COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 11
March 17, 2006
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
2005-2006 School Health Advisory Board Annual Report and Local Wellness Policy Status Report
The purpose of this memorandum is to request the completion of the annual School Health Advisory Board Report, as required by the Code of Virginia 22.1-275.1. Each School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is required to submit an annual report on the status and needs of students health in the school division to the school board, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Education, and other appropriate parties.
In addition, Superintendents Memorandum #7(Regulatory), dated May 20, 2005, detailed the requirements for school divisions to develop a Local Wellness Policy (LWP) by July 1, 2006. The annual SHAB report has been modified this year to include a status report of this policy. School divisions were encouraged to use the existing SHAB, in conjunction with nutrition advisory councils and other advisory groups, as the infrastructure to address the local wellness issue. If a committee other than the SHAB has been charged with responsibility for the local wellness policy, that section of this annual report should be forwarded to the responsible committee for completion. The annual SHAB report was modified to include the LWP report to reduce the reporting requirements for school divisions. The LWP information will be forwarded to the school nutrition programs office for monitoring and technical assistance.
The 2005-2006 School Health Advisory Board Annual Report form, including the Local Wellness Policy Status Report, may be downloaded as a Word document or as a PDF file from the following website: www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/studentsrvcs/shab.shtml
Please return this report form by July 1, 2006, (via e-mail, fax, or regular mail) to:
Caroline Fuller, MAT, CHES
Comprehensive School Health Specialist
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Fax: (804) 371-8796
Included with the SHAB report form is a Point of Contact section. Information in this section is used to update the Department of Educations SHAB directory. The person listed in the directory serves as the point of contact for mailing resources or other information to SHABs throughout the year. Copies of previous years summary reports are also available online at the website provided above.
The Department of Education (DOE) will forward a copy of the SHAB reports to the Virginia Department of Health. The Local Wellness Policy Status report will be forwarded to the DOE school nutrition programs office. Questions about SHABs or the annual report form may be directed to Caroline Fuller. Questions about the Local Wellness Policy and the status report should be directed to Lynne Fellin, acting director, or the assigned school nutrition program specialist at (804) 225-2074.