2022-2023 School Wellness Policy
Cristo Rey Boston High School believes that academic life is an essential component for the growth of its students, but it is not the only one. Growing implies developing a personal passion, discovering new things, and exploring the world that surrounds us. Outside of the classroom, Cristo Rey Boston High School has developed programs for the spiritual and personal development of the lives of each student and school staff. The Student Life office coordinates the athletic and extracurricular program that supports the classroom experience of our school. Cristo Rey Boston High School has formed a Wellness Committee to focus on the health and wellness of our students in line with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, care for the whole person.
The Wellness Committee will be responsible for implementing and upholding the school’s wellness policy. The committee is embedded as part of the school’s Student Success Team which meets weekly. The designated officials for oversight to ensure compliance with the policy are Thomas Ryan, Principal, and Celia Williams, Dir. of Business and Operations.
Members of the Wellness Committee
Food Service Manager
Director of Business and Operations
Dean of Student Culture
Director of Athletics
Director of Counseling
Special Education Consultant
Director of Parent and Student Engagement
Assistant Business Manager
Parent Rep TBD
Student Rep TBD
A member from student government
Meetings: Purpose, Sequence, and Cadence
Purpose: Meetings will be conducted to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the school will review nutrition and physical activity policies; provide for an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity. The schools will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.
Sequence: The meetings will use Harvard’s Meeting Wise protocols. The agenda will be sent out in advance of the meetings for all participants and stakeholders. Meetings will be 45 minutes in length.
Cadence: The Wellness Committee will convene five times throughout the school year. Once at the beginning of the school year, and then four more times throughout the school year. The dates will coincide with the end of each academic quarter. Below is the sequence.
- Meeting #1 - Last week of August
- Meeting #2 - Second week of November
- Meeting #3 - Last week of January
- Meeting #4 - First week of April
- Meeting #5 - Third week of June
- Foods of minimal nutritional value, including brands and illustrations, shall not be advertised, or marketed in educational materials.
- School staff are partnering with the Food Project program to provide opportunities for students to plant raised gardens to grow herbs and vegetables outside of the school.
- Parents through the weekly newsletter are encouraged to promote healthy nutrition, starting at home.
The time provided for lunch is sufficient for eating and socializing, under proper supervision.
- Fresh fruit-flavored water is available each lunch period to promote water consumption.
- All fundraising activities involving food are done after school.
- The school environment will reinforce the development of healthy eating habits, including offering healthy foods, health-conscience fundraising, and staff wellness support.
- The Health Office reinforces healthy eating habits.
- Administrators, faculty, and staff support the development of healthy lifestyles for students through encouragement and education.
- Menus offer healthy choices that include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, low-fat dairy products. School meals meet the standards established by the USDA.
- Water is always available during lunch and students are encouraged to stay hydrated throughout the day. Fruit-flavored water is available each day in the lunchroom as well as filtered water fountains are available on each floor.
- Cafeteria staff will participate in providing nutrition education through new food experiences and exposure to a wide variety of food choices. Consistent encouragement is given to students to try new foods and discourages students from making negative comments about new foods and healthy foods, so they learn to try new flavors.
- Our nursing staff has been concerned about our students’ weight and poor eating habits. The health office staff are working with our students to learn nutrition-related skills, including but not limited to, planning a healthy meal, understanding, and using food labels, critically evaluating nutrition information, misinformation, and commercial food advertising.
Foods Available at Schools, Including School Meals, and Competitive Foods
- Food safety is a top priority, the kitchen facility is inspected twice a year. All foods are served and prepared in a health-inspected facility under the guidance of the Health Department.
- School meals are affordable for all students.
- Meals are distributed in a manner that allows anonymity for students receiving free and reduced meals.
Fundraising activities will strive to support healthy eating and wellness and will not compete with breakfast or lunch. All fundraising activities will be conducted after school.
- We understand the importance of promoting exercising which will add to our students’ physical and mental health to improve their health throughout their lives. All students are encouraged and have the option to participate in physical activities throughout the year.
- This year we have had more students involved in extracurricular activities than in recent years. Athletically we have had as much as 30% of our student body involved in a sport.
- The gym is open every morning before school and after school. Except for specific sports programs which are after school, such as basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, etc.
- The following sports are offered through the MIAA: Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheer, Baseball, Softball, and Outdoor Track.
- The school promotes physical activity and school spirit through school-wide community days.
- On Community Days, we have competitions between the staff and students in baseball, basketball, and other competitive activities.
- Throughout the first year we have had the following clubs running: Art, Music, Student Government, National Honor Society, and Prom Committee.
- Schools will allow staff to use school facilities outside of school hours for activities such as group fitness classes, walking programs, and individual use.
- The school will implement a walking program to encourage fitness and healthy eating.
Other Issues Relating to Student Health and Wellness
- Students are encouraged to use hand sanitizers before and during the school day. There are portable dispensers in every classroom, as well as permanent dispensers located in the hallways.
- We installed HALO Health sensors in our girls' and boys' bathrooms. The Halo sensors allow the school to detect the following:
- Vape/THC/Marijuana/Cigarette Detection
- Alerts to unhealthy air conditions and those that are likely to spread airborne disease pathogens.
- Alerts to abnormally loud noises like breaking items, yelling, and gunshots.
- Emergency/Bullying Key Word Alerting
- Alerts to rising CO2 levels that lead to inattentiveness, lethargy, and respiratory issues like asthma.
- Chemical and Cleaning Agent Detection
- The nursing staff are working with families to make sure all immunizations are up to date for students.
- A clean cafeteria is maintained not only by staff but also by students, in an effort to teach the
importance of respect for school property.
- Schools will host health clinics and screenings and encourage parents to enroll their children in Medicaid or in other children’s health insurance programs for which they may qualify.
The School hosts morning coffees for parents and caregivers on topics related to health and wellness.
Every Friday the Whitter Street Health Center van is at the school to aid the nursing staff in screenings and other health issues.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- The Principal is responsible for ensuring all goals are met for the School Wellness Policy.
- Compliance with the Wellness Policy and implementation procedures will be ensured by the Principal, Director of Business and Operations, and Committee Members of the Wellness Committee.
- The Wellness Policy will be reviewed every three years, and a report assessing the school’s progress toward meeting the goals will be made available to the public.