St. Paul School-Based Health Program began with the 2005-06 school year. The program is generously funded by a grant from The Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation and provides a registered nurse, licensed counselor, and a clerical aid position for the school.
School-Based Health Program:
- Annual health screenings include: immunization checks, vision screenings, oral/throat inspections, blood pressure, height/weight, and BMI
- MyPlate Nutritional education. The program spans the entire academic year and includes grades K thru 8th
- Lessons/activities to all students on basic hygiene, reading food labels, healthy snacks, choosing foods from the 5 food groups and the importance of getting a minimum of 60 mins of exercise/day
- New water fountains/bottle filling stations installed throughout the school with funds received from the Highmark Foundation
- CPR/AED and EpiPen training for all faculty
- Trinity Sports Medicine Program at SPS (Kindergarten-8th)
- Partnership with Franciscan University nursing students – hand-washing program (K-4th grade) & personal hygiene and how to stay healthy lessons/activities (5-8th grade)
- Life Skills class (Self-image, smoking, drugs, alcohol, decision-making, social skills, assertiveness, etc.) with 8th grade throughout the academic school year. This is a program brought to our school through the WVU Extension office.
- Flu shots were offered to all faculty members in October
- Money Habitudes Program (a journal to help young people discover their habits and attitudes about money) – 8th grade
- Stress Management classes and lessons (grades 4-8)
- School-Based Healthy Program Newsletter– sent to all parents and faculty
- Keep a Clear Mind Program (4th grade)
- Red Ribbon Week activities
- Too Good for Drugs Program (2nd & 3rd grades)
- End the Silence (7th & 8th grades) – program on signs/symptoms of mental health distress and suicide prevention
St. Paul School Wellness Policy:
Purpose: Healthy eating and activity are essential for students to achieve academic, physical, and mental growth. Schools play an important role in shaping students’ physical and mental growth.
Nutrition Education and Promotion: To provide Nutrition Education that is interactive and teaches the skills necessary to adopt a healthy eating behavior.
Physical Education: Physical education and activity provide opportunities for students to develop specific physical activities and skills to maintain physical fitness. Regularly participating in physical activity and understanding the short and long term benefits of it will result in a healthy lifestyle.
Wellness Committee: Consists of various members within the school. Individuals include, but not limited to School Wellness Representative, School Nurse, School Counselor, Administrator, Food Service Director, Teachers, Physical Education Teacher, Parents, and Community Representative.
Policy Evaluation: Annually, at the end of each school year.
Communication: The committee will meet four times a year during the school year to discuss assessment and progress.
2019-2020 Wellness Committee:
School Wellness Representative: Leigh Enos
School Nurse: Jill Mullens
Counselor: Erin McFarland
Administrator: Michele Martin
Food Service Director: Maria Good
Physical Fitness: Katie Velto
Services provided for students and their families include:
- Preventative Health Screenings
- Basic First Aid
- Classroom Education
- Individual and Family Counseling
- Group Sessions
- Individual Mental Health Assessments
- Classroom Education
In addition, services also provided for the parish and community include:
- Health Screenings
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Height/Weight/Body Mass Index Monitoring
- Healthy Nutrition Education
Health screening provided to St. Joseph School and Madonna High School also.
- Jill Mullens, RN, BSN
- Erin McFarland, M.Ed., LPC
- Angie Impellicceiri