Promoting Student Wellness

In October 2014, Granite Falls School District will participate in the Washington State Healthy Youth survey in which grades 9th-12th graders will take the survey.

The biennial Healthy Youth Survey is a joint effort between the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Health, Department of Social Health Service’s Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, the Community Trade and Economic Development, and the Family Policy Council.

Many Washington school districts like Granite Falls voluntarily administer the voluntary and anonymous survey to  students.  Questions focus on physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

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Fitness, health and nutrition are strongly linked to student academic achievement and foster lifelong wellness for students, staff and families. The Granite Falls School District is committed to promoting:

  • Fitness – Through a strong, comprehensive physical education curriculum (taught by highly qualified teachers certified in physical education). There are many efforts being made in our schools and community organizations to boost levels of healthy activity tied to personal health and academic performance.
  • Health – By supporting the staff and students in the district, the Superintendent, Certificated District School Nurse (RN) and Health Attendants develop health-related policies and procedures to assure compliance with federal and state laws; promote health and illness prevention with instruction in healthy living; support office staff in providing safe legal care in the health room; and provide case management services for students with health conditions to allow them to access their education. Classified RNs support individual students who require a specific licensed nursing service.
  • Nutrition – By offering meals, planned by a team of Certified Nutrition Professionals, that meet the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for Calories, Protein, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C at age-appropriate levels. The menus are also planned to maximize fiber and minimize sodium, cholesterol, total fat and saturated fat. The meals are eye-appealing, tasty, convenient, and a great value.

I. Health Services–Go to Health Services Page
Because we care about protecting students and their families from contagious diseases . . . Please keep an ill student home, or make arrangements with a caregiver, when signs below are present. Students with these signs at school may place other students at risk of illness so will need to be picked up promptly if signs occur at school. Notify the office staff when family or emergency contact phone numbers change.

If your student has a contagious illness, please notify us since an exposure may be life-threatening for others with fragile immune systems or certain medical conditions. Health information will be treated confidentially.

II. Nutrition Services–Go To Nutrition Services Page
Research has shown that there is an important, positive relationship between good nutrition and health, behavior and student learning. The Granite Falls School District participates in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the Commodity Distribution Program. United States Department of Agriculture regulations guide our program. Weekly and monthly menus are planned by experienced staff members. These menus meet the USDA specifications based on the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids” Act of 2010.

III. Fitness Services
The goal of the Health and Fitness program in the Granite Falls School District is to educate students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make healthy lifestyle choices. Sport development (game skills and strategies), goal setting and fitness planning, team building and sportsmanship, and healthy living (safety, nutrition, and lifestyle choices) are all critical components in the program.  The state standards for Health and Fitness can be seen at http://standards.ospi.k12.wa.us/.

5th Grade Initiative: Gear Up & Go! is an exciting county-wide initiative designed to be fun and encourage students to be more active and foster a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle. The Aim–Reverse the decline of youth activity levels, starting with our own local fifth-grade students. Fifth grade is a critical year in determining lifestyle patterns. The goal of Gear Up & Go! is to increase activity levels throughout the county to improve academic success among students. Gear Up & Go! webpage here.

More information can be found in the Granite Falls School District Policy 2030: Student Wellness (Nutrition, Health & Fitness)

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe & healthy.

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise,
not too little and not too much,
we would have found the safest way to health.”

Hippocrates (c.460-377BC)

“You can’t educate a child who isn’t healthy,
and you can’t keep a child healthy who isn’t educated.”
M. Joycelyn Elders, 15th Surgeon General of the United States