The SUHSD's PE Department is committed to providing a well-rounded physical education curriculum. Physical education provides cognitive content and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for healthy active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy, and emotional intelligence. In addition to encouraging students to participate in a variety of activities and sports, the department also offers nutrition and safety education.
Effective since the 2012-2013 school year, all 9th graders in the district receive the American Heart Association's Family and Friends CPR training.
Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) and Body Mass Index (BMI)
The state mandates that students in 5th, 7th, and 9th grades take the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) that measures six areas of fitness. These include Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition, Abdominal Strength, Trunk Extension Strength, Upper Body Strength, and Flexibility. Meeting the PFT performance standard is known as the Healthy Fitness Zone, which represents a level of fitness that may offer some protection against the diseases related to physical inactivity.
Our district assesses Body Composition by calculating Body Mass Index (BMI). Your child’s weight and height are measured to calculate their BMI. The results of the screening compare your child’s weight and height to those of other children of the same age and sex. If your child is not in the healthy BMI range, they may be considered at risk for weight related health conditions. You may have talked about your child’s weight with your doctor before, but you can use these results to talk with the doctor again if you have concerns.
As you know, height and weight will continue to vary for your child as they go through the normal growth and hormonal changes that occur during teen and young adult development. Every person is different, and genetics have a lot to do with body composition. In addition, BMI cannot tell the difference between muscle and fat, so an athletic person with a lot of muscle can have a high BMI.
Healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes and it is important to not compare or judge individual health or fitness by appearance, or by measurements such as weight, height, or BMI.
Healthy eating has been linked in studies to improved learning outcomes and helps ensure that students are able to reach their potential. The school nutrition environment provides students with opportunities to learn about and practice healthy eating through available foods and beverages, nutrition education, and messages about food in the cafeteria and throughout the school campus.
School nutrition services provide meals that meet federal nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students, and help ensure that foods and beverages sold outside of the school meal programs meet Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
SUHSD supports a healthy school nutrition environment by marketing and promoting healthier foods and beverages, encouraging participation in the school meal programs, role-modeling healthy eating behaviors, and ensuring that students have access to filtered drinking water throughout the school day. All our campuses are equipped with water dispensers to promote optimal hydration.
The District currently employs 3 full-time nurses. Licensed school nurses oversee health case-management and are a key part in providing wrap-around services to students.
We also have health aides at each of the school sites. The health aides provide first-aid, health education, and make referrals.
Sequoia Teen Wellness Center is conveniently located in Redwood City, across from Sequoia Station and next to Sequoia High School campus. Our clinic is the only provider of healthcare services exclusively for youth in Southern San Mateo County. Operating as a clinic of San Mateo Medical Center, Sequoia Teen Wellness Center provides services for youth ages 12 – 21, regardless of ability to pay, citizenship or school enrollment.
Sequoia Teen Wellness Center providers specialize in working with youth. Our staff is knowledgeable about teen issues. They are easy to talk to, respectful, and non-judgmental, thus making teens feel comfortable.
Counseling, psychological, and social needs in the SUHSD are supported by a wide variety of services and programs. Each school site provides support through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) approach. Issues addressed include: stress, anxiety/depression, suicide prevention, addiction, and bullying, among many others.
Of the 10 Core Components, mental health is one of the top priorities for the SUHSD. School mental health leads have been meeting on monthly basis since in 2011, with the goal of coordinating and collaborating across the district.
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The SUHSD is committed to addressing this component by first taking a look at stress management and frequently offers PD for staff on wellness topics. Refer to the Professional Development and Curriculum Department homepage for information.
The District has longstanding relationships and collaborations with various community partners. The District's wellness efforts have been generously supported since Fall 2011, by the Sequoia Healthcare District through their Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI) grant. This grant supports the positions of the district's Wellness Coordinator and a full time credentialed school nurse, in addition to numerous mental health and social service programs, and reproductive health education.
The SUHSD is committed to reaching out to a very diverse student population by offering a wide variety of parent education topics, and providing translation when possible. Each school site offers an engaging and dynamic parent education program, which is open to all parents and families in the district. Check the Parent Education Series page regularly for updates on each site's program.