About The School  

Our History

Shadow Oaks Elementary opened its doors in 1990. The first principal was Mr. Charlie Alexander who served only one year before being promoted to the district office. In 1991, Mrs. Gayle Heaton was named principal and served in that position until her retirement in June 2001.  Mrs. Lynda Pointer served as principal from 2001 until her retirement in June 2005.  Currently, Ms. Traci Suiter is the Principal, ans Mrs. Suzanna Maddox is the Assistant Principal.  We are very fortunate to have such a great administrative TEAM:)

Shadow Oaks Elementary School was rated a level 3 school in the 2004 – 2005 school year.  In the 2005-2006 school year, our school was rated a level 5, which is the highest level that can be obtained. The efforts of our principal have not gone unnoticed. Shadow Oaks Elementary received a Healthy School Grant and has been published in a CDC manual that gives examples of schools that have successfully met the challenge of becoming a Healthy School.  Shadow Oaks has earned the Governor's Award every year since Ms. Suiter became principal in 2005.  We are proud to say our school is also a "No Fast Food Zone".  In addition, our school met all areas of AYP and exceeded growth.  Project Fit is another jewel in our crown that helps us to meet the requirements of being a Healthy School.  Everyone at Shadow Oaks Elementary is excited and proud to be a part of an extraordinary TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves Miracles). 

Our main goal at the present time is to carry the torch, maintain excellence,  provide a safe environment, promote academic GROWTH, and implement extracurricular activities.

Awards and Honors

Governor's Award for Excellence in Physical Education

Health Champion Advocate for Healthy Lifestyles in DeSoto County

TEAM Nutrition School in Mississippi

Health is Academic Award

Risk Watch Champion for Dedication to the Safety of Young Children

Project Fit America Leader School

SuperKids Award for Fighting for a Tobacco Free World

Recognized in the Center for Disease Control Manual

Recognized by the State Department of Mississippi as a Healthy School

Champion for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Champion for Jump Rope 4 Heart

Advocate for National Diabetes Association

Exemplary Leadership in Walk for Mississippi

Recognized for Community Partnerships Through Grants, Events, and Fellowships

Active Lifestyle Award Through President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

Shadow Oaks Elementary's Local School Wellness Policy


The link between health of students and learning is well documented. If children are to be successful in school they cannot be tired, hungry, sick, suffering from drug abuse, or worried that school is an unsafe environment in which they could become a victim of a violent act. It has become apparent that problems such as poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, substance abuse, depression, teen pregnancy, obesity, bullying, and more – can adversely affect not only a child’s health, but also his or her ability to learn! And that is precisely why a coordinated approach to school health can make a difference! A coordinated approach to school health improves kids’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, schools, and communities working together as a TEAM! At its very core, a coordinated approach to school health is about keeping students healthy over time, reinforcing positive healthy behaviors throughout the school day, and making it clear that good health and learning go hand in hand.



All students at Shadow Oaks Elementary School shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices that promote healthy lifestyles. All staff at Shadow Oaks Elementary School is encouraged to model healthful eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.


To meet this goal, Shadow Oaks Elementary School adopts this school wellness policy with the following commitments to implementing a coordinated approach to school health. This policy is designed to effectively utilize school and community resources and to equitably serve the needs and interests of all students and staff, taking into consideration differences in culture.


Commitment to Nutrition                   


Minimum requirements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Offer a school lunch program with menus that meet the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Programs.
  • Offer school breakfast and snack programs (where approved and applicable) with menus that meet the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Programs.
  • Promote participation in school meal programs to family and staff.
  • Operate all Child Nutrition Programs with school foodservice staff who are properly qualified according to current professional standards (Mississippi Board of Education Policy, Code 2001).                                                            
  • Follow State Board of Education policies on competitive food and extra food sales (Mississippi Board of Education Policy, Code 202).
  • Implement Nutrition Standards as adopted by the State Board of Education in accordance with the Mississippi Healthy Students Act (State Board of Education Policy 4011), www.healthyschools.org/MSHealthyStudentsAct.htm
    • Healthy food and beverage choices;
    • Healthy food preparation;
    • Marketing of healthy food choices to students, staff, and parents;
    • Food preparation ingredients and products;
    • Minimum/maximum time allotted for students and staff lunch and breakfast;
    • Availability of food items during the lunch and breakfast periods of the Child Nutrition Breakfast and Lunch Programs;
    • Methods to increase participation in the Child Nutrition School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.
  • Implement goals for nutrition promotion, nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities to promote school wellness.


Establish guidelines in accordance with the Mississippi Beverage and Snack Regulations for all foods available on the school campus during the school day with the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.


Policy Statements

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:          

  • Eliminate the use of foods as rewards for student accomplishment and the withholding of food as punishment. Non-food reward ideas can be downloaded at www.healthysd.gov/Documents/HealthyFundraisingIdeas.pdf.
  • Encourage school staff and families to participate in school meal programs.
  • Continue to incorporate “Burst Breaks” within the core curriculum.
  • Establish a cafeteria environment conducive to a positive dining experience, with socializing among students and between students and adults; with supervision of eating areas by adults who model proper conduct and voice level; and with adults who model healthy habits by eating with the students.
  • Try to schedule recess/physical activity breaks (we also call burst breaks) before lunch, to increase meal consumption and nutrient intake at meals and to improve behavior in dining area.
  • Make school meals accessible to all students with a variety of delivery strategies, such as breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go lunches, or alternate eating sites.
  • Add nutritious and appealing options (such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, trail mix, beef jerky, reduced-fat milk, reduced fat yogurt, reduced-fat cheese, 100% juice, and water) whenever foods/beverages are sold or otherwise offered at school, including vending machines, school stores, concession stands at sporting and academic events, parties, celebrations, social events, and other school functions.
  • Encourage all school-based organizations to use services, contests, non-food items, and/or healthful foods for fundraising programs. The sale of candy as a fund-raiser is strongly discouraged. www.healthysd.gov/Documents/HealthyFundraisingIdeas.pdf.
  • Encourage students to make food choices based on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) and the ChooseMyPlate resources, by emphasizing menu options that feature baked (rather than fried foods), whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and reduced-fat dairy products. Read more about HHFKA at http:/www.gpo.gov/fdsys/FR-2013-06-28/pdf/2013-15249.pdf and ChooseMyPlate at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
  • Provide adequate time for students to eat and enjoy school meals (a minimum of 15 – 20 minutes at breakfast and 18 – 25 minutes at lunch).
  • Look into replacing deep fat fryers with combination oven steamers. Visit www.healthyschoolsms.org/ohs_main/initiatives,htm for an approved listing of combination oven steamers based on state bid procedures and a step-by-step guide for installation.
  • Continue to incorporate nutrition and wellness into the core curriculum to help teach the importance of exercise, nutrition, healthy fast food choices, and heath standards.www.myplate.gov
    Provide nutrition information for parents, including nutrition analysis of school meals and resources to help parents improve food they serve at home.



Healthy Kids are Happy Kids







Commitment to Food Safe Schools                                                  


Minimum requirements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Implement a food safety program based on HACCP principles for all school meals, as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Programs and ensure that the food service permit is current for the school site. HACCP principles for K-12 can be downloaded at http:/www.nfsmi.org/ResourcesOverview.aspx?ID=151
  • Develop a food safety education plan for all staff and students, consistent with Fight Bac and other national standards for safe food handling at home and in school. www.fightbac.org
  • Ensure that all staff has viewed the video developed by the Office of Healthy Schools to support food safety on the school campus. For compliance with the Nutrition Standards all staff must complete and sign pre and post tests developed by the Office of Healthy Schools and maintain documentation of completion. The video and Pre/Post Test can be downloaded at: http://healthyschoolsms.org/ohs_main/instructionalvideo.htm.
  • All school personnel (school board members, administrators, teachers, school nurses, instructional and health services paraprofessionals, foodservice staff, custodians and facilities managers, and administrative support staff) will receive copies of the Local School Wellness Policy to include food safety policies and procedures, and relevant professional development.       Examples of professional development include, but are not limited to, the video developed by the Office of Healthy Schools and Eating Safely at School, http://schoolhealth.nsba.org/site/docs/42400/42324.pdf developed by the National School Boards Association.
  • Adequate access to hand washing facilities and supplies will be available whenever and wherever students, staff, and families prepare, handle, or consume food.
  • The food safety assurance plan must address strategies that minimize risks for students and staff who have food allergies and intolerances.
  • Provide parents, caregivers, vendors, and any other community members who provide or are likely to provide foods prepared for consumption at school events with appropriate information about safe food preparation and storage.


Commitment to Physical Activity/Physical Education




Minimum requirements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

·         Provide 150 minutes per week of activity-based instruction for all students in grades K-2 (in accordance with Section 37-13-134, Mississippi Code of 1972, ann., reference 2004 Mississippi Public Schools Accountability Standards 32, Appendix B and 33).

·         Ensure Kindergarten students will participate in physical activity for a minimum of 40 minutes per school day. The 40 minutes does not have to take place continuously. This time should be used to help the child increase the skills involved in physical coordination (Kindergarten Guidelines). These physical activities are called “Burst Breaks”.

·         Continue to incorporate “Move to Learn” video with staff and students every morning before classroom instruction starts for 10-15 minutes to stimulate their brain.

·         Provide Physical Education/Activity in accordance with the Physical Education Rules and Regulations as approved by the State Board of Education in compliance with the Mississippi Healthy Students Act (State Board of Education Policy 4012).

·         Offer a planned sequential program of physical education instruction incorporating individual and group activities, which are student centered and taught in a positive environment.

·         Instruction must be based on the 2013-2014 Mississippi Physical Education Framework.

·         Implement the requirements of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007 (Senate Bill 2369).

·         Require fitness testing for all students. (Examples are: Fitness Gram www.fitnessgram.net and/or Presidential Youth Fitness Program www.presidentialyouthfitnessprogram.org

·         Schedule as many recess/physical activity breaks before lunch times in order to increase food consumed, decrease plate waste, and improve cafeteria behavior.

·         Incorporate “Burst Breaks/Brain Breaks” (5-10 minutes) physical activity sessions in classrooms to teach subject areas and to make transitions between different lessons. Examples can be found at www.movetolearnms.org and www.ncpe4me.com/energizers.html


Policy Statements

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Obtain BMI information on all students.
  • Schedule extra physical activity in order to increase food consumed, decrease plate waste, and improve cafeteria behavior.
  • Incorporate at least a total of 30 minutes of extra physical activity sessions in 5- to 10- minute classroom sessions to teach subject areas and to make transitions between different lessons. Examples can be found at www.ncpe4me.com/energizers.html and www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/health/Minds&Body.pdf.
  • Provide staff-monitored recreational activities that promote moderate physical activity during all outdoor and indoor recess times.
  • Participate in a twice a year fitness test for all students.
  • Establish or enhance physical activity opportunities (like walking clubs, family fun and fitness nights, or fitness challenges) for staff and/or parents.
  • Encourage active transportation to/from school by assessing the safest routes for students to walk or bike to school, and by installing bike racks at the school.       Program descriptions and assessment tools available at www.cdc.gov/Features/Safeschools/
  • Collaborate with local recreational departments and youth fitness programs to promote participation in lifelong physical activities.
  • Create opportunities for students to voluntarily participate in before- and after-school physical activity programs like intramurals and clubs.



Commitment to a Comprehensive Health Education


Minimum requirements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Implement the requirements of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007, which requires 45 minutes per week of health education instruction as defined by the State Board of Education for grades K through 8.


Policy Statements:

  • Emphasize the disease and prevention strand in the 2012 Mississippi Comprehensive Health Framework.
  • Drug Awareness lessons will be documented in teachers’ lesson plans. Activities will also be planned by counselors and/or Principal for Red Ribbon Week.
  • Participate in the USDA nutrition programs such as Team Nutrition Schools and the Healthier U.S. School Challenge. The school will conduct nutrition education activities and promotions that involve students, parents, and the community. The school team responsible for planning nutrition activities will include school foodservice staff, school nurses, health and PE teachers, coaches, and additional staff, as appropriate.
  • Integrate Health Education into other subject areas. www.mde.k12.ms.us/healthy-schools Click on Health in Action.
  • Provide Universal Precautions training and Universal Precautions Supplies, such as gloves for all teachers and staff.
  • Research, select, and purchase disease prevention materials for grades K-8 and provide training for teachers on the use of the materials.
  • Provide professional development for teachers on HIV/AIDS education, Hepatitis B, Flu, Meningitis, and other communicable diseases.
  • Provide students with quality disease prevention instruction based on the Mississippi Contemporary Health for grades K-12 and other selected materials approved by the district.
  • Host a School Health Fair/Family Fun and Fitness Night for students/staff at least every other year with information on “Know your Numbers.”
  • Provide mandatory attendance to DeSoto County School District Activity Safety Training Programs for all extra curriculum sponsors as selected by the administration every two years.
  • Instruction must be based on Mississippi Contemporary Health for grades K-8.


Commitment to a Healthy School Environment


Minimum requirements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Ensure that there are no pad locks or chains on exit doors; exits should never be obstructed (in accordance with Mississippi State Fire Code). Ensure that all exit signs are illuminated and clearly visable.
    Ensure that all chemicals are stored properly (in accordance with the Material Safety Data Sheet). www.msdssearch.com
  • Refer to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Handbook for Public Playground Safety; for federal guidelines for playground safety. www.cpsc.gov
  • Ensure that fire extinguishers are inspected each year and properly tagged.
  • Complete yearly maintenance of the heating and cooling system in your school; check coils, filters, belts, etc. in order to maintain safe operation and healthy air quality.
  • Conduct at least one emergency evacuation drill per month.
  • Ensure that two means of exit are available in each classroom in case of an emergency; if there is only one door, designate a window (properly sized) as a means of exit.
  • Never use extension cords as a permanent source of electricity anywhere on a school campus.
  • Maintain and anti-bullying procedure/policy that outlines procedures for dealing with bullying situations that have to do with students and/or staff in the school.


Comply with the applicable rules and regulations of the State Board of Education in the operation of its transportation program (in accordance with MS Code 37-41-53; State Board of Education Policies 7903, 7904, and 7909; and Accreditation Standard #35).




  • Inspect all buses on a quarterly basis and ensure that they are well maintained and clean.
  • Require that all bus drivers have a valid bus driver certificate and a commercial driver’s license and operate the bus according to all specified safety procedures. Maintain a record of yearly motor vehicle reports on each bus driver and evidence that each driver has received two hours of in-service training per semester. (SB Policy 7903)
  • Ensure arrival of all buses at their designated school sites prior to the start of the instructional day.
  • Conduct bus evacuation drills at least two times each year. (SB Policy 7904)


Provide facilities that meet the criteria of: (MS Code 37-7-301 © (d) (j); 37-11-5, 49 and 45-11-101; and Accreditation Standard #36).

  • Provide facilities that are clean.
  • Provide facilities that are safe.
  • Provide proper signage that explains tobacco, weapons, and drugs are prohibited on the school campus and at school functions.
  • Provide operational facilities that are equipped and functional to meet the instructional needs of students and staff (in accordance with the Mississippi School Design Guidelines). www.edi.msstate.edu/guidelines/design.php
  • Provide air conditioning in all classrooms. MS Code 37-17-6(2)(2000)


Comply with the requirements for Safe and Healthy Schools:

  • Maintain a comprehensive School Safety Plan on file that has been approved annually by the local school board. (MS Code 37-3-81 and 37-3-82(2); and Accreditation Standard #37.1); see the School Safety Manual and the MDE School Occupational Safety and Crisis Response Plan at www.mde.k12.ms.us/safe-and-orderly-schools/school-safety
  • State Board Policy EBB (1990) prohibits the possession of pistols, firearms or weapons by any person on school premises or at school functions. MS Code 37-11-18 (1996) requires any student who possesses a knife, a handgun, other firearm or any other instrument considered to be dangerous and capable of causing bodily harm or who commit a violent act on educational property be subject to automatic expulsion for one calendar year.       The superintendent of the school is authorized to modify the period of time for expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
  • Prohibits students from possessing tobacco on any educational property, Criminal Code 97-32-9 (2000). MS Code 97-32-29 (2000) further prohibits the use of tobacco on any educational property for adults who, if in violation, would be subject to a fine and issued a citation by a law enforcement officer. Educational property is defined as any public school building or bus, campus, grounds, athletic field, or property used or operated during a school-related activity.


Policy Statements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Install permanent floor deadbolt locks on the inside of all classroom doors in order to create security from the inside, as well door knobs with key locks on each classroom door.
  • Conduct district/school self assessments of the school bus transportation system annually prior to school opening using the Bureau of Safe and Orderly Schools’ Process Standard #35 Monitoring Tool at www.mde.k12.ms.us/safe-and-orderly-schools/pupil-transportation
  • Conduct annual self assessments of the school building(s) prior to school opening using the Bureau of Safe and Orderly Schools’ Process Standard #36 Monitoring Tool at www.mde.k12.ms.us/safe-orderly-schools/school-buildings-and-grounds
  • Conduct annual self assessments of the school’s safety and security procedures prior to school opening using the Bureau of Safe and Orderly Schools’ Process Standard #37.1 Monitoring Tool at www.mde.k12.ms.us/safe-and-orderly-schools/school-buildings-and-grounds
  • Installexhaust fans in restrooms to eliminate odors.
  • Complete a yearly comprehensive health and safety assessment of the school building and grounds and report to the superintendent and school board; using the HealthySEAT Assessment Tool http://www.epa.gov/schools/healthyseat/index.html or another applicable resource.
  • Security cameras have been installed on school campus, and additional security cameras have been requested.
  • Eliminate unnecessary school bus idling that causes pollution and creates health risk for children such as; asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems. www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus
  • Utilize regularly scheduled meetings with the School Health Council, school board members, etc. to determine and discuss the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges associated with implementing and maintaining our school’s healthy and safe environment. Send sign-in sheets and minutes to the designated person at the district office.
  • District is in the process of making sure that all school campuses have access to safety Officer or a School Resource Officer. We have a Horn Lake Police Officer that is available to us and makes frequent stops to our building.
  • Continue to implementour localcommunicable disease policy that was developed andestablished by 2011 – 2012 school year. Also continue to follow board policy and the guidelines from the Health Department concerning communicable diseases Resources can be found at www.mde.k12.ms.us/healthy-schools/health-education-services (click on HIV Prevention)
  • Utilize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Program to obtain the information and skills needed to manage air quality in a low-cost, practical manner; the quality of indoor air affects the quality of education. www.epa.gov/iaq/schools
  • Implement Green Cleaning to protect health by reducing chemicals and irritants. Green cleaning products and HEPA filters can be found at www.greenseal.org.
  • Utilize best practices for the use of pesticides and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in school buildings and on school grounds; IPM Institute of North America www.ipminstitute.org www.epa.gov/pesticides.ipm/index.htm
  • Utilize incentives for integrating energy-efficient and money-saving technologies in school construction. Our building is more than twenty years old, we follow these procedures when retrofitting the building and try to hit the incentives offered.
  • Implement a school chemical cleanout campaign to reduce hazardous chemicals as needed. www.epa.gov/schools/chemicals.html








Commitment to Quality Health Service


Minimum Requirements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Ensure all school nurses are working under the guidelines of the Mississippi School Nurse Procedures and Standards of Care.


Policy Statements:

  • Offer comprehensive health services and/or information for students in grades K – 2, through the employment of a school nurse, as a means to academic success. (CPR, Asthma, Diabetes, Sickle Cell, etc..)
  • Work with students, parents, and local healthcare providers to effectively manage and treat chronic diseases.
  • Collaborate with other school staff to provide health services as part of a Coordinated School Health Program.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles through school and community events (PTO meetings, open houses, health fairs/family fun and fitness nights, teacher in-services, and other events).
  • Participate in administrative claiming for reimbursement of administrative cost associated with health and medical outreach.
  • Adhere to current asthma laws.
  • Provide training for teachers and staff regarding signs and symptoms of asthma every year. (SB 2393)
  • Every child diagnosed with asthma must have an Asthma Action Care Plan on file in the school office.

Commitment to Providing Counseling, Psychological and Social Services


Minimum requirements:

Shadow Oaks School will:

  • Adhere to the details outlined in Licensure Guidelines (451) when hiring guidance counselors and psychologists. The state does not have a policy specifically outlining the requirements for a school social worker. For licensure as a social worker in the state of Mississippi, a candidate must: provide verification of a Baccalaureate degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and scores a minimum of 70 on the ASWB basic exam.
  • Provide at a minimum, a ½ time licensed guidance counselor for high school and ensure that all elementary school students have access to a qualified student support personnel such as: guidance counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychometrists, and others (as required by the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, Process Standards 6.1 and 6.2).
  • Hire school guidance counselors with a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, or in an emergency situation, an appropriate certification as determined by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development.
  • Hire school counselors who agree to abide by the American School Counselor Association Code of Ethics.
  • Ensure that all school guidance counselors provide comprehensive counseling services such as:
    • Academic and personal/social counseling
      Student assessment and assessment counseling
    • Career and educational counseling
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Crisis intervention and preventive counseling
    • Referrals to community agencies
    • Educational consultations and collaborations with teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders
    • Education and career placement services
    • Follow-up counseling services
    • Conflict resolution
    • Other counseling duties or other duties as assigned by the school principal
    • Provide teachers and administrators with health education on the topic of suicide prevention according to SB 2770.


Policy Statements:

·         Offer quality counseling, psychological and social services provided by professionals such as certified school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.

·         Provide additional services to improve students’ mental, emotional, and social health.

·         Offer counseling, group assessments, interventions and other mental health services, as well as referrals to community health professionals.

·         Hire qualified counselors who will address the mental health, academic, and career needs of students in the school setting.

·         Participate in administrative claiming for reimbursement of administrative cost associated with health and medical outreach.


Commitment to Family and Community Involvement


Minimum requirements:

Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Invite parents and community members to participate in school health planning by serving on the Local School Health Council (SHC)


Policy Statements:

  • Invite family members to attend health and physical education classes.
  • Invite family volunteers to lead physical activities for children, such as lunchtime walkathons, weekend games, after-school programs, school health fairs/family fun and fitness nights, cheerleading, karate, aerobics, yoga, etc.
  • Invite family members to school meals.
  • Recruit, train, and involve families as volunteers by taking advantage of their time, experience, and resources.
  • Involve families and students in health education learning activities at home, including homework for health instruction, personal goal setting for healthy behaviors, and other health education-related activities.
  • Develop enrichment assignments for students that involve family discussions about health topics and age-related health issues.
  • Encourage family mealtimes at home to enhance both nutrient intake of children and their successful performance at school.
  • Collaborate with City Parks and Recreation to disseminate park sponsored recreational activity applicable. Optional information can be found at www.mde.ms.us/healthy-schools/family-and-community-services. (Click on Resources)


Commitment to Implementing a Quality Staff Wellness Program


Policy Statements:

  • Encourage after school health and fitness sessions for school staff.
  • Develop relationships with community health providers (e.g., local health departments, hospitals, neighborhood clinics, health professionals), recreation facilities, voluntary health organizations (e.g., American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association), and other community members who can provide resources for or support school employee wellness activities.
  • Coordinate school employee wellness activities with student health-promotion activities.
  • Encourage employee walking clubs.
  • Promote health and reduce risk factors through professional and staff development programs, providing informational flyers and newsletters, introducing incentives for participating in healthy practices and activities, and offering an employee assistance program.
  • Provide health promotion programs for school staff to include opportunities for physical activity, health screenings, nutrition education, weight management, smoking cessation, and stress reduction and management.


    Ensure that all staff is aware of the Mississippi State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan that has been enhanced to include WebMD, a wellness and health promotion program designed to help individuals live a healthy lifestyle and increase their overall wellness benefit amount.
  • Coordinate Staff Wellness events and activities with state and national health observances throughout the year.


Commitment to Marketing a Healthy School Environment  


Policy Statements:

The Shadow Oaks Elementary School will:

  • Provide positive, motivating messages, both verbal and non-verbal, about healthy lifestyle practices throughout the school setting. All school personnel will help reinforce these positive messages.
  • Involve students in planning for a healthy school environment. Students will be asked for input and feedback through the use of student surveys, and attention will be given to their comments.

Promote healthful eating, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles to students, parents, teachers,