This report details the results for the metrics for each policy area of the District Wellness Policy, highlights key findings and successes, and presents action steps planned or underway to support Wellness Policy implementation. It is submitted to the Superintendent of Schools and School Committee by the District Wellness Council (DWC) per the annual report requirement of the Massachusetts Standards for School Wellness Councils and to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a part of the reporting requirement for the DESE audit of the Food and Nutrition Services Department.
The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys supported by the CDC that assess school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, and territories. Profiles surveys are conducted biennially at BPS among elementary, middle, and high school principals, physical education teachers, and lead health education teachers. Profiles monitors the current status of:
School health education requirements and content
Physical education and physical activity
Practices related to bullying and sexual harassment
School health policies related to tobacco-use prevention and nutrition
School-based health services
Family engagement and community involvement
School health coordination
This fall, school leaders will receive an individual School Wellness Profiles Report based on Profiles data from Sring 2020.
The FitnessGram® test battery assesses health-related fitness components: aerobic capacity, body composition, and muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Activity assessments are included for step or minute challenges, physical activity behaviors, and overall activity levels to provide teachers with a variety of ways to promote physical activity to students.
In order to conduct research in Boston Public Schools (BPS), researchers are required to have a district sponsor for their research work. A district sponsor would be someone from an appropriate central office department who is invested in the research and can take action on the findings. For a complete overview of the requirements to conduct research in BPS, please visit the Office of Data & Accountability website.
If you would like the Office of Health & Wellness (OHW) to be your district sponsor, please review our district research sponsor guidelines and submit an executive summary of your research to Pamela Acero, firstname.lastname@example.org.