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Society of Health and Physical Educators of Vermont

SHAPE Vermont Advocacy and Legislation

May 2021 Legislative Update

Senate Bill 115 has been passed by both the House and Senate. This bill updates Title
16 V.S.A. § 136 (Wellness Program; Advisory Council on Wellness and Comprehensive

see the bill here (begin page 19) Vermont Bill s.115

The definition of “Wellness program” to mean a program that includes physical fitness and comprehensive health education as defined in Title 16 V.S.A. § 131. 

On or before January 15, 2022, the Agency of Education, in collaboration with the Advisory Council on Wellness and Comprehensive Health created under Title 16 V.S.A. § 136 and the Vermont School Boards Association, shall update and distribute to school districts a model wellness program policy, using the expanded definition of “wellness program.”

Read more about this  important bill here.

SHAPE Vermont Statement on Quality Health Education in all Vermont Schools


Vermont ESSA Plan 

The Vermont Agency of Education, in collaboration with roughly 2000 stakeholders statewide, has drafted a Vermont State Plan in response to the requirements of the Vermont Education Quality Standards (EQS) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The Plan primarily describes the state’s proposed system for local-level accountability and applications for ESSA-related federal funding, with an emphasis on supporting school and Supervisory Union and District continuous improvement efforts. Read the 200+ pages here.

Key Stakeholder Contact Information


Dr. Susan Yesalonia, VT AOE PE HE Consultant (802) 479-1284  Vermont Agency of Education

ESSA Information 
Vermont Agency of Education
Agency of Education, Physical Education  

Education Stakeholders
Vermont Superintendents
Vermont School Principals
Vermont ASCD
Governor Phil Scott


Vermont Advocacy Tools

Be an advocate for physical activity, health and physical education in Vermont. Visit the State of Vermont Legislative page found here frequently to reach your representative or for updates on pending bills and other news of interest.



Killington conference site

We will meet in person in 2021 SHAPE Vermont Conference

Date: October 28-29, 2021
Time: Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Time: Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, Vermont                            Exhibitor and Sponsor's application coming soon!