Policies to Support a Healthy School Environment

These policies were passed to support schools and to ensure equitable access to implementation services across the district. Thank you for working with us to make the healthy choice the easy choice in school!

Wellness PolicyThe Boston Public Schools Wellness Policy outlines requirements for nutrition education, physical activity and physical education, healthful foods, and other activities that promote wellness. It mandates that every school have a wellness council that completes a needs assessment and plans action steps to promote wellness in their school.

Tobacco-Free Environment PolicyThe possession, use, and display of any tobacco product and/or paraphernalia is prohibited on school property and within 50 feet of school property by students, staff and visitors to BPS at all times. This includes school buildings, administrative offices, warehouse facilities, athletic fields, school buses and vehicles, parking lots, sidewalks/walkways, and any other property under BPS jurisdiction. This policy applies to off campus school sponsored events and extra-curricular activities. Violators may be subject to a fine administered by the Boston Public Health Commission to the school and/or department; students found in violation will be subject to discipline as outlined in the Code of Conduct and/or school handbook.

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 Nutrition Policy and Guidelines – Vending Machines, A La Carte and Competitive Foods 2011-2012School Committee was updated on implementation guidelines of District Nutrition Policy and Guidelines for Vending Machines, A la carte and Competitive Foods. Boston Public Schools was the 1st district in Massachusetts to have standards for foods sold outside of the school meal program in 2004. These revised implementation guidelines meet and exceed the City of Boston’s Executive Order Relative to Healthy Beverage Options.1 Revisions include guidelines for all foods sold or provided to students in school and at school-sponsored events, including fund raisers and classroom parties. It emphasizes foods low in fat and sugar, and high in nutrients found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For drinks, schools will only sell or provide plain water, low fat or fat-free milk, and 100% juice.

If you have seen a violation of this policy at school, you can report it by using this Smart Choices Confidential Observation Report link below,  or by contacting M. Caitlin W. Howe at chowe2@boston.k12.ma.us.

Water Availability in all Boston Public Schools – According to The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296,1 all schools that participate in the School Meals program must make water available where school meals are served, free of charge, to all students during mealtimes. In addition, Massachusetts General Law I, Title XVI, Chapter 111: Section 2232 states that all public schools must make available plain, drinkable water to all public school students during the day, at no cost to the students. To implement these policies, all schools must place water dispensers either in the cafeteria or in areas where students eat during mealtimes. To keep students well hydrated it is also important to make water available near physical activity spaces. Please maintain your water units by replenishing the water and making cups available near the water dispenser. To order more water or water dispensers, please contact the Boston Public Schools Facilities Department at (617) 635- 9125 or email Jackie Mainey at jmainey@boston.k12.ma.us. For information about the water requirements, please contact the Health and Wellness Department at (617)-635-6643 or email M. Caitlin W. Howe at chowe2@boston.k12.ma.us.

Human Sexuality Education Policy