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Food-Safe Schools Action Guide

The Food-Safe Schools Action Guide* provides a one-stop resource for preventing foodborne illness. Brought to you by CDC and its partners in the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools,* the Action Guide can help schools identify gaps in food safety and develop an action plan for becoming food-safe. It includes individual critical recommendations on what key school staff and community members can do to prevent foodborne illness.


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Resources from the Action Guide

See the Action Guide Tools* for these and other resources:

  • Creating Food-Safe Schools: A How-To Guide
  • Needs Assessment and Planning Guide
  • Slide presentation and script
  • Administrator Brochure
  • Food-Safe School Team Member Action Sheets

Training manual for the Action Guide

To assist in training foodservice staff about school food safety, CDC offers the Food-Safe Schools Action Guide Train-the-Trainer Manual for School Foodservice Personnel. The manual consists of five PowerPoint presentations and a PDF document that provides step-by-step instructions on how to conduct a training session about food safety to foodservice personnel. The manual also provides guidance to trainers about adult learning theory and how to deliver an effective training.

Manual Components PDF
Food-Safe Schools Action Guide Train-the-Trainer Manual for School Foodservice Personnel PDF 3.9M
The Importance of Food-Safe Schools PDF 550K | PPT 28M
Guidelines for Preventing Foodborne Illness in School PDF 1.0M | PPT 5.2M
Developing Nutrition and Wellness Policies PDF 949K | PPT 2.6M
Effective Teaching Strategies PDF 293K | PPT 2.7M
Food Safety Feud PDF 403K | PPT 2.8M

In a training using this manual, foodservice staff would learn about

  • The costs of foodborne illness outbreaks in schools.
  • Symptoms and causes of foodborne diseases.
  • Recommendations to create food-safe schools.
  • The Food-Safe Schools Action Guide Toolkit.
  • Key players of food-safe schools and creating a Food-Safe School Team.
  • Bridging connections between foodservice personnel and others.
  • Conducting a needs assessment for food-safe schools.
  • Creating a school site improvement plan for promoting a food-safe school.


Page last reviewed: August 05, 2008
Page last modified: August 08, 2008
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health