Parker 7-22

health & wellness

HEALTHY MIND + HEALTHY BODY

Supporting the whole child–mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally–is the only way students can truly thrive. 

Our student support team makes sure that we aren't letting any student slip through the cracks. Developing action plans that help students overcome their obstacles is an important safety net.

Dr. Gillingham
Head of Lower School

We know that when students have the confidence, energy, and support from their teachers and peers to take on the school week, they'll be better able to successfully navigate adolescence and beyond. Behind every Parker student is an incredible team comprising of classroom teachers, healthcare professionals (including a school nurse, clinical psychologist, and clinical counselor) deans, advisors, and learning specialists who know students personally and are sincerely excited to see them grow and succeed. 

Physical Education & Sports

The Physical Education Department focuses on the development of healthy lifestyles, cardiovascular fitness, motor skills and movement knowledge, and social and personal skills. Through skill development and the ability to get along with others in movement environments, we believe that students will seek out and enjoy physical activity, thus enabling them to maintain physical fitness throughout their lifetime.

Student Support

STUDENT COUNSELING

We recognize that social, emotional, and behavioral issues can impact learning and academic performance.

To further support student success, Parker has both a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical counselor to assist in identifying and meeting students' social, emotional, and physical needs. These professionals are available to provide short-term intervention, counseling, and referrals.

ADVISORY (MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL)

To help students succeed, each student is assigned to an advisory group. Each advisory group is led by a faculty member and consists of 12-16 students with the common goal of creating a community where students are individually known and valued.

In meetings twice a week, lessons center on the core values of community, lifelong learning, whole-child education, collaboration and global citizenship. 

If a student is struggling academically or socially, the advisor is the best first point of contact for the student and/or parents/guardians.

GRADE-LEVEL DEANS (MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL)

Grade-level deans oversee the student experience for each individual grade level. Deans act as a central point for communication between students, teachers, and parents about academics and a student's social and emotional well-being. 

Community Support

WELLNESS COMMITTEE
The purpose of the Wellness Committee is to enhance the social, emotional, and physical well-being of all members of the Parker faculty and staff community through activities and events that promote awareness and practice of healthy behaviors.

Health Services

ON-CAMPUS CARE

To ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve optimal health while on campus and receive medical care if warranted, a registered nurse is available on the Linda Vista Campus.

The school nurse oversees and coordinates all medical services provided on campus including administration of any prescription or over-the-counter medications required by students during the school day.

When a student requires medical attention while on campus, the School nurse is responsible for assessing and treating the illnesses or injuries, then making the appropriate referrals as necessary.

In addition, the School nurse provides health education and oversees implementation of the nutrition guidelines in School-provided meals. Student medical records, including immunization compliance, are reviewed and maintained by the School nurse.

Healthy Menu

NUTRITIONAL POLICY

Francis Parker School places the highest priority on serving balanced, nutritious food in both our Mission Hills and Linda Vista Campus cafeterias. We also help educate our students about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.

Lunches consist of hot entrees, fresh salad, fruit and soup bars, and a wide variety of side dishes. Lunch is included in the cost of tuition and is served fresh every school day.

READ OUR NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES HERE

Immunization Requirements

According to California law SB277, families will no longer have the option of claiming exemption from California vaccination requirements based on personal beliefs. All children must be fully immunized before enrolling in public or private school or daycare for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Please note that no student will be allowed to attend public, private, or charter school next year if they do not meet California vaccination requirements—this is the law. Children with medical conditions, who meet specific criteria, may be exempt with a written statement from their doctor.
Personal belief exemptions already on file for a child currently attending Parker will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at SK or Grade 7.

The following documentation will be required for all children enrolling at Parker:

READMISSION, GRADES 1-6, 8-12:
  • A complete immunization record showing all required doses for age/grade or
  • A valid personal beliefs exemption form (CDHP 8262), dated prior to January 1, 2016 or
  • A physician’s written statement of medical exemption for missing immunizations. This letter must be from a licensed physician in the State of California (M.D. or D.O.) and must meet specific criteria
ADMISSION, GRADE 1-6, 8-12, IF COMING FROM A CALIFORNIA SCHOOL:
  • A complete immunization record showing all required doses for age/grade, or
  • A valid personal beliefs exemption form (CDHP 8262), dated prior to January 1, 2016 or
  • A physician’s written statement of medical exemption for missing immunizations. This letter must be from a licensed physician in the State of California (M.D. or D.O.) and must meet specific criteria
ADMISSION, GRADES 1-6, 8-12, IF COMING FROM ANY OTHER SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA:
  • A complete immunization record showing all required doses for age/grade or
  • A physician’s written statement of medical exemption for missing immunizations. This letter must be from a licensed physician in the State of California (M.D. or D.O.) and must meet specific criteria
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