The Melrose Public Schools are committed to providing a school environment that enhances the learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. To that end, the district promotes actions, behaviors, attitudes, and learning that create a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
It is our goal to promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of students through a K-12 coordinated school health program that improves students’ health and their capacity to learn. At its very core, coordinated school health is about keeping students healthy over time, reinforcing positive healthy behaviors and choices throughout the school day and making it clear that good health and learning go hand in hand.
This approach includes–but is not limited to–providing:
- a healthy environment
- school nursing and other related health services
- nutritious school meals
- mental health services
- K-12 comprehensive coordinated health education, physical education, and other opportunities for physical activity.
It is the intent of this policy to promote opportunities that will enable students to become independent lifelong learners who will practice healthy behaviors and choices.
Furthermore, it is our expectation that specific actions will take into account the health needs and well-being of all children without discrimination or isolation. It is the district’s belief that education along with open and informative communication is vital to the establishment of an environment that reduces risk factors and increases protective factors. In order to encourage and enhance students’ awareness and consideration of self and others’ well-being, it is the intent of the Committee that this policy reflects a commitment to the development of the whole child throughout his or her tenure in the Melrose Public Schools.
Administrative guidelines related to this Wellness Policy have been reviewed by the School Wellness Advisory Committee and School Committee. Available at every school, the guidelines are consistent with this policy as well as with all state and federal regulations.
MSC first vote: 6/11/13
MSC second vote: 6/18/13