Policies and Standards
- Elementary School: 20 lessons / grade level / year
- Middle School: 30 hours / grade level /year
- High School: One semester
Physical Education is mandated by
District and State Education Codes as follows:
- Elementary School: 200 minutes / 10 days (K-6)
- Middle School: 400 minutes / 10 days
- High School: 2 years
of 400 minutes / 10 days
In April 2015, the Board of Education approved an updated wellness policy that was developed through a collaborative community process. Wellness Policy (P5167) (pdf) meets all the provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), and provides all schools with a framework to actively promote the health and wellness of students, staff and families; it includes guidelines related to nutrition, nutrition education, food and beverage marketing, physical education physical activity, and staff wellness. The Wellness Policy is meant to inspire and empower a shift in culture that will increase healthy eating and physical activity among our students by creating environments that encourage and support healthy choices.
Each school is encouraged to establish a School Wellness Committee to help implement and evaluate adherence to the Policy and to create a ‘school wellness report card’ to detail progress.
Check out our new Wellness Policy Booklet (pdf) to see how you can be well and do well, too!
Points . . .
- SFUSD Nutrition Guidelines
The District’s nutrition guidelines applies to all foods and beverages sold or served to students, staff and families on every PreK‐12 campus and administrative building, including: snacks; rewards; celebrations; school meals; a la carte service in the cafeteria; vending machines; donated food; school stores; snack bars/concession stands; fundraisers on school grounds; classroom‐based activities; staff and parent meetings; after school programs.
- District funds can only be used to purchase foods and beverages that meet the District’s nutrition guidelines.
- Sweetened Beverages and juice will not be sold or served to SFUSD students, staff or families at any time.
- All vending machines on District property will adhere to the District’s nutrition guidelines. Adult vending machines may contain unsweetened coffee or tea beverages.
- Class parties or celebrations must adhere to the District’s nutrition guidelines and may only be held after the lunch period.
- All staff are encouraged to promote healthy school environments by being positive role models for healthy behaviors on school property and at school‐sponsored meetings and events where students are present, including only eating/drinking items that comply with the District’s nutrition guidelines.
- District staff will not use food or beverages as a reward for students' academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.
- Students will be allowed to eat or finish their breakfast in class at the beginning of the school day
- District staff shall use restorative approaches to support positive student behaviors and will not withhold recess or other physical activity or physical education as a form of punishment.
- District staff shall work with relevant City departments and local agencies to assess walking and biking conditions at each school and leverage opportunities to make it easier for students to walk or bike to school.
- Student‐run fundraising is regulated by both the California Code of Regulations and the SFUSD Nutrition Guidelines.
- Oncampus adult-run fundraisers involving food or beverages may only occur after the end of the school day through midnight or on weekends and holidays. Sugary beverages may not be sold.
Please see Wellness Policy Booklet (pdf) for more specific guidelines.
Additional District and State policy
mandates related to nutrition and physical education: SFUSD
Nutrition/Physical Education Related Policies (pdf)