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Why Coordinated School Health?

Healthy students learn better and therefore achieve academic success. There are many issues that affect student health and many partners who can positively affect the outcomes of these issues. SD Coordinated School Health (CSH) is collaboration between the Department of Education and the Department of Health developing partnerships and coordinating programming to improve the health, education, and well-being of the young people of South Dakota. Coordinated School Health is recommended by CDC as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation’s schools. The link below outlines the rationale and goals for coordinated school health and provides a model framework for planning. To learn more about Coordinated School Health go to: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/cshp/ . To visit the South Dakota CSH web site go to: http://doe.sd.gov/schoolhealth/index.asp.




Choose My Plate

The Departments of Health and Education are working together to prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people. In addition to well-known health consequences, smoking can affect students’ attendance and academic performance in school. The cornerstone of a comprehensive effort to discourage tobacco use is the adoption and consistent enforcement of policies for a completely tobacco free school environment.

In order to determine the status of school tobacco policies in South Dakota and provide better assistance to schools, tobacco policies are being collected by South Dakota State University from each school district. These tobacco policies will be assessed using the checklist, and each district will receive a report summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of the policy. Technical assistance will be available to schools upon request. In addition, districts can apply for grant funding to support tobacco policy and prevention programs. For more information on model tobacco policies for schools go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/schoolhealth/tobaccopolicy.asp.




Thanks for Participating in the Tobacco Policy Project

The Departments of Health and Education are working together to prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people. In addition to well-known health consequences, smoking can affect students’ attendance and academic performance in school. The cornerstone of a comprehensive effort to discourage tobacco use is the adoption and consistent enforcement of policies for a completely tobacco free school environment.

In order to determine the status of school tobacco policies in South Dakota and provide better assistance to schools, tobacco policies are being collected by South Dakota State University from each school district. These tobacco policies will be assessed using the checklist, and each district will receive a report summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of the policy. Technical assistance will be available to schools upon request. In addition, districts can apply for grant funding to support tobacco policy and prevention programs.

For more information on model tobacco policies for schools go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/schoolhealth/tobaccopolicy.asp.


Immunizations for Children Entering School Required by Law

Schools are required to follow SD State Law (SDCL 13-28-7.1) requiring any pupil entering school to be adequately immunized against certain childhood diseases. Schools should not admit any student who has not submitted acceptable evidence of having received, or of being in the process of receiving, the immunizations required by law.

When children are not up to date, it is the responsibility of the school to follow-up with the parents/guardians. Department of Education maintains the responsibility for follow-up with schools who do not submit records in a timely manner. The Department of Health staff maintains responsibility for auditing the records that you submit. Allowing inadequately vaccinated children into a school system means that the school accepts the risk of potential liability should an inadequately vaccinated child become ill and infect others with a disease that the required vaccinations may have prevented. Immunization Records can be submitted on one of two forms: 1) The School Immunization Certificate (dated 2/2011) OR the Patient Long Form printed from the SD Immunization Information System (SDIIS). Go to http://doh.sd.gov/Immunize/School.aspx for required immunizations needed for school entry.




Register for AAHPERD’s Let’s Move in School Initiative?

Join thousands of physical education teachers across the country who are committed to increasing physical activity in their schools this year. Through www.letsmoveinschool.org we will show you how.

First off - AAHPERD’s new, free online toolkit for physical education teachers will provide you with easy-to-use resources and activities every month that will help you educate your administrators, school board members, parents and colleagues about the importance of a comprehensive school physical activity program, with physical education as its foundation. Check out August’s resources today!

http://www.aahperd.org/letsmoveinschool/tools/peteachers/index.cfm

Each month you will find resources that are focused on a single theme, and include tips and resources for activating the school community as you work to create a culture of physical activity in which every student can become physically educated throughout the school day. Ideas include physical activity break ideas for all

grade levels, a communication to parents, and news about upcoming events and webinars. Go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/530253410 to register for the first Let’s Move in School webinar: Implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program to be held on Wednesday, September 14. You’ll benefit from examples and receive tips on how physical educators, parents, school administrators, and policymakers can get involved in bringing quality physical education and physical activity to schools through a comprehensive school physical activity program.




Upcoming Events

LifeSkills Training November 1-2, 2011 and December 1-2, 2011

LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Training will be available in Rapid City November 1-2, 2011 and in Sioux Falls December 1-2, 2011.




Funding




New Funding Opportunity Coming Soon!

The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program is pleased to announce that funding for the second year of the Community/School Partnership Grants will be available in early September.

The purpose of the Community/School Partnership grant program is to link school and community tobacco prevention and control efforts in order to achieve maximum impact. Partnership efforts should be led by both community and school representatives and should implement activities that impact both local school districts and the community-at-large. The application information will be posted on http://doh.sd.gov/tobacco/PartnershipGrants.aspx when it is available.




Community Assessment Grants Request for Proposal

The South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Health Promotion, Healthy South Dakota and Healthy Communities Programs are accepting applications from cities, towns, and communities for community assessment grants. The grant award money (up to $15,000) must be obligated/spent by March 20, 2012 and used specifically for community assessment and planning purposes toward policy and environmental change to promote better health and decrease chronic disease. Any funds remaining should be used toward implementation.

Having a community assessment completed not only enables implementation of healthy policy, but prepares communities for additional grant opportunities. The deadline for a completed proposal is Tuesday September 20, 2011.

The guidance and application can be found at HealthySD.gov.




Schools may be Eligible for a Share Your Breakfast™ Grant.

2011 Healthy Communities Grant Program — Level II
Applications due August 22, 2011

To help schools increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program grants are being offered through Share Your Breakfast™ grants from Kellogg’s. The grants range from $750-$1,000 and also include significant in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in the form of people, programs, and policy expertise. (We’ll also provide schools with management, expertise and support to develop alternative breakfast programs or start universal breakfast programs.)

Grant award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential increases in participation, and a school’s ability to mobilize parents and students around school breakfast initiatives. All schools meeting stated requirements will be eligible for funding. However, priority selection will be given to schools with school populations greater than 500 students, average daily participation around 35%, and a free and reduced-meals percentage greater than 50%.

Interested schools are invited to attend a webinar to learn more about the 2011-2012 Share Your Breakfast™ grants:
• Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m. ET
• Register now at http://take.actionforhealthykids.org/site/R?i=QzIGp3rOo5VVmQa9O4Z3XA. Space is limited.
• Schools must get completed applications to Action for Healthy Kids by 5 p.m. ET, Friday, September 30, 2011. Detailed information about how to submit your school’s application is included on the application form found at http://take.actionforhealthykids.org/site/R?i=MgWywCwf6sq8B0ar5fkwzw.

• School districts that receive Share Your Breakfast™ grants will be notified Monday, October 17, 2011.
• Funded schools will be notified of their awards on Monday, October 17, 2011.
• Project activities must be completed between November 1, 20
11 and December 1, 2012.
• Action Plan/Goals will be due Friday, December 16, 2011. • Mid Project Report will be due Friday, June 8, 2012.
• Final Evaluation and Report will be due Friday, December 14, 2012.

(Share Your Breakfast™ is a registered trademark of Kellogg NA Co.)




Resources

Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications The Division of Adolescent and School Health is pleased to share a new resource. The “Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications” fact sheet summarizes the existing evidence of the financial impact on schools that have implemented strong nutrition standards.

Implementing nutrition standards can be an effective strategy to improve the nutritional quality of foods offered and purchased in the school setting. One of the primary reasons that state and local education agencies are hesitant to implement strong nutrition standards for competitive foods is that they are concerned about losing the revenue that is generated from selling snacks and beverages to students. However, a key finding presented is that while some schools report an initial decrease in revenue after implementing nutrition standards, a growing body of evidence suggests that schools can have strong nutrition standards and still maintain financial stability.

The fact sheet is available for download at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/pdf/financial_implications.pdf




Anti-bullying, Cyberbullying and Digital Safety Resources

In partnership with the Be A STAR Anti-bullying Campaign, the National Education Association Health Information Network is proud to introduce a new complimentary teaching resources for educators. The compelling new film, That's What I Am, touches on the problem of bullying in schools and communities. Staring Academy Award-nominated actor Ed Harris, the film presents a moving and thought provoking exploration of the ways that bullying can impact people of all ages. It also shows the courage of students and educators in the face of bullying.

The instructional activities presented in this resource guide help teach middle school students about bullying and cyberbullying, the pillars of good character, and social equality. Through self-reflection about the positive examples of moral character represented in the movie, students can begin to develop the skills and tools to prevent bullying, to not be a bystander.

The program features:
• Free downloadable clips from That's What I Am for classroom use
• Free Educational Resource Guide with film synopsis, classroom lessons, and resource section
• Nine cross-references learning themes with instructions activities and student activity sheets
• That's What I Am reflective journal
• Suggested inter-disciplinary anti-bullying framework
• Tied to national education standards in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Health
• Suggested for grades 6-8

To access the Educational Resource Guide visit Be a STAR (http://www.beastaralliance.org/). To take a stand against bullying visit the NEA's campaign, Bully Free: It Starts With Me (http://www.nea.org/home/BullyFreeSchools.html). More resource on cyber bullying and digital safety can be found at bNet@vvy.org




A Lot to Smile About!

Delta Dental's mobile dental program recently celebrated a landmark event by serving its 10,000th child. Since 2004, the Dakota Smiles program has traveled to 60 different communities across South Dakota providing more than $4.3 million of dental care to underserved children. To find out more about the Dakota Smiles Program and to find a 2011 and 2012 schedule in an area near you go to:http://www.deltadentalsd.com/webpage/caremobile.jsp?DView=CareMobile.




Start School on a Healthy Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites you to visit Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All (http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy), the agency’s new health literacy web site. The site provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health and make health information accurate, accessible and actionable for all. The resources are for all organizations that interact and communicate with people about health.

The site features health literacy organizations by state and planning tools to use the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The health literacy blog (http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy) provides a forum for commentary and discussion of vital issues in health literacy improvement.

Join CDC in implementing positive changes to improve health literacy. Key agencies and organizations with an interest in school health education and health literacy, in general, are invited to add a link to their web site.




Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All

Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All (http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/), a new health literacy web site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This site provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health and make health information accurate, accessible and actionable for all.

The site features health literacy organizations by state and planning tools to use the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The health literacy blog (http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/) provides a forum for commentary and discussion of vital issues in health literacy improvement.

Key agencies and organizations with an interest in school health education and health literacy, in general, are invited to add a link to this web site.




Success Stories

Colman-Egan School Honored at Fuel Up to Play 60 Rewards Summit

The Colman-Egan School FUTP60 Team was invited to a special event held in Omaha, NE on May 10. The C-E School was one of 3 South Dakota Schools invited to receive a special award for their performance in the FUTP60 program during the 2010-2011 school year. Sioux Falls Schools Robert Frost Elementary and Edison Middle School were also invited to the event. Fifteen schools in the tri-state area were recognized for their FUTP60 accomplishments.

The day included a Grab & Go Breakfast compliments of Hunger Free Heartland; a presentation from Nebraska Dairy Farmer Dan Rice highlighting their commitment to child health and wellness; Pep Talk with University of Nebraska Sports Dietitians; Moovin’ and Groovin’ with HopsSports; Team Time for planning next year’s health program through FUTP60; Josh Brown, former Husker player and current kicker for the St. Louis Rams gave a presentation on the daily life of a NFL player; an appearance for KC Wolf, mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs. Prizes were given out throughout the summit – football items autographed by NFL players.

Attending from Colman-Egan were Lane Hanson, Rachel Harms, Zach Miles, Shelby Van Dyke, Hunter Miles, Alan Moore, Katie Schmidt, Erin Whitehouse, Jeff Hegge (P.E. Instructor) and Bonnie Hemmer (Program Advisor).




Grant Winners Announced for School-Based Health Centers Capital Program

Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $95 million in competitive federal grants to school-based health centers to 278 programs across the country. These programs will improve access to basic primary health care for school-aged children, many of whom have no other sources of care. The School-Based Health Centers Capital Program is the first-ever source of federal funding to uniquely support school-based health centers.

The City of Sioux Falls Health Department, SD and Community Health Center of Black Hills Inc. Rapid City, SD were two South Dakota recipients.




Schools Added to Fresh Fruit, Vegetable Program This Year

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) will expand to include an additional 24 South Dakota schools for the 2011-12 school year. That means a total of 101 schools will participate in the program this year, giving more than 23,000 elementary students the opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day.

“These schools are taking positive steps to help students develop life-long healthy eating habits,” said Sandra Kangas, director of the South Dakota Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. “The children have an opportunity for a healthy snack, and they also learn about where fruits and vegetables come from, how they are grown, and what nutrients are in them.”

The FFVP is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services and South Dakota’s Department of Education – Child and Adult Nutrition Services.

Schools that participate in FFVP receive funds to provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to elementary students throughout the school day. The snack must be served outside of the breakfast or lunch meal. Elementary schools that have a high percentage of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals receive priority for the funding.