Pittsburgh Public Schools recognizes that school personnel, administrative staff, and all other employees involved in the educational process help to create the culture and nature of the educational environment. The District will strive to promote healthy living for both staff and students. The overall district goal shall be to improve employee wellness awareness to promote proactive preventive care. The objectives of this endeavor are to reduce health-care costs, increase productivity, and reduce absenteeism, worker’s compensation, and retirement costs due to disability. Additionally, it’s recommended that schools provide students and families with opportunities to both improve their wellness and understand the importance of valuing their own wellness.
The school district’s Comprehensive Plan contains a broad goal area on safety nets for students, including a specific focus on health, safety, and wellness. This policy is reflective of the school district's commitment to incorporating all facets of wellness into its work in order to better the health of students and other key stakeholders who serve as role models to students – including staff, parents/guardians, and the community – as the school district recognizes that good health among all stakeholders is the basis of strong student success – lifelong academic, social, and personal.
The following two (2) local requirements were added as the basis of the following policy:
- Inclusion of goals to support nutrition education, physical activity, and awareness of other health promoting behaviors among district staff, teachers, parents/guardians, and siblings.
- Maintenance of a framework to ensure policy is implemented widely across district schools and embedded in the Comprehensive Plan of the district. Community and family participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies.