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.

2018-19 Implementation Grant Winners

  • Food and Finance High School
  • P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon
  • P.S. 38 Roberto Clemente
  • P.S. 171 Patrick Henry
  • P.S. 115 Alexander Humboldt
  • P.S. 153 Adam Clayton Powell
  • Hamilton Heights School
  • P.S. 049 Willis Avenue
  • P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt
  • P.S. 179
  • Millennium Art Academy
  • School for Tourism and Hospitality
  • Blueprint Middle School
  • P.S./M.S. 004 Crotona Park West
  • P.S. 170
  • DreamYard Preparatory School
  • South Bronx International Middle School
  • P.S. 051 Bronx New School
  • Kingsbridge International High School
  • Creston Academy
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School
  • Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy Bronx
  • The Metropolitan Soundview High School
  • P.S. 011 Purvis J. Behan
  • P.S. 020 Clinton Hill
  • P.S. 046 Edward C. Blum
  • George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
  • Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
  • Williamsburg Preparatory School
  • P.S. 058 The Carroll
  • P.S. 295
  • P.S. 028 The Warren Prep Academy
  • P.S. 66
  • P.S. 345 Patrolman Robert Bolden
  • P.S. 105 The Blythebourne
  • P.S. 179 Kensington
  • J.H.S. 259 William Mckinley
  • New Utrecht High School
  • P.S. 327 Dr. Rose B. English
  • Mott Hall IV
  • P.S. 014 Fairview
  • P.S. 019 Marino Jeantet
  • I.S. 077
  • P.S. 199 Maurice A. Fitzgerald
  • P.S. 163 Flushing Heights
  • Townsend Harris High School
  • P.S. 018 Winchester
  • Francis Lewis High School
  • P.S. 056 Harry Eichler
  • P.S. 064 Joseph P. Addabbo
  • J.H.S. 202 Robert H. Goddard
  • Scholars' Academy
  • P.S. 377
  • P.S. 206 The Horace Harding School
  • Queens Metropolitan High School
  • P.S. 017 Henry David Thoreau
  • P.S. 070
  • P.S. 092 Harry T. Stewart Sr.
  • I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong
  • Fort Hill Collaborative Elementary School
  • P.S. 013 M. L. Lindemeyer
  • P.S. 78
  • Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • P.S. K141
  • P.S. K231
  • P.S. X176

2018-19 Continuation Grant Winners

  • P.S. 020 Anna Silver
  • P.S. 006 Lillie D. Blake
  • P.S. 051 Elias Howe
  • P.S. 77 Lower Lab School
  • Quest to Learn
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • The High School of Fashion Industries
  • The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • P.S. 102 Jacques Cartier
  • P.S. 108 Assemblyman Angelo Del Toro Educational
  • P.S. 146 Ann M. Short
  • Mosaic Preparatory Academy
  • P.S. 036 Margaret Douglas
  • P.S. 154 Harriet Tubman
  • P.S. 175 Henry H Garnet
  • P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek
  • P.S. 128 Audubon
  • Paula Hedbavny School
  • Community Math & Science Prep
  • P.S. 028 Mount Hope
  • The Walton Avenue School
  • Lucero Elementary School
  • The Family School
  • Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders
  • P.S. 023 The New Children's School
  • P.S. 059 The Community School of Technology
  • P.S. 085 Great Expectations
  • P.S. 340
  • Cornerstone Academy for Social Action
  • Baychester Middle School
  • Accion Academy
  • P.S. 008 Robert Fulton
  • P.S. 270 Johann DeKalb
  • Urban Assembly School for Music and Art
  • P.S. 059 William Floyd
  • Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
  • P.S. 084 Jose De Diego
  • John Ericsson Middle School 126
  • P.S. 132 The Conselyea School
  • P.S. 147 Isaac Remsen
  • Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School
  • The Brooklyn Latin School
  • Magnet School of Math, Science and Design Technology
  • P.S. 015 Patrick F. Daly
  • P.S. 024
  • P.S. 032 Samuel Mills Sprole
  • P.S. 039 Henry Bristow
  • P.S. 130 The Parkside
  • West Brooklyn Community High School
  • P.S. 091 The Albany Avenue School
  • P.S. 249 The Caton
  • P.S. 316 Elijah Stroud
  • P.S. 208 Elsa Ebeling
  • It Takes a Village Academy
  • J.H.S. 218 James P. Sinnott
  • P.S. 306 Ethan Allen
  • Multicultural High School
  • Brooklyn Lab School
  • Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
  • The Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare
  • P.S. 102 The Bayview
  • P.S. 127 Mckinley Park
  • P.S. 186 Dr. Irving A Gladstone
  • P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School
  • Brooklyn Studio Secondary School
  • P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty
  • School of Science & Technology
  • Andries Hudde
  • P.S. 277 Gerritsen Beach
  • P.S. 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood School
  • Teachers Preparatory High School
  • P.S. 088 Seneca
  • P.S. 102 Bayview
  • Corona Arts & Sciences Academy
  • P.S. 020 John Bowne
  • P.S. 021 Edward Hart
  • P.S. 032 State Street
  • P.S. 079 Francis Lewis
  • P.S. 120 Queens
  • P.S. 129 Patricia Larkin
  • P.S. 184 Flushing Manor
  • P.S. 193 Alfred J. Kennedy
  • J.H.S. 194 William Carr
  • P.S. 209 Clearview Gardens
  • P.S. 094 David D. Porter
  • P.S./ IS 178 Holliswood
  • P.S. 104 The Bays Water
  • P.S. 105 The Bay School
  • P.S. 124 Osmond A Church
  • P.S. 139 Rego Park
  • J.H.S. 217 Robert A. Van Wyck
  • The Bellaire School
  • P.S. 176 Cambria Heights
  • P.S. 212
  • The Ivan Lafayette Early Childhood School of the Arts
  • Hunters Point Community Middle School
  • P.S. 001 Tottenville
  • P.S. 8 Shirlee Solomon
  • P.S. 016 John J. Driscoll
  • I.S. 027 Anning S. Prall
  • P.S. 054 Charles W. Leng
  • Staten Island School of Civic Leadership
  • P.S. 075 Mayda Cortiella
  • P.S. 086 The Irvington
  • P.S. 151 Lyndon B. Johnson
  • P.S. 299 Thomas Warren Field
  • P.S. 372 -The Children's School
  • P.S. 373 - Brooklyn Transition Center
  • P.S. M721 - Manhattan Occupational Training Center
  • The Riverview School
  • P.S. X811
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