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    The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and the entire East Baton Parish School System (EBRPSS) is committed to the optimal physical and academic development of every student.  For students to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success, the system must create positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year.  The system will align health and wellness efforts with other school improvement endeavors to ensure the optimal health and academic success of all students.

    The intent of this policy is to influence students of all grade levels to make nutritious food choices, establish healthy eating habits and increase physical activity, with an emphasis on developing life-long healthy habits.  Furthermore, it is important to note that the implementation of the wellness Initiatives includes both short and long-term goals.

    This local school wellness policy (LWP) outlines the system's approach to ensuring that the school environment provides opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day.  This policy applies to all students, staff, and schools in the system.  Specific measurable goals and outcomes are identified within each section.


    The School Board designates the Superintendent to develop and maintain regulations and standards of operations (SOPs) for implementation to manage and coordinate the execution of the local school wellness policy (LWP).  The regulations and SOPs shall include the requirements of federal and state laws and regulations, delineate roles, responsibilities, actions, and timelines specific to each school; and include information about persons responsible for making changes; as well as specific goals and objectives for nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available on the school campus, food and beverage marketing, nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, physical education and other school-based activities that promote student wellness.

    This LWP and any progress reports shall be maintained on the system’s website.


    The School Board designates the Superintendent to establish a Local Wellness Council (LWC) to advise the Superintendent and to inform the School Board on physical activity for students, physical and health education, nutrition, and overall student health.  The Superintendent shall appoint the council members and shall include appropriate staff members, parents of students and individuals representing the community, as well as school health and food service professionals.  The Superintendent will designate the Chairperson of the Council.  The School Wellness Council shall assist in implementation, periodic review, and updating of the LWP.  The Superintendent and designated administrative staff and school personnel together with the LWC have operational responsibility to ensure system schools are meeting the tenets of the LWP.  The duties and activities of the LWC will be provided in an SOP from the Superintendent or Division of Human Resources.

    The Council Chairperson will convene the LWC at least four times each school year, facilitate development of and updates to the Local Wellness Policy (LWP) and ensure each school's compliance with the policy.  The members of the LWC will perform needs assessments and sets goals utilizing CDCs assessment tools or other appropriate assessment tools.  The names and contact information of the council members and meetings will be made readily available to the public.  The results of each quarterly meeting shall be reported to the School Board by the Superintendent.  The Superintendent will recommend to the School Board any changes suggested by the LWC.


    Each building principal or administrator in charge shall establish and appoint a school-level committee to be comprised of school staff, students, caregivers, and community stakeholders to support school-level Implementation of the LWP.  The names and contact information of the committee members and meetings will be made readily available to the public.


    The system is committed to ensuring that the community is aware of and involved in the development and implementation of the LWP.  The system will actively communicate the ways in which representatives of the LWC, School Wellness Committee (SWC) and others can participate in the development, implementation and periodic review and update of the LWP.


    Triennial Assessment

    At least once every three years, the School Board and the EBRPSS will assess the LWP by measuring the following:



    The EBRPSS ensures that the LWP aligns with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Model Wellness Policy.




    The EBRPSS will retain records to document the presence of and compliance with the LWP, including but not limited to the following:



Policy Updates


The EBRPSS will update the LWP based upon the following:



    Notification to the Public


    The EBRPSS will actively inform caregivers and the public each year of basic information about the LWP, including but not limited to the following:



    The policy can be found here:


    The EBRPSS will use multiple methods to distribute this information to the community, including but not limited to the following:



    If you are interested in participating as a member of the DWC, contact, V. Silas at



    School Meals

    The EBRPSS is the School Food Authority (SFA) responsible for the administration of one or more schools and has the legal authority to operate the federal meal programs. All schools within the EBRPSS will participate in the National School Lunch (Snack) Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program (FFVP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and will provide meals that meet the nutrition standards for school meals as per USDA, the LA Department of Health, and the LA Department of Education.

    In an effort to meet and exceed child nutrition program standards, the system will - over time - adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition.  This program is defined in the Good Food Purchasing Policy and refers to the practice of good food procurement best practices that are healthy, affordable, fair, and sustainable.  The Good Food Purchasing Policy document upholds the standards, implementation plan, and review process of this work year-over-year.  The system shall work with the GFPP national network to implement this values-based approach to child nutrition following the Good Food Procurement Guidelines as identified by the child nutrition program leadership and applicable system staff.

    Click on link to access Good Food Policy:

    EBRPSS administration will ensure school meals are accessible to all students as well as making accommodations for special dietary needs and food allergies as required by federal regulations.  A school meal is offered to every student at no cost as a result of the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.  School meals will be prepared by a team of child nutrition program professionals who have met all USDA professional standards.

    Food will not be used as a reward or be withheld as a punishment.  Menus will be written by chefs and will be USDA compliant.  Parents will have access to menus in multiple formats.

    Drinking Water at Mealtime - Students will have access to free, unflavored drinking water during mealtimes at school. SP28-2011osr.pdf(

    Competitive Foods/Beverages and Fundraisers:  All foods and beverages sold outside of the school meal programs, during the school day will, at a minimum, meet Smart Snacks Guidance.  The school day is defined as the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the school day.  The system encourages schools to use fundraisers that promote physical activity (e.g., walk-a-thons, American Heart Challenge, or fun runs).  USDA Smart Snack Guide

    Foods and beverages may be sold at school anytime during the school day if Smart Snacks Standards are met (Refer to the Pennington List for foods that are smart snack compliant).  Smart Snack Criteria

    Celebrations/Rewards/Classroom Parties/Food Brought from Home - All foods offered on the school campus will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.  Non-food related rewards, such as a free dress day, an interview with the principal or coach or lunch at a special table with the principal can be offered. Healthy and Active Parties - Action for Healthy Kids

    Marketing foods and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day are limited to those that meet smart snack standards.  (7 CFR 210.31(c)(3)(iii)).  SP 24-2017 (


    The EBRPSS will teach, model, encourage and support healthy eating among students. Schools will provide nutrition education integrated into other subjects, as part of health education and/or offer stand-alone classes at each grade level.

    The system will ensure it will meet the following goals for health education:



    Nutrition Promotion


    The EBRPSS will ensure that students and staff receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the school campus including in classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. The system administrators and all school principals will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all students across the school campus during the school day and will encourage participation in school meal programs.  Messaging in school announcements, newsletters and website postings will promote healthy food and beverage choices.



    The EBRPSS will ensure that a combination of physical activity opportunities will be offered to students in the form of the following:



    Bulletin 741- Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators:  §2313. Elementary Program of Studies



    Bulletin 102- Louisiana Physical Education Content Standards: Physical Education



    Daily Recess


    The EBRPSS will offer time, adequate spaces, facilities, equipment, and supplies for recess.  Recess will be offered at all elementary schools for twenty (20) or more minutes on all days during the school year which will complement, not substitute for, physical education class.


    Before and After School Activities


    The EBRPSS will offer before school activities, intramurals, elementary sports, or interscholastic sports.



    The EBRPSS will integrate wellness activities that adhere to the LWP guidelines across the entire school setting, including the cafeteria, other food and beverage venues, classrooms, and physical activity facilities.


    Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)

    The WSCC model is centered on the school, while connecting to the family and the community to address the needs of the whole child.  The WSCC model provides greater alignment, integration and collaboration between health and education.  The five tenets located in the center of the WSCC model - healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged - are critical for improving students' health and academic achievement.

    School Climate

    The system is committed to creating a positive climate across all campuses during the school day and out-of-school time.

    The EBRPSS will promote a positive climate that fosters student and employee well-being by engaging in research-based practices that build the capacity of personnel to support all students, prioritize positive and intentional relationships, deal with individual student needs by providing appropriate support, and ensure students have the life, social and emotional skills for post-secondary success.

    The EBRPSS will maintain a (Multi-Tiered System of Support) MTSS framework that accounts for needed student support.  This framework addresses the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of students.  All students will receive access to instruction that supports continuous improvement including:



    Student Support


    The EBRPSS is committed to ensuring that the social-emotional and behavioral (SEB) needs of all students are met by ensuring:





    The EBRPSS will provide research-based prevention education in the areas of alcohol, drug abuse, and violence.  The system is committed to using current, local, state, and national data to address community needs and trends.


    The EBRPSS will provide a crisis support team and ensure all schools have been trained in crisis protocols that provide appropriate individualized responses to student and campus needs.


    School Based Health Services


    EBRPSS has taken an initiative-taking approach to meeting the multiple and often-complex health care needs of the student population.  This is supported by the contractual relationship with Health Centers in Schools to oversee the school nursing program, the school-based health center program and other population health initiatives.


    The intent is to identify, develop and implement wellness and health initiatives district wide through the many opportunities that exist within Student Health Services.  The school nurses, school-based health center staff, and other partners are an integral part of the overall success of the wellness initiatives; health professionals provide a venue for strengthening the wellness policies, as well as other school-based wellness initiatives.  For the purpose of this policy, this section will not address the many roles and responsibilities of the school-based health program, but will focus on the following ways it augments the district’s wellness initiatives:




    The EBRPSS is committed to supporting the physical health needs of all students and community involvement.


    Click on link to access SoP:  Wellness Policy_School Based SoP


    Employee Wellness


    The EBRPSS is committed to supporting the physical and mental health and well-being of all system employees.


    Click on link to access SoP:  Wellness Policy _ Employee Wellness SoP



    Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

    A federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks served to children and youth participating in afterschool care programs, children residing in emergency shelters, and adults over the age of sixty (60) or living with a disability and enrolled in daycare facilities.

    Child Nutrition Programs (CNP)

    Federally funded programs aimed at providing low-income children with nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free meals and snacks in schools, childcare centers and out-of-school time programs.  These programs include the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Foodservice Program.

    Competitive Foods and Beverages

    Foods and beverages are those sold outside of the federal school meals programs.  They include those offered in vending machines, à la carte, school stores, snack bars, canteens, classroom parties, classroom snacks, school celebrations, fundraisers, or school meetings.  These foods and beverages are required to meet science-based nutrition standards (Smart Snacks), as published by the USDA and required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

    System Wellness Council (DWC)

    A System Wellness Council is comprised of system, school and community members who meet at least four times per year to establish system goals and to oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation, evaluation, and updates of the Local School Wellness Policy.

    Diversity and Inclusion Practices

    Diversity and inclusion practices are the methods undertaken by an organization to ensure that the value of differences is recognized and that all have the opportunity to participate and succeed regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, mental, emotional, psychological, or physical disabilities, learning styles, geographic residence, languages used, cultural heritage, educational level and more.  This includes not only how programming is presented, but also reaching out to people, engaging them in ways that address their needs and perspectives and encouraging all to become actively involved.

    Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

    The FFVP is a federally assisted program that provides free fresh fruits and vegetables to children at eligible elementary schools during the school day.  The goal of the FFVP is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, to include new and different varieties, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children.  The FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education.

    Food and Beverage Marketing

    Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in schools.  Food and beverage marketing often include oral, written or graphic statements, made for promoting the sale of a food or beverage product made by the producer, manufacturer, seller or any other entity with a commercial interest in the product.

    Health Equity

     A fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.  This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination and their consequences including powerlessness, lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

    Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010

    Authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increased access to healthy food for low-income children.  The law updated the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to align with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and for the first time, set nutritional standards for foods sold in schools outside of the school meal programs (competitive foods).

    Local Education Agency (LEA)

    The local/system agency that is responsible for education within their jurisdiction and/or school system.

    Local School Wellness Policy (LWP)

     A written document of official policies that guide a local education agency (LEA) or school system's efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students' health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

    Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA)

    Moderate to vigorous physical activities cause an increase in heart rate, breathing and body temperature.

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

    A systematic, integrated, and multilayered approach used to deliver instruction, assess student progress, and provide needed support and intervention.  It is evidenced and research based.

    National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

    Federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools as well as residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day.

    Nutrition Education

    A curriculum-based model to teach essential knowledge and skills to improve healthy eating habits.  Nutrition education can be provided in schools as a separate subject, or it can be integrated into other subjects.  For example, teaching a science lesson about how food is grown can address science standards while addressing the importance of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Nutrition Promotion

    Evidence-based techniques and messages to influence lifelong healthy eating behaviors.  For example, displaying posters about healthy eating in the cafeteria.

    Out-of-School Time (OST) SETTINGS

    Out-of-school time settings are supervised programs that students regularly attend when school is not in session.  This can include before- and after-school programs on (or offsite from) a school campus.

    Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

    An approach schools use to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. PBIS  ensures that schools teach students about behavior, just as they would teach about any other subject.

    Positive School Climate

    Refers to the physical, social, academic, and disciplinary environment in a school building, school campus, or out-of-school time site.  A positive school climate supports students' overall mental and physical health while meeting their academic needs.


    Regularly scheduled period in the school day for physical activity and play that is monitored by trained staff.  During recess, students are encouraged to be physically active and engaged with their peers in activities of their choice at all grade levels.

    School Breakfast Program (SBP)

    Federally funded meal program that provides free- and reduced-price breakfast meals to low-income students across the country.  School breakfast can be offered in the cafeteria, though many schools offer breakfast in the classroom or through grab-and-go carts to increase participation in the meal programs, and to reduce the stigma of receiving school breakfast.

    School Wellness Committee (SWC)

    A school-level committee that focuses on the health and wellness needs of the student, staff, and community partners at a specific school.  The SWC is comprised of school staff, students, caregivers, and community stakeholders, and supports school-level implementation of the local school wellness policy.

    Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards (Smart Snacks)

    A set of science-based nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day.  These standards, published by the USDA and required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, went into effect July 1, 2014.  These standards are required for all foods and beverages sold outside the school meals programs, including through vending machines, à la carte, school stores, snack or food carts and in-school fundraising.

    Social-emotional Learning (SEL)

    Is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

    Social-emotional Learning (SEL)

    Social-emotional learning is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

    Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

    The Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.  When school is out, SFSP provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas.

    Trauma-informed Approaches

    Refers to the delivery of services in a way that includes an understanding of trauma and an awareness of the impact it can have across settings, services, and populations.

    Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's framework for addressing health in schools.  The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices.


New Policy:  April, 2006 Revised:  September, 2011
Revised:  December, 2009 Revised:  September 21, 2017
Revised:  June, 2010 Revised:  September 28, 2023



Ref:    42 USC 1751 et seq. (Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act)

42 USC 1771 et seq. (Child Nutrition Act of 1966)

7 CFR 210 (National School Lunch Program)

7 CFR 210.31 (Local School Wellness Policy)

7 CFR 220 (School Breakfast Program)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:17.1, 17:197.1

Board minutes, 7-20-06, 9-15-11, 9-21-17, 9-28-23


East Baton Rouge Parish School Board