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May 2017

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  Board Adopts New Educator Certification Rules

The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted new educator certification rules, overhauling the state's current system. Among major areas of change is the creation of a new category of certificates called educator permits. The process for alternative certification has also been revised and reciprocity rules have been updated. Read more.

  Strategies for RECESS in Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America developed new guidance documents that provide schools with 19 evidence-based strategies for recess, as well as a planning guide and template to help develop a written recess plan that integrates these strategies.

Through use of the electronic Recess Toolkit, schools are able to:

  • Identify the 19 evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools;
  • Build support for recess;
  • Develop a written recess plan;
  • Provide technical assistance to districts and/or schools;
  • Enhance professional development training and more.
The Argus Leader spoke with administrators from two schools in the Sioux Falls school district and the Health and Physical Education Specialist for the South Dakota Department of Education. Here is what they have to say about recess.

  Working Against Childhood Obesity in South Dakota

Lori Walsh, from South Dakota Public Broadcasting's "In The Moment" daily news and culture program, spoke with Ashley Miller, Chronic Disease Epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health, about child obesity in South Dakota and what professionals and parents are doing to reverse the trends that put an entire generation at risk.

The conversation is based on results from the release of the 2015-2016 School Height and Weight Report. Click here to listen to the conversation which starts at minute 6:03 into the program.

  Immunization Requirement

South Dakota implemented an immunization requirement during the 2016-17 school year for 6th grade students as a result of SDCL 13-28-7.1 and Administrative Rule 44:81. Students entering 6th grade and any transfer students are required to receive the Tdap and MCV4 vaccine. A flyer has been developed that can be downloaded to inform families of the 6th grade vaccination requirement. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Tim Heath.


  Save the Date: Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training - September 26, 2017

Midwest Dairy Council - South Dakota and the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health are teaming up to offer a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor training on September 26, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma, SD.

Educators, food service staff, administrators, community members and others who share a passion for health and wellness are encouraged to "save this date" on their calendar. A formal invitation will follow.

At the Training Camp participants will:

  • Learn strategies for meeting nutrition and physical activity goals in their school
  • Learn how to develop student leaders and build a healthier school through Fuel Up to Play 60
  • Network and exchange ideas
  • Dig into available Fuel Up to Play 60 funding, rewards and incentives

This event is FREE to attend. Lunch and snacks will be provided on-site. Participants will be reimbursed at state rates for mileage and lodging, as well as substitute teacher pay if needed. A certificate for 6 (six) continuing education units will be issued. For more information and to be added to the invitation list, please email by clicking on: Whitney Jerman, Health and Wellness Program Manager at Midwest Dairy Council, or Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist for the South Dakota Department of Education.

  Save the Date: School Wellness Policy Training - October 26, 2017

In collaboration with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), the School Health program in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health will offer School Wellness Policy Training on October 26, 2017, from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Drifters in Pierre, SD.

The training is designed to provide continued support to schools/school districts as they work to comply with the new wellness policy rules and to help schools/school districts strengthen and effectively implement their wellness policies. The training will include use of the AFHK wellness policy tool and include group activities and discussions that expand on current school/school district needs and experiences.

For more information and to be added to the invitation list, contact karen.keyser@state.sd.us, Health and Physical Education Specialist for the South Dakota Department of Education.

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  Increase Access to Drinking Water in Schools

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's tool kit, Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools, helps schools make the healthy choice the easy choice for all students by ensuring access to free drinking water as an alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages before, during and after school. The easy-to-use tool kit includes needs assessment tools, implementation strategies and evaluation guidance to improve access to drinking water as part of a healthier nutrition environment in schools.

  New Release: Lesson Planning for Middle School Physical Education

SHAPE America's Lesson Planning for Middle School Physical Education provides lesson plans to help students meet the National (and South Dakota) Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, thereby becoming physically literate individuals.

This resource offers lesson plans from experienced middle school physical educators that reflect best practices in instruction, integrate appropriate assessments and enhance teacher effectiveness. The plans also supply instructional strategies to create and deliver high-quality lessons and provide a step-by-step guide for building students' skills and knowledge.

  Midwest Dairy Council's Farm to School Resources

Teachers can bring the farm to their classroom with Midwest Dairy Council's Farm to School Resources. These fun, educational materials can be used in the classroom to educate students about dairy farming and the farm families who produce the milk and dairy foods

For more information contact your local Midwest Dairy Council Program Manager: Whitney Jerman at wjerman@midwestdairy.com.

  The Importance of Movement in School

Watch this video from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's National Physical Activity and Physical Education Advisors to learn about the importance of physical education quality that engages every student, at every ability level - and how to make this a reality at your child's school.

  Farmers Grow MyPlate

The Farmers Grow MyPlate lesson series is now available to download. The resource was developed through a collaboration between SDSU Extension - Team Nutrition and South Dakota Department of Education - Child and Adult Nutrition Services.

The five-unit series includes activities for K-4th grades on nutrition, physical activity, food preparation, food production, and arts/crafts all related to the MyPlate food groups.

Schools and agencies that have used the lessons report great engagement by the youth and appreciate the variety of age-appropriate activities. The lessons are also available for free loan in hard copy along with an implementation supply kit from the SD Discovery Center lending library.

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  Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Sub-grants

SDSU Extension - Team Nutrition is accepting applications for the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement sub-grant. Any South Dakota school district or organization that participates in the National School Lunch program and has a full lunchroom serving students in grades 7-12 is eligible to receive the $1000 sub-grant.

The grant application is simple to fill out since schools are not required at this time to specify how they will spend the grant money. If selected, schools will receive one-on-one technical assistance to help implement the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.

Grant applications are due August 11, 2017. If you would like to learn more about the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, please contact Megan Jacobson at megan.jacobson@sdstate.edu.

  Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants Available to Help Schools Make Healthy Changes!

A competitive grant opportunity is available to K-12 schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The grant is designed to fund activities that lead to lasting change within the school environment.

To get started, schools will choose one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2017-2018 Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. Click here to learn more and apply. The deadline to apply is June 14, 2017.

For more information contact Whitney Jerman, Health and Wellness Program Manager, Midwest Dairy Council-South Dakota at wjerman@midwestdairy.com or 605-338-3776.


Karen Keyser
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-220-6453
Julie Ellingson
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Health
615 East 4th Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-7150


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