Wellness Policy

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QUEMADO/DATIL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES        

 

 

 

 

For Healthier Schools --New Mexico

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Introduction ...........................................................................Page 3
Family, School, and Community Involvement ......................Page 3
Physical Activity ...................................................................Page 5
Nutrition ................................................................................Page 7
Health Education ...................................................................Page 10
Physical Education ................................................................Page 12
Health and Safe Environments ..............................................Page 14
Social and Emotional Well-Being .........................................Page 15
Health Services ......................................................................Page 18
Staff Wellness ........................................................................Page 20
Appendices ............................................................................Page 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

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INTRODUCTION

The Quemado Board of Education has approved these comprehensive wellness policies to foster the essential academic success and lifelong well-being of students within the Quemado Schools. This wellness policy is intended to create a learning environment that allows students to achieve their full academic potential and enjoy lifelong health, while meeting the Public Education Department Wellness Policy rule 6.12.6.8 NMAC and the requirements of Section 204 of Public Law 111-296—Dec 13, 2010, Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.

This policy further establishes procedures that include areas related to the components of a coordinated school health approach to student health and well-being (6.12.6 NMAC).

The Quemado Independent School District School Wellness Policy will be available on the district website at www.quemadoschools.org or by requesting a hard copy at the district office located at: 3484 US 60, Quemado, NM 87829, 575-773-4700.

The Quemado School Board will designate a School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), consisting of parent(s), school food authority personnel, a school board member, school administrator(s), school staff; student(s); and community member(s) charged with the operational responsibility for ensuring that each school fulfills the district’s wellness policy. This committee shall work with the District to:

•                Develop guidelines for physical activity and nutrition;

•                Develop guidelines for health education;

•                Develop guidelines for physical education;

•                Develop guidelines for behavioral health;

•                Develop guidelines for school safety;

•                Develop guidelines for health services;

•                Develop guidelines for staff wellness;

•                Develop a plan for measuring the implementation and evaluation of the                            wellness policy;

 

Additionally, this committee will be given the responsibility to make recommendations to the local school board in the development or revision, implementation, and evaluation of the wellness policy. The committee members are listed on page 22.

The committee shall meet a minimum of two times annually for this purpose. Finally, the school health advisory council shall work with the school district to designate one or more persons at each school charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that each school fulfills the district’s wellness policy. The school principal is responsible for ensuring the wellness policy is fully implemented.

 

The Quemado District's Policies and Procedures shall address the following areas:

1.     Physical activity guidelines for before, during and/or after school.

2.     Family, school, and community involvement guidelines.

3.     Nutrition guidelines for a la carte offerings minimally meeting guidelines set                  forth in subsection B of 6.12.5.8 NMAC Healthy Kids Make Better Students,                  Better Students Make Healthy Communities

4.     Nutrition guidelines for school sponsored fund raisers during normal school                  hours minimally meeting guidelines set forth in paragraph (1) of subsection C of              6.12.5.8 NMAC.

5.     Nutrition guidelines for school sponsored fund raisers before and after school                hours ensuring that at least fifty percent of the offerings shall be healthy choices in          accordance with the requirements set forth in paragraph (2) of subsection C of                6.12.5.8 NMAC.

6.     A plan for measuring the implementation and evaluation of physical                                activity guidelines; family, school and community guidelines; nutrition guidelines          for school sponsored fundraisers during school hours; and nutrition guidelines for            school sponsored fundraisers before and after school.

7.     Guidelines for a planned, sequential, K-12 health education curriculum that                    addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health and is            aligned to the health education content standards with benchmarks and                            performance standards as set forth in 6.30.2.19 NMAC.

8.     Guidelines for a planned, sequential K-12 physical education curriculum that                provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills,                    knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in lifetime              healthful physical activity and is aligned to the physical education content                        standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 6.30.2.20                NMAC.

9.     A plan addressing the behavioral health needs of all students in the educational              process by focusing on students’ social and emotional well-being.

10.  A school safety plan at each school building focused on supporting health and safe         environments and including but not necessarily limited to prevention, policies and           procedures and emergency response.

11.  A plan addressing the health services needs of students in the educational process.

12.  A plan addressing the staff wellness needs of all staff that minimally ensures an             equitable work environment and meets the American with Disabilities Act Part III.

13.  Review contracts with outside vendors that encourage healthful eating and                     reduction of school/district dependence on profits from foods of little nutritional             value.

14.  Increase community awareness of student health needs.

15.  Partner with community to support policies and programs.

 

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

4.20 - Safety Procedure  4.23 - Emergencies 
4.26 - Student Nutrition Services  4.27 - Competitive Food Sales/Vending Machines

5.4.11 - Child Abuse, Neglect,

Substance Abuse

  5.6.2.3 - Bloodborne Pathogen Training

5.37 - Reporting Student Abuse of 

Alchol/Drugs

  5.38 - Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

5.40 - Tobacco Free Schools Policy

  6.5.4 - Interscholastic Activities and Athletics

6.14.1 - Sex Education

  8.2.2 - Home-School Communications

 8.6 - Community Involvement

Decision Making

  8.12 - School Community Programs

8.12.1 - Partners in Education Programs

   

 

 


 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Definition:

Physical activity means body movement of any type which includes recreational, fitness and sport activities. Note: physical activity is a component of, but is not a substitute for, quality physical education. Physical education is an instructional program taught by a certified physical educator and focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Physical education is one source, but should not be the only source of physical activity before, during and/or after school.

Goal:

The goal of physical activity within the coordinated school health approach provides students with increased opportunities to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity before, during and/or after school.

Required Activities:

Physical activity opportunities will be provided to students before, during and/or after school. All schools will provide education on the health benefits of physical activity that align with the New Mexico health education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 6.30.2.19 NMAC.

Transportation Modes:

The District will support active transport to and from school, such as walking or biking or skating. The District will encourage this behavior by engaging in six or more of the activities below; including but not limited to:

•              Designation of safe or preferred routes to school

•              Promotional activities such as participation in International Walk to School                      Week, National Walk and Bike to School Week

•              Secure storage facilities for bicycles and helmets (e.g., shed, cage, fenced                        area)

•              Instruction on walking/bicycling safety provided to students (Districts are                        required to provide opportunities to educate students and their families on                        bicycle safety best practices.)

•              Promotion of safe routes program to students, staff, and parents via                                    newsletters, websites, local newspaper

•              Crossing guards are used

•              Crosswalks exist on streets leading to schools

•              “Walking school buses” are used

•              Documentation of number of children walking and or biking to and from                          school

•              Creation and distribution of maps of school environment (e.g., sidewalks,                       crosswalks, roads, pathways, bike racks, etc.) “

 

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Other Activities May Include:

Elementary schools provide daily morning and afternoon recesses for all students. Schools encourage the use of school facilities outside of school hours. Schools are prohibited from withholding physical activity from students as a form of punishment. Schools are encouraged to create a plan to incorporate physical activity into the academic curriculum (i.e. brain breaks, etc.). Schools may plan to promote community-based physical activities (i.e. sports clubs, bike club, hiking club). All schools are encouraged to plan for school-wide physical activities (i.e. fun days, family fitness nights, field days).

 

Elementary schools will provide a minimum of forty-five minutes of Physical Education 2-3 times per week for all students. Jr. High School provides a daily sixty minute Physical Education class for all students. Quemado High School offers PE and Athletic classes to all students on a daily basis. One HS PE credit is required for graduation.

 

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

Graduation Requirements

 

 

 

NUTRITION

Definitions:

Nutrition means programs that provide access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students. Nutrition Education aims to teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. Nutrition Education and healthy eating will allow for proper physical growth, physical activity, brain development, ability to learn, emotional balance, a sense of well-being, obesity prevention, and the ability to resist disease.

Goal:

The goal of nutrition is to promote the role of nutrition in academic performance and quality of life, and to ensure the adoption of school policies which provide adequate nutrition opportunities.

Requirements:

The wellness policy shall include the following guidelines:

•                Nutrition guidelines for a la carte offerings minimally meeting guidelines set forth in Subsection B of 6.12.5.8 NMAC;

•                Guidelines for school sponsored fund raisers, celebrations and rewards during the normal school hours minimally meeting guidelines set forth in Paragraph (1) of Subsection C of 6.12.5.8 NMAC;

•                Guidelines for school sponsored fund raisers, celebrations and rewards before and after school hours ensuring that at least 50% of the offerings shall be healthy choices in accordance with the requirements set forth in Paragraph (2) of Subsection C of 6.12.5.8 NMAC.

·       All schools will provide nutrition education activities that align with the New Mexico health education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 6.30.2.19 NMAC.

 

Water

To promote hydration; free, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all students throughout the school day (*defined as midnight the night before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day) and throughout every school campus (**defined as areas that are owned or leased by the school and used at any time for school-related activities that are accessible to students). The District will make drinking water available where school meals are served during mealtimes.

·      Free drinking water is available throughout all school buildings and in the cafeterias during meal times in all schools.

 

Competitive Foods and Beverages

The District is committed to ensuring that all foods and beverages available to students on the school campus** during the school day* support healthy eating. The foods and beverages sold and served outside of the school meal programs (i.e., “competitive” foods and beverages) will meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, at a minimum. Smart Snacks aim to improve student health and well-being, increase consumption of healthful foods during the school day, and create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits.

To support healthy food choices and improve student health and well-being, all foods and beverages outside the reimbursable school meal programs that are sold to students on the school campus** during the school day* [and ideally, the extended school day] * will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards. These standards will apply in all locations and through all services where foods and beverages are sold, which may include, but are not limited to, a la carte options in cafeterias, vending machines, school stores, and snack or food carts.

·      All snack and drink options offered from vending machines on campus will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

·      Any offerings from a school store or food cart are required to meet USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

·      All food and drink provided for class parties/awards will meet USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards. The school may have one instance per semester where the snacks do not meet USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

·      All fundraising done during school hours involving food, drinks, or snacks will USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

 

Nutrition Promotion

Quemado School District will provide nutrition promotion and education that positively influences lifelong eating behaviors by using evidence-based techniques and nutrition messages, and by creating food environments that encourage healthy nutrition choices and encourage participation in school meal programs. Students and staff will receive consistent nutrition messages throughout schools, classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. Nutrition promotion includes marketing and advertising nutritious foods and beverages to students and is most effective when implemented consistently through a comprehensive and multi-channel approach by school staff and teachers, parents, students, and the community. The Quemado District will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all students throughout the school campus, as well as encourage participation in school meal programs. This promotion will occur through at least:

•                Implementing evidence-based healthy food promotion techniques through the school meal programs, using Smarter Lunchroom techniques; and

•                Promoting foods and beverages that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. Additional possible promotion techniques that the Quemado School District may use are available at www.healthiergeneration.org/smartsnacks.

·      Quemado schools allows advertising within the school for fund raisers that meet USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards. Advertising for food/beverages that do not meet USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards is not allowed within the schools.

  

Food Allergies

Quemado School District will address food allergies per “Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in School Nutrition Programs,” from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA 2013) which states that Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b, requires schools to modify their meals to meet the individual needs of the students whose disabilities restrict their diets. Documentation from a licensed physician must include:

•                The child’s disability;

•                The explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet;

•                The major life activity affected by the disability;

•                The foods to be eliminated from the child’s diet; and

•                The food or choice of foods that must be substituted

Children who do not have a disability, but may have other special dietary needs (non-life threatening allergies, food intolerances such as milk or gluten, religious/cultural beliefs), can request that schools make meal and snack accommodations. The decision to accommodate non-disability related dietary needs is at the discretion of the school and is to be made on a case-by-case basis. For more information: http://www.ped.state.nm.us/sfsb/tools/ “ 

 

Other Activities May Include:

All schools will provide consistent nutrition messages throughout schools, classrooms, and cafeterias, and will work to make sure nutrition messages heard at home are consistent by educating parents on the schools nutritional guidelines and providing nutrition information to parents.

All schools in the district support the school breakfast program.

All schools will consider scheduling recess before lunch so that children are less distracted and ready to eat a healthy diet.

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

4.26 – Student Nutrition Services                      4.27 – Competitive Food Sales/Vending Machines

 

  

HEALTH EDUCATION

Definition:

Health Education means the instructional program that provides the opportunity to

motivate and assist all students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease and

reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate

increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. It

meets the content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in

6.29.1 NMAC.

 

Goal:

The goal of a comprehensive health education curriculum within a coordinated school

health approach is to acquire life skills in order to attain personal, family, community, consumer, and  environmental health.

 

Required Activities:

Quemado/Datil Schools shall have a planned, sequential, K-12 health education

curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health

and is aligned to the health education content standards with benchmarks and

performance standards as set forth in 6.29.1 NMAC.

 

All schools will provide activities in comprehensive health education that align with the

New Mexico health education content standards with benchmarks and performance

standards as set forth in 6.29.1 NMAC.

 

All schools shall insure that parents have the ability to request that their child be

exempted from the parts of the health education curriculum that addresses the sexuality

performance standards. The policy includes but is not limited to:

• the process for parents to request an exemption from the parts of the health

education curriculum that addresses the sexuality performance standards and

• how alternative lessons are established for the exempted parts of the curriculum.

 

All schools shall provide instruction about HIV and related issues in the curriculum of the

required health education content area to all students in the elementary grades, in the

middle/junior high school grades, and in the senior high school grades as set forth in

6.12.2.10.C NMAC

 

Section 22-13-1 NMSA 1978, Section H was amended in 2016 to include a required

lifesaving skills training for hands-on (compression only) psychomotor skills

cardiopulmonary resuscitation training including training to recognize the signs of a heart

attack, training on the use of an automated external defibrillator, and training on how to

perform the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims. Section K (2) of this same rule

further states that this training must be included as part of the Health Education course

that is required by all students to graduate. This requirement was made law in 2016 and

should be implemented for the ninth grade class graduating in 2020 and after per NMSA

22-13-1.1part F which indicates “F. Once a student has entered the ninth grade, the

graduation requirements shall not be changed for that student from the requirements

specified in the law at the time the student entered the ninth grade.”

 

 

Other Activities May Include:

Health education lessons will be taught in a manner that is culturally sensitive.

Health education lessons are taught using a variety of instructional strategies (i.e. role

playing, projects, media literacy, etc.).

Health education integrated into the core curriculum.

Teachers, staff and administrators are made aware of coordinated school health

professional development opportunities (School Health Institute, Head to Toe, NM

Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance).

 

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

7.17.3 – Student Health Services                         7.18 – Student Social Services

Graduation Requirements

 

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Definition:

Physical education means the instructional program that provides cognitive content and

learning experiences in a variety of activity areas. It provides the opportunity for all

students to learn and develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally

decide to participate in a lifetime of healthy physical activity. It meets the content

standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in Section 6.30.2.20

NMAC.

 

Note: Physical activity is a component of, but is not a substitute for, quality physical

education. Physical education is an instructional program taught by a certified physical

educator and focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to

personally decide to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Aligned health education curriculum to the health education content standards with

benchmarks and performance standards for implementation in the 2006-07 school year.

 

Goal:

To provide every student with daily physical education during which a certified physical

educator uses appropriate practices to teach the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to

be physically fit and active for a lifetime. Activities are based on goals and objectives

which are appropriate for all children, and are planned after referring to a curriculum

which has an obvious scope and sequence which aligns with the content standards with

benchmarks and performance standards.

 

Required Activities:

A planned, sequential, K-12 physical education curriculum that provides the optimal

opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary

to personally decide to participate in lifetime healthful physical activity and is aligned to

the physical education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as

per 6.30.2.20 NMAC.

 

Per NMSA 22-13-1.1., Quemado Independent School District requires one unit of physical

education to graduate. Accordingly, students may choose to participate in interscholastic sports

sanctioned by the New Mexico Activities Association in order to meet this requirement.

 

Schools must offer developmentally appropriate physical education. Adapted physical

education (APE) is physical education which may be adapted or modified to address the

individualized needs of children and youth who have gross motor developmental delays.

This service should include the following:

•       Assessment and instruction by qualified personnel professionals who are

prepared to gather assessment date and provide physical education instruction for

children and youth with disabilities and developmental delays.

•       Accurate assessment data, including diagnostic and curriculum-based data

collected by qualified personnel.

•       Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals and Objectives / Benchmarks

   That are measurable and objective statements written by the physical education

   instructor. The goals and objectives are reflective of the physical education

   instructional content and monitored/evaluated according to district policy to

   ensure that goals and objectives are being met in a timely manner.              

•       Instruction in a Least Restricted Environment (LRE) that adapts or

   modifies the physical education curriculum and/or instruction to address the

   individualized abilities of each child. Adaptations are made to ensure that

   each student will experience success in a safe environment. Placement is

   outlined in the IEP and may include one or more of the following options:

·       The general physical education setting;

·       The general physical education setting with a teaching assistant or peers;

·       A separate class setting with peers;

·       A separate class setting with assistants; and/or

·       A one-to-one setting between students and the instructor.

 

Other Activities May Include:

Schools hiring certified physical educators to teach physical education and plan

additional opportunities for physical activity.

Schools limiting physical education class sizes so they are consistent with those of other

subject areas and/or self-contained classes. Classes of similar grade levels are scheduled

back-to-back to maximize teaching efficiency.

Physical educators promote academic achievement by helping classroom teachers

incorporate physical education concepts in classroom activities.

Physical educators are provided professional development opportunities such as

workshops, conventions, and collaboration for the purpose of receiving the latest

information, innovations, and ideas in their field and implementing them in their physical

education classes.

 

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

480-Fitness and Health                                            587-Fitness Policy

408-Graduation Requirements

 

 

 

HEALTHY AND SAFE ENVIRONMENTS

 

 

Definition:

Healthy and safe environment means the physical and aesthetic surroundings and the

psychosocial climate and culture of the school. It supports a total learning experience that

promotes personal growth, healthy interpersonal relationships, wellness, and freedom

from discrimination and abuse.

 

Goal:

The goal of a healthy and safe environment is to promote a climate and culture before,

during, and after school for students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members that

supports academic achievement.

 

Required Activities:

The wellness policy shall include school safety plans at each school building focused on

supporting healthy and safe environments and including, but not necessarily limited to,

prevention, policies and procedures, and emergency response plans.

 

School safety plans are available at each school building focused on supporting healthy

and safe environments and including prevention, policies and procedures and emergency response plans.

 

Perform 12 emergency drills in each public school in New Mexico. Emergency drills

shall consist of 9 fire drills, 2 shelter in place drills and one evacuation drill at the intervals set forth in subsection M of 6.30.2.10 NMAC.

 

Other Activities May Include:

All schools will research recovery strategies and consider adding this to the safe school

plans.

All schools will consider providing safety procedures and appropriate training for

students, teachers and staff that support personal safety and a violence/harassment-free

environment.

All school buildings and grounds, structures, buses, and equipment will strive to meet

current safety standards and are kept inviting, clean, safe, and in good repair.

All schools will abide by district/charter school policies which create an environment free

of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

 

School District Wellness Policy

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

5.3 - Employee Code of Ethics and Conduct  7.5.4 - Rules of Conduct
7.6 - Discipline Policy  7.9 - Gang Activity

7.11 - Prohibiting Violence, Intimidating,

Hostile/Intimidating Contact

  7.12 - Prohibiting Hazing

7.13 - Sexual Harrassment

  7.14 - Dress Code

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refer to: Quemado Independent Schools Safety Plan

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

  

Definition:

Social and Emotional well-being means services provided to maintain and/or improve

student’s mental, emotional, behavioral, and social health.

 

Goal:

The goal of social and emotional well-being is to collaborate with students, parents, staff

and community to influence student success by building awareness and promoting

strategies to maintain and/or improve student mental health.

 

Required Activities:

The wellness policy includes a plan addressing the behavioral health needs of all students

in the educational process by focusing on students’ social and emotional well-being.

 

I. PED Required Activities: includes the Public Education Department (PED)

requirements that are outlined in the school district wellness policy rule (6.12.6.8-6

NMAC). The PED required activities are expected to be included in every wellness

policy submitted to the PED.

   • Create a plan addressing the behavioral health needs of all students in the educational process by focusing on students’ social and emotional well-being.

   • 6.29.1 NMAC Standards for Excellence General Provisions require districts and charter schools to provide or make provisions for support service programs, which strengthen the instructional program. Required support service programs include school counseling. Support services must:(1) have a written, delivered, and assessed program, K-12; (2) provide licensed staff to develop and supervise the program; (3) be assessed as part of the educational plan for student success (EPSS) process (see 6.29.1.8 NMAC); and (4) support the local curriculum and EPSS.

• School personnel are required by law to report substance abuse, child abuse and neglect.

• Substance Abuse: Section 22-5-4.4 NMSA 1978.

   o A school employee who knows, or in good faith suspects, any student

     of using or abusing alcohol or drugs shall report such use or abuse

     pursuant to procedures established by the local school board.

   o No school employee who in good faith reports any known or

     suspected instances of alcohol or drug use or abuse, shall be held

     liable for any civil damages as a result of such report or his efforts to

     enforce any school policies or regulations regarding drug or alcohol

     use or abuse.”

• Child Abuse and Neglect: Section 22-10A-32 NMSA 1978. 

All licensed school employees shall be required to complete training in the detection and reporting of child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse and assault, and substance abuse. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, this requirement shall be completed within the licensed school employee's first year of employment by a school district.

  

Section 32A-4-3 NMSA 1978. Duty to report child abuse and child neglect;

responsibility to investigate child abuse or neglect; penalty.

 

Other Activities May Include:

Providing an environment in which students are able to request assistance when needed.

Providing a supportive school environment that links to community resources.

 

 

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

5.3 Employee Code of Ethics and Conduct  7.5.4 - Rules of Conduct
7.6 - Discipline Policy  7.9 - Gang Activity

7.11 - Prohibiting Violence, Intimidating,

Hostile/Intimidating Contact

  7.12 - Prohibiting Hazing

7.13 - Sexual Harrassment

  7.14 - Dress Code

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                   

School Based Health Center

 

 

 

HEALTH SERVICES

Definition:

Health services means services provided for students to apprise, protect, and promote

health. These services are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care or

behavioral health services, or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services,

behavioral health services, prevent and control communicable disease and other health

problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum

sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide

educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual,

family, and community health.

 

Goal:

The goal of health services is to provide coordinated, accessible health and mental health

services for students, families and staff.

 

Required Activities:

A plan addressing the health services needs of students in the educational process.

 

I. PED Required Activities: includes the Public Education Department (PED)

requirements that are outlined in the School District Wellness Policy rule (6.12.6

NMAC). The PED required activities are expected to be included in every wellness

policy submitted to the PED. Please use the checklist below to ensure that all required

components are included:

•  District Wellness Policy includes plan for addressing the health service needs of students in the educational process; Per the U.S. Office of Special Education (OSEP), students with healthcare needs that may “affect or have the potential to affect safe and optimal school attendance and academic performance requires the professional school nurse to write an Individualized Health Plan (IHP) in collaboration with the student, family, educators, and healthcare care providers” NASN Position Statement: Individualized Healthcare Plan). The IHP should be reviewed annually at a minimum. The need for an IHP is based upon each child’s required health care, not upon “educational entitlement such as special education or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.” OSEP considers that the IHP should be a separate document from the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and should be attached to the student’s IEP or 504 plan based upon the student’s needs. (See the PED School Health Manual, Section V: Individualized Healthcare Plans for instructions.) District policy is included to ensure all students with HIV/AIDS have appropriate access to public education and that their rights to privacy are protected as set in 6.12.2.10 NMAC Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV);

•  District policy acknowledges that all students enrolled in the public, nonpublic, or home-            schools in the state must present satisfactory evidence of commencement or completion of immunization in accordance with the immunization schedule and rules and regulations of the Public Health

 

 

   Division (PHD)/Department of Health (DOH), with an allowance for

   exemption by the PHD/DOH if certain conditions are met. Statute 6.12.2.8

   NMAC makes it unlawful for any student to enroll in school unless the

   student is properly immunized or in the process of being properly

   immunized and can provide satisfactory evidence of such immunization,

   unless the child is properly exempted: 7.5.3 NMAC: Vaccinations and

   Immunizations Exemptions. An exception is provided to a student

   experiencing homelessness. Pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Homeless

   Assistant Act [42 USC§ 11432(g)(3)(C)], children experiencing homelessness

   must be able to enroll in school immediately, even if they are unable to

   produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous

   academic records, medical records, proof of residency, or other

   documentation. If the child needs to obtain immunizations, or medical or

   immunization records, the enrolling school must immediately refer the

   parent or guardian of the child or youth to the designated local educational

   agency (LEA) homeless education liaison, who must assist in obtaining

   necessary immunizations, or immunization or medical records.

     •    District policy acknowledges all public and nonpublic schools must grant to

   any student in grades kindergarten through 12 authorization to carry and

   self-administer health care practitioner prescribed asthma treatment

   medications and anaphylaxis emergency treatment medication as well as the

   right to self-manage their diabetes care in the school setting and to develop

   mechanisms that support safe diabetes self-management in the school

   environment as long as certain conditions are met. Such rules are established

   in 6.12.2.9 NMAC Students Rights to Self-Administer Certain Medications and

   6.12.8 NMAC Diabetes Self-Management by Students in the school setting.

   More information on medications in the school may be found in Section VI. of

   The New Mexico School Health Manual (see link below);

     •    District policy acknowledges that all schools are required to ensure that

   vision screening tests are administered to students enrolled in the school in

   pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and third grade and for transfer

   and new students in those grades, unless a parent affirmatively prohibits the

   visual screening. The Save our Children's Sight Fund, created in 2007,

   through 7.30.10 NMAC further allows DOH to promulgate rules for the award

   of money for certain eligible students and to establish vision screening test

   standards.

 

 

Other Activities May Include:

 

Services providing a linkage to school and community health resources (e.g., primary

care, public health, community health agencies and faith based groups, school-based

health centers).

 

Services including, but are not limited to preventive services, behavioral health services,

screenings and referrals; evaluations and assessments; first aid and emergency care;

follow-up care; school safety; health education and ancillary services (e.g., speech

therapy or physical therapy and or occupational therapy.

 

Services are provided in partnership with students, parents, staff and community.

 

Health service professionals are provided professional development opportunities such as

workshops, conventions and collaboration for the purpose of receiving the latest

information, innovations and ideas in their field and implementing them in their areas of

expertise.

Health service programs shall strive to meet all reporting, record-keeping and

confidentiality requirements.

 

 

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

405-Special Education Services                              407-Minimum Requirements

408-Graduation Requirements                               410-Homebound Instruction

411-Sex Education Programs                                428-Family Life Education

480-Fitness and Health                                    585-School Based Health Clinics

589-Fitness Policy

 

 

STAFF WELLNESS

Definition:

Staff wellness means opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through

activities such as health assessments, health education, and health-related fitness

activities. These opportunities encourage school staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that

contributes to their improved health status, improved morale, and a greater personal

commitment to the District's overall coordinated school health approach.

A staff wellness program allows the staff to learn and practice skills to make personal

decisions about health-enhancing daily habits.

 

Goal:

The goal of staff wellness is to promote activities for staff that are designed to promote

the physical, emotional and mental health of school employees as well as to prevent

disease and disability.

 

Requirement Activities:

The wellness policy shall include a plan addressing the staff wellness needs of all school

staff that minimally insures an equitable work environment and meets the Americans

with Disabilities Act, Part III.

 

Ensure that all school boards, districts, and charter schools implement a policy that

will ensure that the rights to privacy of all school employees infected with HIV are

protected

 

Other Activities May Include:

Schools may provide staff and faculty the opportunity to participate in a health promotion

program focusing on exercise, stress management and nutrition (i.e. health fairs, fun runs,

walks etc).

 

Schools may provide staff and faculty with accurate, evidence based information or

activities related to exercise, stress management and nutrition (i.e. newsletters, yoga,

pilates, menopause information, weight lifting, cardio improvement classes, etc).

 

 

Quemado Board of Education Policies:

5.1.1 – Release of Personnel Information                                

5.2 – Equal Employment Opportunity

5.3 – Employee Code of Ethics and Conduct                           

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

Board Policies 100 Series

Board Policies 200 Series

Board Policies 300 Series

Board Policies 400 Series

Board Policies 500 Series

Board Policies 600 Series

Competitive Food Sales and Vending Machines

 

 

 

 

School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

Quemado Independent School District

SY 17-18

 

Chas Angelus, EMT, Quemado Health Assistant

Alisa Estrada, Quemado School Based Health Clinic, PMS

Don Goodman, Quemado Schools Principal

Polly Pierson, Quemado School Board Member

Shayla Garner, Quemado High School Student Advisor

Ricky Chavez, Datil Elementary Teacher

Dawn Armstrong, Quemado Elementary Teacher

Nichole Sanders, Food Service Coordinator

Heather Lackey, Community member

Hailey Williams, QHS student