Schools can create an environment that offers many opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day. 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.
The SUHSD's PE Department is committed to providing a well-rounded physical education curriculum. 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.
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.
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'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 this site regularly for updates on each site's program.