Policies and Guidelines

Building Health Communities

A school leaders guide to collaboration and community engagement. This guide is the result of a three-year project, Health Communities-Health Students, working to "equip school board members with the knowledge, resources, and tools needed to garner community support and take collaborative action toward making community-wide changes supporting a healthier society." (California School Boards Association)

Commissioner's Regulations: Part 135

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Regulations for New York State are detailed in this document. The contents include basic definitions, general regulations for school health, physical education and recreation curriculum, requirements for coaches, and the components of a comprehensive school health education program.

Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

"This joint statement provides a framework supported by educators for improving school safety and increasing access to mental health supports for children and youth. Efforts to improve school climate, safety, and learning are not separate endeavors. They must be designed, funded, and implemented as a comprehensive school-wide approach that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and builds on a multitiered system of supports. We caution against seemingly quick and potentially harmful solutions, such as arming school personnel, and urge policy leaders to support the following guidance to enact policies that will equip America's schools to educate and safeguard our children over the long term." (National Association of School Psychologists)

Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction

Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. Evidence suggests that school health programs can be an effective means of preventing tobacco use among youth. The guidelines in this report have been developed to help school personnel plan, implement, and assess educational programs and school policies to prevent tobacco use and the unnecessary addiction, disease, and death tobacco use causes.

Guidelines for Effective School Health Education to Prevent the Spread of AIDS

The guidelines have been developed to help school personnel and others plan, implement, and evaluate educational efforts to prevent unnecessary morbidity and mortality associated with AIDS and other HIV-related illnesses.

Model School Wellness Policies

It is required by the United States Congress that all school districts with federally-funded school meal programs have a wellness policy. School districts are responsible for developing and implementing School Wellness Policies. This website provides an overview of the model, which is encouraged by the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, to develop School Wellness Policies. Once a School Wellness Policy is developed, use the WellSAT Tool to assess policy quality.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

This report describes school health guidelines for promoting healthy eating and physical activity within the Coordinated School Health framework.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Child and Adult Care Food Program Summary

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, a bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee that identifies the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) as a nutrition program, designed to promote the health and wellness of young children by improving nutrition, increasing access to afterschool meals and streamlining program requirements.

Youth & School Health

Provides advocacy and policy links to resources for learning school health policies and advocating for policies that will positively affect students in an academic setting. (Society of Public Health Education)