School Wellness Councils

A School Wellness Council is a group of parents, students, school staff, and community members who work together and with the school administration to promote a healthy school community. The DOE Wellness Policy encourages all schools to have a School Wellness Council. If you are part of a School Wellness Council, you will attend regular meetings at your school and help with:

  • Making sure the school provides high-quality physical education and health education
  • Making sure the school is following the DOE Wellness Policy
  • Starting physical activity clubs and organizing fitness events
  • Creating healthy snack policies and encouraging your school to follow them
  • School gardens
  • Promoting the importance of healthy food
  • Promoting inclusivity and diversity

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Join a School Wellness Council

Schools need diverse parent voices in order to understand what the school community needs and to decide what programs and policies will help keep their community healthy. If you want to join a School Wellness Council:

  1. Ask your parent coordinator if your school already has a wellness council. If so, contact the council leader to find out how to get involved.
  2. If your school does not have a wellness council, speak to your principal or the parent coordinator and let them know you are interested in starting one.
  3. Email wellnesscouncil@schools.nyc.gov for help. Staff from the DOE Office of School Wellness Programs can reach out to your school to help them start a council and apply for a grant.

School Wellness Council Grants

All DOE public schools can apply for two kinds of grants in the fall of every school year:

  • Implementation grants of $2,500 help schools start a wellness council.
  • Continuation grants of $1,000 help schools support the work of an existing council.

School staff and members of the School Wellness Council can apply for these grants shortly after the start of the school year. If you’re interested in helping your school apply, you can talk to your parent coordinator about the program. Share the web address of the School Wellness Portal with them to help get them started.

Sign up for School Wellness Weekly to get information about the grant application and other school-wellness-related grants, programs, tips, and news.

For more information about School Wellness Councils, email wellnesscouncil@schools.nyc.gov.

2017-18 Implementation Grant Winners

  • The Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship
  • STEM Institute of Manhattan
  • P.S. 036 Margaret Douglas
  • P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek
  • The Dr. Emmett W. Bassett School
  • P.S. 023 The New Children's School
  • P.S. 059 The Community School of Technology
  • P.S. 205 Fiorello LaGuardia
  • P.S. 340
  • In-Tech Academy (M.S. / High School 368)
  • The Matilda Avenue School
  • Accion Academy
  • Urban Assembly School for Music and Art
  • P.S. 059 William Floyd
  • P.S. 132 The Conselyea School
  • P.S. 147 Isaac Remsen
  • P.S. 297 Abraham Stockton
  • P.S. 015 Patrick F. Daly
  • P.S. 024
  • P.S. 130 The Parkside
  • P.S. 261 Philip Livingston
  • Sunset Park Avenues Elementary School
  • West Brooklyn Community High School
  • P.S. 243K- The Weeksville School
  • M.S. 246 Walt Whitman
  • P.S. 316 Elijah Stroud
  • P.S. 208 Elsa Ebeling
  • P.S. 102 The Bayview
  • Brooklyn School of Inquiry
  • P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School
  • Brooklyn Studio Secondary School
  • P.S. 254 Dag Hammarskjold
  • Teachers Preparatory High School
  • P.S. 102 Bayview
  • P.S. 229 Emanuel Kaplan
  • Corona Arts & Sciences Academy
  • P.S. 021 Edward Hart
  • P.S. 129 Patricia Larkin
  • P.S. 130
  • P.S. 026 Rufus King
  • P.S./ IS 178 Holliswood
  • P.S. 100 Glen Morris
  • Epic High School - South
  • P.S. 101 School in the Gardens
  • P.S. 144 Col Jeromus Remsen
  • P.S. 182 Samantha Smith
  • The Jermaine L. Green STEM Institute of Queens
  • Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School
  • P.S. 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts
  • Energy Tech High School
  • I.S. R002 George L. Egbert
  • I.S. 007 Elias Bernstein
  • P.S. 016 John J. Driscoll
  • P.S. 21 Margaret Emery-Elm Park
  • The Eagle Academy for Young Men of Staten Island
  • I.S. 49 Berta A. Dreyfus
  • P.S. 057 Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Port Richmond School for Visionary Learning
  • P.S. 74 Future Leaders Elementary School
  • Tottenville High School
  • P.S. 116 Elizabeth L Farrell
  • P.S. 299 Thomas Warren Field
  • I.S. 349 Math, Science & Tech.
  • P.S. /I.S. 384 Frances E. Carter
  • P.S. K077
  • P.S. 372 -The Children's School
  • P.S. X811

2017-18 Continuation Grant Winners

  • P.S. 020 Anna Silver
  • P.S. 011 William T. Harris
  • P.S. 051 Elias Howe
  • P.S. 77 Lower Lab School
  • P.S. 212 Midtown West
  • Quest to Learn
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • Frederick Douglass Academy
  • P.S. 018 Park Terrace
  • Paula Hedbavny School
  • Muscota
  • P.S. 043 Jonas Bronck
  • P.S. 062 Inocensio Casanova
  • P.S. 069 Journey Prep School
  • P.S. 071 Rose E. Scala
  • P.S. 028 Mount Hope
  • The Walton Avenue School
  • Lucero Elementary School
  • I.S. 313 School of Leadership Development
  • The Family School
  • Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders
  • Mount Eden Children's Academy
  • P.S. 095 Sheila Mencher
  • Knowledge & Power Preparatory Academy International
  • Bronx High School of Science
  • P.S. 083 Donald Hertz
  • Cornerstone Academy for Social Action
  • Bronx Alliance Middle School
  • One World Middle School at Edenwald
  • Baychester Middle School
  • P.S. 008 Robert Fulton
  • P.S. 084 Jose De Diego
  • John Ericsson Middle School 126
  • Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School
  • Brooklyn Latin School, The
  • P.S. 001 The Bergen
  • P.S. 032 Samuel Mills Sprole
  • P.S. 039 Henry Bristow
  • The Brooklyn New School, P.S. 146
  • P.S. 230 Doris L. Cohen
  • Norma Adams Clemons Academy
  • P.S. 091 The Albany Avenue School
  • P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston
  • P.S. 249 The Caton
  • I.S. 340
  • P.S. 115 Daniel Mucatel School
  • P.S. 235 Janice Marie Knight School
  • J.H.S. 218 James P. Sinnott
  • Multicultural High School
  • Brooklyn Lab School
  • Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
  • The Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare
  • P.S. 109
  • P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty
  • School of Science & Technology
  • P.S. 206 Joseph F Lamb
  • Andries Hudde
  • P.S. 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood School
  • P.S. 088 Seneca
  • Pioneer Academy
  • P.S. 020 John Bowne
  • P.S. 079 Francis Lewis
  • P.S. 120 Queens
  • P.S. 154 Queens
  • P.S. 193 Alfred J. Kennedy
  • P.S. 209 Clearview Gardens
  • The Active Learning Elementary School
  • P.S. 094 David D. Porter
  • P.S. 203 Oakland Gardens
  • P.S. 043
  • P. S. 62 - Chester Park School
  • P.S. 104 The Bays Water
  • P.S. 105 The Bay School
  • P.S. 124 Osmond A Church
  • M.S. 137 America's School of Heroes
  • P.S. 273
  • P.S. 117 J. Keld / Briarwood School
  • P.S. 139 Rego Park
  • J.H.S. 217 Robert A. Van Wyck
  • P.S. 052 Queens
  • P.S. 118 Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Bellaire School
  • P.S. 176 Cambria Heights
  • P.S. 166 Henry Gradstein
  • P.S. 212
  • P.S. 234
  • Hunters Point Community Middle School
  • P.S. 001 Tottenville
  • P.S. 8 Shirlee Solomon
  • P.S. 019 The Curtis School
  • P.S. 39 Francis J. Murphy Jr.
  • P.S. 045 John Tyler
  • P.S. 048 William G. Wilcox
  • P.S. 054 Charles W. Leng
  • Space Shuttle Columbia School
  • The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability
  • The Michael J. Petrides School
  • Staten Island School of Civic Leadership
  • P.S. 075 Mayda Cortiella
  • P.S. 086 The Irvington
  • P.S. 123 Suydam
  • P.S. 145 Andrew Jackson
  • P.S. M721 - Manhattan Occupational Training Center
  • The Riverview School
  • P.S. X017
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