The mission of the Montclair Public Schools Health and Wellness Partnership is to promote the physical, emotional and social well being of the students of the Montclair Public Schools through increased access to quality services, education, and information.
Beliefs of the Montclair Public Schools Health and Wellness Partnership
The Montclair Public Schools Health and Wellness Partnership is based on the belief that:
Public schools have a responsibility to give children in the community the knowledge and skills needed for successful living.
Education and health are interrelated. Physical and mental health problems of students erode both their health status and their educational achievement, limiting their potential. Student physical and emotional health and well being positively influence academic progress and success.
Many health problems, which are largely preventable, are influenced by specific behaviors and practices established during youth and continuing into adulthood.
Prevention efforts are cost-effective, while the social and economic costs of inaction are intolerable. Failure in school, underachievement, and related health problems have serious repercussions for students, their families, and ultimately the social and economic health of the nation.
Effective schools link the efforts of the student, the family, the school, and the community to consider the whole child, including academic achievement, physical and emotional health, and social adjustment.
Childhood health is an urgent matter—interrelated with education. In recent decades, children’s rates of obesity and diabetes—both preventable—have skyrocketed, along with asthma, and the identification of learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Yet, we are firmly optimistic. Research proves again and again that school-based health and wellness programs are effective. We can make health a priority in Montclair schools. We are doing it every day.
Page Updated: Feb 18, 2016