Intent of Use for Local Wellness Policy Templates
The Local Wellness Policy templates created by the Illinois State Board of Education serve as an interactive resource for Districts and Residential Child Care Institutions participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. The Local Wellness Policy templates meet the minimum Local Wellness Policy requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The intent is for organizations to tailor the template as needed based on their specific goals. Organizations should consider the needs of the population being served along with evidence-based resources and research when determining goals to be included in the Local Wellness Policy. These templates may be used as a Local Wellness Policy or as a supplement to an organization’s Local Wellness Policy.
Instructions for Local Wellness Policy Templates
The text contained in the Local Wellness Policy templates is intended to be altered as organizations see fit. Organizations are responsible for reviewing rules and regulations governing Local Wellness Policies in order to ensure that edits made to the template for purposes of using the template as an organization’s own Local Wellness Policy continue to meet federal and local requirements. Red, italicized text provides guidance and clarification on regulatory requirements and best practices. This text may be removed once the Local Wellness Policy is completed by the district. Yellow, highlighted text designates sections where organizations should insert customized policy language based on its needs.