TABLE 3

Act 1220 Requirements and Arkansas Board of Education Rules and Regulations

84th General Assembly Act 1220 of 2003
    Goals
        Change the environment within which children go to school and learn health habits everyday
        Engage the community to support parents and build a system that encourages health
        Enhance awareness of child and adolescent obesity to mobilize resources and establish support structures
    Requirements
        Establishment of an Arkansas CHAC
        Vending-machine content and access changes
        PA/PE requirements
        Requirement of professional education for all cafeteria workers
        Public disclosure of “pouring contracts”
        Establishment of local parent advisory committees for all schools
        Confidential child health report delivered annually to parents with BMI assessment
Amendments to Act 1220
    Act 201 of 2007
        BMI assessments apply only to students in even grades (kindergarten through 10th grade)
        Arkansas Department of Health nurses responsible for quality assurance to follow protocols
        Schools can screen children in the nonrequired grades if they wish to do so unless the school has received written refusal from the student's guardian
    Act 719 of 2007
        Adds 5 members to CHAC (Office of Minority Affairs at Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas School Boards Association, Arkansas Association of School Business Officials, Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and a classroom teacher)
        Broadens CHAC scope to make recommendations concerning the implementation of the Arkansas Coordinated School Health Program in addition to original role in PA and nutritional standards
Arkansas Board of Education regulations
    School Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee
        Assist in development of local policies around nutrition and PA
        Ensure age-appropriate recommendations
        Assess the school environment by using the School Health Index and help develop the district's Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan
    Access to foods and beverages
        Per Act 1220, no vending machines in elementary schools
        Foods of minimal nutritional value cannot be served, sold, or provided as an award during the school day in elementary schools
        During the school day, vending-machine access and foods of minimal nutritional value cannot be served, sold, or provided as an award until 30 min after last lunch period (middle, junior, and high schools)
        New/renewed vending contracts for beverages limited to no more than 12 oz
        Exceptions: foods provided by parents to individual students, school nurses, special-needs students, school events
    Standards for foods and beverages
        Nutrition standards applied to all foods/beverages sold or made available (except US Department of Agriculture–governed meals)
        Maximum portion sizes established
        Choices of fruits and juices available in conjunction with competitive foods
        50% of vended beverages to be healthy choice (water, 100% fruit juice, low-fat/fat-free milk)
    Nutrition education
        Promote grade-appropriate nutrition education as part of a broad-based integrated health education program
        Implement grade-appropriate nutrition education through a comprehensive education program
    Healthy school environment
        No food or beverage to be used as rewards
        School cafeterias/dining areas to reflect healthy nutrition environments
        Ensure that all students have access to school meals
        Drinking water available without charge to all students on campus
    PE/PA standards
        Schools to work with local School Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee to establish strategies for achieving increased PA programs for children and their families in their community and decrease sedentary activities
        Beginning in the 2006–2007 school year, PE classes in kindergarten through 6th grade will have a maximum student-to-adult ratio of 30:1
        Beginning in 2008–2009 school year, for kindergarten through 6th grade, the district will employ at least 1 licensed and/or qualified PE full-time equivalent teacher for every 500 students; this licensed and/or qualified PE teacher will directly supervise PE instruction
        Beginning with the 2012 school year, all personnel teaching PE in kindergarten through 12th grade will hold a PE license appropriate for the grade levels being taught
        Initially required by 2007–2008 that kindergarten through 6th grade to receive 150 min/wk of PA (includes 60 min of PE); 7th–8th grades to receive 150 min/wk of PA; 9th–12th grade to take 1 semester of PE and receive 150 min/wk of PA
    Legislation amending Board of Education rules and regulations
        Act 317 of 2007 increased class time by limiting mandated PA in kindergarten through 12th grade; provides 60 min/wk of PE and 90 min/wk of PA for kindergarten through 5th grade only; no PA requirements for grades 6–12
  • CHAC indicates Child Health Advisory Committee; PA, physical activity.