The NYC Department of Education established the District Wellness Advisory Council in 2017 to recommend, review, and support physical education, health education, and other wellness-related policies, practices and resources included in the Citywide DOE Wellness Policy.
Similar to School Wellness Councils, the NYC Department of Education District Wellness Advisory Council includes parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and representatives from community-based organizations, City government, and engaged citizens who can provide insight into school and community priorities. The volunteer advisory group provides guidance to the DOE’s Office of School Wellness Programs on building stronger, quality health and physical education, and developing school communities that prioritize health and well-being and support these subject areas.
The temporary closing of New York City school buildings in March 2020 and New York State’s subsequent shutdown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the functions and work of the District Wellness Advisory Council. Challenges continue as New York City and its schools respond to the impact of COVID-19 on students, families, and school and Central DOE staff. In 2021-2022, the DOE is reassessing the structure and composition of the District Wellness Advisory Council with an eye toward assembling a more inclusive and representative Council. A new council will launch in the 2022-2023 school year.
For questions about the District Wellness Advisory Council, email firstname.lastname@example.org.