Bay Head School to implement Mindfulness Brain Break

Funds raised during the 13th Annual Bay Head Shark Run will go toward extracurricular activities, enhancements for the curriculum and school grounds and much more for the students at Bay Head Elementary School. [FILE PHOTO/THE OCEAN STAR]

BAY HEAD — The Bay Head Board of Education is implementing a new initiative that will provide students an outlet to improve their socioemotional and behavioral learning.

During its meeting Monday, July 22, the board approved a motion to implement a 10-minute Mindfulness Brain Break to comply with new state standards of at least 150 minutes of health, safety and physical education per week, as well as approved training for staff members.

“We found when we were researching that students do bene t from a mindfulness training so we looked into it and we were able to in our schedule build in 10 minutes each day right after lunch where the kids will come back to their classrooms. We’re going to have training for our teachers so that they have some ideas as to what to do in the mindfulness, and it is just a time for kids to just forget all their stresses and just have some activities going on so we are just trying to bring it into the school,” Principal Frank Camardo told the board.

The Mindfulness Brain Break is part of Bay Head Elementary’s School continuing effort to improve students’ cognitive, social and behavioral learning.

The school recently hosted a talk by Minding Your Mind, which aimed to open up the conversation of mental health with the young learners in the community. Sixth, seventh and eighth-graders learned about the destructive behaviors associated with mental health issues and positive coping methods they can use to help deal with struggles such as anxiety and stress.

“Mindfulness is a big thing now and social, emotional learning, all of those pieces fitting together,” Superintendent Peter Morris said.

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