Food Services

Wellness Policy Page

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools office is always seeking members for its Child Nutrition & Physical Activity Advisory Committee.

The Committee may be made up of KCSOS employees and/or KCSOS program students, parents or community members. The Committee is charged with drafting and/or updating the local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on an annual basis, and assessing compliance of the policy every 3 years.

For questions or to declare your intent to volunteer for the Committee, please contact Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Rafael Juarez, at or 661-852-5930.

What is a local school wellness policy?
A local school wellness policy (“wellness policy”) is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn.

The wellness policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

It requires each LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a wellness policy. The final rule expands the requirements to strengthen policies and increase transparency. The responsibility for developing, implementing, and evaluating a wellness policy is placed at the local level, so the unique needs of each school under the LEA’s jurisdiction can be addressed.

Local School Wellness Policy KCSOS Wellness Policy Webpage