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Healthy Beverages Policy

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Office of School Nutrition (OSN) is currently reviewing the Colorado Healthy Beverage Policy, through the department’s rule review process, to align this policy with the USDA Smart Snacks regulations.Proposed revisions and a crosswalk document that connects state statute and federal regulation to each section of the proposed revised policy can be found at the following links:

There are a few items to keep in mind when reviewing these documents:

  • The nutritional standards for beverages will completely align with USDA regulations. Proposed language will indicate “current” regulations so even if changes are made to the Interim Final Smart Snacks rule, the Healthy Beverages Policy will still align with those changes.
  • Colorado’s definition of regular school day is “one hour prior to the start of the first class period to a half hour after the end of the last class period.” USDA’s definition of regular school day for the Smart Snacks standards is “the period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.” The proposed definition would combine the two to align with the federal definition: “the period from midnight the night before the first class period to one hour after the end of the last class period.”
  • Colorado State Statute requires rules to be promulgated for beverages served during the extended day, which is defined in Colorado as “any time spent by students at school after the regular school day, including but not limited to participation in extracurricular activities or childcare programs.” USDA regulations do not cover this time frame. As such, we have proposed that school districts continue to meet the USDA Smart Snacks beverage standards during the extended day. This practice is consistent with how the extended day is handled with the current Healthy Beverages Policy.

A tentative timeline is as follows:

  • April 13 -29 – Internal Rule Review
    • Purpose of the rule review is to assess the continuing need for and efficiency of existing rules
  • May 11-12 – State Board of Education Meeting
    • Proposed changes to the Healthy Beverages Policy are presented to the State Board of Education
    • Following this meeting, a 60-day public comment period will open
  • August 10-11 – State Board of Education Rule Making Hearing
    • Oral testimony may occur
    • State Board of Education may vote on the proposed policy changes
  • September 14-15 – State Board of Education Meeting
    • State Board of Education may vote on proposed policy changes, if not approved in August

If you have any questions, please email Bre Riley or call 303-866-6299.





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