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BHCUSD 8 Wellness Policy

The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and academic performance and therefore instructs District personnel to provide students a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating, physical activity, as well as provide opportunities for all students to further develop their social, emotional and psychological well-being. District staff will be responsible for implementing plans to eliminate or reduce high risk behaviors, bullying, and stress on the school sites, and will otherwise ensure the safety and well-being of students through a comprehensive plan that offers psychological and other counseling services, strategies to educate students, parents and staff about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

The Key principles that guide this Wellness Policy:

It is the ultimate aim of the District that students learn and practice healthy habits. The Superintendent or his/her designee, therefore, shall build a coordinated school health system through health, psychological, physical and nutrition education and services according to the goals set forth by the Board.

  1. The District shall adopt goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote students physical and psychological wellness in a manner that the District determines appropriate and consistent with the expectations established in the state’s curriculum frameworks. Several activities promoting physical activity are/will be participated in throughout the year. Some examples of those activities would be: open gyms, weight lifting and a Health and Wellness Fair.
  2. We will educate our students, families, and staff about healthy lifestyles, to include nutritious foods, non-food alternatives for school events, celebrations and activities. Healthier alternatives for snacks will be suggested and encouraged for those grades participating in class snacks.
  3. Food and beverages served through the school lunch program or by the school staff and volunteers during the school day will comply with state and federal nutrition policies.
  4. The School Board and District staff are the custodians of children’s safety and well-being while students are attending our schools. This means staff and school volunteers will support practices that promote whole-child education and wellness and will ensure children are learning in an intellectually challenging environment, is physically and emotionally safe, and in which students are engaged in their learning and are connected to the school and broader community.
  5. A monthly newsletter will continue to be circulated encouraging healthier snacks, physical activity suggestions and challenges, information on special benefits of a highlighted fruit/vegetable as well as opportunities for suggestions.

A monthly newsletter will continue to be circulated encouraging healthier snacks, physical activity suggestions and challenges, information on special benefits of a highlighted fruit/vegetable as well as opportunities for suggestions.

The Wellness Committee is comprised of: Christy Scott (school nurse), Thomas Haynes (health/athletics instructor), Trista Manar (Student & Family Services Coordinator), and Rachelle Wuellner (Director of Food Services).

For those interested in joining the Wellness Committee, please email Rachelle Wuellner at rwuellner@bhcusd.org

The Bunker Hill CUSD #8 Board Policy can be found here.

Wellness policy update 1-11-17

Wellness policy update 12-6-17

Wellness policy update 2-9-18

Wellness policy update 3-14-18

Wellness policy update 3-15-21