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BSD Wellness Services

Coordinated School Health

The District's Coordinated School Health approach to school wellness supports the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC) through implementing programs aligned with the model's ten components. This school wellness model was developed by the Center for Disease Control to help engage schools improving student and staff wellness opportunities. 


  • Health Education
  • Physical Education and Activity
  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • Health Services
  • Counseling, Psychological, & Social Services
  • Social and Emotional Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Employee Wellness
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Involvement


BSD's Student and Staff Wellness Programs Aligned with the WSCC Model

Health Education

  • Sex Ed
  • ATOD and TUPE
  • Elementary 4th and 5th Grade Health Ed
  • School Gardens and Cooking 

Physical Education and Activity

  • Safe Routes to School
  • Physical Fitness Testing Software Upgrade
  • PE Teacher PD and Support

Nutrition Environment and Services

  • Nutrition Advisory Council
  • Student Preference Survey
  • Food Service Support
  • Healthy School Celebrations

Health Services

  • Medical Form and Policies
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Student Electronic Records
  • Health Policies
  • Epi-Pen Program
  • Defibulators
  • Vision and Dental Programs

Counseling, Psychology, and Social Services

  • District Psychologist
  • Elementary Counseling Services
  • Middle School Counseling Service
  • 5th Grade Girl Empower Hour

Social and Emotional Climate

  • Middle School Social Emotional Program
  • Elementary Social Emotional Program
  • California Healthy Kids Survey
  • Tribes Learning Communities
  • PlayWorks Recess

Physical Environment

  • School Site Upgrades
  • Bike Parking Expansion
  • Safe Routes to School
  • School Gardens

Employee Wellness

  • Farmigo Deliveries
  • Electronic Wellness Information

Family Engagement

  • PTA Lecture Series
  • Family Task Force

Community Involvement

  • PHCD Community Grant Program

Coordinated School Health Committee


The Coordinated School Health Committee (CSHC), formerly the Wellness Team, provides oversight of the District's   Wellness Policy and provides direction and program recommendations based on the Wellness Policy and guidance from the Coordinated School Health Model (CSHM). The CSHC meets bi-annually to work on a variety of programs. Currently, the CSHC is working on:

  • Implementing the Coordinated School Health Model
  • Drafting tools and processes for assessing School Wellness Policy site implementation

The CSHC uses the CSHM to guide its processes. Each of the eight components of the CSHM benefits from direct oversight by a component leader. Currently, the components leaders are:

  • Nutrition Services: Erika Reavis, Food Service Director, Chartwells
  • Physical Education: TBD
  • Health Education: Rusty Hopewell, District Wellness Coordinator
  • Health Services: Diana Ayllon, District Nurse
  • Counseling and Support Services: Fallyn Smith, Elementary School Counselor
  • Healthy School Environment: TBD
  • Healthy Promotion for Staff: Rusty Hopewell, District Wellness Coordinator
  • Family/Community Involvement: TBD (a parent, hopefully)


The CSHC is open to all participation. If interested in joining the committee, please contact Rusty Hopewell.

BSD Local School Wellness Policy

BSD's Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) first adopted by the School Board in 2010 (revised 2012, and most recently in 2016) provides guidance on issues related to student and staff wellness. The current policy (adopted January 2016) includes guidance on foods served or sold at school, physical activity and education, and health education. 


Common questions related to the Wellness Policy:

  1. Are the school lunches healthy? The school wellness policy mirrors the state and federal requirements for nutrient content of all foods served or sold through the school lunch program. The policy states "Meal programs must meet or exceed the nutrition recommendation of the United States Dietary Guidelines..." The US Guidelines can be found here. The District's current contracted food service provider, Chartwells, works within these guidelines to provide meals that are nutrient appropriate and that appeal to the broad tastes of our students. Quality of the foods served through the food service program is always receiving attention and efforts towards improvement. The recently formed BIS Nutrition Advisory Council (NAC) consists of middle school students, the food service director, PE teachers, and the Wellness Coordinator and is tasked with giving students a voice in the foods served through the lunch program.
  2. What foods can be sold on campus for fundraising? Foods sold on campus during the school day outside of the school's Federal meal program are called competitive foods, regardless of who sells them (i.e., foodservice ala carte, student fundraising, PTA, vending machines, etc.). Competitive foods have State and Federal mandates that help define which foods can be sold by whom, and where and when they can be sold. "Sold" refers to foods purchased through any system (money, points, tickets, order forms, etc.) AND when the exchange occurs on campus during the school day. "Campus" refers to any area controlled by the school that students have access to; "school day" is defined from midnight until 30 minutes after school. Foods allowed for sale for fundraising events held during the school day and on campus must follow defined nutrient guidelines outlined in the District's School Wellness Policy (refer to Schools and Beverages Sold Outside the School Meal Program) and in the guidelines below:
    • Elementary guidelines allow for four sales per school year and only one approved food per sale after the lunch period has ended. 
    • Middle School Guidelines allow for daily sales of up to three approved foods per day by only one student organization so long as the food item(s) sold meet nutrient guidelines defined in our wellness policy (sorry, no cupcakes or doughnuts) and that are not being sold by the food service operations on that same day. 

​​         More information on Competitive Foods can be found on the CDE's Competitive Foods Webpage.

  1. Can I bring cupcakes and soda for school celebrations? After first checking in with the classroom teacher on what foods they would like to have in their classroom, only one food item that does not meet the nutritional requirements specified in the BSD Wellness Policy may be served per event. So, if the teacher approves, you could bring either soda OR cupcakes, but not both, but even then these foods of no-nutritional-value are highly discouraged as they interfere with student and classroom wellbeing. Here is a list of health celebration food ideas. 

Student Health Assessments

The BSD School District relies upon wellness data derived directly from students, staff, and families to guide program development. This multi-source referencing of the state of our student's and school's wellbeing allows for better wellness program design and implementation. The three main assessments utilized by the wellness program are:


1) California Healthy Kids Survey - this survey is conducted every two years as part of the Tobacco Use Prevention Program and provides a valuable insight into student connectedness to their school and their wellbeing as members of our community. It is required only to survey the 7th grade class, but a 5th grade survey is available. During the 2015/16 school year the wellness program conducted both the 7th grade and 5th grade core module, along with Staff and Parent surveys. The results of these surveys are provided below, or you can use the sorting tools on to review specific indicators:

 Current Surveys:
     2015/16 7th Grade Report (Core and School Climate modules)
     2015/16 5th Grade Report (Core module)
     2015/16 Staff Survey Report: (Core plus Learning Supports modules)
     2015/16 Parent Survey 
 Past Surveys:
     2013/14 7th Grade Report (Core plus PA and Nutrition modules)
     2013/14 5th Grade Report (Core module)
     2013/14 Staff Survey Report: Elementary Report, Middle School Report
     2013/14 Parent Survey Report: Elementary Report, Middle School Report
     2011/12 7th Grade Report (Core module)
     2009/10 7th Grade Report (Core module)
     2009/10 5th Grade Report (Core module)
Note: surveys were not conducted for 5th graders in 2011/12, nor Staff or Parent surveys for any of the years reported here.


2) School Health Index (SHI) - The Center for Disease Control developed the School Health Index as a self-assessment and planning guide useful for schools working to improve their health and safety policies and programs. The BSD Wellness Program conducted a district-wide SHI during the 2012/13 school year and developed an action plan that identified five health and wellness priorities for that same school year. In conducting its initial district-wide assessment, only five of the eight SHI health topics were assessed to produce scores for each topic module. In addition, each module assessment generated proposed action plans for its corresponding module, of which five actions were prioritized for program development and implementation for the 2012/13 school year. Outcome scores and specific actions for each module are provided below:

Module Assessment Scorecards and Proposed Action Plans*
    Modules 1-5 Overall Scorecard
     Module 1: School Health and Safety Policies
     Module 2: Health Education
     Module 3: Physical Education and Physical Activity Programs
     Module 4: Nutrition Services (School Foodservice)
     Module 5: Health Services
* Proposed Action Plans include all identified actions that were considered in developing the final District's five-priority action plan (also called an improvement plan).


SHI and action plans are being produced for each individual school site and will be posted here when ready. 


3) Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) - each year all 5th and 7th grade students are assessed for their physical fitness with the administration of the California Physical Fitness Test. Results can be accessed either on the KidsData website or the CDE's DataQuest website. You can review the trends for the past three years (through 2014/15 school year) for the Burlingame School District here: PFT trends.

Healthy Fundraising Corner

Here are some resources to help you choose healthy foods that can be sold on campus for school fundraising.

District Wellness Team

Diana Ayllon - District Nurse

District Nurse's Schedule (2016/17)

Diana Ayllon is the District Credentialed Registered Nurse who oversees all schools.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a minor in Education and completed a Teacher's Credential Program at the University of California Davis.  She then returned to school to obtain her RN degree and license in which she combined both worlds she loves into one: educating children and keeping them healthy.  Before she became a school nurse, she did acquire some solid nursing background working 8 years in an acute hospital setting ranging from medical surgical to cardiac units.  She stands firmly beside her belief that all children must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.  She loves spending time with her son visiting museums and attending sport functions.  When she does get some time to herself, you can find her tucked away in her nook with a hot cup of cafe mocha reading a good book (or dancing if no one is looking).

rusty imageRusty Hopewell, MS, RD - Wellness Coordinator

Rusty Hopewell is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in school-site student wellness programs in the Bay Area for the past ten years. He has a passion for food systems, gardening, and cooking and is at home in kitchens of all sizes. He currently oversees both the Burlingame and the Millbrae School District's Student Wellness Programs, spending half his time at each district. Father of two, with one being the pickiest eater he has ever met, Rusty gets how challenging it can be to promote healthy habits within the family. His philosophy is to offer balance so that moderation is an option. Please contact Rusty with any questions or comments at or at 650-488-3663. 

Fallyn Smith, MSW, PPSC - Elementary CounselorFallynBio.jpg

Fallyn Smith is the District Elementary School Counselor.  She received her Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University and her BA from the University of Maryland-College Park.  Originally from Boston, Fallyn moved back to San Francisco from NYC to escape the cold in 2013.  She has a passion for Social and Emotional Learning and is thrilled to be part of a school district that truly focuses on the whole child. Fallyn lives in San Francisco and when she's not in elementary school, you can find her on her yoga mat or trying out a new restaurant in the city. 

Wellness Documents