Wellness in APS

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.

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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 instinctively 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 Rachel Phillips at 303-365-7813 ext. 28919 or by email rmphillips@aurorak12.org to find out when the next meeting is!

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The Whole Child Approach

The Whole Child Approach is to move from a view of achievement based on academic success to long-term development and overall growth. In order to accomplish this, there are Whole Child beliefs that need to be addressed.

    • 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.

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