Healthy at All Ages
Diamond Minds is dedicated to developing policies and initiatives that create an environment which encourages and supports healthy living practices. We focus on nutritional literacy, healthy eating habits, and an active lifestyle. We recognize the importance of addressing these goals as an organization, with all students and employees striving to live healthier.
Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC)
Diamond Minds has been awarded the HUSSC Silver Award. The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
As educators and staff in a school environment, the adults in the building recognize that we act as role models for the students. Consequently, we have made changes to in our workplace policies to allow for staff to take 15-minute workout/walk breaks during their work day. This change was implemented during the summer of 2012 and we saw an amazing change in the organizational culture of the school. As the students, watched the staff leave the building, to run their 1.33 miles, students began to ask, “Can I go?” By the end of the summer there was a group of approximately 20, 10 children and 10 adults. Additionally, there was a significant increase in fruit and vegetable consumption, with children regularly requesting “frozen cherries” and kale.
Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators
All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to the Human Resources Manager, Donna Deacon. Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made Human Resource Director, Katrina Barnes.
Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services. Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the information cabinet in the main hallway and on our website at Sycamore Education/2344.