BPUSD Receives 10th Golden Bell Award

During the annual California School Boards Association (CSBA) education conference, held in San Francisco, Baldwin Park Unified was recognized with a Golden Bell Award. This is the District's 10th Golden Bell Award. This year’s award was presented to the District for outstanding student support and success in their implementation of the CoVitality Mental Health program.

“Receiving this award is a testament to our commitment to nurturing not only academic achievement but also the well-being of every student,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Froilan N. Mendoza said. “Obtaining this recognition as our 10th Golden Bell Award is truly a privilege.”

The implementation began in the fall of 2018 as a pilot program using CoVitality as a comprehensive screening tool for students in grades 4-12. This initiative was a direct response to the growing mental health needs among students and emphasized social-emotional learning. Proven successful, BPUSD has improved access to mental health services removing barriers that were impeding academic achievement and overall student success. 

CoVitality is a validated, evidence-based tool designed to measure the social-emotional well-being of students. As schools complete the survey, they conduct individualized assessments of their specific needs and tailor programs and interventions accordingly. By utilizing CoVitality data, schools have been able to effectively address issues raised by students and initiate school-wide activities to enhance their sense of connection to the educational environment.

“Implementing CoVitality across our schools has made a profound difference in assessing and addressing student mental health needs,” BPUSD Director of Student Services Alicia Fields said. “We are extremely honored that the efforts of the District have been recognized with this award.”

In tandem with CoVitality, the District continues its commitment to identifying and implementing new supports and interventions, including wellness centers, health partnerships, social worker sessions, and more, all in the pursuit of prioritizing mental health and overall well-being.

Additional information on support services and resources is available on the District mental health web page.


2023 Golden Bell 1: BPUSD administrators and Board of Education members pose for a photo with the Golden Bell Award.

2023 Golden Bell 2: BPUSD’s Director of Student Services Alicia Fields and School Psychologist on Special Assignment Perla Mendez holding the Golden Bell Award.