2011 Florida Statutes
School wellness and physical education policies; nutrition guidelines.
A. Section 11, ch. 2011-217, provides that “[e]xcept as otherwise expressly provided in this act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect January 1, 2012, if the United States Department of Agriculture approves the request for a waiver, pursuant to section 9 of this act, on or before November 1, 2011.” The request for a waiver is pursuant to s. 10, ch. 2011-217, not s. 9. Section 8, ch. 2011-217, amended s. 1003.453; if s. 8, ch. 2011-217, takes effect, the section will read:
1003.453 School wellness and physical education policies; nutrition guidelines.—
(1) Each school district shall submit to the Department of Education a copy of its school wellness policy as required by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and a copy of its physical education policy required under s. 1003.455. Each school district shall annually review its school wellness policy and physical education policy and provide a procedure for public input and revisions. In addition, each school district shall send an updated copy of its wellness policy and physical education policy to the department and to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services when a change or revision is made.
(2) The department shall post links to each school district’s school wellness policy and physical education policy on its website so that the policies can be accessed and reviewed by the public. Each school district shall provide the most current versions of its school wellness policy and physical education policy on the district’s website.
(3) The department must provide on its website links to resources that include information regarding:
(a) Classroom instruction on the benefits of exercise and healthful eating.
(b) Classroom instruction on the health hazards of using tobacco and being exposed to tobacco smoke.
(c) The eight components of a coordinated school health program, including health education, physical education, health services, and nutrition services.
(d) The core measures for school health and wellness, such as the School Health Index.
(e) Access for each student to the nutritional content of foods and beverages and to healthful food choices in accordance with the dietary guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture. This information shall also be accessible from the website of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
(f) Multiple examples of school wellness policies for school districts.
(g) Examples of wellness classes that provide nutrition education for teachers and school support staff, including encouragement to provide classes that are taught by a licensed nutrition professional from the school nutrition department.
(4) School districts are encouraged to provide basic training in first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for all students, beginning in grade 6 and every 2 years thereafter. Private and public partnerships for providing training or necessary funding are encouraged.
B. Section 10, ch. 2011-217, provides that “[t]his section shall take effect upon this act becoming a law and, within 30 days thereafter, the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shall develop and submit to the United States Department of Agriculture a request for a waiver required to transfer administration of the school food service and nutrition programs from the Department of Education to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Upon receipt of the United States Department of Agriculture’s approval or denial of the request for a waiver, the Department of Education shall immediately notify in writing the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding the decision of the United States Department of Agriculture. The notification shall include a copy of the United States Department of Agriculture’s approval or denial of the request for a waiver.”