COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
April 3, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The purpose of this memo is to request the completion of the annual School Health Advisory Board Progress Report, as required by the Code of Virginia at § 22.1-275.1. Each School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is required to submit an annual report on the status and needs of student health in the school division to the local school board, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and other appropriate parties.
The annual SHAB report has been modified to include descriptions of the goals and accomplishments of local School Health Advisory Boards. The report also includes a status report on the development and implementation of the Local Wellness Policy. School divisions have been encouraged to use the local 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 implementation of the Local Wellness Policy, please forward that section of the report to the responsible committee for completion. The Local Wellness Policy Status Report will be forwarded to the VDOE School Nutrition Programs office.
The revised 2008-2009 School Health Advisory Board Annual Report form, including the revised Local Wellness Policy Status Report, may be downloaded from the following website:
The deadline for submission has changed. Please return this report form, via e-mail only, by June 1, 2009 to: Caroline.Fuller@doe.virginia.gov.
Questions about the SHABs or the annual report form may be directed to Caroline Fuller, comprehensive school health specialist, at (804) 225-2431 or Caroline.Fuller@doe.virgina.gov. Questions about the Local Wellness Policy and status report should be directed to Lynne Fellin, associate director, School Nutrition Programs at (804) 225-2074 or Lynne.Fellin@doe.virginia.gov.
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