Wellsprings Friends School understands that the health of the nation’s youth is at risk due to many different factors, including sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, emotional hardships, and inadequate educational experience concerning health issues. The Wellsprings staff knows that we play an important role in the lives of students and can help to increase their understanding of fitness, nutrition, emotional well-being, and physical health.
Nutrition education will be integrated into all appropriate areas of our curriculum. This includes, but is not limited to: Yoga, Cooking, Health, PE, Psychology, and Gardening. Topics will include: nutritional content of foods, eating habits, food choices, and meal preparation.
Substance Abuse Education
Students are faced with situations where they must make choices concerning drugs and alcohol consumption. Wellsprings takes an active approach to helping students make good decisions about these areas. We will foster an environment that supports students’ openness and trust with staff, allowing discussions to take place without judgment or lecturing. This will allow staff to communicate facts, risk factors and consequences for choices, in a context of genuine caring.
Health education will be taught in a cross-curriculum fashion. Topics will include sexual activity and the associated facts and risks; signs of depression and prevention/solutions; warning signs of suicide and responses to it; social health; and managing death and grieving.
Knowing that all students need to be physically active to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle, Wellsprings will offer a variety of physical education classes to appeal to as many students as possible. Each term a minimum of two physical education classes will be offered including such courses as: Yoga, Team Sports, Hiking, Outdoor Games, and Biking. As a diploma-granting institution, Wellsprings will ensure that every graduating senior meets the State requirements for physical education.
Students will be introduced to a variety of community agencies that serve youth and adults in the areas of mental and physical health. When appropriate, students will visit agencies in the community. This will help students feel comfortable with these services and encourage their seeking them out when necessary.
Wellsprings will work to encourage smart food choices in all areas of a student’s life by setting the example of such habits.
- On school grounds or at school-sponsored events we will not provide neither soda nor foods of minimal nutritional value (“junk food”).
- Juice and milk will be available when appropriate.
- A water cooler or water filtration system will be supplied in each part of the building to encourage students and faculty to increase their water intake.
- Foods of minimal nutritional value will not be used as a reward during class or other activities.
- Adequate time for students to eat breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.
Wellsprings participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Meals will be planned and prepared by Fresh n’ Local (as agreed upon in annual contract) and served from the Wellsprings kitchen. All state and federal laws will be applied and will not be less restrictive than regulation and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture. Every year, Free and Reduced Lunch paperwork will be requested and evaluated for each student to establish reimbursable rates (to Wellsprings). In addition, Wellsprings itself will subsidize meal expenses so that any student who receives a meal will not be charged.
The provisions of this policy will be put into practice through the efforts of fulltime teachers and part-time staff, including the kitchen coordinator. The school’s Office Manager is charged with the responsibility for ensuring that Wellsprings fulfills the tenets of this policy.
Wellsprings staff and the Board of Trustees will review the Wellness policy annually. Input from students, parents, and other community members will be considered in any revisions, and copies of the reviewed and enacted policy will be available no later than the first day of school each year.