Health and Wellness is a priority in Aurora Public Schools
The mission of the APS Wellness Committee is to foster and support a district environment that promotes the total well being of students, families and staff.
Why Schools? Students spend the majority of their day in school, so there is great opportunity to provide education on the value of living a healthy lifestyle in a supportive and positive environment.
Connection to Learning: Healthier students. Health has a DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH LEARNING. Research has found that increased physical activity has shown improvements in test scores, focus, classroom behavior, and attendance, something educators have known instinctually for years
Our Approach: APS has a district-led wellness team to support school-wide, local, statewide and national school health initiatives. The district team also offers assistance to individual schools through school wellness teams. And this website has been created to provide resources in each of the areas of school wellness to students, families and staff using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC).
The APS District Health and Wellness Advisory Team invites any teacher, parent, student or community member to attend the monthly meetings. Please reach out to Erica Riedlin at 303-365-7813 ext. 28515 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when then next meeting is!
The Whole Child Approach is to move from a view of achievement based on academic success, but on the long-term development and overall growth. In order to accomplish this there are Whole Child beliefs that need to be addressed. (www.ascd.org/whole-child.aspx)
- Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle
- Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults
- Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community
- Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults
- Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment
To learn more about the WSCC model, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/wscc/index.htm.
Components of WSCC model
Latest Health & Wellness News
Please read the following ALERT from the Tri-County Health Department.
Bok-What? Bokwa is starting to gain recognition! Check out this article to learn how Bokwa is impacting our schools. http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/02/01/bok-what-aurora-schools-try-a-new-form-of-fitness/#.VM-qvWjF_mo
American Heart Association honors Laredo CDC for health initiatives Healthy Way to Grow is a joint program of the American Heart Association-a program to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic through improving practices at child care centers. Laredo Child Development Center was one of only six CDC's in the nation to earn the status of a "Bronze Center." Laredo has achieved best practices in nutrition, physical activity, screen time and infant feeding. Read the whole article here! Congratulations Laredo CDC, and thank you for your efforts!
APS families can now submit an online application for the National School Lunch Program. This program provides free or reduced price meals to students who meet eligibility guidelines. Read more.
Our community is experiencing unusually high numbers of Pertussis (whooping cough) cases right now. Maybe you know of someone who has been sick with this illness. It is known as the “hundred-day cough” and is quite contagious. It causes people to miss school and work for several days.