The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education promotes healthy schools by supporting student wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. Schools contribute to the basic health status of students by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.
Improved health optimizes student performance potential. Children who are physically active and who eat well-balanced meals are likely to learn more readily in the classroom.
Individual schools are encouraged to adopt the district wellness policy and regulations or create their own.
The APS Board of Education is committed to promoting physical activity and providing a healthy school nutrition environment. To further the principles stated above, the board adopts the following three goals:
The Aurora Public Schools will support and promote a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The goal of the learning environment will be to positively influence a student's understandings, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good health. Furthermore, this environment will provide students with appropriate resources and tools to make informed and educated decisions about lifelong physical, mental, emotional and social health.
The Aurora Public Schools supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students' health and academic performance. Food and beverages available on school grounds during the school day meet or exceed federal and state nutrition standards.
The Aurora Public Schools will provide students a variety of opportunities to engage in physical activity.
The Aurora Public Schools will support students' mental and behavioral health needs. APS will provide programs and collaborate with community partners to offer prevention, early intervention, crisis intervention and recovery to promote a positive and safe climate and culture for students and staff.
The chief academic officer, the healthy schools coordinator and the director of nutrition services develop regulations to ensure that the wellness policy is implemented in the schools. To best support this implementation, the district has in place a district wellness team. The team:
- Serves as a resource to the schools.
- Involves schools to develop a plan for district implementation.
- Develops a plan and regulations in conjunction with the director of assessment to annually measure the implementation of the district’s wellness policy to ensure district compliance.
** The Wellness Policy is reviewed and revised as appropriate, but will go no longer three years without a review/revision.