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School Based Health Program

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 the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and provides a registered nurse, licensed counselor, and prevention educator for the school.

School-Based Health Program:

  •  Annual health screenings include: immunization checks, vision screenings, oral/throat inspections, blood pressure, height/weight, and BMI
  • Nutritional education. The program spans the entire academic year and includes grades  K thru 6th, Lessons/activities for 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
  • 8 Year recipient of the Highmark Foundation Grant for creating a healthy school environment.
  • CPR/AED and EpiPen training for all faculty
  • Partnership with Franciscan University nursing students
  • 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)
  • Stress Management classes and lessons
  • School-Based Health Program Newsletter
  • Keep a Clear Mind Program
  • Red Ribbon Week activities
  • Too Good for Drugs Program
  • End the Silence 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 essential role in shaping students’ physical and mental growth.

Nutrition Education and Promotion: To provide interactive nutrition education that 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 are not limited to School Wellness Representative, School Nurse, School Counselor, Administrator, Food Service Director, Teachers, Physical Education Teacher, Parents, and Community Representatives.

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
    • Vision
    • Dental
    • Hearing
    • Blood Pressure Checks
    • Height/Weight/Body Mass Index Monitoring
  • Healthy Nutrition Education

Program Staff

  • Erin McFarland, M.Ed., LPC
  • Jill Mullens, RN, BSN
    Registered Nurse
  • Jimmy Sperlazza, BSW
    Prevention Educator