Implementation Guides

BPS PA Policy Writing Guide
This guide provides suggestions for language supporting physical activity at your school that can be directly inserted your school’s Wellness Action Plan as well as into parent or family handbooks, staff handbooks, general program handbooks, letters to families, staff training materials, MOAs/MOUs, or even schedules and menus. The suggested language in this guide lays out policies that help support your plan for fulfilling the new BPS physical activity policy as well as Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program Framework and Criteria for

Developing a Healthier School Environment (Frameworks Criteria). Including these Classroom Movement Breaks policies will help ensure that your school meets the policy and sticks with it in the future. The suggested policies address four main focus areas targeted by BPS:

  • Recess
  • Movement Promotion
  • Cross-Curricular Incorporation

 Field Day Planning Guide
This guide was created by the Health and Wellness Department Physical Education and Physical Activity staff. It was created to help in planning a successful field day at your school. Planning a field day can be challenging, but with the right team and resources it can be a major highlight of your school year.

When planning a field day it is important to keep the health and wellness of your students at the forefront. The resources included in this guide were selected with this in mind and promote physical activity at a variety of levels.

Students Taking Charge
Students Taking Charge (STC) is a youth-centered program that encourages young people lead change to address the schools wellness environment.The program provides an important avenue for the Boston Public Schools to connect with and promote youth voice.

During the 2011-2012 school year, five Boston Public High  Schools participated in the STC program. Each STC group chose a specific project to improve the health and wellness of their school community. The efforts of these young people and their facilitators, with support from their headmasters and Action for Healthy Kids, enabled incredible changes toward healthier school environments. Download the project booklet to see the progress made by our student leaders.

2012 Healthy Family Fun Summer Guide
The Healthy Family Fun Summer Guide is a resource provided by  Boston Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Department Stores as part of the Healthy Family Fun Campaign. The Guide is a one-stop shop for the information your family needs to stay healthy this summer, including tips about getting enough sleep and using sunscreen when playing outdoors – important pieces of your child’s total health.This guide is full of fun summer activity ideas, from day camps to pools to basketball leagues and a listing of farmers’ market locations and recipes ideas using fresh ingredients such as the Fresh Salsa and Guacamole Chicken Wraps.

See for yourself all the fun in your neighborhood. Download the 2012 Healthy Family Fun Summer Guide and visit the Events page of Healthy Family Fun website to see even more upcoming events in your neighborhood.

Summer Programs Classroom-based PAToolkit
The Health and Wellness Department has created a classroom based physical activity toolkit to help incorporate movement within this year’s summer programs. Included in the kit are samples of movement breaks, cross-curricular lessons involving movement, as well as promotions. Over 30 teachers have used the kits this summer with a very positive response. The materials have allowed their students to be more physically active during their summer program. If you are interested in the classroom based physical activity toolkit, contact Shannon Wyman: swyman@boston.k12.ma.us

BPS Tobacco Prevention Resource Guide
This resource guide provides information about the BPS Tobacco-Free Environment Policy, supports for cessation, information regarding marketing tactics and other tobacco products and activities that are great to do in your school as an all-school event or class project. Additional recommendations for resources for health education and the classroom are also included. It is important that when working on tobacco prevention, we examine the school environment as well as provide comprehensive and current information that will be relevant and informative for all ages and grades. Tobacco prevention is a great way to incorporate skill-building activities that focus on interpersonal communication, analyzing influences, advocacy, decision-making, goal management and accessing resources.