We would like to expand our HeartMath program in eight TTUSD schools. HeartMath is a stress management system that helps students synchronize their brain and heart rate for optimal stress resistance and mental performance. Students wear a heart monitor that shows their Heart Rate Variability (HRV) rhythm which indicates when their bodies are in a calm, relaxed, focused, and coherent state. Since 2013, thousands of TTUSD students have benefited from using HeartMath to concentrate on their breathing, calm their bodies, and regulate their nervous systems to help them become more emotionally balanced and focused. However, there has been a range in the level and amount each school has implemented HeartMath at their school sites. Some schools like Glenshire Elementary and Truckee Elementary, have led the effort by setting up HeartMath stations in every classroom as calming corners for students to regulate themselves during the school day. At other school sites, School Counselors and School Psychologists have worked individually with students but have not used it regularly. As a school district, we are interested in supporting our school sites in better utilizing this powerful Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program.
We are requesting $5,140 to purchase equipment to increase the number of school sites and students benefiting from HeartMath. We would like to expand the number of classrooms with HeartMath at Glenshire Elementary (GES) and create student HeartMath Centers at Sierra High School (SHS), Truckee High School (THS) Counseling Center, North Tahoe School (NTS) Counseling Corner, Kings Beach Elementary Counseling Room (KBE), and all four of our middle school and high school Wellness Centers.