Health and Wellness

In order to meet New Legacy Charter School’s mission of empowering teen parents with the skills needed to raise healthy children and graduate prepared for success in college and careers, developing a Coordinated School Health Program is a necessity. New Legacy intends to follow Colorado’s Coordinated School Health Model, which addresses all eight components of a healthy school.[1]

At New Legacy, a health and wellness class is required for all students during each six-week block. (Note: The only exception would be for a student who is doing an internship and has met certain eligibility requirements.) The class will be taken every other day and alternate with a fitness and movement class. These classes are taught by the school’s Health Educator.  The unites are aligned with Colorado’s comprehensive health standards for high school students. The standards-aligned units to be covered include the following:

  • Nutrition
  • Body image, including media and cultural influence
  • Lifestyle
  • Emotional, mental, and social well-being
  • Personal goal setting
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Healthy relationships
  • Self-care and self-advocacy
  • Sexual health education
Comprehensive Sexual Health

In their first six-week block at the school, all students are required to take comprehensive sexual health course. This includes information on birth control/second pregnancy prevention, STIs, healthy relationships, and dealing with sexual assault and violence.  Addressing these health issues as soon as a student enrolls is critically important. New Legacy collaborates and is actively seeking partnerships with local clinic such as Metro Network of Community Providers and Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics to bring a practitioner to the school to provide students with resources needed to prevent future unintended pregnancies and maintain their health.

Healthy Parenting

All parenting students take a daily parenting class during each six-week block. (Note: The only exception would be for a student who is doing an internship and has met certain eligibility requirements.) These classes focus on different parenting topics including creating a nurturing environment, child development, promoting learning/reading in the home, safety in the home, healthcare for children, and having fun with your child. A significant component of this class also includes hands-on activities, including spending time with their child and working in the Early Learning Center.  This class will be taught by the Early Learning Center Director.

Healthy Pregnancy

All pregnant students take a daily prenatal and parenting preparation class for the blocks prior to their delivery. These classes focus on different topics related to health pregnancy including prenatal care, healthy eating, and preparing for baby. New Legacy hopes to partner with the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) for the teaching of this class. Students will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the NFP program.

Fitness and Movement

A fitness and movement class alternates with the health and wellness classes during each six-week block. (Note: The only exception would be for a student who is doing an internship and has met certain eligibility requirements.) This class will include yoga, dance, and other options of interest to the students.

Family/Community Involvement

Even though the school’s students are parents or soon-to-be parents, this does not diminish the important role that the teen students’ parents and families play in creating a successful learning experience for the students.  Families are engaged through home visits at least once a year; if a student has a child mid-year, that student and family will receive at least two home visits during the maternity leave. Parents receive frequent communication from the school about student learning and internship opportunities.

On-Site Social Worker

New Legacy intends to have a part-time social worker on-site to help students with access to social services (CCCAP, Medicaid, TANF, housing support), as well as some counseling. The school hopes to partner with Aurora Mental Health for regular counseling and psychological support services.

Healthy Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

Access to healthy meals at school has been shown to improve student behavior, school performance, and cognitive development.[2] A study by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service also found that students who eat lunch at school are more likely to eat healthy foods such as milk, meats, grains, and vegetables – both at lunch and throughout the day. Their nutritional intake is higher than students who don’t eat a school lunch, including those who bring a lunch from home.[3] With this data in mind, ensuring that students at New Legacy Charter students and their children have access to two healthy meals each day is essential.

New Legacy will ideally participate in the CharterCHOICE Food Service Collaborative, which partners with healthy food service providers and serves as a School Food Authority for purposes of participating in the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

[1] The eight components include health education; physical education; health services; nutrition services; counseling, psychological, and social services; healthy school environment; health promotion for staff; and family/community involvement. Source:http://www.cde.state.co.us/HealthAndWellness/CSH_home.htm.
[2] Source: School Employee Wellness website: http://www.schoolempwell.org/.
[3] This guide is published by the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coordinating Center for Health Promotion. It is available online at: http://www.schoolempwell.org/