SHAPE Vermont Advocacy and Legislation
May 2021 Legislative Update
Senate Bill 115 has been passed by both the House and Senate. This bill updates
16 V.S.A. § 136 (Wellness Program; Advisory Council on Wellness and
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
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.
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!