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CA LSWP News - January 2017
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The California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative brings together state leaders committed to supporting schools in creating and implementing strong wellness policies. We hope this newsletter provides you with the information you need to activate your district's policy. Read our December News and follow us on Twitter @CALSWP.  

Workshops Help Refresh Local School Wellness Policies        

Join the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative for a series of workshops across California to breathe new life into your Local School Wellness Policy. These all-day sessions will cover the Final Rule, Implementation plans, and LCAP Tools for monitoring and implementation. Register today to attend one of the following sessions:

  • February 16 at the Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento
  • February 28 at the UC California Fresno Center in Fresno
  • March 15 at California Schools JPA in San Bernardino
  • March 16 at Fair Oaks Renaissance Plaza-Community Room in Pasadena
  • March 28 at the McConnell Foundation in Redding
  • April 5 at Santa Clara County Vector Control in San Jose

*Attendees should prepare for the meeting by reviewing the learning objectives and viewing pre-recorded webinars available here

ESSA State Plan Stakeholder Policy Input Meetings in February 

The California Department of Education, in partnership with select county offices of education, is convening stakeholder meetings to inform the development of California’s Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan. The purpose of these meetings is to present the policy decisions California needs to make in order to develop its ESSA State Plan, and gather feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders on the options the State could pursue in order to address those policy decisions. Let your voice be heard and register for one of the meetings today!   

Grants to Expand School Breakfast     

Earlier this week, California Department of Education kicked off a grant application process for new school breakfast funds. These competitive grants are open to all applicants and will prioritize high-poverty schools implementing or expanding after-the-bell breakfast. Join California Food Policy Advocates for a webinar on February 9, 2017 from 2-3 pm and find out how can access these important funds. Webinar registration is now open

New Resources for Recess from CDC and SHAPE America    

Are you a leader for physical activity in your school, district or state? CDC and SHAPE America have developed new resources to help schools develop a written recess plan and use evidence-based strategies for recess to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic achievement.

Strategies for Recess in Schools provides schools with evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools. Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice helps schools develop a written recess plan that integrates the evidence-based strategies. The Recess Planning Template allows schools to customize what is included in the recess plan to reflect their existing priorities and make recess decisions that support the unique culture of their school.

Enhancing Farm to School Workshops in February          

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Office of Farm to Fork will be holding Child Nutrition Director Trainings with three outstanding Food Service Directors who have successful Farm to School programs. These FSDs will talk about their programs, discussing past as well as current work, obstacles they have faced and how they have overcome them. Participants will come away with some concrete ideas of how to start or expand their farm to school efforts. Learn more here

New Resource from Minnesota: School Wellness Works!      

MN Dept of Education, Team Nutrition USA, and MN Dept of Health have developed From Policy to Action: A Guide for Developing Effective School Wellness Policies and Practices. It provides guidance and resources to help schools move from policy to action to ensure student health continues to be a top priority for schools. Many resources and tips are noted to help develop, refine, implement and monitor the wellness policy and related activities.  

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