Health Happens in Schools

Health Happens in Schools


Every day through the quality of food and fresh water during meal times, the amount of physical exercise that takes place on campus, and through common-sense disciple policies that hold kids accountable for misconduct, but make every effort to help them learn from their mistakes and keep them in schools.

We need a common-sense school discipline that prevents problems in the first place, holds students accountable, and empowers teachers with a wider variety of tools to maintain a positive school climate.

Health Happens in Schools: Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

  • 1. LAUSD opens fully-funded Wellness & Restorative Justice Centers at Roosevelt and Mendez High Schools with investment of LCFF/LCAP funds
  • 2. LAUSD School Climate Student Bill of Rights policy is fully implemented at Roosevelt and Mendez High Schools
  • 3. HHS advocates participate in School Site Council and other parent and student on-campus advocacy groups

Policy Campaign

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Upcoming Events

March 16, 2020
  • Health Happens in Schools Workgroup Meeting

    March 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Ymca Youth Institute, 2815 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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April 20, 2020
  • Health Happens in Schools Workgroup Meeting

    April 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Ymca Youth Institute, 2815 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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May 18, 2020
  • Health Happens in Schools Workgroup Meeting

    May 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Ymca Youth Institute, 2815 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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June 15, 2020
  • Health Happens in Schools Workgroup Meeting

    June 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Ymca Youth Institute, 2815 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Our Impact

Policies Passed
  • 2012: Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) passes the School Climate Bill of Rights. This policy eliminates willful defiance as a suspendable offense, reiterates the importance of school-wide positive behavior support, initiates the scaling of restorative justice practices, calls for clarification of the role of school police, and implements a compliant system for students and parents.
  • 2014: LAUSD passes the “Equity is Justice” Resolution. This policy directs the LAUSD Superintendent to prioritize allocation of state funding on need (i.e. number of foster case students, English Language Learners, dropout rates, and environmental health factors). Directs millions of dollars to the highest need schools, many of which are in Boyle Heights.
  • 2014: LAUSD and Los Angeles School Police Department approve the Equal Protection Plan, which is a comprehensive school policy reform to decriminalize student discipline by emphasizing restorative justice and instituting a step-by-step process to prevent tickets or arrest for matters that can be handled administratively or restoratively.
  • 2014: LAUSD adopts the Good Food Procurement Resolution. The resolution called for using the $100 million the district spends annually on food as leverage to support a regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially responsible.
System and Practice Change
  • 2011: LAUSD removes sugar-sweetened and flavored milk from school menus.
  • 2013: Successfully advocated that Roosevelt High School identify a Student Health Commissioner/Ambassador as part of the Associated Student Body (ASB). Advocates are working with the Student Health Commissioner to develop a Student Ambassador Program curriculum and guide.
  • 2014: LAUSD approves a $50 million investment in Phase 2 of Wellness Centers throughout LAUSD.
  • 2014: Los Angeles School Police Department developed and released a guiding principles document called “Roles and Responsibilities for Enforcement, Citation and Arrest Protocols on School Campus and Safe Passages”. It includes an administrative referral and diversion matrix for minor violations.
  • 2014: Established a LGBTQA Youth Council with youth leaders from Roosevelt and Mendez high schools. The Council is working to end bullying in schools and ensure that restorative justice practices consider issues impacting LGBTQ youth.
  • 2014: Implemented Smarter Lunchroom Movement at Roosevelt High School. Smarter Lunchroom Movement was created to improve student consumption of healthier food, reduce food waste and improve student acceptance of new nutrition standards.
  • 2014: Implemented Fresh Prep Initiative at Roosevelt High School. The initiative focuses on assembling and cooking food at the school site cafeteria to improve meal participation rates. As part of the initiative, LAUSD Food Services Division plans to modernize 800 school cafeterias over 5 years using Measure Q funds.
  • 2014: Marked the start of the final phase of a three year roll-out of the program Breakfast in the Classroom at LAUSD.
  • 2014: The Nutrition and Physical Activity Task Force was created to provide input on LAUSD’s “Blueprint for Wellness.” Participants included community advocates, district leaders, and Food Service Division and Beyond the Bell afterschool programs. Advocates coordinated the conversations regarding nutrition policies.
  • 2014: The Summer Meal Program was expanded to over 300 school sites.
  • 2015: Successfully defeated the LAUSD effort to host a charter school at Roosevelt High School campus. The space is now being considered for a new, more robust student and community wellness center.
  • June 2015: LAUSD altered its Local Control Funding Formula proposed budget for 2015 by removing $13 million in funds for school police and allocating an additional $2 million for restorative justice.
Health Happens in Schools Grantees and Partners
  • Volunteers of America Los Angeles
  • Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
  • Public Counsel
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network
  • InnerCity Struggle
  • Latino Equality Alliance
  • California Center for Public Health Advocacy
  • College Track
  • Casa 0101
  • Alliance for California Traditional Arts
  • YMCA
  • Families in Schools
  • Labor Community Strategy Center