Health and Wellness
District Wellness Policy
The North Colonie Central School is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices.
To accomplish these goals:
- Child Nutrition Programs comply with federal, state, and local requirements. Child Nutrition Programs are accessible to all children.
- Sequential and interdisciplinary nutrition education is provided and promoted.
- Patterns of meaningful physical activity connect to students’ lives outside of physical education.
- All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
- All foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, concessions, a la carte and student stores) during the school day will be consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- All foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
- The school environment is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allows ample time and space for eating meals.
Body Mass Index Reporting
As part of a required health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or “BMI.” The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range. New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be indicated as part of the student’s school health examination. This information is reported to the New York State Department of Health. No names and no information about about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report. You must submit this request in writing to the health office.
Vision and Hearing Screening
Each year the school nurse conducts school health appraisals based on NYSED mandates for certain grade levels These screenings consist of
vision and hearing screening. In addition, scoliosis screening is done on all girls in 5th and 7th grades and for boys in 9th grade. Parents will be notified ONLY when any condition meriting concern is found. If parents wish to inquire about the findings they may contact their school nurse.
5th Grade Adolescent Growth and Development
Please review these resources and share with your fifth grade student. This information includes online resources for parents, videos for students and book recommendations for teens.