In line with its wellness policy adopted in 2006, the Baldwinsville Central School District continues to emphasize creating and maintaining a learning environment that models and encourages healthy eating and physical activity habits for all students. This fall, schools continued with or established new wellness initiatives, as outlined below.
Baldwinsville schools have been focusing special attention on infection control measures, particularly proper and frequent hand washing, to curtail and stop the spread of germs. The schools have also discontinued the practice of recognizing students for perfect attendance, so that students will not feel compelled to go to school when they are ill.
Wellness announcements continue in the schools to remind students of the measures they can take to create a healthier lifestyle.
The district's wellness council is exploring the possibility of creating an 11-week support program for staff members that would provide them with weekly information on nutrition and exercise. The council is also researching grant opportunities for wellness programs and equipment.
The district continues to maintain a fitness trail for students, staff and community members to use. It begins behind Baker High School and loops around Elden Elementary School and Durgee Junior High School.
Baker High School
On Sept. 25, Baker High School held a wellness day to promote the district's wellness policy and to encourage students to incorporate physical activity into their daily schedules. All of the school's students had the opportunity to participate in one of a variety of activities, including hip-hop dance, yoga, handball, kickball and even a healthy cooking class.
Durgee Junior High School
Students looking to boost their physical activity can join the Bee Fit Group, a walking group that meets after school. The group, headed by teacher Jason Nephew, walks outside when the weather is mild and inside the school when the weather is inclement. The group's goal is to walk 100 miles in total by the end of the school year. Students wear pedometers to track their miles. The school's PTSA generously funded the purchase of the pedometers.