Local Wellness Policies (LWP) are an important tool for promoting healthier school environments that promote positive behaviors and help students reach their full academic potential. School Food Authorities (SFAs) that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or other specific federal child nutrition program are required to establish a local school wellness policy.
Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
As of June 30, 2017, SFAs must fully comply with the requirements of the final rule.
- Local Wellness Policy In a Nutshell provides an overview of policy requirements.
- Local Wellness Policy Checklist is a resource that will help schools determine if all required content areas are included in their LWP.
As of June 30, 2020, SFAs must complete their first triennial assessment. The assessment must be completed, at minimum, once every three years. It requires SFAs to describe how the language in the SFA’s LWP compares to the model LWP, measure the SFA’s compliance with its LWP, and describe the SFA’s progress toward meeting its LWP goals.
- Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment Report Card - SFAs must use the Wisconsin Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment Report Card in order to fulfill the triennial assessment requirement. The first page includes instructions for completing the Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment Report Card which can be found on page two. Please note that the online version of the Wisconsin Local Wellness Policy Report Card has been discontinued. The Triennial Assessment Report Card does not need to be submitted to the DPI School Nutrition Team. The Triennial Assessment Report Card should be kept on file for your next DPI Administrative Review. In addition, the results of the triennial assessment should be made available to the public.
Karen Jardaneh, RDN, CD, SNS
Nutrition Program Consultant