Building Healthy Schools Project
Coordinated School Health in the Departments of Education and Health assists 6 school districts (Chamberlain, Miller, Mitchell, Wolsey-Wessington, White River and Wagner) to develop and enhance a school health council in their district through the Building Healthy Schools Project. The school health council’s primary purpose is to:
• Implement effective programs, policies and practices
• Promote physical activity, nutrition and healthy eating
• Reduce tobacco-use
• Increase awareness of HIV prevention
• Establish and strengthen coordinated school health service
At the Building Healthy Schools training, held June 11-12, 2012 in Pierre these 6 school districts shared program activities and successes from the past year. Some of the highlights are:
• Chamberlain revised their HIV policy. The policy will be presented to the school board for approval. The school health council also promoted and implemented a staff wellness program.
• Miller provided first aid classes to all staff. First aid kits were made available on all school buses. The revised tobacco and HIV policies are awaiting approval. A Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group was established.
• Mitchell provided an educational awareness campaign on triggers and management of asthma while promoting a fragrance free environment. Universal precaution kits are being built to reduce the exposure to HIV/AIDS in schools. Staff is in the process of being trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
• Wagner revised their tobacco and HIV policies. They also obtained the SPARK Physical Education curriculum materials.
• White River’s school board approved the use of the Michigan Model for Health, a comprehensive and sequential health education curriculum that aims to give school-aged children the knowledge and skills needed to practice and maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyles. They will be implementing the new curriculum this fall to meet the graduation requirement for health education. They also are implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
• Wosley-Wessington hosted a Tell It to Me Straight parent event and a REALITY party.
For more information about any of these activities please contact Coordinated School Health staff at (605) 773-3261.