Health, Safety, and Well-Being
Episcopal’s Health, Safety, and Well-Being effort is a long-term, community-wide program designed to involve and benefit students, parents, and faculty and staff. 2018-2019 programming will focus on four themes:
- Healthy Relationships
- Global Awareness
Within these themes, key topics include: stress, anxiety, mindfulness, physical health, bullying, social media, gratitude, diversity and tolerance, service, and high-risk behaviors.
The school schedule will devote at least three special activity and event periods per semester to Health, Safety, and Well-Being for students; professional development for faculty and staff; and special events for parents. Topics relating to the Health, Safety, and Well-being effort will continue to be incorporated into one Chapel per semester and into Global Community Day. Global Community Day, to be held February 12, 2019, will focus on mental health and global awareness.
Episcopal is also partnering with Baptist Health for 2018-2019. Baptist Health will provide four expert speaker panels for the Episcopal parent community. Two events will take place during the fall semester and two will take place in the spring, addressing the following topics, respectively: Physical Health and Nutrition, Anxiety, Stress and Coping Skills, Influence & Effects of Social Media and Screen Time, High-Risk Behavior and Substance Abuse.
“Episcopal seeks to value and prioritize these issues with a commitment that goes beyond any single year of programming,” said Amy Perkins, Director of Student Services. “We have planned a comprehensive and evolving array of opportunities for students and parents, professional development for faculty and staff, and resources for the entire community.”
The Physical Health and Nutrition Baptist Series event took place on September 13 at Episcopal School of Jacksonville. View the entire event by watching the video below.
What did this event cover?
- Specific ways that physical and emotional well-being are dependent on one-another and recursive.
- How to incorporate high-impact healthier choices in to our day-to-day lives.
- Understanding common barriers to eating healthy and being physically active.
- How to seek professional help with taking care of physical and emotional health needs.
Karla Repper, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with expertise in assessing and treating mental health conditions across the lifespan. She has specialized training in the assessment of emotional and behavioral functioning, cognitive development, and treatment of child and adolescent conditions. Dr. Repper follows a "scientist-practitioner" model, and utilizes therapies that research shows to be most effective. Cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, exposure and response prevention, dialectical behavioral therapy, and parent training on behavioral interventions are some of her most-often used therapeutic methods.
SAGE DINING SERVICES
As one facet of the Health, Safety, and Well-Being program, Episcopal offers students a delicious dining experience – one that focuses on healthy food options that are of exceptional quality. The school partners with SAGE Dining Services® to offer a “wow” experience with signature concept meals that fit every dietary need. (Visit their website: https://www.sagedining.com/)
Enhanced Dining Experience
The layout in the Buck Student Center is designed to enhance students’ dining experiences and allow them more time to visit with each other and enjoy their food. There is a single, all-inclusive lunch which offers unlimited seconds. Key elements of this experience are the food, the focus on education for students and the technology to support it.
SAGE makes meals from scratch with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and is particularly mindful of offering many options for students with allergies. Several concept stations are located around the Buck, and each will offer something different. Allergens will be identified at all stations. Stations will include: The Main Ingredient®: hot entrees; Improvisations®: salad bar; The Classic Cuts Deli®: meats, cheeses, homemade soups, Crossroads: food truck-inspired station at The Beak, Splashes: beverage station, and Mangia! Mangia!: hot pizza and pasta.
SAGE’s philosophy is “Variety, Balance, and Moderation.” Their Spotlight Program helps students make informed decisions about what to eat by using a color coded system to show an item’s nutritional value, based on current USDA guidelines. Green, yellow and red dots indicate how much and how often foods should appear on a plate. SAGE and Episcopal also offer Educational Seasoning, a monthly program that brings historical, cultural, and culinary topics to life for our students with informational guides and creative displays. Some of this year’s topics include: Got Gluten? And Waste Not, Want Not.
SAGE offers a mobile app, Touch of SAGE™, to keep parents and students informed of daily meals. Online menus, ingredient lists and allergen filters are all options to ensure students find meals that they enjoy and are able to eat. A notification system allows students to input their favorite meals so they know when they are available, and a feedback system allows them to rate and provide feedback on items. In the Buck, tablets provide information about what is being offered at the station. Monitors will show the day’s offerings.
Ongoing Professional Development
Every faculty and member, coach, and chaperone is required to complete the Safeguarding God’s Children training that addresses child abuse prevention and awareness, and the prevention of sexual misconduct. The Safeguarding program was designed by the Church Pension Group and has been widely adopted by the Episcopal Church (read more here: https://www.churchpublishing.org/products/safeguardinggodschildren).
Emergency and fire drills are conducted on a regular basis during the school year.
In August Faculty and staff underwent Active Shooter Training, presented by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, before the start of the 2018 school year. The presentation walked participants through how such an event unfolds and immediate response techniques.
Administrators also attended Crisis Training in August. Finn Partners, a consulting agency that works closely with schools and universities to manage crisis situations, spent two days with staff, walking through different hypothetical scenarios the school may face. This helped administrators determine areas where adjustments could be made in procedure and identify areas where no changes in protocol are currently needed.