Our Wellness Policy

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Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy

Our District has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed by the health and wellness committee that includes teachers, parents, administrators, and students.  Anyone wishing to join the Committee, please contact Virginia Jeffries at 540-743-6533 ext. 2816.

Sharing the Message of Wellness

One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via our department's Web site that emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness. Our site provides information on the nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as, a variety of learning tools.

Key Areas of our Wellness Policy

Balance is essential for any Wellness Policy. Key areas include:

  • Nutrition Education
  • Physical activity
  • Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.

Most Recent Assessment Results

Most recent results of our School Health Index Assessments are below.  For more detailed information on the results, please contact Virginia Jeffries at 540-743-6533 ext. 2816:

Module 1 – School Health & Safety Policies and Environment

Luray High and Middle rated it HIGH

All other schools rated it Medium (61-80%)

 

Module 2 – Health Education

PCHS & Shenandoah rated it HIGH

LMS rated it LOW

All other school rated it MEDIUM

 

Module 3 – Physical Education and other Physical Activity Programs  * recess, after/before school access

LHS, LMS and LES rated it HIGH

All other schools rated it MEDIUM

 

Module 5 – Health Services

LHS & Stanley rated it HIGH

All other schools rated it MEDIUM

 

Module 6 – Counseling, Psychological and Social Services

All schools rated it HIGH except LES – rated MEDIUM

 

Module 7 – Health Promotion for Staff

All schools rated it LOW – LHS rated it at the bottom of MEDIUM (41-60%)

 

Module 8 – Family and Community Involvement

All schools rated it MEDIUM except LMS rated it LOW

 

STRENGTHS

Module 2
Our health education classes are incorporated into our physical education courses. Our teachers invite community guests in to talk to classes on various topics including : depression, anxiety, dating

Students receive a portion of some health awareness information through a program--All-Stars

Organ Wise Guys K-2

Healthy 3-5

 

Module  3

Students seem to enjoy activity and units and value the need for the activity

Frequency of PE in Elementary Schools

 

Module 5

PCHS has strength in the fact that we have a full-time nurse on staff that meets and can assess our student population and can recommend students and families to community based services

The school has a full time nurse to provide health services

 

Module 6

One of our many strengths includes our assessment team for mental health and self-harm as well as threats to others. We have a team and a referral system as well as a very great assessment. 

High School Counselors work collaboratively with Middle School Counselor and Administration to identify students with potential mental health needs. 

Incoming students receive a lot of support for transition; also lead by peers

Good Communication Among Elementary Counselors

 

Module 7

Some of the staff lead by example and demonstrate healthy lifestyles and encourage students to do the same

Gym Membership Discount for Teachers?

 

 

Weakness


Module 1

Our building is a weakness when it comes to health as it is not always handicap accessible.

 

Module 2

No specific health curriculum in place

Lack of funding for age-appropriate textbooks to supplement curriculum

Professional development in health education

More Unified District Health Curriculum for K-5

 

 

Module 3

The student body is not always receptive to this type of information in a world that is saturated with technology. They want to be on their mobile devices more than they want to participate in physical ed.

Students withheld from physical education class to complete work in another class

Students kept from recess for discipline issues

Some students receive P.E. only twice a week during particular rotations; 90 minutes

Funding for New Equipment Options for Students

 

Module 5

It is also a weakness that when the school nurse does try to refer students and families to community resources; those community resources are limited.

Lack of awareness for tobacco and asthma management protocol programs

Collaboration with teachers on specific concepts or units, such as tobacco awareness

 

Module 6

One of the weaknesses in our mental health procedures, which is actually out of the school's control, is our lack of mental health resources locally to refer students to.

More classroom and school-wide promotion of mental health issues with curricula may be

necessary.

Every Counselor Runs a Different Program, No Consistency Among Counselors in County

 

Module 7

No programs in place to help or train staff