District Department Wellness Champion
Over the last two years SCUSD has embarked on a systems level change that has elevated the importance of student physical education as a pillar of a complete educational experience and curriculum. With support from the California Endowment and spearheaded by SCUSD PE Coordinator Heather Deckard, schools are implementing an approved PE curriculum with a cadre of trained PE teachers, introducing “Family Fitness Nights,” administering the FITNESSGRAM assessment for physical fitness, are updating equipment and hardscape on selected campuses, and working toward achievement of higher standards for Physical Education at the elementary, middle and high school levels (e.g., minimum standards in minutes of PE over 10 days) as promoted bt CDE. After two years, the District reported that the rate of schools in compliance with the new PE standards has increased from 3% to 41%!!