The ISB Healthy Outcomes Program

The International School of Brno (ISB) Healthy Outcomes Program is a school health program that outlines school safety protocols and aims to promote healthy lifestyles amongst students and staff. Through a holistic approach, the school will address the many different facets of student and staff health and wellbeing.

What is a School Health Program?

A school health program is a structured outline of a coordinated system that promotes health and safety in schools. The plan encompasses many aspects of a child’s wellbeing and also aims to address staff health.

The different aspects of a school health program include physical safety, a health curriculum, nutrition, physical education and activity, social and emotional wellbeing, employee wellness, as well as parent and community involvement.

Why a School Health Program is Necessary

A school health program is vital to student success in academics as well as life outside of the classroom. Not only does a health program increase academic performance, it also promotes good behavior in class. It boosts morale amongst staff and students and creates a positive school environment. It supports employee wellness and satisfaction which in turn benefits the students in the classroom. Working together to encourage health and wellness creates a sense of community and general positivity in schools.  The healthy behaviors taught and adopted while students are young will stay with them in the long run and lead to healthy adults.

Stakeholders

The stakeholders are all those impacted by the school health program. This includes school administration, teachers, support staff, community partners, parents, and most importantly the students.

Health Committee

Chelsea McGill                Health Coordinator

Sona Štepánková                Early & Primary Years Principal and School Nurse

Jan Švihálek                        Head of School

Dylan Vance                        Secondary & High School Principal 

Program Components and Goals

School Physical Safety

Physical safety ensures the school is providing a safe environment and that all students and staff are protected and secure. School physical safety is addressed by creating a positive, safe, and clean environment on campus where students feel protected. This aspect of the program is carried out with guidance from written and published protocols found on the Teacher’s Site and listed below.

Health and Safety Policy

Child Protection Policy

Hazardous Materials Policy and Lab Safety

Gymnasium Rules and Safety

Playground Safety Policy

Health Education

A comprehensive, holistic approach to student health is vital for a successful outcome and a health curriculum is an important part of this approach as it provides the backbone to the overall program and goals. The curriculum should address all age ranges from years K-12 and contain age appropriate lessons taught in classrooms as well as in assemblies and after school programs or events. 

The school is actively raising awareness and planning activities to address the following topics in secondary:

Health Education Goal

1. Create and disseminate a teacher survey to find out what health topics are currently being taught and the topics teachers deem important or necessary for their grade level.

2. To establish a health curriculum that is implemented in K-13 and includes lessons each teacher can incorporate into their curriculum as well as health themed topics addressed by teachers.

Health Services

Health services include nutritional services via food provided in the cafeteria, a nurse’s station for physical health, and a psychologist to address mental health needs. Sona is the nurse and the nurse’s station is located in the conference room. All staff are trained in First Aid and CPR  and each room has a First Aid Kit with all of the necessary equipment required by Czech Law.

Health Service Goal

1. To publish the psychologist’s hours of availability and insure parents and students know she is available if necessary.

Nutrition

Nutrition plays an integral part in student health and wellbeing. Students should have access to healthy food options while at school. They should also learn how to make healthy food choices on their own. This will be addressed through the Food for Life program that includes education regarding nutrition, cafeteria food served, a visit to a local farm, a farmer’s market event, and a school garden.

Nutrition Goals

1. Post at least four healthy eating promotion posters around the school cafeteria by January 1st 2017.

2. Require the school caterers to serve at least one vegetable in student lunches each day of the week.

3. Include a nutrition and/or cooking skills component with several lessons into the health education plan.

Physical Education and Activity

Physical Education encompasses both a taught curriculum as well as physical engagement. Students are taught the benefits of being physically active during their P.E. period and through the health curriculum. Students are also encouraged to engage in activities during P.E. and outdoor playground time. Teachers can be encouraged to include a physical movement component to lesson plans and have students stand in class or take walks.

Physical Education and Activity Goals

1. Incorporate a different verbal lesson about the benefits of being physically active  into the P.E. class at least once a week.

2. For students to participate in P.E. or outdoor play for thirty minutes at least four times a week.

3. Create and post at least four posters about the benefits of physical activity around the school by January 1st 2017.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

The social and emotional component includes addressing such topics as bullying, culture shock, problems at home and school, stress management, and creating an environment where students feel safe, comfortable, and included.

Anti Bullying Policy

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Goals

1. Post three posters around the school's hallways that promote social/emotional wellbeing.

2. Choose at least three important topics that fall under social and emotional wellness, create lesson plans, and teach them to secondary students in three separate health lessons during the 2016-2017 school year.

Employee Wellness

This aspect of the program aims to increase employee productivity and wellbeing by providing services teachers deem necessary. The administration will encourage and support staff professional development and employee career goals as well as host school employee functions. The administration is very supportive of staff running or biking to school and they provide showers to those who wish to do so.

Employee Wellness Goals

1. Draft and disseminate a survey to assess teacher needs before the 2017-2018 school year.

Community and Family Involvement

It is important for the school to develop relationships with businesses in the community and with student families. Businesses have the opportunity to support the school’s healthy objectives and families can share their input on the program as well as provide assistance when needed. For example, parents were involved in checking the entire school, staff and students, for head lice.

Community and Family Involvement Goals

1. Create and implement a school health needs assessment for parents  and disseminate before the 2017-2018 school year.

2. Develop a relationship with a local farm and plan both a farmers market event and a trip to the farm for the spring of 2017 as well as the 2017-2018 school year.

3. To plant a school garden that staff, parents, and students can contribute to.

Assessment

The program will be assessed throughout the school year through meetings conducted by the health committee. Discussions will include goal deadlines, necessary changes, positive and negative aspects of the program, and updates that need to be made.

Assessment will also occur at the end of the school year through a school wide survey. Administration, staff, students, and parents will be asked questions about the health program to see what works and what doesn’t so that improvements can be made for the next school year.

Assessments can also be performed by administration at the end of the school year. The measurable goals provide a checklist for staff to go through and see what objectives have and haven’t been met. This allows for open dialogue about the program and any adjustments that should be made.

Specific Tasks of the Health Coordinator

School Physical Safety

This is well addressed by the school nurse, administration,  and in the health and safety policies posted above.

What the health coordinator will do to assist with the campus’ physical safety:

1. Make sure there is a written protocol for emergency situations that students, parents, and staff can easily access.

2. Help coordinate and perform safety inspections of the school campus.

Health Curriculum

What the health coordinator will do to address the health curriculum:

1. Create and coordinate a whole school health education plan that is disseminated by teachers in the classroom.

2. Provide lesson plan ideas or resources if needed.

3. Assist student council with ideas to address health topics  and help execute any events.

4. Compile a list of topics and lesson plans for the three main health lessons for years 10-11 and teach with Dylan. Each class will have a different, age appropriate topic to discuss, compromising 15 lessons total.

5. Create a health needs assessment for teachers, parents, and students.

Health Services

Health services are thoroughly covered by the school nurse, Sona.

What the health coordinator will do to address health services:

1. Assist Sona in anything she may need in the nurses station.

2. Help make sure all of the first aid kits are properly stocked.

3. Make sure mental health services are accessible to students and parents.

Nutrition

What the health coordinator will do to address nutrition:

1. Hang healthy eating promotion posters around the school.

2. Implement the Food for Life program.

3. Work with Tom to address the school caterers and get them a “healthy mark” similar to the Food for Life mark and make sure an adequate number of vegetables are being served to students.

Physical Education and Activity

Physical Education is well addressed  by the P.E. teachers, Sona and Barbara.

What the health coordinator will do to address physical education and activity:

1. Hang physical activity promotion posters around the school.

2. Assist Sona and Barbara if they need anything in PE class.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

What the health coordinator will do to address social and emotional wellbeing:

1. Hang posters that address such things as cultural awareness, mental stress, and bullying. 2. Teach different aspects of social/emotional health with Dylan to secondary students in the three separate secondary health lessons.

3. Assist student council in addressing this area with topics that fall under this category. For example, coordinating an anti-bullying assembly or inviting guest speakers to discuss various topics.

Employee Wellness

Already well addressed by the school administration. Staff events are hosted often, professional development is supported, etc.

What the health coordinator will do to address employee wellness:

1. Create and disseminate a survey for teachers to assess their needs.

Community and Family Involvement

What the health coordinator will do to address community and family involvement:

1. Collaborate with the community liaison, Tom, to implement Food for Life program which may require community involvement.

2. Create a school/community garden.

3. Create a health needs assessment for parents.

4. Incorporate a school farmers market event along with Colors and Flavors of ISB.

5. Plan and coordinate  a trip to a local farm in the spring.

Research and Resources

"Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.