Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and to prevent various health conditions.The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people aged 2 years or older follow a healthy eating pattern that include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, a variety of protein foods and oils.
BVSD's Food Services program is nationally known as a model for healthy school food and nutrition programs aimed at ensuring students are healthy and ready to learn.
Students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance (e.g., memory), and classroom behaviors (e.g., on-task behavior). Higher physical activity and physical fitness levels are associated with improved cognitive performance (e.g., concentration, memory) among students.
Adequate sleep contributes to a student’s overall health and well-being. Youth who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk for many health problems, including obesity, diabetes, poor mental health, and injuries. They are also more likely to have attention and behavior problems, which can contribute to poor academic performance in school.
Accurate information is essential in our timely response to any vaccine-preventable disease such as Pertussis (whooping cough), Chickenpox or Measles. BVSD is committed to ensuring accurate immunization data about our students and schools is available to parents and our health partners.
With proper management, most concussions resolve quickly. However, without a plan for supporting recovery in school, concussions can last longer and interfere with classwork, physical activities, and social life.
If your child has experienced any head injury, let your school know - we know what to do to help.
In the United States, head lice infestations are most common among preschool and elementary school-age children and their household members regardless of socioeconomic status and hygienic living conditions.
Colorado law (Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2) requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless an exemption is filed.
Under Colorado law, a student may be exempted from immunizations if they have submitted a signed medical or non-medical exemption certificate.
Students must submit documentation of immunization or exemption
BVSD follows Colorado law requiring all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain vaccine-preventable diseases unless an exemption is filed with the school. Students who are not in compliance with immunization requirements will be excluded from school after October 31, 2022 until their status is compliant.
Non-medical exemption requirements
All non-medical exemptions are required by Senate Bill 20-163 to be submitted on the State's Exemption Certification document. Non-medical exemptions will only be accepted in this manner. Please see CDPHE's Vaccine Exemption page for additional information on the new requirement and how to complete it.
You can check your child's immunization compliance status now in the IC Parent Portal under Health.
If you have questions you should discuss your child’s vaccination needs with your health care provider or local public health agency.
Health Conditions Students with Asthma, Seizures, Diabetes, Chronic Headaches, or who experience Anaphylaxis benefit from the use of a standardized health care plan. We encourage the use of these standardized plans and orders:
Students may receive medications at school according to BVSD policy. However, all prescription and non-prescription medications must be maintained in the health office and administered by a trained staff member. All medications must be delivered to the health office and be accompanied by a completed authorization form signed by a health care provider.
EXCEPTION: A student who requires the use of emergency rescue medications may be allowed to self-carry. Your health care provider can give permission to self-carry on the medication authorization form.
If your student has food allergies, celiac disease or requires nutritional information for a health condition please notify your school nurse so they can ensure your student is safe during the school day.
For detailed information on nutrition and allergen information for meals provided by BVSD, see the School Food Project's Nutrition and Allergens website.
In accordance with state guidelines, students are screened at selected grade levels and by teacher referral for vision and hearing. Appropriate referrals are then made to the parent/guardian.
Vision and hearing screenings are conducted in the schools in the fall for the following grades: PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 and all students new to the district.
To reach the Audiology team call: 720.561.5978 or 720.561.5267
Dental care in early childhood is essential to promote familiarity with professional dental services, prevent dental decay and connect children and parents to regular dental resources in their community. Clinica Family Health and Boulder Valley School District have partnered to provide low to no cost school-based dental screenings, sealants, fluoride treatments, education, and case management services to prevent and treat dental cavities. The program is currently in a pilot phase and is not in every elementary school yet. We are planning for expansion in the coming years.
In addition to the school-based dental program, financial support is available to assist with the cost of dental services for students who are eligible. For additional information contact the School Medicaid Program office at: 720-561-5571
BVSD recommends that all students follow the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines to maintain optimal health, including physicals and screenings; and that all those new to the area receive a physical examination and establish care with a local healthcare provider.
A physical exam is required for enrollment in a preschool program.
A physical is also required every 365 days for students participating in athletics.
We are excited that you are taking steps to learn about insurance options for your family! Our BVSD Medicaid Resource Nurse can connect you to local certified application assistance sites to assist you in applying for Health First Colorado (Medicaid), Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), or medical discount programs - whichever you are eligible for. You can apply for these programs at any time of the year. Contact Alicia Seivers at 720-561-5559 or email@example.com for more information. Se habla Español.
Health First Colorado
Medicaid in Colorado is known as Health First Colorado. This program provides free or low-cost health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. Children, pregnant women, persons with disabilities and low income families or adults and the elderly can all potentially qualify for this public health insurance. For more information visit Health First Colorado.
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)
CHP+ is a low-cost public health insurance for Colorado’s uninsured children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private health insurance. For more information visit Child Health Plan Plus.
The Health First Colorado Buy-In Program for Children with Disabilities
The Medicaid Buy-In Program for Children with Disabilities is a medical assistance program that provides Medicaid benefits for children who are under age 19, have a qualifying disability and whose family income meets state guidelines. For more information visit Medicaid Buy-In Program.
Connect for Health Colorado
Connect for Health Colorado is Colorado's health insurance marketplace. The marketplace opened in October 2013 to help individuals, families and small employers across Colorado purchase health insurance and get financial help to reduce monthly health insurance costs. Connect for Health Colorado is the only official place where Coloradans can apply for Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Reductions to help pay for private insurance coverage. For more information visit Connect for Health Colorado.
Student Accident Insurance
Low-cost student accident insurance is offered by K&K Insurance Company. Their enrollment method is electronic and they will not be providing print outs to schools to distribute to students. The information and application are available on K&K Insurance Company's website.