referred to as the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness, for the purpose of protecting, promoting, and improving the physical fitness of state residents. 

Local-level: No state policy.


Arkansas

Last Updated: 3/22/2013

State-level: Code 6-7-117 (2003) creates a 15 member, three year term Child Health Advisory Committee representing various health organizations and state departments. The policy also requires local school districts to convene a school nutrition and physical activity advisory committee to raise awareness of the importance of nutrition and physical activity and assist in developing local policies adopted by state committees. Code 6-7-118 (2003) requires the Child Health Advisory Committee to meet at least once per month and provide recommendations to the State Board of Education and State Board of Health. The committee shall also develop nutrition and physical activity standards and policy recommendations. Details of the recommendations are found in the Code. School districts are then required to begin implementing the standards and incorporate nutrition and physical activity goals and objectives into the annual school planning and reporting process.

Code 6-7-119 (2003) requires the State Board of Education to provide appropriate rules and regulations that ensure the implementation of nutrition and physical activity standards. The State Board of Education's Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards and Body Mass Index for Age Assessment Protocols in Arkansas Public Schools (2012) fulfill this requirement.

Local-level: Codes 6-7-119 and 20-7-135 (2003) instruct each school district to convene a school nutrition and physical activity advisory committee that includes school district governing board members, school administrators, food service personnel, teacher organizations, parents, students, and professional groups. The committee is to help raise awareness of the importance of nutrition and physical activity and assist in developing local policies. The State Board of Education's Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards and Body Mass Index for Age Assessment Protocols in Arkansas Public Schools (2012) outline the specific responsibilities of the advisory committees.


Arizona

Last Updated: 4/29/2012

State-level: ARS 36-109 (no date available) establishes the appointed advisory health council. The Arizona Governor's Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports is commissioned to coordinate, support, and disseminate information about physical activity programs offered by the public and private sectors. The council is sustained by Executive Order 2004-10 to foster cooperative relationships, to encourage, develop and recognize programs that increase interest, enthusiasm and participation in health and physical activity, to make policy and program recommendations to the governor, and to coordinate activities with the President of the United States' Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Local-level: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-303 (1989) requires that sex education lessons be approved by the local governing board after a prescribed public hearing process. A representative advisory board must be established to assist in the development of sex education lessons.


California

Last Updated: 2/26/2009

State-level: Education Code 49533 (2002) established the Child Nutrition Advisory Council, effective April 1975, consisting of one member of the California Department of Education, one school administrator, one school board member, one school food service director, one school food service supervisor or manager, one classroom teacher, one curriculum coordinator, one nutrition education specialist, a qualified consultant specializing in nutrition, education, child care, or health and welfare, as well as a few others (see Education Code for specifics), all appointed by the State Board of Education. The council is responsible for recommending plans and guidelines for school and child care meal service and nutrition education programs.

Education Code 32239.5 (2001) establishes a School Violence Prevention and Response Task Force consisting of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Attorney General, the Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Planning, and the Secretary for Education, along with 12 other members representing educators, health care practitioners, and law enforcement members.

Local-level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council, nor does it require schools or districts to do so. However, the Health Framework for California Public Schools (2003) encourages districts to develop school health councils to address specific needs.

Education Code 49433 (2002) allows school districts that have at least one elementary or middle school or high school participating in the three-year pilot program conducted by the California Department of Education to convene a Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee to develop and recommend to the governing boards policies on nutrition and physical activity. Details of the three-year pilot program can be found in Education Code 49433.7 (2002).


Colorado

Last Updated: 8/14/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council, nor does it require schools or districts to do so. However, the Colorado Comprehensive Health Education Act encourages school districts to establish a local health advisory council that is representative of the community's norms and values.


Connecticut

Last Updated: 10/27/2011

State-level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council. However, Connecticut does recommend district and school health advisory councils as outlined in  Guidelines for a Coordinated Approach to School Health (2008) and the Position Statement on a Coordinated Approach to School Health (2009).

Local-level: Statute Chapter 164 Sec. 10-19b (1987) states "Advisory councils on drug abuse education and prevention established by municipalities may serve as a resource for public schools in the field of substance abuse prevention and education and may assist in the development of out-of-school activity for students.”


District of Columbia

Last Updated: 5/30/2013

Section 701 of the Healthy Students Act of 2010establishes the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission with the purpose of advising the Mayor and the Council on health, wellness, and nutritional issues concerning youth and schools in the District, including: (1) School meals; (2) Farm-to-school programs; (3) Physical activity and physical education; (4) Health education; (5) Environmental programs; (6) School gardens; (7) Sexual health programming; (8) Chronic disease prevention; (9) Emotional, social, and mental health services; (10) Substance abuse; and (11) Violence prevention. Specific functions of the Commission are outlined in the Act. The Commission shall be composed of 13 members who are experts in health, wellness, or nutrition; parents; teachers; or students. Requirements for appointees, Chairpersons, meetings and reports are outlined in the statute.


Delaware

Last Updated: 8/14/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: Administrative Code 14:851 (2005) requires each school district to appoint persons such as teachers, parents, school nurses, community leaders, guidance counselors, law enforcement officers and others with expertise in areas of health, family life, and safe and drug free schools and communities" to serve as members of the District Consolidated Application Planning Committee.


Florida

Last Updated: 4/24/2013

State Level: No state policy.

Local Level: Statute 381.0056 (2006) requires each county health department to develop, jointly with the district school board and the local school health advisory committee, a school health services plan. The legislation includes that each school health advisory committee must, at a minimum, include members who represent the eight component areas of the Coordinated School Health model as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. School health advisory committees are encouraged to address the eight components of the Coordinated School Health model in the school district's school wellness policy pursuant to Statute 1003.453.


Georgia

Last Updated: 10/30/2011

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.12 (2000) requires each local board to establish a committee to periodically review the sex/AID education instructional materials and make recommendations for age/grade level use.


Hawaii

Last Updated: 8/14/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: No state policy.


Iowa

Last Updated: 11/29/2010

State-level: S.F. 2251 (2006) required the department of education and the department of public health to convene a healthy children task force to assess current policy and statutes affecting the health of children specifically physical activity, physical education, food and nutrition, and nutrition education for children ages 3 through 18. Link to the report to the Governor and General Assembly. 

Local-level: 281 IAC 12.8 requires schools to appoint and charge a school improvement advisory committee to make recommendations to the school board. The recommendations must address harassment or bullying prevention goals, programs, training, and other initiatives.


Idaho

Last Updated: 8/14/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: No state policy.


Illinois

Last Updated: 8/17/2008

State-level: 105 ILCS 110/5 (1999) establishes an advisory committee to assist and advise the State Board of Education in implementing the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. 105 ILCS 130/3 (1997) establishes a Sex Education Advisory Board for the purpose of making policy recommendations for the distribution of sex education material and recommend criteria for using motion picture, literature, and educational programs. 20 ILCS 3950/3 (1998) creates the Governor's Council on Health and Physical Fitness to encourage state citizens to participate in more active health and fitness activities.

Local-level: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.14 (2002) calls for the establishment of parent-teacher advisory committees to work with law enforcement agencies to develop policy guidelines for school bus safety. The school board must also consult with the committee when including provisions in student discipline policies.


Indiana

Last Updated: 8/14/2008

State-level: IC 20-26-9-18 (2006) requires each school board to establish a coordinated school health advisory council to review the district's wellness policies on a yearly basis and provide suggestions to the school board.

Local-level: IC 20-34-1-3 (2005) requires each governing body of a school corporation to establish an AIDS Advisory Council.

IC 20-34-2-2 (2005) requires the governing body of each school corporation shall establish a drug-free schools committee for each school in the school corporation.

511 IAC 4-1.5-8 (2000) states that districts may have a program management activity at the school or corporation level to ensure Student Services.

IC 20-26-9-19 (2006) requires each local school board to establish a coordinated school health advisory council.  The council must annually review the corporation's wellness policies.


Kansas

Last Updated: 11/20/2011

State Level: Statute 72-964 (1999) establishes a state special education advisory council and Statute 72-8502 (1988) creates the Teaching and School Administrative Professional Standards Advisory Board.

Local Level: No state policy.


Kentucky

Last Updated: 5/23/2013

State-level: KRS 148.590 (2005)  establishes the Council on Sports, Physical Activity and Wellness to serve as a resource to the Governor and General Assembly to increase awareness and develop physical fitness and activity goals for all citizens of the state, encourage intergenerational activities to strengthen the family unit, and support the National Association of Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Local-level: No state policy.


Louisiana

Last Updated: 6/20/2012

State-level: RS 17:17.6 (2012) requires the State Department of Education to establish and administer a targeted coordinated school health program. The program must include all of the components of the coordinated school health program model, establish program standards and guidelines, and develop and maintain a system to monitor and evaluate progress. The Department of Education must administer a grant program to assist with implementation of the coordinated school health program. Requirements for the grant program are outlined in the statute.

RS 46:2611 (2001) creates the Louisiana Council on Obesity Prevention and Management with funds appropriated by the Legislature to advise and assist the secretary of the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. The Louisiana State Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 42 (2003) to establish a multidisciplinary council to provide advice to the State Department of Education on specific health-related matters. The state does not require schools or districts to establish school health coordinating or advisory councils.

RS 40:2451 (2003) establishes the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports which is comprised of 15 members representing physicians, pediatricians, coaches, physical therapists, athletic trainers, athletics, educators, and others.

Local-level: No state policy.


Massachusetts

Last Updated: 10/2/2011

State level: General Law 15.1G (no date available) requires the establishment of an advisory council to the state board of education to focus on various areas, including comprehensive health education programs, and to make programmatic recommendations that fulfill the goals established by the board. The Interdisciplinary Health Education and Human Services Advisory Council, made up of health professionals, concerned representatives of the public and the public schools, and representatives of other state agencies, provides advice on legislation, regulations, and guidelines related to instituting comprehensive health education and services in the public schools.

SB2314 (2010) establishes a commission on school nutrition and childhood obesity for the purpose of making an investigation and study of childhood obesity and effective programs promoting proper nutrition and exercise for children. The requirements for the members of the commission are outlined in the statute.

The commission shall conduct a comprehensive review of programs promoting proper nutrition for children at each stage of development, both inside and outside of the school setting.

Local Level: General Law 71.38O (no date available) allows for local sex education advisory committees to provide advice to local school boards "concerning reading, visual aid and all other material pertaining to sex education. Said committee shall consist of eleven members, one of whom shall be a physician and seven of whom shall be parents of children attending a school of such city, town or regional school district."

SB4459 (2011) requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Public Health to promulgate regulations requiring all school districts to convene a School Wellness Policy Advisory Committee  to develop and to recommend to the superintendent of schools and school committee a school district wellness policy addressing school nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity.

 


Maryland

Last Updated: 9/3/2009

State Level: In the 1950's the Maryland State School Health Council was established and formally reorganized in 1966. The council helps to develop and maintain programs that provide a healthful school environment, health and safety instruction, and school health services (Maryland Manual 1991-92). The group serves as an advisory board to the State Departments of Health, Education and the Governor's Office of Children, Youth, and Families. Members of the Executive Board meet with the Secretaries of each of these agencies annually. State Board of Education Regulation 13A.05.05.13 (1989) requires the Maryland State School Health Council to assist with the establishment of local school health councils.

Code 13-403 (1992) establishes the State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. The purpose of this council is to protect and improve physical fitness along with other duties outlined in Code 13-407 (1993).

Local Level: State Board of Education Regulation 13A.05.05.13 requires the establishment of local school health councils under the joint responsibility of the local school superintendent and the local health officer.


Maine

Last Updated: 6/4/2013

State-level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council, nor does it require schools or districts to do so. However, Statute Title 22 1700 (2002) requires the state Bureau of Health to establish an asthma prevention and control program to lead and coordinate activities on asthma prevention and intervention.

Executive Order (2003) establishes the Governor's Council on Physical Activity with the purpose to advise the Governor of ways to foster a healthy citizenry and offer solutions to the health challenges in the state.

Local-level
: No state policy.

Michigan

Last Updated: 8/17/2008

State Level: Administrative Code 388.274 (1970) and MCL 388.384 (1970) instruct the department of education to periodically convene, as necessary, groups of individuals from universities and colleges, various fields of education, voluntary health agencies, professional health associations, the state departments of public health and mental health and from the local school districts to advise it on the implementation of the Critical Health Problems Education Act and rules.

Local Level: Public Act 165 (2004) stipulates that school districts that provide sex education classes shall not offer instruction without the establishment of a sex education advisory board by the local board. The advisory board shall be made up of two appointed co-chairs, one of whom is a parent, and at least half of the members shall be parents who have a child attending a school operated by the school district. The policy further requires pupils, educators, local clergy, and community health professionals to be included on the advisory board.

In 2003 the State Board of Education adopted the nonbinding Policy on Coordinated School Health Programs to Support Academic Achievement and Healthy Schools, which recommends each school district to establish a School Health Council and each school building establish a School Health Team. Both the Council and Team should consist of school staff, families, students, and members of the community to oversee, evaluate, and make recommendations to the board regarding the Coordinated School Health Program. The Board also adopted the Policy to Promote Health and Prevent Disease and Pregnancy in 2003 that recommends local advisory boards meet semi-annually to review the progress of sexuality education programs and make necessary recommendations to the local school board.


Minnesota

Last Updated: 8/17/2008

State Level: No policy

Local Level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council, nor does it require schools or districts to do so. However, Statute 121A.27 (1998) requires that schools participating in a chemical abuse program establish a school and community advisory team.


Missouri

Last Updated: 11/27/2011

State Level: The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health strives to promote a healthy Missouri where people are exercising regularly, eating nutritiously and making other healthy lifestyle choices."

Revised Statute 161.508 (1990) creates the state drug-free school advisory committee composed of governor appointed law enforcement officials, parents, administrators, and education and drug and alcohol professionals. 

Local Level: Revised Statute 167.611 (1993) allows a public school or district to establish an advisory committee composed of parents, teachers, health professionals, administrators, and students to revise and advise on the services to be provided to students in the school.


Mississippi

Last Updated: 9/9/2009

State-level: Code 41-105-1 (2002) creates the state-level Healthcare Coordinating Council to provide recommendations in establishing a comprehensive preventive healthcare plan.

Code 7-1-553 (1992) establishes the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports. The Commission's role is to encourage state agencies and local governments to emphasize regular physical and sports participation, encourages the development of community recreation, physical fitness and sports participation programs, and assist education agencies in developing realistic, high quality innovative health and physical education programs.

Code 41-101-1 (2004) creates the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management within the State Department of Health to establish recommendations to assure that school age children who show early signs of obesity have access to affordable, effective prevention and management services and provide suggestions for changes in statewide elementary and secondary curricula to include comprehensive, coordinated obesity awareness.

Code 41-103-1 (2004) creates the Task Force on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to coordinate efforts in heart disease and stroke education, prevention and treatment. The Task Force shall include a representative from the state Department of Education.

Local-level
: Code 37-13-135 (1990) requires each school board to appoint a local health education council that serves to make recommendations for the comprehensive health education curriculum. Code 37-13-134 (2007) requires local school boards to establish a school health advisory council whose duties shall include, but are not limited to, making curriculum and hour of instruction recommendations for health and physical education, recommending appropriate practices that include a coordinated approach to school health, and guidance or the development of the local school wellness plan. State Board of Education Policy 4012 (2008) requires all schools to have an established school health council and the physical education and comprehensive health education staff must serve on the council.


Montana

Last Updated: 12/19/2012

State-level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council. However Montana has a Healthy Schools committee made up of key agency/organizations that meets routinely.

Local-level: No state policy.


North Carolina

Last Updated: 9/27/2010

State-level: No state policy. 

Local-level: Board Policy on Healthy Active Students, State Board of Education Policy GCS-S-000 (2003) mandates that each school district establish and maintain a local School Health Advisory Council.


North Dakota

Last Updated: 12/27/2011

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: Code 15.1-24-03 (no date available) allows any school to appoint a chemical abuse preassessment team consisting of a school counselor, social worker, and other appropriately trained individuals".


Nebraska

Last Updated: 12/21/2011

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: The State Board of Education's Policy for Coordinated School Health (2010) encourages each school district to establish a School Health Council and each school to establish a School Health Team that meets four times a year.


New Hampshire

Last Updated: 12/26/2011

State-level: The Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions advises and collaborates with various state departments to increase awareness of issues regarding children and chronic health conditions. Details of the duties of the Council are outlined in RSA 126-J:3 (1997).

Local-level: No state policy.


New Jersey

Last Updated: 12/26/2011

State-level: N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.4 (1979) requires the commissioner of education along with the Department of Community Affairs, Division on Women, to appoint an advisory council to assist and advise the state board of education in developing and implementing an educational program for the prevention of sexual assault.

Chapter 303 (2004) establishes the New Jersey Obesity Task Force to study and evaluate, and draw up recommendations relating to obesity prevention among New Jersey residents, with specific attention to children and adolescents.

 

Local-level: No state policy.


New Mexico

Last Updated: 8/17/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: 6.12.6.8.E NMAC (2006) requires local school boards to establish and maintain school health advisory councils that consists of parent(s), school food authority personnel, school board member(s), school administrator(s), school staff; student(s); and community member(s). The school health advisory council shall have the responsibility to make recommendations to the local school board in the development or revision, implementation, and evaluation of the wellness policy consistent with this rule. The school health advisory council shall meet for this purpose a minimum of two times annually."


Nevada

Last Updated: 8/17/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: NRS 389.065 (1987) requires each board of trustees to appoint an advisory committee, consisting of five parents of children who attend schools in the district and four representatives from specific professions, to advise the district on content and materials of instruction for the course on AIDS, the human reproductive system, other communicable diseases, and sexual responsibility.


New York

Last Updated: 9/16/2009

State-level: Statewide Infrastructure for School Health (referred to as SHIFT) is a partnership between the State Department of Education, the Department of Health, and 6 other agencies to focus on reducing adolescent health risk behaviors and promote health-enhancing behaviors.

Local-level: Commissioner's Regulation 135.3 (2004) require each local board of education to establish an advisory council responsible for making recommendations concerning the content, implementation, and evaluation of the AIDS instruction program.

Education Law 918 authorizes and encourages every school district to establish a child nutrition advisory committee. The committee is charged with studying all facets of current nutrition policies in the district and reporting annually to the board of the local school district the status of the implementation of the district's programs.

Commissioner's Regulation 155.17 (no date available)  requires the board of education in each district to develop a comprehensive safety plan that coordinates efforts between the board of education, students, teachers, administrators, parent organizations, and other school and safety personnel.


Ohio

Last Updated: 6/28/2010

State-level: ORC 3301.92 (2010) establishes a Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Council. The requirements for the members of the council are outlined in the statute. The council is charged with (1) monitoring progress in improving student health and wellness, (2) Making periodic policy recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding ways to improve the nutritional standards for food and beverages outlined in ORC 3313.816 and ORC 3313.817, (3) Making recommendations to the Department of Education for the development of a clearinghouse of best practices in the areas of student nutrition, physical activity for students, and body mass index screenings (4) Assisting the Department of Health in developing a list of resources regarding health risks associated with weight status for distribution to parents and guardians in ORC 3313.674 , (5) Regularly reviewing developments in science and nutrition to ensure the Council remains informed for purposes of making recommendations.

ORC 3301.80 (2008) establishes a child wellness advisory council in the office of the governor.  The council shall make policy recommendations to the board of education and the department of health to promote, coordinate, and implement statewide efforts to improve children's nutrition, physical education, and physical activity through school-based activities and strategies to improve child wellness. The recommendations shall address the following: (1) Strategies for improving the nutritional value of food and beverages available for sale to students through school food service programs, vending machines on school property, school stores, student associations or other school-sponsored organizations, (2) Strateiges for promoting student wellness, including participation in physical education and activity, (3) Proecdures for monitoring implementation of the nutrition standards established in Ohio Code, (4) Methods to ensure that each school district, community school and chartered nonpublic school has and is implementing a local wellness policy, and (5) An assessment tool for evaluating the effects of district and school efforts to improve child wellness.

Local-level: ORC 3313.82 (2008) requires the board of education of each school district and chartered nonpublic school to establish a school nutrition and physical activity committee consisting of representatives of teh board or governing authority, parents, students, administrators, teachers (including pe and health teachers), school food service representatives, school nurses and the public. Specific responsibilities of the committee outlined in the statute.


Oklahoma

Last Updated: 9/2/2008

State Level: Statute 63-1-559.1 (2003) establishes the Task Force on the Promotion of Children's Health consisting of 25 members whose purpose is to formulate recommendations related to children's health for the state.

Statute 43A-12-104 (2004) establishes the 21-member Youth Suicide Prevention Council. The Council is to collaborate with community partnership boards to develop and coordinate local resources to address youth suicide; provide technical assistance to schools and communities for identification and treatment of children, youth, and young adults in risk of committing suicide; identify and promote strategies to prevent youth suicide; and promote public awareness of the problems of youth suicide and the efforts being made to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with suicide.

Local Level: Statute 70-24-100a (2005) requires each public school to establish a Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee comprised of at least 6 members. This Committee is to study and make recommendations to the school principal regarding health education, physical education and physical activity, and nutrition and health services. It also requires the State Board of Education to authorize the regional accreditation officers to report a school as deficient for noncompliance of the Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee guidelines.

Statute 70-24-100.5 (2002) establishes Safe School Committees in every public school site. The committee's purpose is to study and make recommendations to the principal regarding unsafe conditions, possible strategies for students to avoid harm at school, student victimization, crime prevention, school violence, and other issues which prohibit the maintenance of a safe school.


Oregon

Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State-level: Chapter 617 Oregon Laws (2001) establishes the Center for School Safety that is charged with developing a plan to assess public school safety and student discipline.

Local-level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council. However, Oregon has a Coordinated School Health Interagency Team comprised of program staff representing the eight components of comprehensive school health and the CDC-identified risk behaviors.


Pennsylvania

Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State Level:  24 P.S. 14-1422 (2006) requires the Secretaries of Education, Health and Agriculture to establish an interagency coordinating council along with an advisory council to annually review, revise and publish and Pennsylvania Child Wellness Plan to promote child health, nutrition and physical education.

Local Level: The state does not mandate the formation of a school health coordinating or advisory council, nor does it require schools or districts to do so. However, 24 P.S. 14-1422 (2006) allows schools to set up advisory health councils comprised of representatives from the medical and dental associations, social organization, veterans' organizations, parent-teacher organizations, service clubs and other area organizations.


Rhode Island

Last Updated: 2/13/2013

State Level: Statute 16-2-9(a)(24) (2005) makes addressing the health and wellness of students and staff a duty of the school committee. Statute 16-2-9(a)(25) (2005) and Statute 16-21-28 (2005) require that the school committee of each school district establish a school health and wellness subcommittee. This subcommittee is charged with making recommendations regarding health education curriculum and instruction, physical education curriculum and instruction, and nutrition and physical activity policies. This subcommittee is to be chaired by a member of the school committee, and consist of a majority of non-school employees, including at least one parent.

Local Level: Statute 16-2-9(a)(25) (2005) and Statute 16-21-28 (2005) require that the school committee of each school district establish a school health and wellness subcommittee. This subcommittee is charged with making recommendations regarding health education curriculum and instruction, physical education curriculum and instruction, and nutrition and physical activity policies.


South Carolina

Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: Code 59-32-30 and the School Health Program Manual (1997) [no link available] require each local school board to appoint a 13 member advisory committee, consisting of 2 parents, 3 clergy, 2 health professionals, 2 teachers, 2 students, and 2 other persons not employed by the school district, to assist in selecting components and curriculum in reproductive health education, family life education, and pregnancy prevention education. 

Code 59-10-330 (2005) requires each school district to establish and maintain a Coordinated School Health Advisory Council (CSHAC) to assess, plan, implement, and monitor district and school health policies and programs, including the development of a district wellness policy to be implemented in the 2006-07 school year. This council is to be composed of members of the community, school representatives, students, parents, district food service employees, and school board members.


South Dakota

Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State Level: No state policy.

Local Level: No state policy.


Tennessee

Last Updated: 2/5/2012

State-level:  Code 49-1-1001 – 1006 (2000) and is also known as Coordinated School Health Improvement Act of 2000 establishes Coordinated School Health in Tennessee. Code 49-6-1022 (2006) mandates the creation of a school health coordinator position in the department of education. 

Local-level: Schools or districts that receive funding under Code 49-1-1002 (2000) are required to have school health advisory councils, coordinating councils, and healthy school teams per state standards and guidelines. The Department of Education's Physical Activity Policy, SBE 4.206 (2005) requires each school health advisory council to serve as a resource for schools implementing health and nutritional policies, as outlined within this policy. 


Texas

Last Updated: 7/10/2013

State-level: Education Code 33.084 (1995) establishes the interscholastic league advisory council composed of various state education officials and legislators who is instructed to study student eligibility to participate according to University Interscholastic League policy, the geographic distribution of UIL programs, and gender equity.

Local-level: Education Code 28.004 (2013) requires each school district to establish a local school health advisory council. A majority of the members must be persons who are parents of students enrolled in the district and who are not employed by the district. The local school health advisory council’s duties include recommending the number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education, curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction, and strategies for integrating the curriculum components in a coordinated school health program. It also includes joint use agreements or strategies for collaboration between the school district and community organizations or agencies. The council must establish a subcommittee to consider issues relating to student physical activity and fitness and make policy recommendations to increase phyiscal activity and improve fitness among students.

In addition, Education Code 38.058 (2001) allows a school district to establish a local health education and health care advisory council to make recommendations on establishing school-based health centers.


Utah

Last Updated: 9/4/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: The state recommends in Code 53A-11-204 (2002) that school districts, local health departments, private medical providers, and parents work together to develop a plan to address the health needs of students and minimize the risks to students.

R277-474 (2001) requires schools to form curriculum review committees at the district or school level to review materials for sexuality instruction.


Virginia

Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: Code 22.1-275.1 (1999) requires each local school board to establish a school health advisory board consisting of parents, students, health professionals, educators, and others to assist with the development and evaluation of health policies in the school division.


Vermont

Last Updated: 3/6/2012

State-level16 VSA 132 (1978) requires the state commissioner of education to establish an 11 member advisory council to assist the department of education in planning a program of comprehensive health education in the public schools.

33 VSA 703 (1983) creates the alcohol and drug abuse council within the agency of human services to promote the reduction of problems arising from alcohol and drug abuse, one of member of which must be a certified practicing teacher and one a school administrator. 33 VSA 705 (1983) requires the council to work with the state board of education in developing educational and preventative programs.

Local-level: 16 VSA 135 (1987) allows any school district or board to establish a comprehensive health education community advisory council to assist the school board in creating and implementing comprehensive health education.


Washington

Last Updated: 2/16/2009

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: RCW 28A.210.365 (no date available) states that "It's the goal of Washington state to ensure that by 2010, all K-12 districts have school health advisory committees that advise school administration and school board members on policies, environmental changes, and programs needed to support healthy food choice and physical activity and childhood fitness."


Wisconsin

Last Updated: 3/26/2013

State-level: Statute 115.36 requires the department to maintain an advisory council on alcohol and other drug abuse. It must advise the department on administration of a grant program. Statute 115.35 (1999) allows the department to appoint a council consisting of representatives from higher education institutions, law enforcement, education fields, health agencies, the department of health and family services, professional health associations, and other agencies to advise on the development of a health problems education program.

Local-level: Statute 118.019 (2001) requires in any school district that offers a human growth and development curriculum, the school board to appoint an ad hoc advisory committee whose role is to advisethe school board on the design and implementation of the human growth and development curriculum and to review the curriculum. Parents, teachers, school administrators, pupils, health care professionals, members of the clergy, and other residents of the school district shall compromise the committee. No one category of member shall constitute more than one-fifth of the membership of the committee,except that parents may comprise more than 1/5th of the members of their committee. No more than 1/4 of the members of the committee may be made up of employees of the school district or their spouses.
 


West Virginia

Last Updated: 4/30/2009

State-level: The WVDE shall establish a broad-based nutrition advisory council to keep the WVBE apprised of current research findings in nutrition and assess implications for future program development and implementation as directed in Board Policy 4321.1 (2004).

Local-level: No state policy.


Wyoming

Last Updated: 10/6/2010

State-level: Statute 35-1-701 (no date available) establishes a joint committee on school health comprised of the state department of education and the state department of health. In Statute 35-1-702 (no date available), the joint committee is to provide policies regarding medical services, sanitary environments, and school health instruction.

Local-level: No state policy.


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