!!SES and UCHS named to the 2018 list of America's Healthiest Schools for the 2nd time!!
!!Uniontown Elementary School Named to the 2017 list of America's Healthiest Schools!!
!!Sturgis Ele. and Union County High School named to the 2016 list of America's Healthiest Schools!!
Please see the 2018 District Health Department's Assessment highlighting Union Count's
Healthy School Meals and School Gardens.
The health and safety of students and staff is of the highest priority in all Union County School decisions. Our district is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects student health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Last year the district developed a new strategic plan consisting of three main pillars; College Success, Life Success and Career Success, with the central pillar comprised of goals related to developing the whole student and aligning with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child or WSCC model of the CDC.
In addition to local school wellness committees and local school wellness policies, Union County Schools has a District-wide Coordinated School Health (CSH) Council. The council is responsible for annual review and update of the District Wellness Policy, establishment and support of the local school wellness committees, enforcement of district wellness policy and development/integration of Coordinated School Health goals into the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan.
The CSH Committee is continuing to evaluate the district wellness policy at this time and closely following the policy guidelines and recommendations from KDE SHAPE, ESSA, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Action for Healthy Kids, and KSBA.
In 2016 we were fortunate to have one elementary school (Sturgis Elementary) and our high school (Union County High) apply for and receive bronze level status through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In 2017 Uniontown Elementary also applied for and was awarded the bronze award. The bronze status is awarded for a two year period. Recently SES and UCHS re-applied and received bronze status award for a 2nd two year period. At this time we are working toward achieving bronze status at all schools and removing obstacles in our district policies which may be keeping us from silver status.
Recommendations for 18-19 (See 17-18 Alliance and 2018 WellSat Assessments below)
Recommendations made in 2016-17 for the 17-18 SY:
In reviewing our Alliance Report Card, the Union County School District exceeded the State and National levels in all categories except School Health and Safety Policies and Environment, Health Education, and Family and Community involvement. These are areas that the District Wellness team and local wellness teams will continue to focus efforts of improvement.
Local Wellness Committees exist at all three elementary schools and the high school and all three elementary schools have a wellness policy in place. Despite the fact that local wellness policies are not required for middle and high schools, the Union County CSH Committee recommends that all schools in the district develop and support local wellness committees and develop local wellness policies. Last year we recommended that our middle school become more active in their wellness initiatives and apply for an Alliance award status and they did. Good Luck UCMS on your quest for Bronze!
Finally the CSH Committee recommends joining forces with the local Union County Health Coalition in search of synergistic wellness programs that can benefit the school and the community as a whole including project based and community based learning projects focused on student led school gardens which provide produce for the NSLP and local Farmers Markets.
Most recently the UC Food Services Dept. has pledged to support Livers Farms in their efforts to obtain a Farm to School grant that would help provide local produce to cafeterias, educate youth on how to grow, harvest and use fresh produce, be involved in our Elementary Schools and School Gardens, provide Food Sampling, Cooking and provide support for FFA and 4H programs.