District Wellness

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“School systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students.  But where the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge.  So it is with Health.” 

- Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1991


Register today for the "Let's Move Active Schools" Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Training on March 27 in Freeport

What is PAL? The Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System training is the professional development component of Let's Move! Active Schools, a comprehensive program initiated by Michelle Obama that empowers schools to create active environments. 

How do I register? Click here to register! Registration closes on March 6th and is limited to 50 participants, so register now!

Where I can I learn more? For event details, see the flyer to the right entitled "Flyer for FREE PAL Training for School Wellness Champions". You can also learn about the content of the PAL Learning System training by clicking here.

Am I eligible to be the School Wellness Champion? Anyone employed by your school that is ready to lead the school Wellness Team and approved by the Principal can be the School Wellness Champion. If you are not currently your School's Wellness Champion and would like to be, please talk to your school Principal to let him/ her know you are interested in becoming the School Wellness Champion and attending this training.

Coordinated School Health Programs

Portland Schools uses a coordinated approach to district wellness called the Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP).  CSHP is an effective system designed to connect health with education.  This coordinated approach improves health and students’ capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working  together.

The Coordinated School Health model includes:
  1. Comprehensive School Health Education
  2. Physical Education/Physical Activity
  3. School Health Services
  4. Nutrition Services
  5. Employee Wellness
  6. Physical Environment
  7. Healthy School Climates
  8. Family and Community Involvement
CSHP Circle

More information about each component, including resources for educators and parents, can be found in the tabs to the right.  More information about the supports and resources available to schools can be found in the PDF file to the right.

Portland Public School’s Coordinated School Health Program is supported through competitive grant funding under the Healthy Maine Partnerships.  We employ a School Health Coordinator who is responsible for the initiative.  For more information, contact the School Health Coordinator for the Portland Public Schools at schoolhealthatportlandschools [dot] org or (207) 842-5339. 

“The School Board recognizes that a students’ readiness to learn is related to his/her physical and psychological well being.  The District is committed to creating healthy school environments that allow students to take full advantage of the educational programs offered at Portland Public Schools.” 

 - Portland Public Schools Local Wellness Policy

 The Portland Board of Public Education has passed policies to support physical activity and nutrition in our schools.  The following policies have been approved:

  • Nutrition Standards for Foods and Beverages (EFEA)
  • Local Wellness (JL)
  • Competitive Food Sales (EFE)
  • Student Discipline (JK)
  • Walk and Bike to School (JLID)
  • Health Education (IHAM)

These policies can be accessed on the district's policy web page, use the referenced code to look up the policy alphabetically.  For more information and resources about these policies, please refer to the Nutrition and Physical Activity / Physical Education tabs to the right. 

(Much of the information and content for the District Wellness page comes from the State of Maine Guidelines for Coordinating School Health Programs, a publication of the Maine Department of Education and State Department of Human Services, published January 2002.)